UCROSS,Wyo. — Artist Sydney Pursel has been named the first recipient of the Ucross Foundation Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists.

Pursel, based in Columbia, Missouri, was selected through a juried national competitive selection process. The award includes a one-month residency at Ucross, a stipend of $1,000, and inclusion in an upcoming exhibition at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery. Major support for the Fellowship has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Pursel specializes in socially engaged, activist and performance-based video and new media arts. As a member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska with strong Irish Catholic roots, she investigates personal identity and contemporary Indigenous issues through art.

Some of her projects are used to educate others about food politics, assimilation, language loss, appropriation and history, in addition to projects among her community focusing on language acquisition, culture and art.

Pursel's work has been shown at public parks, universities and alternative spaces in Columbia and Kansas City, Missouri; Lawrence, Kansas; San Francisco, California; and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Pursel received her MFA in expanded media at the University of Kansas and her BFA in painting from the University of Missouri. 

Initiated in 2017, the Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists supports the work of contemporary Native American visual artists at all stages of their professional careers. It is open to disciplines that include, but are not limited to painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, performance art, installation, ceramics, and collaborative projects involving multiple disciplines.

Two fellowships will be awarded annually, one in the spring and another in the fall. The next application deadline for the fellowship is March 1. The application can be found at www.ucrossfoundation.org.