Local Artists Honored


The C.M. Russell Museum has announced the artists selected as the first members of the Russell Skull Society of Artists, a new, elite group of contemporary Western artists. Each year, society members will be granted membership based on the degree to which they satisfy the membership criteria.


The members for the inaugural year of the Russell Skull Society of Artists areNancy Dunlop Cawdrey, Michael Coleman, Todd Connor, Jay Contway, Brent Cotton, Charles Fritz, John Gawne, R. Tom Gilleon, Carol Hagan, Greg Kelsey, Lee Kromschroeder, Jerry McKellar, Chris Owen, Gary Lynn Roberts, W. Steve Seltzer, Brett James Smith, Oleg Stavrowsky, Andy Thomas and Randy Van Beek.

The criteria for membership in the Russell Skull Society of Artists include the artist’s history of support and commitment to the mission of the C.M. Russell Museum and their accomplishments as demonstrated by awards and exhibits. The strength and history of the artist’s sales inThe Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museumare also part of the criteria.

Montana artistR. Tom Gilleon comments, “The Russell Skull Society is an excellent way for artists to participate in the C.M. Russell Museum’s mission of preserving and interpreting the art and life of Charlie Russell.”

C.M. Russell Museum Executive Director Michael Duchemin said, “We are very excited to host the country’s top talent, and the feedback from the selected artists has been jubilant.” Artist Gary Lynn Robertsdescribes the pride of being selected as a society member:“In my 40 years of painting, this honor ranks at the top. I am so proud to be a part of something the museum is putting together to help bring western art to the general public.”

Sculptor and artist Greg Kelsey explains the historical importance of traveling back to the C.M. Russell Museum during every Western Art Week. “Charlie paved the way for us all.Great Falls is home to my favorite gem in the Treasure State, the C.M. Russell Museum.I am humbled and honored to be associated with The Russell Skull Society of Artists.”


The Russell Skull Society of Artists will have the opportunity to showcase and sell their work in display booths duringThe Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museum.This signature fund-raising event for the non-profit museum will be held at the Great Falls Civic CenterMarch 19-23, 2014.

Article provided by C.M. Russell Museum press release dated August 15, 2013

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