Ace Kvale

Ace Kvale has been searching for wild places since he was a teenager in Minnesota. That search brought him to Telluride, Colorado, in the 1970s and has served as his guiding force ever since — skiing in the Alps, climbing in the Himalaya or exploring the canyons of the Colorado Plateau. As the search continues, Kvale makes his home on the edge of the wilderness in a small town in Utah, but he still considers Telluride and Colorado the home of his tribe. He is the subject of the short film Ace and the Desert Dog (Mountainfilm 2016), and his art has been exhibited several times at the festival.