Artist Spotlight


WebsterArtist.pngFRANK WEBSTER, a painter who lives in Brooklyn, NY, first came to Ucross in 2004. At that time he was at work on a project painting post-industrial landscapes. He returned for a residency in fall 2017, and spent time painting the “stark beauty” of Wyoming’s mountains, prairies and rivers, in particular Cloud Peak Glacier in the nearby Bighorn Mountains.

Webster is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2015 NYFA Fellowship in Painting, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a Golden Foundation Individual Artist Award. He has shown nationally and internationally. His paintings “depicting the strange and ethereal landscapes of northern Iceland” (based on his time in Skagaströnd, Iceland at Nes Artist Residency) were featured in an exhibition at Hathaway Gallery in Atlanta, GA from July – September, 2017. He continued this series of wilderness landscape paintings while at Ucross, often taking weekend trips into the Bighorn Mountains for inspiration.

“I learned a great deal about landscape and environmental interaction on a philosophical level,” Webster said of his residency.

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Untitled (Cloud Peak Series), 2017,
watercolor, 22" x 30".


Drangajökull, 2017,
acrylic on canvas, 67" x 55"


Mary-Tsiongas_Greytone-small.jpgTo begin this series, we are featuring MARY TSIONGAS, an interdisciplinary visual artist born in Greece and now based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Tsiongas says she is “interested in our relationship to remote places and how we bring them back to where we live; in essence how the wilderness can emerge in our homes and physical bodies; how it sometimes calls us to leave our urban environments.”

Tsiongas was recognized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., as one of the “Women to Watch 2015,” and her art was shown there in the exhibition Organic Matters. Work that she created during her 2017 residency at Ucross was exhibited a few months later at the Richard Levy Gallery in Albuquerque. This year Tsiongas will continue teaching at the University of New Mexico, as a Professor in Experimental Art & Technology in the Department of Art. Click to visit her website

“Ucross is a sublime place,” says Tsiongas.  “A wonderful catalyst for creative work with beautiful dark nights.”

Glacier Rock,  2017,  Acrylic Face Mounted Archival Print, 16”x24”   Mountain Park,  2017,  Acrylic Face Mounted Archival Print, 16"x24"

Glacier Rock,  2017,  
Acrylic Face Mounted Archival Print


Mountain Park,  2017,  
Acrylic Face Mounted Archival Print