Ucross to Reopen Art Gallery with Alumni Show – Sheridan Media


The public is invited to a reception on Friday, November 4, beginning at 6 p.m., at the newly renovated Ucross Art Gallery. There will be an exhibition, ‘Time, Mark, Memory: Ucross at 40‘ which features the work of 15 visual artists, maximizing the use of the new space. Tickets are free and open to the public via Eventbrite.

The gallery, which was closed for 12 months to undergo a major renovation as part of the non-profit organization 40e Anniversary Campaign, extends Ucross’ mission in its community by providing exhibitions, events and educational arts activities to the public.

The newly renovated interior of the Ucross Art Gallery features a two-story central hall, allowing for large-scale works of art, such as sculptures and installations. Additionally, the gallery offers expanded wall space, a digital media room, reception and art storage space, a collaborative meeting room, and improved lighting and technology, as well as significantly improved accessibility.

“We’re excited to show the community what we’re working on,” said Ucross President William Belcher. “The gallery’s renovation and updated design make for great group shows like”Time, Brand, Memory: Ucross at 40′ possible, and Leah Ollman has done a wonderful job of developing a show that fits the new space.

Ucross President William Belcher

The exhibition: curated by Ucross Fellow and arts writer Leah Ollman, “Time, mark, memoryfeatures the work of 15 contemporary visual artists from Ucross’ impressive roster of visual arts alumni.

Ollman is an accomplished arts journalist, essayist and critic. She has written about art for the Los Angeles Times since 1987 and has been a corresponding editor for Art in America since 1997. Her articles and reviews have also appeared in publications such as The Brooklyn Rail, Sculpture, Paris Review Daily, Photograph, Art in Print, History of Photography and ARTnews, among others. She started working as a guest curator for “Time, Mark, Memory” at the end of 2021.

“Time has become the guiding principle of this exhibition not only because the exhibition is celebrating an anniversary – the 40e year of the Ucross residency program – but because a residency is, essentially, a gift of time,” Ollman said. “I wanted to examine how ‘residence time’ differs from ordinary time and consider more broadly how time is experienced, physically, intellectually and emotionally. »

Former Ucross artists selected for “Time, Mark, Memory” include recipients of many prestigious awards and honors in the field, including Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowships, United States Artist Fellowships, Creative Capital Awards, the Herb Albert Award in the Arts, Guggenheim Fellowships and others.

Exhibiting artists include Michael Berman of Silver City, New Mexico; Arminée Chahbazian of Calistoga, California; Jennifer Garza-Cuen of Corpus Christi, Texas; Munson Hunt of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Shanti Grumbine of New Paltz, New York; Sharon Harper of Cambridge, Massachusetts; Lisa Hochstein of Santa Cruz, California; Elizabeth Hohimer of Marfa, Texas; Bill Morrison of New York, New York; Jenene Nagy of Riverside, California; Sarah McKenzie of Boulder, Colorado; Stephen Vitiello of Richmond, Virginia; Sarah Walker of New York, New York; Anne Wilson of Chicago, Illinois; and Katarina Wong from Santa Fe, New Mexico, New York, New York and Havana, Cuba.

The new gallery allowed Ollman to fill the space with a variety of media and forms, including photography, sculpture, audio installation, video, and mixed media. Works range from Hohimer’s “Laying Halfway in the Shade” in earth-dyed cotton to Morrison’s short “LIGHT IS CALLING” to Hunt’s “Torso,” a 150-pound sculpture in charred walnut.

“Whatever their medium, be it fiber or film, paint, pencil or photography, the 15 artists in the exhibition address the complexity of time and make its elusive nature materially compelling,” Ollman said. “My own Ucross residency nearly ten years ago was a tremendously formative and nurturing experience. Organizing this exhibition was an honor for me and a way of paying tribute both to the generous enterprise that is Ucross and to the of 1,000 former visual arts students of the residency program.

Time, mark, memorywill run from November 4 through January 20, and the exhibit is sponsored by the Wyoming Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming Legislature, and Arete Design Group.

Current art gallery and artist concepts of what it will look like after renovations

The gallery: Upon reopening, the Ucross Art Gallery will host three exhibitions per year, each featuring works by former contemporary artists, including an exhibition focusing on recipients of the Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists.

“Time, Mark, Memory: Ucross at 40” is the first in a series of three alumni exhibits that together are designed to celebrate 40 years of Ucrosse anniversary as a residency program. Since 1983, Ucross has provided visual and interdisciplinary artists, writers, composers and choreographers with uninterrupted time, studio space, accommodations and the experience of the majestic High Plains on its 20,000-acre cattle ranch.

Stream running through the lands of Ucross

“The Ucross Art Gallery is tied to our mission and our investment in community engagement,” Belcher said. “This will allow us to champion artists beyond their residency and provide relevant and meaningful arts programming for visitors of all ages.”

The renovation of the gallery is a key element of the 40e Anniversary campaign. Ucross has been working with Arete Design Group, a Sheridan-based architectural firm, and O’Dell Construction as the contractor, on the project since October 2021.

The Ucross Art Gallery is located at 30 Big Red Lane in Ucross, Wyoming. Starting November 4, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment.

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