The new facility will be located at the corner of South Spring Street and Hyman Avenue in downtown Aspen. Rendering courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects and Shimahara Illustration.
In 1979 the Aspen Art Museum opened its doors at the renovated Holy Cross Power Plant on the banks of the Roaring Fork River. For 33 years that facility has served the mission of the organization well, fostering a program of art, dialogue, and creativity that has grown into a major cultural institution serving Aspen, the Roaring Fork Valley, the region, and the world.
The meteoric growth of the museum in recent years has seen a 200% increase in budget, number of students served, and annual visitors. A long-standing strategic goal for the AAM—the expansion of its facility and relocation to the downtown Aspen core—has become a necessitated reality to meet the ongoing demand for services to the community.
With the unanimous support of the AAM Board of Trustees, the initial fundraising success, the identification of Shigeru Ban as design architect, and the August 2011 acquisition of property at the corner of Spring Street and Hyman Avenue in Aspen, the AAM commenced construction in fall 2012 of a building appropriate for the production, presentation, and experience of art. The New Aspen Art Museum is 100% privately funded, and under the leadership of the AAM New Building Committee, will be completed within budget and on time for the summer of 2014.
We invite you to follow our progress on this website, which features information about project architect Shigeru Ban, our building team, the 18-month project timeline, and much more.
More Space for Art
Gallery Space=12,500 sq. ft.
Learn All Year
Affordable Destination Attraction
Amazing Free Views
Only Public Rooftop View of Aspen Mountain
by Renowned Architect Shigeru Ban
More for Your Family
Activities and Workshops for All Ages
Free Films, Lectures, Performances
New Black Box Theater Space
World-Class Facility in Aspen
30,000 sq. ft. of Art and Culture