Louis Habeck is an interdisciplinary artist, with sculpture as his primary focus. He uses non-traditional materials, but whether through painting or sculpture, Louis prefers to depict peculiar, melancholy creatures which somehow manage to retain a slight sense of whimsy. Panelists praised his innovative and creative use of materials, and the compelling execution of his vision. Of his recent work, Habeck says, “I have been painting still lifes, portraits and landscapes on creatures that I have sculpted instead of using traditional flat canvases... My current body of work involves the sculpting and casting of life-size triceratops heads.” Habeck was born and currently resides in Billings, MT. He graduated from The University of Montana in 2011, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Art with an emphasis in photography, however, his work spans the boundaries between most mediums. He has given multiple sculpture lectures and demos for classes at Northwest College, Montana State University Billings, and the MAEA Conference (Montana Art Education Association), and spent the spring as the artist-in-residence at the Yellowstone Art Museum’s Visible Vault.
Maggy Rozycki Hiltner
Maggy Rozycki Hiltner earned a BFA in sculpture from Syracuse University before turning to fiber arts as a specialty. She lives in Red Lodge with her two daughters and her husband, David Hiltner, who directs the Red Lodge Clay Center.
Rozycki Hiltner is known for her use of vintage imagery and traditional techniques to create complex, contemporary art. Her work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions all over the United States and internationally, from Los Angeles to New York City, and from Montana to Kansas to Michigan. This fall, she was the Artist-In-Residence at the Yellowstone Art Museum while her 288-square-foot hand-stitched piece, Vantage Point, was on exhibit. Currently, you can find her large-scale collaged embroidery in the touring exhibit, Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge, at Michigan’s Dennos Museum Center. In 2016, she will have solo exhibitions at the Lawrence Arts Center, KS, Bellevue Arts Museum, WA, and in May 2017 at the Missoula Art Museum. Her work is carried in Montana at Toucan Gallery in Billings, tart in Bozeman, and Turman Larison in Helena.
Kate Hunt was raised in a town of 900 on the plains of Montana, and the subtle power of the landscape has influenced her work. Hunt graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute and Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has shown nationally and internationally and her work is in many prominent collections. Hunt’s work is object oriented. Her materials include steel, twine, boat building epoxy, encaustic, and newspaper. Hunt first started working with newspaper at the Kansas City Art Institute. Her teacher, Joan Livingstone, had her make a "Chinese finger trap", the kind found at carnivals that tighten as you try to pull your fingers out. From there she started building large weavings with newspaper. In describing her choice of material, Hunt says, “I realized early on that newspaper lent itself to me because it is easy to get, durable (there is a reason our landfills are filled with the stuff) and very forgiving. While I use it as a construction material, everyone has a history with newspaper that brings another layer to the work that I love.”
Winner of the Jessie Wilber and Frances Senska Individual Artist Award, established by a private gift to the arts council from Stacy Hamm and Sage Walden.
Steven Young Lee received his MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. In 2004-5, he lectured and taught at numerous universities throughout China. While there, Lee created a new body of work as part of a one-year cultural and educational exchange fellowship in Jingdezhen, Jianxi Province. He has taught at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, the Clay Art Center in New York, the Lill Street Studio in Chicago and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Lee is currently the Resident Artist Director of the Archie Bray Foundation. Lee describes his work as “a collage of forms and motifs from various origins--Chinese, Korean, French, Dutch, English, Minoan, etc. The pieces I create, appropriate elements of form, decoration, color, image and material from various cultures and historical periods.” Lee creates exquisitely shaped and painted pots, then uses the clay’s own tendency to crack or misshape to blow apart the traditional forms, resulting in beautiful, innovative new works.