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New Artist-in-Residence to Visit American Prairie

Woodcut Print by Lewis WilliamsWe are excited to welcome artist Lewis Williams to American Prairie this August as part of the 2016 Reimagine Montana Artist-in-Residence program run by the Montana Preservation Alliance. Hailing from Montrose, Colorado, Mr. Williams specializes in painting/woodcut prints. He will spend two weeks capturing the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument before traveling to the prairie to spend two weeks at the PN, our newest acquisition north of Winifred, Montana. We look forward to seeing this diverse and historic region through his eyes when the artwork makes its public debut in 2017 More details below. 

From the Montana Preservation Alliance:

The Montana Preservation Alliance (MPA) has selected six artists to participate in the 2016 Reimagine Montana Artist-in-Residence program.  The residency program is funded through The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Park Service (NPS) joint Imagine Your Parks Initiative to celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the NEA and the 100-year centennial of the NPS.  MPA was awarded $20,000 to sponsor Reimagine Montana: National Parks, Historic Landmarks, Trails and Monuments Across Time.  

Reimagine Montana celebrates nationally-significant parks and cultural heritage in Montana by reimagining historic sites depicted by such renowned historic artists as Karl Bodmer, Thomas Moran, Gustav Sohon, John Fery, Charlie Russell and Native American traditionalists whose work survives in hide paintings, ledger drawings and rock art.

Six artists will Reimagine Montana for four-weeks at one of five settings in Montana. Each will be provided with lodgings and a stipend for expenses, to support creation of meaningful new artwork and a chance to reflect on these places and their cultural meaning. 

MPA project directors thank our heritage site partners who have made Reimagine MT possible. At the end of the project, we will select one artwork from each for a permanent collection and other works for a final exhibition that will juxtapose work by these contemporary artists alongside historical imagery and writings. The exhibit will open in June of 2017 at the Butte-SilverBow Public Archives, and be designed to travel. MPA seeks museums and funding to support the traveling exhibit so these works may be widely viewed.