UCROSS — Ucross Foundation recently announced the opening of a special multidisciplinary equine exhibition featuring more than 30 works by 10 artists, including five international artists.
Spearheaded by Mark Ritchie, professor of art in printmaking at the University of Wyoming, “Lineage & Legacy: The Imaged Horse” will be on view through June 9. A gallery reception and horse drawing/photography workshop is planned for April 29.
The exhibition is inspired by Ritchie’s participation in the Horse and Art Research Program, a unique artist residency in Hungary that combines equine studies and the visual arts. The experience “provided an opportunity for a number of international artists working with equine imagery and content to meet. The two weeks of intense conversation created the catalyst to initiate this exhibition. It was difficult to invite only ten artists. A few are artists working with the horse that I encountered prior to the residency,” Ritchie said.
The exhibition features works that explore horse-to-horse and horse-to-human interactions through a wide range of visual disciplines including printmaking, painting, photography and film. Writer and HARP participant Natalie Hill states in the exhibition essay, “The images in this exhibition represent both the art of recording, documenting and questioning, and the art of dreaming, creating and imagining, and these are often intertwined.”
The featured artists come from throughout the U.S. (Wyoming, Michigan, Wisconsin, California and Georgia), and the world (United Kingdom, Hungary, Slovenia, France and Norway). As individual artists, they bring to the group exhibition many years of expertise in their chosen discipline, as well as numerous awards and accolades; most have participated in HARP.
Among the works in the exhibition, visitors will have a chance to view prints by Ritchie, ink drawings and a film by multidisciplinary Hungarian artist and HARP co-founder Beáta Veszely and silk screen images that raise poignant questions surrounding the myth of the wild horse by Slovenian-born, Switzerland-based artist Lara Ješe.
The Ucross Foundation is located at 30 Big Red Lane near Clearmont.