Lee Steen: A Montana Original
View the permanent installation of art from the museum collection by Montana artist Lee Steen. Whether or not one accepts Lee Steen's categorization as an Outsider Artist, it is undeniable that his sculptures possess a magical quality that defies precise definition. Removed from their natural habitat and placed in a gallery, the stick figures that once graced Montana roadsides still vividly evoke the magic of their creator's world.
Jean Price: Three Thousand and Counting
To commemorate the sacrifices made by U.S. troops in Iraq, Great Falls artist Jean L. Price has created an ongoing memorial installation at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art. Each American soldier who has lost his or her life in the war is represented by a dog tag created out of aluminum tooling foil that includes name, rank and age. Montana soldiers who have fallen are represented with copper and brass. As more casualties occur, the sculpture grows. In this heartbreakingly beautiful tribute, Price provides the viewer with a visual display of the human cost of war.
The Square re-dedicated the installation (originally entitled Two Thousand and Counting) on Memorial Day, May 28, 2007; at which time, Jean expanded and enlarged the installation to reflect the growing toll of war on our nation's servicemen and women.
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This programming is made possible by the generous support of our members and supporters, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Montana Arts Council and Cascade County.