Ucross provides residencies for individuals whose work indicates both involvement in individual creative exploration and significant future accomplishments. Writers, visual artists, composers, choreographers, scholars and scientists working in all disciplines and from all stages of their professional careers are invited to apply.
THE UCROSS FOUNDATION RESIDENCY PROGRAM is currently accepting applications for residencies of 2-6 weeks. The Foundation provides individual workspace, living accommodations, uninterrupted time and the experience of the historic High Plains landscape to selected writers, artists, and composers working in all disciplines. There is no charge for room, board, or studio space. The quality of an applicant’s work is given primary consideration in the review process; individuals from all stages of their professional careers are invited to apply. There are typically 10 individuals in residence. Facilities include 4 VISUAL ART STUDIOS, one with an Elephant etching press, 4 WRITER’S STUDIOS, 2 live-in COMPOSER’S STUDIOS, each with an electronic keyboard and baby grand piano.
Annual deadlines are October 1 for Spring Session (late February-early June) and March 1 for Fall Session (August-early December). Application must be submitted online through Submittable: https://ucrossfoundation.submittable.com/submit
Ucross, Wyoming: United States
On a 20,000-acre working cattle ranch on the High Plains of northeast Wyoming, near the Bighorn Mountains, 30 miles southeast of Sheridan.
- Residency Length: 4 weeks (average)
- Average number of artists in residence at a time: 10
- Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 100
- Total applicant pool in most current year: 600
- Application type: Open application
- Collaboration: May apply as a team
- Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
Additional eligibility information:
Repeat residencies after 3 years.
- Application deadline: March 01, October 01
Past Residents & Quotes
Francisco Goldman, Ricky Ian Gordon, Elizabeth Gilbert, Adam Guettel, Jessica Hagedorn, Ha Jin, Byron Kim, Karen Kitchel, Doug Wright, Ann Patchett, Annie Proulx
I write about land and human history in America, the way they are tangled and enmeshed. The sky, the light, the cattle, the blowing snow, the magpies, the bare trees of Ucross worked themselves into every sentence I composed. I am grateful for that — the chorus of an American place. I will keep it with me always.
The vast open space of Wyoming — its landscape and skyscape — produces a creative alchemy that transforms all who encounter it. For most artists and writers, the outer geography of Ucross has a profound impact on what happens inside their studios, and leaves a lasting impression for years to come.
Facilities & Services
- Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
Residents have a private bedroom in a shared house (4 bedrooms in the School House, 4 bedrooms in The Depot, a renovated train depot, plus two separate live-in composer studios); furnishings and linens provided.
- Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
Lunch and dinner are prepared by a professional chef, Monday-Friday; residents prepare own meals for breakfast and on weekends; vegetarian meals available.
- Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
- Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
Living quarters, studios, and public areas are wheelchair accessible.
- Studios/special equipment: Dance / Choreography, Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Printmaking
Additional studio information:
Performance/dance space available in spacious, renovated Barn Loft; 2 composer’s cabins each featuring a baby grand piano and electronic keyboard; Loft Space has a grand piano; 4 visual arts studios each have over 450 sq. ft. of space; Elephant etching press; and 4 writer’s studios -- 2 in a renovated train depot, 2 in the Kocur Writer’s Retreat on the bank of Clear Creek.
- Other facilities and services: Laundry facilities on-site. Limited local transportation -- residents are picked up in Sheridan and are provided weekly town trips; residents wanting to explore the area rent their own cars; bicycles are also available for resident use. Smoking is permitted outdoors only.
$40 Application fee; $50 refundable deposit
Stipends / other support
Additional expectations / opportunities
There are no expectations placed on Artists-in-Residence; though always appreciated, all presentations and contributions are voluntary. While the Foundation seeks to protect the autonomy, privacy and uninterrupted time of its artists-in-residence, interaction with the local community is encouraged if residents are interested.