In July 2017, Ucross announced a new initiative to support the work of contemporary Native American visual artists at all stages in their professional careers. 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 High Plains setting of Ucross is particularly fitting for such a fellowship initiative. In recent years Ucross has directed significant energy toward broadening the cultural reach and depth of our visual arts program. Thanks to the support of the Ucross Board of Trustees, which has begun an endowment for this new Fellowship, we are excited to support the work of Native American visual artists.” – Ucross President & Executive Director Sharon Dynak
Funding for the first two years of the fellowship (2018-2019) was provided in large part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. In 2020, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) granted Ucross funds to continue the program for visual artists and expand its reach to include Native American writers.
Two Ucross Fellowships for Native American Visual Artists are awarded each year. Those selected for the fellowship are offered a four-week residency, a stipend of $2,000, and a featured gallery exhibition at Ucross the following year. For the Spring 2021 Fellowship, the deadline is September 15, 2020, for a residency taking place between late February and early June 2021. For the Fall 2021 Fellowship, the deadline is March 1, 2021, for a residency taking place between August and early December 2021. There will be no application fee to apply. While only one Fellowship winner will be selected for each session, all applicants will have the option of being considered for a regular Ucross residency.
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.