Aspen Art Museum director and CEO Heidi Zuckerman has lived on both coasts and the pond, but since her recruitment to Aspen 13 years ago, the mother of two teenagers is happily staying put. Zuckerman helmed the transformation of the Aspen Art Museum from a local, noncurating institution to an international destination for contemporary art. In 2014 she presided over the opening of a new building designed by Shigeru Ban to house exhibits. And to hear her extoll the town’s virtues, it’s clear she wouldn’t be anywhere else: “The best thing about Aspen is the presence nature plays in your life. So many places make you feel distanced from the planet, the seasons and animals, and the natural world. Having nature so pervasive is very grounding. Plus, you’re at a high altitude, so you get this yin and yang of being grounded and also elevated. It allows for a heightened presentness.”
—by Kate Meyers
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