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Public reception to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ucross Art Gallery

Ucross, Wyoming – (October 3, 2019) – Ucross is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition in the Ucross Art Gallery with work by Martirene Alcántara, an acclaimed Mexican-born abstract visual artist, stage designer and photographer who specializes in architecture. Metamorphoses: An Act of Poetic Imagination opens on October 11, and will be on view through December 6, 2019. Gallery hours are M – F 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays by appointment.

A public reception will take place on Friday, October 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ucross Art Gallery in Ucross, Wyoming. The reception is free and will include an artist talk by Alcántara, who is a current artist-in-residence at Ucross, and has participated in their prestigious artist residency program two other times.

The exhibition includes 40 photographs of abstract elements from Alcántara’s travels around the world, including Wyoming. The works encourge the viewer’s imagination by evoking other artistic disciplines including poetry and painting. Prior to traveling to the Ucross Art Gallery, the exhibition was most recently shown in Austria at the Galerien der Stadt Salzburg, and the Instituto Cultural de México in Vienna. Ucross extends gratitude to the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs for their help bringing the exhibition to the U.S. Alcántara dedicates the show to the memory of her father, Ernesto Alcántara.

“It is an honor to present Martirene’s exquisite work in the Ucross Art Gallery,” said Ucross President Sharon Dynak. “The confluence of creative disciplines that can be experienced in her art reflects the multidisciplinary nature of Ucross itself, as well as our deepening efforts to support artists working in multiple disciplines within the Latinx community."

Alcántara was born in Mexico City.  As a daughter of two fine art painters, she grew up infused by the visual world around her and chose photography as her form of expression. She studied architecture, art and photography in Mexico City, the U.S., and Spain. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as many private art collections. She has received various awards and recognition in Mexico, Austria, and the U.S., among them a Rockefeller/FONCA Grant to publish her first book, and a Karen Shea and Gabe Silverman Endowed Fellowship.

Alcántara has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., and her work has been published by museums, such as the Quai Branly and the Pinacotheque in Paris; Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin; Rietberg in Zürich; Museo de Antropología and the Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguérez in Mexico; and the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. Her photographs have also appeared in important magazines like Stonexus, U.S.; Beaux Arts, France; Tribe, Belgium; 2G, Barcelona; Artes de México, Mexico; and others. Alcántara has been a speaker at a TEDx Talk, and at various universities. She has taught photography in Mexico, the U.S., Uruguay and Spain.

Also on display in conjunction with the exhibition will be a collection of books in celebration of the Aura Estrada International Literature Award. The award was founded in 2009 by award-winning writer and Ucross alum Francisco Goldman in memory of his late wife, Aura Estrada, a young writer who was also a Ucross resident. The prize is presented biennually to a female writer, 35 or under, living in Mexico or the U.S., who writes creative prose in Spanish. Ucross provides residencies and stipends to the winners, who also receive residencies at Art Omi (Ghent, New York), Santa Maddalena (Tuscany, Italy) and in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Previous winners include Vanessa Londoño (Colombia), Liliana Colanzi (Bolivia), Veronica Gerber Bicecci (Mexico), Majo Ramírez (Mexico), and Susana Garcia Iglesias (Mexico). All have been artists-in-residence at Ucross with the exception of Ramírez. The sixth annual Aura Estrada Award will be presented to Mexican writer Natalia Trigo at the 39th Annual International Oaxaca Book Fair on September 27.