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Ucross Foundation was founded in 1981 by Raymond Plank and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It is the mission of Ucross Foundation to foster fresh and innovative thinking in the visual arts, literature, and music by providing residencies, work space and uninterrupted time to individual artists, writers, and composers.  The Foundation supports Residents whose work reflects a depth of individual creative exploration and the potential for significant future accomplishments.  Situated on a 20,000-acre working cattle ranch, the Ucross Foundation's unique geographic location introduces individuals to the land, people and ethos of the northern High Plains and Rocky Mountain region.  Through its Residency Program, Art Gallery, conferences, land stewardship, and special projects, Ucross actively seeks to support an appreciation for vibrant human creativity and aims to cast a reflection into the future from the cultural mirror of our lives and times.


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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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Group Land Art Exhibition Opens at Ucross Foundation Art Gallery

“UCROSS: A PORTRAIT IN PLACE” Public Reception on Tuesday, June 30 With Special Workshops on Wednesday, July 1 Ucross, Wyoming – June 15, 2015 – A special place-based group exhibition, “Ucross: A Portrait in Place,” will open at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery on Tuesday, June 30, with a public reception from 6:00-8:00 p.m., featuring brief talks by the seven participants.

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Wyoming Grasslands Celebration Weekend

Wyoming Grasslands Celebration Weekend: Documentary Screening and Symposium to take Place in Sheridan and Ucross On Friday and Saturday, May 29-30 Two Special Programs Featuring Twenty Artists and Scientists

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Ucross Fellows Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Six Ucross Fellows are among the recipients of 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships: Maud Casey (fiction writing), Andreia Pinto-Correia (music composition), Mary Beth Keane (fiction writing), Christina Pugh (poetry), William S. Sutton (photography), and Pinar Yoldas (fine arts). Congratulations to all!

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“Wyoming Grasslands” Opens at Ucross Foundation Art Gallery on May 1

WYOMING GRASSLANDS: Photographs by Michael P. Berman and William S. Sutton Opening at Ucross Foundation Art Gallery on May 1  

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Ucross Foundation Ranch Designated as an Important Bird Area

Ucross, Wyoming – April 2, 2015 – A small group of birders from Bighorn Audubon spent the day at Ucross identifying birds - it was a windy September day... 

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2015 PEN Hemingway Award

Hemenway Wins Hemingway - Arna Bontemps Hemenway has won the 2015 PEN/Hemingway Award. Hemenway, along with finalists Kim Fu and Atticus Lish, and honorable mentions Mark Chiusano and Diane Cook, will be awarded a Ucross Foundation residency.

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New Opportunity for Ucross Follows in the Visual and Performing Arts

We want you to know about a unique opportunity for Ucross Fellows who are working in the visual or performing arts. Ucross Foundation is participating in an international "artistic circle" that will support one individual annually for a creative journey of art-making.  

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bookJacket-small.jpg A Small Difference

A Memoir Written by Our founder Raymond Plank.

Available in hardcover or paperback.


Ricky Ian Gordon

Eve Beglarian

Eugene Birman

Arna Bontemps Hemenway

Kim Fu

Alex Shakar

Olive Ayhens

Garrick Imatani

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