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Carrie Mae Weems and Eleanore and Domenico De Sole Receive Anderson Ranch Awards

Anderson Ranch Art Center announced the recipients of two of its most prestigious awards today. In celebration of its fiftieth anniversary, the ranch is honoring renowned American artist Carrie Mae Weems by selecting her for the 2016 National Artist Award. The prize recognizes innovative artists who are dedicated to arts education. Best known for her photography, throughout Weems's expansive career—spanning four decades—she has inspired artists by challenging notions of identity and gender roles and by boldly confronting racism and class issues. Previous award honorees include Frank Stella, Theaster Gates, and Cindy Sherman.

“It’s humbling and an honor to be given this award,” Weems said. “I am a working girl who is so consumed and engaged with my work that I’m often surprised when anyone takes note.”

The 2016 Service to the Arts Awards is being given to Eleanore and Domenico De Sole. “We could not be more honored than to receive the Service to the Arts Award from Anderson Ranch. It is very special coming from such a highly regarded institution,” the De Soles said. Eleanore has served on numerous boards including the board of the American International School in Florence and the Benjamin West Group of the Royal Academy. Domenico is chairman of the board of Sotheby’s and chairman of Tom Ford. The De Soles recently settled with Knoedler & Co.'s former director, Ann Freedman, for selling the avid art collectors a fake Rothko painting in 2005, as previously reported. Other past recipients of the award include Jennifer and David Stockman and Debra and Dennis Scholl.

An award ceremony will be held on July 21, 2016 during the Ranch’s twentieth Annual Gala Celebration. Established in 1966, the Anderson Ranch has attracted artists from all over the world to work and collaborate at its Rocky Mountain location.