Posted 10-10-18 ,Ucross (New York) –
51 artists across multiple disciplines awarded time, studio space, and living accommodations on a 20,000-acre working ranch
Ucross alumni include Colson Whitehead, Yaa Gyasi, Annie Proulx, Terry Tempest Williams, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ann Patchett, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Adam Guettel
NEW YORK—October 9th, 2018 — Ucross has recently announced the recipients of this fall’s fellowships. Fifty-one artists, writers, and composers were selected from more than 300 applicants. The fall list includes artists who hail from eighteen different states throughout the U.S. as well as seven countries. They work in a diverse range of creative disciplines, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, music, dance, painting, mixed-media, and sculpture. Ucross provides each artist with the gift of uninterrupted time on the majestic High Plains, studio space, living accommodations. Residencies range from two to six weeks and there is no charge to artists.
The fall residency session also includes artists coming to Ucross through partnerships with Pew Fellowships in the Arts, The Ford Family Foundation, the Aura Estrada Prize, the Elaine Lebenbom Prize (Detroit Symphony Orchestra), the Alley Theatre, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which support the Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists.
“Ucross is honored to welcome these gifted individuals who have shown creative excellence, whether as emerging artists or more experienced,” said Sharon Dynak, President of Ucross. “For thirty-five years we have seen the powerful impact of Ucross residencies on artistic achievement. We know these artists will thrive in the extraordinary environment that we provide for creative research and experimentation.”
Located in northeastern Wyoming at the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains, the artist residency program is situated on a 20,000-acre working cattle ranch at the confluence of three creeks in Ucross, population 25. Its connection to the land, and its vast open spaces have proven to be inspirational and uniquely generative for artists. Ucross has been home to ten Pulitzer Prize winners, eight MacArthur “genius” grantees, seven Tony Award winners, six National Book Award winners, and two Academy Award winners. Through its residencies, partnerships, and support of emerging artists, it continues to have an impact on the cultural dialogue of the country and the world.
“The magic of a place like Ucross is that even when you’re not there, knowing it exists buoys you,” notes Melissa Yancy, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and the recipient of an honorable mention for the PEN Hemingway Award for her novel Dog Years.
Ucross was founded in 1981 by Raymond Plank. It has provided more than 2,000 residencies to some of the world’s most accomplished artists. Its distinguished alumni include 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 Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. On September 18, three Ucross alumni were selected for the long-list for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction: Tayari Jones (An American Marriage), Sigrid Nunez (The Friend), and Rebecca Makkai (The Great Believers). Sigrid Nunez notes of her recent Ucross residency, “Where else on earth do you wake up each morning and think, man, it’s great to be a writer!”
Ten artists are in residence at one time, typically a mix of four visual artists, four writers, and two composers. They experience an inspiring combination of solitude and community; with expansive time for private work, amid lively exchanges at group dinners with fellow artists. Facilities include four visual arts studios, four writers’ studios, and two composers’ studios, each with an electronic keyboard and baby grand piano. There is also an Elephant etching press for printmakers and a large loft space suitable for dance and theatre collaborations.
“While at Ucross I gathered images, sounds, rocks, movement ideas; danced in the loft, my cabin, the landscape; immersed myself in reading, writing, and reflection; observed animals, weather, my own shifting moods – all of it exquisitely nourishing and generative,” said Linda Austin, dance and performance artist.
Please find the full list of Fall 2018 artists in residence below:
Writing: Sherwin Bitsui, Liliana Colanzi, Amanda Eggert, Stefani Farris, Natalie Goldberg, Jennifer Haigh, Suki Kim, Serena Lin, Vanessa Londono, Alex Madison, Ryan Matthews, Gary Miller, Felice Neals, Linda Norton, Sigrid Nunez, Matthew Schnirman, Yasmeen Siddiqui, Mark Spragg, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Jung Yun
Visual Arts: Carla Bengston, Kathleen Caprario, Renee Couture, Craig Goodworth, Tessa Hulls, Munsun Hunt, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Mahima Kapoor, Neerja Kothari, Brenda Mallory (Ucross Fellow for Native American Visual Artists), Deborah Mitchell, Samantha Ritchie
Music/Dance: Ken Field, Daniel Gwirtzman, Aubrey Johnson, Mary Lattimore, Juliet Palmer, Rajna Swaminathan, Errollyn Wallen
Theatre Artists: Glen Berger, Oliver Houser, Mikaal Sulaiman
Multidisciplinary Groups: Visual artists Will Cotton, Lebrie Rich, Bill Will and Emma Elizabeth Downing; Music/Dance artists Lavinia Vago and Kate Wallich; and writers Louise Steinman and Susan Banyas.
Located in northeast Wyoming at 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 100 artists each year. Ten artists are in residence at one time, typically a mix of four visual artists, four writers, and two composers.
Since its establishment in 1981, Ucross has provided more than 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 Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Ucross’s organizational 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, the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, and others.
In addition to nurturing individual artists, Ucross serves as a multidisciplinary laboratory for creative thought. Each year, Ucross sponsors educational programs, exhibitions, and events. The Ucross Foundation Art Gallery is a significant cultural resource for surrounding communities. For further information, visit www.ucross.org.
Shaunna Murphy | Shaunna@high10media.com