Sommers returns from Ucross residency

WYOMING – A local artist is the only Wyomingite who served in the renowned residency of Ucross’s spring session.

Sue Sommers is among 56 visual artists, writers, composers and choreographers from across the country spending from Feb. 7 through June 3 at the 20,000-acre ranch in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains.

“Ucross gave me the time, space, tools and great support to focus on my project, work through challenges and execute a series of relief monoprints that will initiate a new body of work,” Sommers shared with Ucross when she left earlier this month. “The momentum and pleasure in my process that I was able to generate at Ucross will continue to propel me for many months to come.”

Other notable fellows during the spring session were award winning poet Victoria Chang, Hemingway Award winner Kawai Strong Washburn, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Laurie Lewis, choreographer Sam Kim and filmmaker Kelly Sears.

Residencies range from two to six weeks with only 10 artists in residence at one time. Those at Ucross receive uninterrupted time, studio space, living accommodations, meals by a professional chef and the unparalleled experience of the Bighorns. Ucross provided fellows with a $1,000 stipend for travel and expenses.

“We are always energized when artists arrive on campus,” Ucross President William Belcher said. “It’s an honor to support these accomplished individuals in their creative work and to introduce many of them to our vast Wyoming landscape.”

Since the first residencies in 1983, more than 2,500 artists have attended Ucross. More information on the residency is available at