1st place: Bob Morgan (in memoriam)
Robert Morgan was born in Helena in 1929. Morgan was a realist painter who created scenes of a “Montana that is gone” and of wildlife. After serving in the Montana National Guard and as curator and acting director of the Montana Historical Society for a year, Morgan began working as an artist full-time in 1970. Over the years, Morgan created nearly 3,000 art pieces. As he put it, “To research and interpret on canvas is to leave a legacy for others to enjoy and know what happened in the creation of this civilization. There is no greater place to do this than Montana.” Sadly, Helena lost this renowned artist in June 2015. But no doubt he is currently creating his greatest masterpieces side by side with many of his artist friends, including mentor Charles M. Russell.
2nd place: Alan Snell
3rd place: Emily Free Wilson