Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24U C R O S S A P O R T R A I T I N P L A C E is the culmination of a four-year collaboration between the Ucross Foundation and alumni of the Land Arts of the American West program (LAAW) at the University of New Mexico. Our relationship began in 2012 with a meeting over coffee in Santa Fe, New Mexico with Sharon Dynak, President of Ucross Foundation, and me. Sharon extended an invitation to bring a group of LAAW artists to Ucross for a collective residency, and in 2013 I selected seven artists from the fifteen year run of the program. Through the course of their Ucross residency, the LAAW artists ranged far and wide across the 20,000 acre ranch, exploring the hills and draws of the grasslands and the floodplain of Clear Creek. A consensus quickly emerged that there was real potential for an interdisciplinary, mixed media exhibition focused on the specific environmental and social aspects of the Ucross Ranch. Charlie Bettigole, director of the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative (a multi-year project based at Ucross and at Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies), agreed to join in the collaboration, contributing his work with satellite and sonic mapping projects. Our expanded group returned to Ucross in 2014 to complete the field work component of the project, with a commitment to return in 2015 to install the Ucross: A Portrait in Place exhibition. In 2016 the exhibition will travel to the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies where stu- dents, faculty, staff and community members will have the opportunity to experience a glimpse of the magical Ucross landscape. Our approach brings the language of contemporary art to an investigation of Ucross. Each artist or artist and scientist team was free to deeply pursue a specific aspect of Ucross knowing that the joint exhibition would provide a synthesis, a unified portrait in place. Hart-Mann and Bettigole’s focus on soils then supports the plant communities in pieces by Mougel, Brinich-Langlois, Wood and Gilbert/Bettigole. Their contributions in turn provide habitat for bird, bison and human migrations in the works by Mougel/Bettigole, Wood and Hayashi. The conversation passes round and round the exhibition, building layer upon layer to create a complex portrait of the Ucross ecosystem. Ucross: A Portrait in Place presents Ucross through the eyes of outsiders who have fallen in love with this incredible place. BILL GILBERT Lannan Endowed Chair: Land Arts of the American West Distinguished Professor of Art & Ecology University of New Mexico Left: Bill Gilbert, (detail) unique editon, Terrestrial/Celestial Navigations: Ucross Wyoming, July 18, 2014: Floodplain, 12x12”, digital print