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 good steward of its 20,000-acre ranch.
Residencies are awarded to nearly one hundred artists each year through a competitive application process. Ten individuals are in residence at one time, typically a mix of four visual artists, four writers and two artists working in the performing arts. In 2006, the Foundation was awarded the Wyoming Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Since its establishment in 1981 by Raymond Plank, 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.
Artists, writers and composers from around the United States and the world, in all stages of their professional careers, are invited to apply to work on individual or collaborative projects. There are two residency sessions annually. Application deadlines are March 1 for Fall Session and October 1 for Spring Session. Apply online at ucross.org.
The Ucross Art Gallery
The Ucross Art Gallery is a significant cultural resource for surrounding communities and beyond. Typically, the gallery is host to three exhibitions yearly with scheduled gallery receptions that often include artist talks, performances, and workshops. Support for the Ucross Art Gallery comes from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature.
The Ucross Art Gallery in the Big Red Barn is located ½ mile east of the intersection of Highways 14 and 16 in Ucross, Wyoming. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and on Saturdays in July and August from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Big Red Barn and Ucross Ranch House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists
Initiated in 2017, the Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists supports the work of contemporary Native American visual artists at all stages of their professional careers. It is open to disciplines that include but are not limited to painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, performance art, installation, ceramics, and collaborative projects involving multiple disciplines. Two fellowships will be awarded annually, one each in spring and fall. The Fellowship will provide up to a one-month residency at Ucross and a stipend of $2,000. Each Fellow will be featured in an exhibition at the Ucross Art Gallery during the year following the residency. The next application deadline for the fellowship is October 1, 2018. The application can be found at ucross.org.
Ucross Park, Chapel, and Raymond Plank Creative Center
Located at the intersection of Highways 14 and 16 east, the Park and Chapel at Ucross provide visitors and passersby with a tranquil setting for a picnic lunch or planned gatherings. The grounds include two “flower rooms,” picnic tables and shade trees. The Chapel is available for gatherings that have included small weddings, vow renewals, and musical performances. The Raymond Plank Creative Center is home to the annual Ucross Community Christmas Celebration that takes place in early December, and has hosted meetings for the Plank Stewardship Initiative, Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative (Yale), and other organizations.
A commitment to the conservation and preservation of our historic landscape led the Ucross Foundation Board of Trustees to establish a conservation easement on more than half the ranch with the Wyoming Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. In March of 2015, under the guidance of Audubon Rockies, the local Bighorn Chapter of Audubon and the Ucross Foundation have formed a partnership to designate the Ucross Ranch of approximately 20,000 acres as an Important Bird Area.