Impressionist painter and
sculptor of Western figures, particularly Indians and children, Gary Schildt was
born in Helena, Montana, in 1938. As a Blackfeet descendant, Gary grew up on his
family's ranch on the Reservation near Browning.
He studied commercial art and
photography at the City College of San Francisco. He is noted for his
sensitivity and artistic excellence in virtually all mediums, is a charter
member of the Northwest Rendezvous Group. Gary Schildt in 1999 received the
Montana Governor's Award for the Arts.
He lives and works upon the
Blackfeet Reservation using the curator cottage at the Museum of the Plains
Indians as a studio. In 1998, he did a series of forty three paintings of the
Blackfeet Sundance now on permanent exhibit at the C. M.
Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana. He is planning on doing a series
depicting Blackfeet Napi Stories.