For thirty-five years, Ucross has supported artists from throughout the United States and the world with the gift of uninterrupted time to focus on creative work. Artists come to Ucross from some of the most populated cities on earth – New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Berlin, London, Paris – to spend a month on the High Plains in Ucross, Wyoming, population 25. The intersection of urban and rural is a memorable experience for all involved. The artistic connections of Ucross are far-reaching, but the organization is deeply rooted in its immediate landscape of the American West. Mark Ritchie, Professor of Art in Printmaking at the University of Wyoming, approached us last year with the idea of a group exhibition inspired by his time at the Horse and Art Research Program (HARP) in Hungary. It was clear that the exhibit is perfect for the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery, situated at the heart of our historic 20,000-acre working cattle ranch. It turns out that both Ucross and HARP belong to the international organization Res Artis, a worldwide network of artist residencies. (Res Artis now numbers over six hundred centers, organizations and individuals in more than seventy countries.) We are glad to have learned about this unique residency program, founded in 2015, which combines equine knowledge and the visual arts. We are grateful to Mark Ritchie for spearheading “Lineage & Legacy: The Imaged Horse,” and for gathering such an impressive group of artists working in a variety of disciplines. Ucross is honored to present the work of these ten distinguished artists and horse devotees, most of whom have spent time in Hungary at HARP. Viewers of the exhibit will never look at horses in quite the same way again. The Wyoming Arts Council has provided valuable support to the exhibition, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. We extend our thanks to them, to our many Ucross supporters in Wyoming and beyond, and to the Ucross Board of Trustees. The board’s ongoing commitment to contemporary artists ensures the vitality of the creative spirit at Ucross. Sharon Dynak President, Ucross Foundation 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. 4 ABOVE: Mariel Versluis, Long Gone, 2017, paint charcoal woodcut stencil, 36” x 48” OPPOSITE: Lara Ješe, Battery VII, 2015, Screen print on paper, 17.75” x 11.75” detail