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Gallery Opening on February 15 features art by Teresa Jordan and Chessney Sevier, music by Hal Cannon

MOMENTS OF SEEING: THE ART OF TERESA JORDAN AND CHESSNEY SEVIER OPENS AT UCROSS FOUNDATION ART GALLERY ON FEBRUARY 15 Ucross, Wyoming – January 24, 2014 – A new exhibition, Moments of Seeing: The Art of Teresa Jordan and Chessney Sevier, opens at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery with a reception for the artists on Saturday, February 15, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The day’s festivities will also include a special performance in the Barn Loft at 4:00 p.m. featuring music and stories by Teresa Jordan and her husband Hal Cannon, who is the Founding Director of the Western Folklife Center and National Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.

The reception and performance are open to the public at no charge. The exhibition, which will be on view through May 9, is supported in part by the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Moments of Seeing will feature monotypes and hand-colored monotypes by Teresa Jordan, and paintings and intaglio etchings by Chessney Sevier. Both artists have deep ties to the American West. Jordan notes that her work is inspired by animals and the natural world. She grew up on a cattle ranch in southeast Wyoming and currently lives in Utah, near Zion National Park. Sevier is a native of the Nebraska Sand Hills country and grew up “in a house full of cowboys,” as she puts it. She currently lives outside Buffalo, Wyoming, with her daughter Jymie, and serves on the Wyoming Arts Council.

Teresa Jordan is represented by the Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City, and her artwork has been exhibited in one-woman and group shows in several Western states. Jordan is also a writer and the author of the acclaimed memoir, Riding the White Horse Home: A Western Family Album. She states that “she came to art in midlife as a meditation, a way to pay attention.” Her books include two illustrated journals, Apprentice to Place: Field Notes from Yosemite and Raging River, Quiet Mind: Field Notes from the Grand Canyon. With her husband, Hal Cannon, she created the series “The Open Road” about the Outback West for the public radio show The Savvy Traveler. Her next book, The Year of Living Virtuously, Weekends Off, inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s 13 virtues and the seven deadly sins, will be released by Counterpoint Press in 2014 and will include her artwork. Jordan received a BA in History from Yale University, and a BFA, with an emphasis in drawing and painting, from the University of Utah.

Chessney Sevier attended Chadron State College on a rodeo scholarship and graduated with a BFA in 1998. She first began her career as a graphic designer for a leading outdoor recreation company. She has been a full-time artist, focusing on painting and printmaking, since 2001. Sevier has participated in exhibitions at the 21st Annual Bradford Brinton Memorial Holiday Art Show in Big Horn, WY, the Western Art Show at the Cattle Raisers Museum in Ft. Worth, TX, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale in Cody, WY, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, among others. Her work is on view at the Big Horn Gallery in Cody, WY, Nathalie’s of Santa Fe, NM, and Northwest by Northwest in Canon Beach, OR.

Hal Cannon is a folklorist, radio producer and musician. As the founding Director of the Western Folklife Center and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, he has published dozens of books and recordings on the folk arts of the West. He has received three Wrangler Awards from the Cowboy Hall of Fame, the 1998 Will Rogers Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Folklore Society’s Botkin Award, and the Utah Governor’s Awards in both the arts and humanities. He recently retired from the Western Folklife Center but continues, along with producer Taki Telonidis to produce features for NPR national news shows including their radio series, What's in a Song airing on Weekend Edition. They also produced two Emmy Award winning TV documentaries, Why the Cowboy Sings and Red Rock Rondo: A Zion Canyon Song Cycle, both airing on PBS. Cannon makes a specialty of studying the music of the pioneering West both as a performer and scholar.

The Ucross Foundation Art Gallery is located at 30 Big Red Lane in Ucross, ½ mile east of the intersection of Highways 14 and 16 East. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with special hours available by appointment. For further information contact Ucross Foundation at (307) 737-2291, info@ucross.org, or visit www.ucrossfoundation.org