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Ucross Foundation Call for Artists Spring 2018

Deadline: 1 Oct, 2017

Disciplines: Animation, Ceramics, Choreography, Collaboration, Composition, Dance, Drawing, Film & Video, Installation, Literature, Music & Sound, Painting, Performance, Photography, Poetry, Printmaking, Sculpture, Sound, Theater, Visual Arts, Writing.

Location: Clearmont, Wyoming, United States

Deadline: 1 Oct, 2017

Duration: Spring 2018 session begins late February until early June.

Eligibility: ELIGIBILITY: The Residency Program is open to visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, interdisciplinary artists, performance artists and collaborative teams. Applicants must exhibit professional standing in their field; both mature and emerging artists of promise are welcome to apply.  

Support: The Ucross Foundation provides living accommodations, individual work space, and uninterrupted time to approximately 85 individuals each year.  Typical residencies are one month in length but can vary from two to six weeks.  At any one time, there are up to ten individuals in residence, a mix of visual artists, writers and composers.  In most cases, studios are separate from living quarters.   Lunch and dinners are prepared Monday to Friday by a professional chef with ample provisions on hand for breakfasts and weekends.  Lunches are delivered to individual studios; group dinners take place at 6 p.m.  Towels and all linens are provided, as is weekly housekeeping for bedrooms.  There is cell phone service and wireless internet throughout residency facilities.   Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials and for their travel to Sheridan, Wyoming.  There is no charge for a residency. 

Costs: $40 application fee

URL: http://www.ucrossfoundation.org/residency-program/apply/

Program Description:

Founded in 1981 by Raymond Plank, the Ucross Foundation provides a rare gift in today's world – uninterrupted time – along with work space and living accommodations, to competitively selected visual artists, writers, and composers. Nearly 1,300 individuals have spent time at Ucross since we first opened our doors. They have come from every state in the U.S. as well as from many countries including Germany, France, Scotland, England, Poland, Egypt, the Netherlands, Canada, Thailand and others. Ucross extends invitations to approximately 80 individuals each year, selected by an outside panel of professionals. Residents are also invited through national partnerships with the Sundance Institute, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, and the University of Wyoming.

In a sense, Ucross is a research-and-development lab for the arts. Individuals are not required to produce finished products while at Ucross, though many do. They are encouraged to experiment and explore. At any one time, eight to nine individuals working in different disciplines are in residence together for periods ranging from two to eight weeks. They experience an inspiring combination of solitude and community. There is expansive time for private work, as well as the opportunity for lively exchange at group dinners with fellow artists. As playwright Kia Corthron said, "I felt like there were 40 hours in the day."

The concrete results of residencies manifest as artists later make their work public, enriching the world's culture with books, plays, art exhibitions, musical performances and so much more. Many Ucross Foundation Fellows have received major awards and honors. To name just a few, Pulitzer Prize-winning writers Annie Proulx and Doug Wright are past Residents of Ucross. So are MacArthur Fellows Charles Wuorinen, Sarah Ruhl, and Colson Whitehead, Tony Award-winning composer Adam Guettel, and National Book Award winners Ann Patchett, Jean Valentine and Ha Jin.

The Foundation also operates an Art Gallery, open to the public at no charge, featuring work by past Residents, contemporary artists of the West, and historical exhibitions. A conference room in our Barn Loft provides meeting space for various groups throughout the year. 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 2006, the Foundation was awarded the Wyoming Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Located on the High Plains in northeastern Wyoming, the Ucross Foundation is 27 miles southeast of Sheridan (population 18,000) and 17 miles northeast of Buffalo (population 5,000). The facilities are situated on a 20,000-acre working ranch near the Bighorn Mountains, the easternmost range of the Rockies, in the heart of sheep and cattle ranching country.

The Ucross Foundation provides living accommodations, individual work space, and uninterrupted time to approximately 85 individuals each year.  Typical residencies are one month in length but can vary from two to six weeks.  At any one time, there are up to ten individuals in residence, a mix of visual artists, writers and composers.  In most cases, studios are separate from living quarters.  

Lunch and dinners are prepared Monday to Friday by a professional chef with ample provisions on hand for breakfasts and weekends.  Lunches are delivered to individual studios; group dinners take place at 6 p.m.  Towels and all linens are provided, as is weekly housekeeping for bedrooms.  There is cell phone service and wireless internet throughout residency facilities.  

Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials and for their travel to Sheridan, Wyoming.  There is no charge for a residency. 

More Info: http://www.ucrossfoundation.org/residency-program/apply/

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