UCROSS

The mission of Ucross Foundation is to foster the creative spirit of deeply committed artists and groups by providing uninterrupted time, studio space, living accommodations, and the experience of the majestic High Plains while serving as a good steward of its historic 20,000-acre ranch.

Ucross Foundation was established by Raymond Plank in 1981 and is a 501(c)3 public non-profit organization. For more than thirty years, Ucross has been giving space and time to artists who come from many disciplines.  They are writers, composers, visual and performing artists.  Our participants come from all over the world. In our complex of private studios and shared residences, visiting artists build a small, intense community hard at work in the midst of 20,000 acres of Wyoming ranchland.

Ucross Foundation's home is a working ranch set at the confluence of three creeks, and its purpose is to bring deeply committed artists into the heart of an unparalleled landscape. We believe that being a good steward of the land closely resembles being a good artist, and vice versa. Both require dedication, imagination, and the best possible use of the resources at hand.

In addition to fostering the work of individual artists, Ucross is a meeting and working place for groups, a multi-disciplinary laboratory for creative thinking. We help sponsor and host educational programs, conferences, and special events at our public art gallery, which is one of the cultural landmarks of northern Wyoming. Our reach is as close as our nearest neighbors and as distant as almost any spot on earth. Ucross is home to the creative spirit.  


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November 2, 2019 


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Artist Residency Program UCROSS Announces Inaugural Founder's Dinner to Honor Legacy of Raymond Plank

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will receive The Raymond Plank Award for Visionary Leadership at the event

UCROSS, WYOMING—October 22, 2019 — Ucross, a prestigious artist residency program and creative laboratory for the arts, today announced their inaugural Founder’s Dinner & Benefit, to be held on November 2, 2019 in Houston, Texas.

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UCROSS ANNOUNCES METAMORPHOSES: AN ACT OF POETIC IMAGINATION, AN EXHIBITION OPENING OCTOBER 11

Public reception to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ucross Art Gallery

Ucross, Wyoming – (October 3, 2019) – Ucross is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition in the Ucross Art Gallery with work by Martirene Alcántara, an acclaimed Mexican-born abstract visual artist, stage designer and photographer who specializes in architecture. Metamorphoses: An Act of Poetic Imagination opens on October 11, and will be on view through December 6, 2019. Gallery hours are M – F 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays by appointment.

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Ucross Announces 2019 Fall Artists in Residence

60 artists across multiple disciplines awarded time, studio space, living accommodations on a 20,000-acre ranch at the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains

Residents include Samita Sinha, Ling Ma, Elissa Schappell, Luzene Hill, Barbara Bosworth, and brothers Daniel & Patrick Lazour

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Ucross & The Alley Theatre Announce "Alley at Ucross" Collaboration Five Playwrights Selected For Fall 2019 Residencies

The prestigious Wyoming-based artist residency program & Tony Award-winning Texas theatre company will bring five playwrights together for an annual two-week residency

UCROSS, WYOMIMG—September 18, 2019 — Ucross, a prestigious artist residency program and creative laboratory for the arts, and the Alley Theatre, one of America’s leading regional theatres, today announced an innovative new collaboration in support of theatre artists. Five playwrights annually will receive two-week residencies at Ucross.

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'Ucross Spotlight' Event to Feature Acclaimed Composer Ricky Ian Gordon, Grammy Award-Winning Baritone Nathan Gunn, & Singer-Songwriter Beth McIntosh

Spotlight series brings together distinguished Ucross alumni and supporters to celebrate the prestigious artist residency

The event will also honor The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming to commemorate its 20-year partnership in helping to preserve 12,000 acres of the Ucross Ranch

Jackson, WY—Sept. 11, 2019—Ucross, the prestigious artist residency program and creative laboratory for the arts in northeast Wyoming, is proud to announce the September installment of its "Ucross Spotlight” event series.

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Three Pen/Hemingway Award Honorees To Read At Sheridan College

Join Ucross Writers Elissa Schappell, Ian Bassingthwaighte, and Ling Ma on Thursday, September 19 at 7 pm

Ucross, Wyoming — September 6, 2019 — Ucross is pleased to announce that three award-winning authors, Elissa Schappell, Ian Bassingthwaighte, and Ling Ma will give a combined reading at Sheridan College on Thursday, September 19.

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Ucross Receives Highly Selective Amazon Literary Partnership Grant to Support Emerging Writers

Ucross will welcome fiction writer Juan Alvarado Valdivia and non-fiction writer Sophie He in fall 2019

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CALL TO ARTISTS – Applications are now open for Spring 2020 residencies

THE UCROSS FOUNDATION RESIDENCY PROGRAM is currently accepting applications from writers, visual artists, and artists working in the performing arts for residencies of 2, 4 or 6 weeks during our Spring 2020 residency session (March to early June 2020).

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CALL TO NATIVE AMERICAN VISUAL ARTISTS – Applications are now open for the Spring 2020 Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists

The Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists is again open to all visual arts including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, performance art, installation, and ceramics.

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Ucross Proud to Honor United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Alumni of Sundance Institute Playwrights and Composers Retreat at Ucross

Harjo is the first Native American Artist to Be Appointed Poet Laureate 

Ucross is committed to fostering Native American talent through its Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists

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Ucross Names Luzene Hill Fall 2019 Recipient of Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists

Ucross, WY — June 11, 2019 — Ucross, a prestigious artists’ residency program and creative lab for the arts located in northeast Wyoming, today announced that Luzene Hill, a multimedia artist best known for her socially engaged conceptual installations and performances, has been awarded the Fall 2019 Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists.

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Ucross Announces Intricate Form: Brenda Mallory + Sydney Pursel: 2018 Ucross Native American Fellows

Exhibition Opening June 3, 2019 at the Ucross Art Gallery

Public reception to take place on Friday, June 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Ucross, Wyoming – (June 3, 2019) – Ucross is pleased to announce the opening of its inaugural exhibition presenting artwork by winners of the newly established Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists.

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Award-winning Ucross Fellow Lisa Ko To Read at Sheridan College

Winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction And Finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award For Her Debut Novel “The Leavers”

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Ucross Joins 2nd Annual Sheridan Community “Celebrate the Arts” Events with Artist Workshops and Gallery Reception

Join us at Ucross on Sunday, April 28, for an afternoon celebrating the exhibition “Response to Place: COLOR” with work by Phoebe Adams and Teresa Booth Brown. From 12 noon until 2:30 pm, Adams and Brown will lead a workshop titled “Color and Landscape" at the Raymond Plank Center. For more information and to reserve a spot (space is limited), please contact Ucross at 307-737-2291 or info@ucross.org.


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Ucross Announces Its 2019 Spring Artists in Residence

Cheryl Strayed, Hannah Gadsby amongst 54 artists selected for residencies in Wyoming’s majestic High Plains

Ucross, Wyoming—March 5, 2019 — Ucross, a prestigious artist residency program and creative laboratory for the arts, today announced the recipients of its Spring 2019 fellowships. 54 visual artists, writers, playwrights, composers and more were selected from nearly 400 applicants to utilize uninterrupted time, studio space, and living accommodations on Ucross’s 20,000-acre ranch at the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains.

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Ucross and Sheridan College Will Host an Artist Talk by Rhona Bitner for International Women’s Day

Ucross, Wyoming – (February 26, 2019) – Artist Rhona Bitner will give a talk at Sheridan College’s Whitney Academic Center, in celebration of International Women’s Day, on Friday, March 8 at 7 pm  (Room 153) . This will be the second annual International Women’s Day event co-hosted by Sheridan College and Ucross, and is free and open to the public.

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Ucross Announces Response to Place: COLOR Exhibition with Work by Phoebe Adams and Teresa Booth Brown at the Ucross Art Gallery on February 15

Workshop and public reception to take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019

Ucross, Wyoming – (February 19, 2019) – Ucross is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition at the Ucross Art Gallery. Response to Place: COLOR, which features work by Phoebe Adams and Teresa Booth Brown, opens on February 15 and will be on view until May 17. A workshop and public reception is scheduled for Sunday, April 28.

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Ucross Appoints Two New Board Members Steve Farris and Deborah Koehler

Ucross, Wyoming – (February 11, 2019) – Ucross is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its Board of Trustees: Steve Farris of Ucross, Wyoming and Houston, Texas, and Deborah Koehler, also of Houston, Texas.

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Sundance Institute Playwrights & Composers Retreat at Ucross Foundation: Seven Theater Makers Convene

Artist-Centered Residency Supports Theatrical Writing in Development

New York, NY — Seven theatre artists have gathered for the twentieth annual Sundance Institute
Playwrights & Composers Retreat at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, currently underway from February 4 to February 22, 2019. The residency is dedicated to uninhibited creativity, professional growth and peer mentorship.

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CALL TO ARTISTS – Applications are now open for Fall 2019 residencies

THE UCROSS FOUNDATION RESIDENCY PROGRAM is currently accepting applications from writers, visual artists, and artists working in the performing arts for residencies of 2, 4 or 6 weeks during our Fall 2019 residency session (August – early December 2019).

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CALL TO NATIVE AMERICAN VISUAL ARTISTS – Applications are now open for the Fall 2019 Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists

The Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists is again open to all visual arts including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, performance art, installation, and ceramics.

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Ucross Names Heidi K. Brandow 2019 Recipient of Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists

New York, NY— December 19, 2018 — Ucross, a prestigious artists’ residency program and creative lab for the arts located in Wyoming’s majestic High Plains, today announced that Heidi K. Brandow, a multi-disciplinary artist with an active painting, printmaking, and social-engagement practice, has been awarded the third Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists. The award includes a one-month residency at Ucross, a stipend of $2,000, and inclusion in a forthcoming exhibition at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery.

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6TH ANNUAL UCROSS COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION IN MEMORY OF RAYMOND PLANK SET FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15

The event will feature a reading by author Craig Johnson and carols by the Buffalo Balladiers, as well as crafts for children

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Ucross Founder Raymond Plank Passes Away

Ucross Foundation announces with sadness that Founder and Chairman Emeritus Raymond Plank – WWII bomber pilot, business leader, and philanthropist – passed away on November 8 at his home in Ucross, Wyoming, at the age of 96.

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Ucross Appoints William Belcher as Director of Development and External Relations

Belcher’s hire is part of a larger strategy to merge development and communications functions, increase visibility and support

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Award-winning Writer and Ucross Fellow Suki Kim To Speak at University of Wyoming On Her Work “Undercover in North Korea”

The event is part of the statewide “Explore Hemingway” series

Ucross, Wyoming — October 4, 2018 — Award-winning author, journalist, and three-time Ucross resident Suki Kim will speak at the University of Wyoming on Thursday, October 11, Ucross announced today. Kim is the only writer ever to have lived undercover in North Korea for immersive journalism, documented in her bestselling nonfiction book Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite.

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