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 Curt S. Dennis  (1911 - 1964)

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Lived/Active: Montana      Known for: sculptor-western and wildlife

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Curt S. Dennis was born on December 7, 1911 and raised in Great Falls, Montana. He went to school with future sculptor Earl Heikka and competed with him to do drawings on lunch sacks and bags of his schoolmates. He left school in his high school years around 1926. According to his son, Jerry Dennis, Curt Dennis and Earl Heikka did not compare a lot of notes on sculpture.

He was devastated when Heikka died; he felt that if Heikka would have lived that he would be far above Seltzer and Russell today for the talents that he had in his younger years especially as a teenager.

Curt Dennis started marketing his clay models when he was just nine years old, realizing a childhood goal. According to an article in the Great Falls Tribune, dated November 4, 1962: "He sold his first piece of work for fifty cents when he was nine years old, and several years ago bought it back for ten dollars."

His favorite medium was clay, because he felt that models of clay were stronger and more permanent than those of beeswax. During the depression years, he was a driver for the Greyhound Bus Lines, sold subscriptions to the Farmers Stockman paper, and was a night watch man for the Rainbow Dam.

It was approximately in 1956 that he decided that he was going to become a professional artist and make his living from his artwork. He quit the cab company and started his modeling. Curt S. Dennis died in 1964.

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