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Ucross Names Luzene Hill Fall 2019 Recipient of Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists

Ucross, WY — June 11, 2019 — Ucross, a prestigious artists’ residency program and creative lab for the arts located in northeast Wyoming, today announced that Luzene Hill, a multimedia artist best known for her socially engaged conceptual installations and performances, has been awarded the Fall 2019 Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists. Hill, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is currently based in Atlanta. She will receive a one-month residency at Ucross, a stipend of $2,000, and inclusion in an exhibition at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery forthcoming in 2020. Major support for the Fellowship has been provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Hill’s work reflects interdisciplinary scholarship in visual art, women's studies, and Native American culture. Her installations, performance, drawings, and artist’s books are informed by precontact culture of the Americas, and often advocate for indigenous sovereignty (linguistic, cultural, and personal) and female agency, while challenging male dictated hierarchies. She has exhibited throughout the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, and the United Kingdom, and has earned accolades including the 2016 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts, the 2015 Eiteljorg Museum Fellowship, and 2015 First Peoples Fund Fellowship. 

“Ucross is honored to welcome Luzene, a bold and boundary-breaking artist, for a residency this fall,” said Ucross President Sharon Dynak. “Wyoming’s High Plains have a deep history of Native American culture, and we’re thrilled that Luzene will be able to create and exhibit her work here, through this new fellowship initiative that is so important and meaningful to us.”

Hill follows Heidi K. Brandow, a Native Hawaiian and Diné multidisciplinary artist, Brenda Mallory, a mixed-media artist and member of the Cherokee Nation, and Sydney Pursel, an interdisciplinary artist and member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, in receiving the Ucross fellowship.

Initiated in 2017, the Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists supports the work of contemporary Native American creatives at all stages of their professional careers. It is open to disciplines that include, but are not limited to, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, performance art, installation, ceramics, and collaborative projects involving multiple disciplines. Two Fellowships are awarded annually, one each in spring and fall.

Intricate Form: Brenda Mallory + Sydney Pursel, an exhibit featuring work by the program’s first two honorees, is currently exhibited at the Ucross Art Gallery and will be on view through September 28.

The next application deadline for the Spring 2020 fellowship is September 1, 2019. Additional information about Ucross can be found on their website.

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

The Ucross Art Gallery is located a half-mile east of the intersection of Highways 14 and 16 East in Ucross. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., or by appointment. For further information, contact (307) 737-2291 or


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