Located on 35 acres of working ranchland, the Powers Art Center showcases 300 works by painter Jasper Johns. “The museum sits on a large ranch, and they run cattle on it. They harvest hay,” says Melissa English, director of the center.
Situated less than 40 minutes from Aspen, Colorado, the museum also boasts a view of Mount Sopris. “Amongst the farmland and mountains you have this very contemporary, minimalist museum, and it is somehow all in harmony – like it was meant to be here,” says English. The building is geothermal, solar-powered and was designed by Tokyo-based architect Hiroshi Nakamura.
Powers’ rural locale doesn’t seem too daunting for art appreciators, as hundreds of visitors have already visited the pastured museum, some from as far away as England.
Photo courtesy Powers Art Center.