Ucross Announces Fellowship Recipient

Teresa Baker, an artist known for her minimalist, formalist works, has been awarded the fifth Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists.

The award includes a one-month residency at Ucross, a stipend of $2,000 and inclusion in a forthcoming exhibition at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery.

Baker, who is Mandan/Hidatsa, has made a practice of working with unconventional materials, using large swaths of felt, mesh and even AstroTurf as a ground for works that explore color, texture and space. Growing up on the Northern Plains, she spent hours exploring, working and developing ideas.

In 2019, she began incorporating traditional, indigenous materials like buffalo hide, buffalo sinew, beads and willow, merging them with synthetic materials.

Baker's work has been exhibited at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, Gray Contemporary in Houston, Interface Gallery in Oakland and Public Address Gallery in New York City as well as galleries in San Francisco.

Baker said she feels incredibly honored and excited to join Ucross as the spring 2020 Native American Fellow. She said the residency at Ucross is an unparalleled opportunity to further enhance her art.

The Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists was initiated in 2017 and supports the work of contemporary Native American artists at all stages of their professional careers. Two fellowships are awarded annually, one each in spring and fall.