Ucross is a vital and relevant resource for artists of all backgrounds and disciplines, who come from all over the United States and the world. The uninterrupted time and space offered is increasingly rare, and the connections built within the community are of great importance to artists. The Ucross residency program is known for offering a majestic experience of the High Plains, thanks to its location on a 20,000-acre ranch in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains of northern Wyoming.
The Ucross Native American Fellowships for Visual Artists and Writers provide a four-week residency and a stipend of $2,000, as well the opportunity to present work publicly. For visual artists, this entails a featured gallery exhibition at Ucross the following year. For writers, this includes a featured reading and talk.
The Ucross artist residency program strives to provide a respectful, comfortable, and productive environment, freeing artists from the pressures and distractions of daily life. Ucross provides each artist with living accommodations, meals, private work space, and uninterrupted time, so the artists can focus on their creative process. Lunch and dinners are prepared Monday through Friday by a professional chef, with access to a world-class kitchen and ample provisions on hand for breakfasts and weekends. Lunches are delivered to individual studios; group dinners take place at 6 p.m. Towels and linens are provided, as is weekly housekeeping for bedrooms. Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials. There is no residency charge.
Residency Experience Summary
The Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists 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.
The Ucross Fellowship for Native American Writers is open to practicing writers who are currently producing work in one or more of the following genres — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, screenwriting, playwriting, or hybrid forms.
Fellows are chosen by a rotating panel of professionals in the arts and humanities. Final residency awards are at the discretion of Ucross. Only completed applications with the required two reference letters will be reviewed.
Ucross offers open call for both Spring (February to early June) and Fall (August to early December) applications for the Native American Fellowships through September 1.
Ucross Fellows provide a refundable $50 deposit at the beginning of their residency.