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UCROSS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES A NEW ARTIST’S RESIDENCY OPPORTUNITY: UCROSS FELLOWSHIP FOR NATIVE AMERICAN VISUAL ARTISTS

Ucross, Wyoming – June 28, 2017 – Ucross Foundation is pleased to announce a new residency initiative, the Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists, in support of contemporary Native American artists at all stages of their professional careers. The Fellowships will begin in 2018, with two recipients each year. Eligible disciplines include but are not limited to painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, performance art, installation, ceramics, and collaborative projects involving multiple disciplines. The deadline for the first Fellowship to be offered in Spring 2018 is October 1, 2017. The application process is now open online at https://ucrossfoundation.submittable.com/submit

The Ucross Foundation Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists will provide two Ucross residencies of up to one month and a stipend of $1,000. Each Fellow will be featured in an exhibition at the Ucross Art Gallery during the year following their residency. An exhibition brochure will be produced for each exhibition. Visual art studios are approximately 400 square feet and the facilities include one print studio with an Elephant etching press. Fellows working in ceramics will have the opportunity to use a ceramics studio through an arrangement with nearby Sheridan College.

Ucross President Sharon Dynak states: “In recent years Ucross has directed significant energy toward broadening the cultural reach and depth of our visual arts program. Our efforts have included partnerships with The Ford Family Foundation to support Oregon visual artists, and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts to support Philadelphia-based artists, composers and writers. Thanks to the support of the Ucross Board of Trustees, which has begun an endowment for this new Fellowship, we are excited to support the work of Native American visual artists.”

Located on a 20,000 acre working cattle ranch in the foothills of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains, Ucross provides individual workspace, living accommodations, uninterrupted time, and the inspiring experience of the vast High Plains landscape. Ten artists are in residence at one time, typically a mix of four visual artists, four writers and two composers. Dynak notes that the High Plains setting of Ucross seems especially fitting for an initiative such as the Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists. Resident artists from around the world have remarked on the power of the land and its lasting impact on their creative work. The significant historic presence of Plains Indians in the Ucross area is evident in the nearly 150 tepee circles located on the ranch. More than half of the Ucross Ranch is part of a conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming, and the ranch was recently designated an Important Bird Area, a global conservation program of Audubon.

Since its establishment in 1981, Ucross has provided over 2,000 residencies to writers, visual artists, and composers, including award-winning Fellows such as Annie Proulx, Terry Tempest Williams, Colson Whitehead, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ann Patchett, Adam Guettel, Ricky Ian Gordon, Bill Morrison, Theaster Gates, Anthony Hernandez, and recent Academy Award and Tony winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Other Ucross national partners include the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, and the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction.

The Spring 2018 Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists will be awarded for a residency to take place between late February and early June. For the Fall 2018 Fellowship, the deadline will be March 1, 2018, for a residency taking place between August and early December 2018. For additional information, contact Tracey Kikut at Ucross Foundation at (307) 737 2291 or tkikut@ucross.org.