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Martirene Alcántara, Pamela Talese, Bill Gilbert, Rhona Bitner, Karen Kitchel, Merrill Wagner, Sydney Pursel, Byron Kim among the featured artists

NEW YORK, NY - May 22, 2018 - Ucross Foundation, the prestigious artists’ residency program and creative lab for the arts, today unveiled the artworks and artists comprising an anticipated art exhibition and sale that will be shown during the Foundation’s premiere New York Gala & Awards Dinner on June 5th, 2018, at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. All the artists featured in the exhibition are Ucross alumni who have donated their works to benefit Ucross as the Foundation celebrates 35 years of fostering creativity in literature, film, theatre, music, dance, and the visual arts. The art collection entitled Wide Skies: Ucross @ 35 is open for viewing and sale via this link, or in person at the Gala celebration.

Featured artists in the exhibition include Byron Kim, Pamela Talese, Martirene Alcántara, Sydney Pursel, Karen Kitchel, Joni Sternbach, Bill Gilbert, Olive Ayhens, Rhona Bitner, Elisabeth Condon, Julie Evans, Andrew Ginzel, Julie Gross, Darina Karpov, Patrick Kikut, Nancy Manter, Eleanor Ray, Don Stinson, Ilene Sunshine, Amy Talluto, Austin Thomas, Josette Urso, Merrill Wagner-Ryman, Sarah Walker, Daniel Wiener and Amanda Wojick. Ranging in style from abstract sublime paintings (Kim) to socially engaged, activist performances, video and new media arts (Pursel) and environmentally-resonant works (Kitchel), the Gala’s collection represents the true diversity of inspiration granted by the Ucross residency. Works by the artists have been included in public and private collections worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; Guggenheim Museum; National Portrait Gallery, London; New York Historical Society; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Art Institute of Chicago; and the Perez Museum, Miami, among many others.

The majestic, rural setting of Ucross serves as inspiration to many artists, including painter Pamela Talese, who remarked on her experience, “Time at Ucross is both spacious and intimate, silent and vivid, offering nourishment, inspiration and courage to face the void that artists understand in a very specific way. It was my very first residency and I never forgot the quiet impact it had on me. What’s fascinating is that those first reverberations could still be felt when I returned 15 years later. Ucross is like an underground river which continues to flow and replenish me.”

During the June 5th gala event, internationally acclaimed author Annie Proulx, an alumna of Ucross and former member of its Board of Trustees, will be presented with the Ucross Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts, by David Remnick, editor in chief of The New Yorker. The evening will include live performances and readings by a number of exceptional alumni including Steven Lutvak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Ricky Ian Gordon (The Grapes of Wrath, opera), bestselling author Tayari Jones, author and Vanity Fair contributor Elissa Schappell, trumpeter Frank London, composer/pianist Dylan Mattingly, and singer-songwriter Kate Schutt. Special guests will include Broadway stars Laura Benanti and Victoria Clark.

The art can be previewed and purchased prior to the event. Please visit for more information on the art sale and display.

About Ucross Foundation: 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 the first artists arrived at the Ucross ranch in 1983, Ucross has provided over 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, 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, the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, the Alliance of Artist Communities, and the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. The Ucross Foundation Art Gallery is a significant cultural resource for surrounding communities and beyond. For further information, visit


Jocelyn Córdova
High10 Media


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