November 22, 2019

NEW YORK—November 21, 2019 — Ucross, a prestigious artist residency program and creative laboratory for the arts, is pleased to announce the appointment of distinguished writer and scholar Scott Manning Stevens to its board of trustees. Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk) is Associate Professor of English and of Native American and Indigenous Studies at Syracuse University, and serves as the Director of the Native American Indigenous Studies Program there.

“We are honored to have Scott join us at Ucross,” said Ucross President Sharon Dynak. “His broad experience with national and international cultural institutions aligns perfectly with our Ucross mission and our commitment to contemporary artists. He brings a depth of knowledge that will be invaluable to Ucross as we develop new artistic programming connected to our Art Gallery and the Raymond Plank Center, our Native American Fellowship, and collaborative work across artistic disciplines.”

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work with everyone at Ucross involved with promoting the Native American Fellowship and helping to develop a variety of arts programs across disciplines and media. Ucross offers artists the unique opportunity to step away from their routine practice and draw inspiration from the Wyoming landscape and a whole new group of fellow artists at various stages in their careers. It’s exciting to be part of such an institution, knowing it will have a lasting legacy in the arts.”

Stevens has an extensive and highly accomplished track record in scholarship and professional service at the intersection of Native American Studies, Visual and Cultural Studies and Museum Studies. His current research addresses contemporary Native American art and global indigenous issues as they impact museum curation, exhibitions and collections policy. His board experience includes service on the Board of Trustees of the Adirondack Experience – the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake and he has been Fellowship Regional Liaison (Upstate New York) for the Ford Foundation since 2014.

At Syracuse, Stevens also holds courtesy appointments as Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Music History and Associate Professor of Religion. He is the Founding Director of the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS, Chicago, IL), a consortium of 15 universities in the US and Canada that offer doctoral degrees in Indigenous studies; including University of Wyoming, Northwestern, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, University of British Columbia, University of Colorado, University of Minnesota and Vanderbilt. He holds degrees from Harvard University (PhD, A.M.) and Dartmouth College (A.B.).


About Ucross

Located in northeast Wyoming in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains, Ucross fosters 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 responsible steward of its 20,000-acre ranch. Residencies are awarded to nearly one hundred artists each year. Ten artists are in residence at one time, typically a mix of four visual artists, four writers, and two composers.

Since its establishment in 1981, Ucross has provided more than 2,100 residencies to writers, visual artists, and composers, including such distinguished fellows as Annie Proulx, Terry Tempest Williams, Colson Whitehead, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ann Patchett, Ricky Ian Gordon, Bill Morrison, Theaster Gates, Anthony Hernandez, Academy Award and Tony winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, National Book Award winner Sigrid Nunez, recent Emmy Award winner Billy Porter, and current United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. National partners of Ucross include the Sundance Institute, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, the Whiting Foundation, the Alliance of Artist Communities, the Alley Theatre, and the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel. The Ucross Foundation Art Gallery is a significant cultural resource for surrounding communities and beyond. For further information, visit ucross.org.


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