Kate Aitchison ~ Artist in Residence

APRIL 9 – 23, 2023

Kate will be working on expanding her ongoing research in regards to the Paper Genome Project – which involves exploration of papermaking fibers in regards to specific places. In this case, Kate will be researching the capacity for papermaking with different invasive species found on the ranch as well as exploring the surrounding agricultural landscape for papermaking possibilities. She hopes to share these experiments with ranch guests and also allow for guests to make their own paper. She will also be leading a number of different afternoon workshops including papermaking, drawing, bookmaking, and relief printing to add to the overall experience of springtime at the Elkhorn. Through this experience, you’ll see the ranch and its plant life through a different lens as you ride, walk and relax.

Workshop activities add creative flair to your Arizona dude ranch vacation week. Mark your calendar for April 9 – 23, 2023 and contact us to sign up!

Block print inspired by Elkhorn Ranch. Kate used this to make Terra Flags for Elkhorn Ranch and Altar Valley Conservation Alliance!

Artist Biography

Kate Aitchison is an artist whose work is centered around ideas of landscape and the human interventions in the natural landscape, especially in regards to the manipulation of water, and ecologies. Currently working with paper she makes herself from invasive plant species and recycled materials collected from site specific areas, she utilizes the medium of printmaking to work through iterations of landscapes changed by human actions. Aitchison graduated from Colorado College in 2010 with a BA in Studio Art and earned her MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. She is currently a visiting professor of art at Colorado College. In addition to teaching, Aitchison has shown work nationally including exhibitions at Brown University in Providence, RI, Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO. She also teaches workshops throughout the country including the Telluride Ah Ha School for the Arts, Prescott College, AS220 Providence, and more.