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Daniel Takes Off at Ucross Residency, Wyoming

Daniel arrived in Wyoming this week for his five-week residency as a Ucross Fellow. Past Fellows: ten Pulitzer Prizes, nine MacArthur Foundation Grants, six National Book Awards, seven Tony Awards, two Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, 74 Guggenheim Fellowships, and more…Movies based on works by Ucross Fellows include Eat Pray Love (Elizabeth Gilbert) and Brokeback Mountain (Annie Proulx). Daniel took these self-portraits within 16 hours of each other: upon arriving and upon waking up the following morning. He will be keeping a blog with photos and videos of work developed while in residence. The mission of Ucross Foundation is to foster the creative spirit of deeply committed artists and groups by providing uninterrupted time, studio space, living accommodations, and the experience of the majestic High Plains while serving as a good steward of its historic 20,000-acre ranch.

Ucross Foundation was established by Raymond Plank in 1981 and is a 501(c)3 public non-profit organization. For more than thirty years, Ucross has been giving space and time to artists who come from many disciplines: writers, composers, visual and performing artists. Participants come from all over the world. In their complex of private studios and shared residences, visiting artists build a small, intense community hard at work in the midst of 20,000 acres of Wyoming ranchland.

Ucross Foundation’s home is a working ranch set at the confluence of three creeks, and its purpose is to bring deeply committed artists into the heart of an unparalleled landscape. The Foundation believes that being a good steward of the land closely resembles being a good artist, and vice versa. Both require dedication, imagination, and the best possible use of the resources at hand. In addition to fostering the work of individual artists, Ucross is a meeting and working place for groups, a multi-disciplinary laboratory for creative thinking. We help sponsor and host educational programs, conferences, and special events at our public art gallery, which is one of the cultural landmarks of northern Wyoming. Their reach is as close as their nearest neighbors and as distant as almost any spot on earth. Ucross is home to the creative spirit.