Featuring renowned Wyoming musician Jalan Crossland, the Ucross Arts Festival is scheduled for Sunday, August 28 starting at 4 p.m. in Ucross Park. The event, which is free and open to the community, will wrap up Sheridan County’s Arts Celebration Weekend.
In addition to a performance by Crossland – who has had two artist residencies at Ucross – the festival will feature a reading by novelist Brandon Hobson of Las Cruces, New Mexico (Cherokee Nation), recipient of the Ucross Fellowship for Native American writers. Hobson’s latest novel, ‘The Removed’, was published to critical acclaim in 2021 and won the Western Heritage Award. Her first book, “Where The Dead Sit Talking,” was a finalist for the National Book Award, among other accolades. His short stories have won a Pushcart Award and appeared in Top American Short Stories, McSweeney’s, Conjunctions, Noon and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at New Mexico State University and the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Ucross Arts Festival attendees will also receive a free copy of a painting commissioned by Savannah LeCornu of Bellingham, Washington (Tsimshian [Wolf Clan]Haida, Athabascan, Nez Perce and Nisga’a First Nations), recipient of the Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists.
“The Ucross Arts Festival gives us the opportunity to share the work of respected alumni of our Artist Residency Program with our friends and neighbors in northeast Wyoming,” said Ucross President William Belcher. “We are delighted to introduce Jalan Crossland, a former Artist in Residence who has spent many summers performing on the lawn outside the Ranch House at our recent 4th of July gatherings. And we look forward to introducing Brandon Hobson and Savannah LeCornu to the community in what will be a wonderful celebration of the arts.”
Local food trucks will be selling food and drink throughout the Ucross Arts Festival, including Bonafide, Stoked Pizza and Papa Bino’s.
How to get tickets
Tickets are free and available here or at ucross.org; however, only a limited number will be released. The park in Ucross is located before the intersection of Highways 14 and 16 East in Ucross or at 2753 US-14.
Celebrate the Arts is a multi-day festival showcasing the vibrant arts community residing at the foot of the eastern Bighorn Mountains. Local arts organizations, artist residencies and art studios come together to promote, exhibit and celebrate the visual and performing arts unique to Sheridan, Wyoming and surrounding communities.
To kick off the arts celebration weekend, Ucross is teaming up with Sheridan College’s Kooi Library to present a reading and discussion Thursday, August 25 at noon with Brandon Hobson, the award-winning author of “The Removed” and ” Where the Dead Sit Talking” and recipient of the Ucross Native American Fellowship for Writers in Fall 2021. Light refreshments will be served; This event is free and open to the public. Sheridan College is located at 1 Whitney Way.