Visitors to the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada enjoyed Back at the Ranch in person in 2005. Elements of Back at the Ranch are also available to travel to other sites; please contact Meg Glaser at 775-738-7508, extension 225, for more information.
New poems, films, songs, and photos will be added regularly.
Many individuals have contributed to our deeper understanding and appreciation of life Back at the Ranch. We can never thank them enough. We are also deeply grateful to our funders, and especially the National Endowment for the Arts, for their vital role in making this work happen.
- National Endowment for the Arts
- Anne Pattee
- The Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation's Community Folklife Program administered by the Fund for Folk Culture
- Ford Foundation
- Contemporary Gear Fund & Collection
- Standard Wholesale Supply
- Wes Dixon / Sudix Foundation
Western Folklife Center Staff for the Back At the Ranch: An Artful Life exhibition :
- Meg Glaser
- Steve Green
- Ross Fuqua
- Charlie Seemann
- Hal Cannon
- Taki Telonidis
- Christina Barr
- Darcy Minter
Information in Tools of the Trade was drawn from past Western Folklife Center exhibitions, with curatorial assistance from Griff Durham, Jeremiah and Colleen Watt and Blanton Owen.
About the Contemporary Gear Fund and Collection
In 1992, artist William Matthews approached us about establishing a fund to purchase contemporary crafted horse gear. With Matthews’ support and leadership, the Western Folklife Center established our Contemporary Gear Fund as a means of building a collection of contemporary handcrafted gear representative of the region and its respected makers. It has grown incrementally over the years through the generous donations of gear and funds, and though modest in size, is iconic of the quality and range of work being created today. The collection is housed at the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada, with elements available to travel to other sites. An ad hoc committee oversees the fund. If you would like to contribute, please contact Meg Glaser at 775-738-7508, ext 225 or at email@example.com.