Aspen Art Museum

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Aspen Art Museum
Established 1979 (1979)
Location 637 E. Hyman Avenue, Aspen, CO, USA
Coordinates 39°11′37″N 106°49′00″W / 39.19361°N 106.81667°W / 39.19361; -106.81667Coordinates: 39°11′37″N 106°49′00″W / 39.19361°N 106.81667°W / 39.19361; -106.81667
Type contemporary art museum
Director Heidi Zuckerman

Founded in 1979, the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) is a contemporary art museum located in Aspen, Colorado. AAM exhibitions include drawings, paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations and electronic media.[1]

Aspen Art Museum Building[edit]

Previously housed in a converted 7,500-square-foot former hydroelectric plant at 590 North Mill Street, the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) opened its new $72 million museum building to the public on August 9, 2014.[2] It was designed by Shigeru Ban, who was the recipient of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize.[3] The new AAM facility is his first US museum to be constructed. The 33,000-square-foot, three-story four-level facility houses eight exhibition spaces: six gallery spaces (gallery four is a convertible black box theatre), a roof top sculpture garden and extensive outdoor commons. Five architectural features are highlighted in the building's design: Grand Stair, Moving Glass Room Elevator, Woven Wood Screen, Wood Roof Structure and Walkable Skylights.[4]


The Aspen Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.[5] The museum is a member institution of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), which represents directors of art museums throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.[6] In March 2009, the AAM joined other Aspen area businesses through becoming certified under a jointly run City of Aspen Environmental Health Department and Canary Initiative “ZGreen” program. Environmental efforts undertaken by the AAM through the ZGreen program include recycling, composting, and zero waste events.[7]


  1. ^ Sobel, D. (2004). One Hour Ahead: The avant-garde in Aspen 1945 – 2004. Aspen, CO: Aspen Art Press.
  2. ^ "Shigeru Ban's Aspen Art Museum opens". August 6, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ Shigeru Ban | The Pritzker Architecture Prize
  4. ^ Kelly Crow (July 17, 2014), Aspen Art Museum Readies New Building Wall Street Journal.
  5. ^ "Alliance Accredited Institutions". American Alliance of Museums. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  6. ^ American Association of Museum Directors. (July 2011). AAMDMembershipList7-11.pdf. Retrieved from
  7. ^ Pitkin County. (2012). Aspen Art Museum. Retrieved from

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