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.  

GALA & AWARDS DINNER

On Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Ucross held its inaugural Gala & Awards Dinner at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Thanks to all of you, it was a tremendous success. We extend deep gratitude to all of the award honorees, performers, artists who donated work for the art sale, all who attended the event in support of Ucross, and all who extended their support from afar. It was a night to remember! Information on the evening can still be found here. Pictures from the evening can viewed here.

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News and Events

UCROSS FOUNDATION WELCOMES THREE NEW MEMBERS TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Ucross, Wyoming – August 6, 2018 – Ucross Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its Board of Trustees: Dorie McCullough Lawson of Sheridan, WY and Maine, Teri Rueb of Boulder, CO, and Kate Schutt of New York City.

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“Explore Hemingway” Event to Be Held at Sheridan Inn on August 30 Featuring award-winning author Sigrid Nunez & Sheridan’s Darla Worden

Ucross, Wyoming – August 1, 2018 – Award-winning author and Ucross writer-in-residence Sigrid Nunez will join editor and writer Darla Worden at The Sheridan Inn on Thursday, August 30, at 6:30 p.m. for a reading that celebrates the literary legacy of Ernest Hemingway in Wyoming. The reading, co-hosted by Ucross and Sheridan College, is open to the public at no charge. The emcee for the evening will be writer and Ucross trustee Dorie McCullough Lawson. A book signing and refreshments will follow the reading.

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New Exhibition Opens at Ucross Art Gallery WILDLIFE, PATTERN, AND IDENTITY

Ucross, Wyoming, June 30, 2018 – Wildlife, Pattern, and Identity: Contemporary Native American Work Selections from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation will open at the Ucross Art Gallery on Saturday, June 30. The show features twenty-one works by ten distinguished Native American artists and will be on view through October 1, 2018. A reception will take place on Saturday, August 25 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm, and is open to the public at no charge. The event will include a reading by acclaimed Native American poet Sherwin Bitsui (Navajo), who will be a writer-in-residence at Ucross. All costs associated with this exhibition have been generously contributed by Jordan Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.

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CALL TO ARTISTS – Applications are now open for Spring 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 Spring 2019 residency session (March – early June).

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CALL TO NATIVE AMERICAN VISUAL ARTISTS – Applications are now open for the 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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BRENDA MALLORY NAMED RECIPIENT OF SECOND UCROSS FELLOWSHIP FOR NATIVE AMERICAN VISUAL ARTISTS

Ucross, Wyoming – June 18, 2018 – Ucross is pleased to announce that the second Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists has been awarded to mixed-media artist Brenda Mallory. The artist, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation, was chosen through a juried national selection process. The award includes a one-month residency at Ucross, a stipend of $1,000, and inclusion in a forthcoming exhibition at the Ucross Art Gallery. Major support for the Fellowship has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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ARTWORK FROM DISTINGUISHED UCROSS ALUMNI TO BE EXHIBITED, SOLD DURING JUNE 5 NEW YORK GALA & AWARDS DINNER

Martirene Alcántara, Pamela Talese, Bill Gilbert, Rhona Bitner, Karen Kitchel, Merrill Wagner, Sydney Pursel, Byron Kim among the featured artists

NEW YORK, NY - May 22, 2018 - Ucross Foundation, the prestigious artists’ residency program and creative lab for the arts, today unveiled the artworks and artists comprising an anticipated art exhibition and sale that will be shown during the Foundation’s premiere New York Gala & Awards Dinner on June 5th, 2018, at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. All the artists featured in the exhibition are Ucross alumni who have donated their works to benefit Ucross as the Foundation celebrates 35 years of fostering creativity in literature, film, theatre, music, dance, and the visual arts. The art collection entitled Wide Skies: Ucross @ 35 is open for viewing and sale via this link, or in person at the Gala celebration.

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PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR ANNIE PROULX TO RECEIVE THE FIRST UCROSS AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN THE ARTS

The New Yorker’s David Remnick Will Present the Award at the Inaugural Ucross New York Gala & Awards Dinner on June 5th in New York

The June 5th event will feature an art exhibit, musical performances, and readings by renowned Ucross alumni. Artists scheduled to perform include Tony Award-winning actress/singers Laura Benanti and Victoria Clark, acclaimed author Tayari Jones, and composers Steven Lutvak, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Dylan Mattingly. Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are also expected to appear

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AWARD WINNING AUTHOR KEVIN POWERS TO GIVE A READING AT SHERIDAN COLLEGE APRIL 15

Ucross, Wyoming – April 10, 2018 – Ucross Foundation, Sheridan College, and The Student Veterans of America (SVA) at Sheridan College are pleased to co-host acclaimed writer Kevin Powers for a reading, discussion, and book signing of his novel The Yellow Birds on Sunday, April 15 from 2 – 3 p.m. in the Whitney Academic Center W153. This event is free and open to the public.

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Ucross resident, Esmé Weijun Wang honored with 2018 Whiting Award

Congratulations to Spring 2018 Ucross artist-in-residence Esmé Weijun Wang and the nine other winners of the 2018 Whiting Awards, which were announced on March 21, 2018.

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NATIVE AMERICAN ARTIST SYDNEY PURSEL TO GIVE PERFORMANCE AND TALK AT WHITNEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS

March 13, 2018 -- Ucross, Wyoming -- Ucross Foundation and Whitney Center for the Arts will co-host a performance and talk by contemporary Native American artist Sydney Pursel on Tuesday, March 20 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the WCA Concert Hall. Pursel, a member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, is the first artist to be awarded the new Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists. The event will include a performance of her interactive piece “Waroxi,” a screening of her short video “Revitalize (or the opposite of an apple)”, and an artist talk. The performance is free and open to the public. whitneyarts.org

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CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY ON MARCH 8 WITH A READING AT SHERIDAN COLLEGE BY ACCLAIMED NOVELIST YAA GYASI

Ucross, Wyoming – March 1, 2018 – Ucross Foundation and Sheridan College are pleased to co-host acclaimed novelist Yaa Gyasi for a reading, discussion, and book signing of her breakthrough novel Homegoing on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Whitney Academic Center W153. This event is free and open to the public.

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New Exhibition Opens at Ucross Art Gallery LINEAGE & LEGACY: THE IMAGED HORSE

Ucross, Wyoming – February 15, 2018 – Ucross Foundation announces the opening of a special multidisciplinary equine exhibition featuring over thirty works by ten artists including five international artists. Spearheaded by Mark Ritchie, Professor of Art in Printmaking at the University of Wyoming, Lineage & Legacy: The Imaged Horse will be on view from March 5 through June 9, 2018. A gallery reception and horse drawing/photography workshop is planned for Sunday, April 29, 2018.

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Seven Global Theatre Artists Convene at Sundance Institute Playwrights & Composers Retreat at Ucross Foundation

Artist-Centered Residency Supports Theatrical Writing in Development

New York, NY​ — Seven theatre artists have gathered for the nineteenth annual Sundance Institute Playwrights & Composers Retreat at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, currently underway from February 5 to February 23, 2018. Designed to support theatrical writing in its earliest stages, the residency is dedicated to uninhibited creativity, peer mentorship and professional growth.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2018-2019 Marion International Fellowship in the Visual and Performing Arts

We are pleased to announce the application process is now open for the sixth annual Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2018.

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CALL TO ARTISTS – Applications are now open for Fall 2018 residencies

THE UCROSS FOUNDATION RESIDENCY PROGRAM is currently accepting applications from writers, visual artists, composers, dancers and collaborators for residencies of 2, 4 or 6 six weeks during our Fall residency session (August – early December).

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

Established in 2017, 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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ANNOUNCING FIRST RECIPIENT OF UCROSS FELLOWSHIP FOR NATIVE AMERICAN VISUAL ARTISTS

Ucross, Wyoming – January 2, 2018 – Ucross Foundation is pleased to announce that the first Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists has been awarded to interdisciplinary artist Sydney Pursel, who is based in Columbia, Missouri.

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"RAYMOND PLANK: A LIFE OF COURAGE AND FAITH" exhibition reception and hours

A special exhibition featuring a narrative display of stories, photographs and films that honor Ucross Founder Raymond Plank’s vision and accomplishments.

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5th Annunal Community Christmas Celebration at Ucross

Ucross, Wyoming November 22, 2017 – On Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm will present its 5th annual Community Christmas Celebration.

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Ucross Welcomes Three New Board Members.

Ucross, Wyoming – November 6, 2017 – Ucross Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its Board of Trustees: Charles Alsdorf of New York City, Kim Cannon of Big Horn, WY, and Susan Miller of Sheridan, WY. Read the full Press Release here.

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FORD FELLOWSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED

Ucross Foundation in partnership with The Ford Family Foundation will be accepting applications from mid-career Oregon visual artists for residencies of 4 weeks in 2018.

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UCROSS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES A NEW ARTIST’S RESIDENCY OPPORTUNITY: UCROSS FELLOWSHIP FOR NATIVE AMERICAN VISUAL ARTISTS

Ucross Foundation is pleased to announce a new residency initiative, the Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists, in support of contemporary Native American artists at all stages of their professional careers. The deadline for the first Fellowship to be offered in Spring 2018 is October 1, 2017.

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Development Consultant Position Opens at Ucross

Ucross announces a search for an experienced Development Director/Consultant to enhance our existing strategies, jumpstart new initiatives as we build our national profile, and raise funds to ensure financial sustainability. The position will be based off-site in a major urban area. The application deadline is September 15.

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Celebrating 35 years of Ucross residents and their creative accomplishments

Homepage-thumbnailPhotos-Webster.jpgFRANK WEBSTER, a painter who lives in Brooklyn, NY, first came to Ucross in 2004. At that time he was at work on a project painting post-industrial landscapes. He returned for a residency in fall 2017, and spent time painting the “stark beauty” of Wyoming’s mountains, prairies and rivers.

“I learned a great deal about landscape and environmental interaction on a philosophical level,” Webster said of his residency.

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SPRING 2018 RESIDENTS

Samuel Adams
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Sydney Pursel
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Kevin Powers
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Merián Soto
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Pamela Talese
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Esmé Wang
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