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Ucross Art Gallery reopens with TIME, MARK, MEMORY: UCROSS AT 40

Ucross, the acclaimed artist residency program in northern Wyoming, today announced that it will reopen the Ucross Art Gallery on November 4 with a new exhibition titled “Time, Mark, Memory: Ucross at 40.” The public is invited to the opening on Friday, November 4 at 6 p.m.

The gallery, which was closed for 12 months to undergo a major refurbishment as part of the non-profit organization 40th anniversary campaignextends 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 makes major group exhibitions like ‘Time, Mark, Memory: Ucross at 40’ possible, and Leah Ollman has done a terrific job developing an exhibition that fits the new space.”

THE EXHIBITION

Curated by Ucross Fellow and arts writer Leah Ollman, “Time, Mark, Memory” features 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 became the guiding principle of this exhibit not only because the show celebrates an anniversary — the 40th anniversary of the Ucross residency program — but because a residency is, essentially, a gift of time,” Ollman said. “I wanted to examine how ‘dwelling 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 from Santa Cruz, California; Elizabeth Hohimer of Marfa, Texas; Bill Morrison from 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 an extremely 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 few 1,000 former visual arts students from the residency program.”

“Time, Mark, Memory” will run from November 4 through January 20.

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.

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 Ucross’s 40th 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.

“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 part of the 40th 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. Tickets are free and open to the public via Eventbrite.

Learn more about ucross.org.