Monte Dolack; Art and Environmental Awareness

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Monte’s talk will be about his artworks which tend to be a bit surreal that relate to our environment and the tension and relationships between our civilization, technology, and nature. A love of art, history and the natural world has shaped the content of his imagery. Blending mythology, nature and elements from our modern civilization, his work is often infused with a sense of humor and irony. Monte’s keen interest in environmental issues has lead to commissions for the Nature Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife and Trout Unlimited; he has created over 200 posters and prints for various organizations. In 2014 he was chosen to create the official national commemorative poster for the 50th Anniversary of the American Wilderness Act.

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A native of Montana, Monte Dolack grew up surrounded by the same sweeping vistas and big sky that inspired Charlie Russell. His love for the diverse landscapes and wildlife of the west are evident in the images he creates and the commissions he undertakes. After studying art at Montana State University and The University of Montana, Monte opened his first studio in 1974, beginning his full time career as an artist. Monte’s works are part of the collection of the Library of Congress, the American Association of Museums, the National Wildfire Foundation and numerous other museums and corporations. In 2009 he received the distinguished Fine Arts Alumni award from the University of Montana along with his wife Mary Beth Percival. In 2018 he received the Montana Governor’s Art Award for the visual arts. He was selected at the turn of the century by the Missoulian as one of the 100 most influential Montanans of the twentieth century.