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New Exhibition Opens at Ucross Art Gallery LINEAGE & LEGACY: THE IMAGED HORSE

Naturalized Grazer by Mark Ritchie

Ucross, Wyoming – February 15, 2018 – Ucross Foundation announces the opening of a special multidisciplinary equine exhibition featuring over thirty works by ten artists including five international artists. Spearheaded by Mark Ritchie, Professor of Art in Printmaking at the University of Wyoming, Lineage & Legacy: The Imaged Horse will be on view from March 5 through June 9, 2018. A gallery reception and horse drawing/photography workshop is planned for Sunday, April 29, 2018.

The exhibition is inspired by Ritchie’s participation in the Horse and Art Research Program (HARP), a unique artist residency in Hungary that combines equine studies and the visual arts. The experience “provided an opportunity for a number of international artists working with equine imagery and content to meet. The two weeks of intense conversation created the catalyst to initiate this exhibition. It was difficult to invite only ten artists. A few are artists working with the horse that I encountered prior to the residency,” Ritchie said.

The exhibition features works that explore horse-to-horse and horse-to-human interactions through a wide range of visual disciplines including printmaking, painting, photography and film. Writer and HARP participant Natalie Hill states in the exhibition essay, “The images in this exhibition represent both the art of recording, documenting and questioning, and the art of dreaming, creating and imagining, and these are often intertwined.”

The featured artists come from throughout the US (Wyoming, Michigan, Wisconsin, California, and Georgia), and the world (UK, Hungary, Slovenia, France and Norway). As individual artists, they bring to the group exhibition many years of expertise in their chosen discipline, as well as numerous awards and accolades; most have participated in HARP. Amongst the works in the exhibition, visitors will have a chance to view prints by Mark Ritchie, ink drawings and a film by multidisciplinary Hungarian artist and HARP co-founder, Beáta Veszely, and silk screen images that raise poignant questions surrounding the myth of the wild horse by Slovenian-born, Switzerland-based artist Lara Ješe.

The Battery by Lara Ješe


The Ten Artists Are:

Lee Deigaard, photographer, Louisiana and Georgia, US Sarah O’Farrell, printmaker, Wisconsin
Susan Hillyard, photographer, California Mark E. Ritchie, printmaker, Wyoming
Lara Ješe, multidisciplinary artist, Switzerland Louise Taylor, photographer, UK
Søssa Jørgensen, multidisciplinary artist, Norway Mariel Versluis, printmaker, Michigan
Marine Lahaix, filmmaker, France Beáta Veszely, multidisciplinary artist, Hungary

Several of the artists included in the exhibition will lead a drawing and photography workshop on Sunday, April 29 from Noon – 2:30pm. The workshop will take place at The Ranch at Ucross, and will involve horses owned by the Ranch. Interested participants must register in advance by calling the Ucross offices at (307) 737-2291 beginning in April. Following the workshop on April 29, Ucross will host a gallery reception from 3 – 5pm at the Ucross Art Gallery. These events are free and open to the public.

The exhibition is supported in part by the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature. The Ucross Foundation Art Gallery is located ½ mile east of the intersection of Highways 14 and 16 East in Ucross. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., or by appointment. For further information, contact (307) 737-2291 or


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