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.

Ucross Gala

News and Events

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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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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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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A Memoir Written by Our founder Raymond Plank.

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