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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.

 

Bitner will be a resident at Ucross in March.

 

Bitner has spent most of her career in New York City and Paris, but over the course of 25 years, her art has taken her across the United States and much of Europe. Her talk will encompass a wide range of work, much of which focuses on elements of theatrical and musical experience, as well as some stunning photographs of Wyoming made during residencies at Ucross.

 

“We are very excited to have Rhona participate in this International Women’s Day event,” said Ucross President Sharon Dynak. “Her long-term bodies of work exemplify her unique vision and experience as a highly accomplished female artist.” Bitner’s photographs have been shown in solo shows at Fondation Bru in Venice, Italy; and Blondeau & Cie in Switzerland; and been featured at the Musee du Louvre in Paris, France.

 

In “Circus” (1994-2001), Bitner photographed 46 American and European circus companies over nine years of public performances, from the perspective of an anonymous audience member. Her “Stage” series (2004-2008) focused on the spotlights, curtain, and proscenium as a show begins or ends. Working with in-house lighting directors, she photographed 23 classical theaters in New York, Pennsylvania, Paris, and Versailles. Her most recent series, the encyclopedic “Listen,” maps the landscape or inner architecture of American rock n’ roll history and memory. Over the course of 11 years, Bitner photographed 403 venues in 89 cities in 26 states – including Folsom State Prison (California), Graceland (Tennessee), Hitsville USA (Detroit), and Shea Stadium (New York).

 

Bitner received her B.S. from New York University and continued with postgraduate work at the International Center for Photography, where she is currently on the faculty, and Parsons School of Design. She has participated in exhibitions at institutions including the Musee du Louvre, Paris; Kunsthalle, Vienna; Les Rencontres D’Arles, France; Daegu Biennale, South Korea; Wellin Museum at Hamilton College; and Bayly Museum, University of Virginia. Her work is in the public collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Wellin Museum, among others in the U.S., and in France at Musee Europeene de la Photographie, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain, and Centre National des Arts Plastiques. 

More information on her work can be found at rhonabitner.com.

 

 

This event is part of the Explore Hemingway along Wyoming Highways series, which creates a forum for historical and contemporary issues of representation in the Cowboy State. The “Explore Hemingway” series is sponsored by a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, “Creating Humanities Communities along Wyoming’s Hemingway Highway,” which was received by Sheridan College in partnership with the Wyoming Humanities Council, Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research, and Ucross. Last year, celebrated author Yaa Gyasi gave a presentation for International Women’s Day based on her award-winning book Homegoing

 

 

About Ucross

 

Located in northeast Wyoming in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains, Ucross fosters 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 responsible steward of its 20,000-acre ranch. Residencies are awarded to nearly one hundred artists each year. Ten artists are in residence at one time, typically a mix of four visual artists, four writers, and two composers.

 

 

Since its establishment in 1981, Ucross has provided more than 2,000 residencies to writers, visual artists, and composers, including such distinguished fellows as Annie Proulx, Terry Tempest Williams, Colson Whitehead, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ann Patchett, Ricky Ian Gordon, Bill Morrison, Theaster Gates, Anthony Hernandez, Academy Award and Tony winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and recent National Book Award winner Sigrid Nunez. National partners of Ucross include the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, the Whiting Foundation, the Alliance of Artist Communities, and the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel. The Ucross Foundation Art Gallery is a significant cultural resource for surrounding communities and beyond. For further information, visit ucross.org.

 

 

Contacts:

 

Ucross Foundation

 

Carly Fraysier | cfraysier@ucross.org | (307) 737-2291

 

Images available upon request