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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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The Norman Mailer Center Announces Six Writers Selected for 2016 Fiction and Nonfiction Summer Fellowships at Ucross Foundation

Fiction Fellows are Jenessa Abrams, Cara Diaconoff, and Raghu Karnad Nonfiction Fellows are Andy Martin, Michael Nixon, and Joshua Stupple Greg Curtis will serve as Mentor

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New exhibition opens at Ucross Foundation Art Gallery

(WE)st: Maria Rose and E.K.Wimmer, opens on April 18. A reception, artist talk and performance by a string trio affiliated with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra will take place on Saturday, May 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs from April 18 to June 10, 2016. The gallery is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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2016 PEN/Hemingway Awards Announced

Congratulations to Ottessa Moshfegh, who has been named the winner of the 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award, honoring a distinguished first book of fiction, for her novel EILEEN (Penguin). Finalists are S.M. Hulse for BLACK RIVER (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Margaret Malone for PEOPLE LIKE YOU (Atelier26), with Honorable Mentions to Karim Dimechkie for LIFTED BY THE GREAT NOTHING (Bloomsbury) and Chigozie Obioma for THE FISHERMEN (Little, Brown).All the honorees will receive Residency Fellowships at Ucross Foundation, which has had a partnership with the award for 20 years. This year PEN New England celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the PEN/Hemingway Award, founded in 1976 by Mary Hemingway, the wife of Ernest Hemingway, to honor her late husband and draw attention to first books of fiction.

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Sundance Institute Announces Seven Artists Selected for 2016 Playwrights and Composers Retreat at Ucross Foundation

New York, NY: Fellows selected to participate in the 17th Annual Playwrights and Composers Retreat at Ucross Foundation are composers Heather Christian and Michael R. Jackson and playwrights Tony Meneses, A. Rey Pamatmat, Andrew Schneider, Lucy Thurber and Bridgette Wimberly.

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New exhibition opens at Ucross Foundation Art Gallery

Hidden in Plain Sight: Photographs by Jill Brody opens on February 1, 2016. A public reception with the artist will take place on Saturday, February 13, from 3 -6 p.m.

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Opportunity for Ucross Fellows in the Visual and Performing Arts

For the third year, Ucross Foundation is participating in an international “artistic circle” that will support one individual for a creative journey of artmaking. Applications are now open for an International Marion Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts.

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3rd Annual Community Christmas Celebration

Come join us! Saturday, December 12, 2015 4:00-6:00p.m.

Ucross Foundation presents a community Christmas celebration at the Park at Ucross. 

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Join Us for a Special Evening of Art, Music, and Creative Connections On Friday, October 2

Ucross Foundation and the Wyoming Arts Alliance are co-hosting a special public reception on Friday, October 2, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery, featuring a talk by land artist Bill Gilbert and music by Ucross composer-in-residence Emy Phelps. For details, click here.

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Residency Opportunity for Mid-Career Oregon Artists – Deadline Oct. 1

Ucross Foundation, in partnership with The Ford Family Foundation, announces that applications are currently being accepted from mid-career Oregon visual artists for month-long residencies at Ucross in 2016.

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A Memoir Written by Our founder Raymond Plank.

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