For Artists, Folklife

Montana's Circle of American Masters

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Introduction

Inspired by Our Lands … Made by Our Hands

Glenn Goldthwait handforging metal

Life here can test the human spirit, but Montanans have found many ways to express the relationship with the land. Something in Montana's landscape nudges, pushes, and even shoves the creative spirit.

Born deep in that landscape, folk/traditional arts spring from the needs of a community. While having a use, the work of the quilter, the saddlemaker, the ironworker, the parfleche maker, and the potter also are visible evidence of who we are. Because these artists are just around the corner or down the road, they often are over-looked, even "hidden in plain view."

To celebrate Montana's heritage and showcase the folk arts, the Montana Arts Council announces Montana's Circle of American Masters in the Folk and Traditional Arts.This program recognizes Montana folk artists for artistic excellence in their work, along with their help in preserving the state's cultural heritage.

Nominations are accepted from the public year round. For information and guidelines about the program, or to download a nomination form, click here.


2014 Montana Circle of American Masters

Glenn Brackett Profile Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Rick Dunkerley Profile Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Scott Enloe Profile Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Howard Knight Profile Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Gordon McMullen Profile Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Jay Old Mouse Profile Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Birdie Real Bird Profile Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Jim Rempp Profile Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Marilyn Stevens Profile Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Brenda Yirsa Profile Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3

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