The Pittsburgh Foundation

Tongue River BIPOC Artist Residency

The Tongue River, a tributary of the Yellowstone River, is approximately 265 miles long and runs through Wyoming and Montana. The river is nearby the site of the Tongue River BIPOC Artist Residency in Dayton, Wyoming.
The Tongue River, a tributary of the Yellowstone River, is approximately 265 miles long and runs through Wyoming and Montana. The river is nearby the site of the Tongue River BIPOC Artist Residency in Dayton, Wyoming.

Launched in 2021 at The Pittsburgh Foundation in collaoration with Tongue River Artist Residency founders, Doug Gouge and Jeanette Schubert, the Tongue River BIPOC Artist Residency is guided by a shared belief in creative development, racial justice, connecting communities and encouraging artist wellness. The residency will award one $10,000 grant for artistic work and will provide a quiet, comfortable living and studio working space for three to four weeks in Dayton, Wyoming, where artists can reenergize, experience the natural beauty of the American West and develop their work. 

Through an invitation-only nomination process, BIPOC artists working with a racial justice lens in any artistic discipline are encouraged to apply. This includes but is not limited to writers, musicians, composers, photographers, painters and performing artists. Unsolicited submissions will not be reviewed. The residency, which includes a $10,000 stipend, seeks to:

  • Serve an individual artist with a proven history of artwork in support of racial justice. 
  • Attempt to address the lack of equity in Pittsburgh’s arts and culture community by establishing a residency and funding stream that directly serves Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) artists working at the intersection of arts and racial justice.
  • Emphasize the importance of rest and support for artists who work at the intersection of arts and racial justice.

About the Residency Founders

Doug Gouge and Jeanette Schubert founded the Tongue River Artist Residency in Dayton, Wyoming, to provide a nurturing creative space for undisturbed time and a chance to be inspired by the beauty of the West. Dayton, with a population of approximately 1,000, is nestled at the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains in northeastern Wyoming, close to the Montana border. The town of Sheridan, Wyoming, a classic western town with a population of about 20,000, is 21 miles away. Doug and Jeanette split their time between Dayton and Pittsburgh and are particularly excited to offer this experience to artists from Allegheny County. They both firmly believe in the power of the arts–from simply bringing joy and inspiration to forging new perspectives, facilitating dialogue, crossing barriers and serving as a tool of activism –and are committed to supporting racial equity.

The residency will take place in July of 2021.