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Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild | Lincoln, Montana

Local Point of Interest, Statue or Public Art Display
Montana Memory by Kevin O'Dwyer (Ireland). Archival photograph installation. – Kevin O'Dwyer

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Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild celebrates the rich cultural, environmental and industrial heritage of the Blackfoot Valley through contemporary art practice. The sculpture park was founded after a successful international sculpture symposium in 2014. The 26 acre sculpture park now hosts 14 large scale sculpture installations from international artists including Jaakko Pernu (Finland), Jorn Ronnau (Denmark), Steven Siegel (USA), Chris Drury (UK) and Patrick Dougherty (USA). The artist in residence program invites artists, on a yearly basis, to create sculpture installations in response to the cultural, environmental and industrial heritage of the Blackfoot Valley. The sculpture park provides opportunities for community members and visitors to enjoy the landscape, artwork and education programs offered on site during the summer/fall season.

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Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild Concert Series @ Lincoln Community Hall
Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Lincoln Community Hall celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018. As part of the 2018 Sculpture in the Wild arts program, composer-­in-residence, Adele O’Dwyer, curated a series of concerts held in the Community Hall to commemorate this historic event. A team of professional musicians, both local and international, joined forces to create a series of six musical events which are free to the public
to celebrate this beautiful historic building.

Lunchtime Series
These 50-­‐‑minute lunchtime concert programs will feature a variety of music and musicians, both local and international, and are free to the public and school children of Lincoln School.

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Café Music Night and Fund Raising Auction - Dates TBA An eclectic night of folk, jazz and classical music to enjoy in a European-­‐‑style café setting with candle-­‐‑lit tables, snacks and something to wet your whistle! Live auction of original works of art to benefit the arts and education program at Sculpture in the Wild.

“As both singer and songwriter, her music evokes in me what few artists have. I believe the world needs to hear her music; it’s beautiful and compelling. Her song forms, when appreciated as they should be, will catalyze the next branch of evolutionary development in song-writing. Actually, I think if she was world famous, people would be raving about how amazing and truly unique her songs are.” Roger Treece, multiple Grammy winner, and producer/composer of Bobby McFerrin’s new album ‘Vocabularies.’

Lincoln School Concert - Dates TBA
The event will give the public an opportunity to enjoy the pupils of Lynx School in concert. The program will include work prepared as part of the Sculpture in the Wild Montana-­‐‑Ireland

Song Exchange and Collaborative Composition Projects as well as a performance by the school band! Audience members can also enjoy the gallery of artworks, writings and mural panels inspired by the exchange project.

Closing Concert of Sculpture in the Wild Residency - Dates TBA The closing concert of the 2021 Sculpture in the Wild Residency will feature a specially commissioned musical composition by composer-­in-­residence. This work is being written in response to the environmental, industrial and historic heritage of Lincoln and will feature a team of local and international artist-­‐‑performers.

Background Nestled in the Blackfoot Valley, Lincoln, Montana has been the center of rich, often conflicting, social, cultural and environmental values. Mining, logging and ranching have been the community's key economic drivers throughout its history. As the logging and mining industries have subsided over the past 25 years the community finds itself at a crossroads in both economic and cultural development. Reflecting on its history and looking towards the future, the community has chosen contemporary art practice to act as both a creative and economic catalyst.

The 2014 sculpture symposium brought international symposium artists Steven Siegel (USA), Jorn Ronnau (Denmark), Jaakko Pernu (Finland), Alan Counihan (Ireland) and Kevin O’Dwyer (Ireland) on site to engage with it’s landscape, exploring it’s historical, environmental and industrial history, through contemporary art practice.


  • Create a community identity and a “sense of place”.
  • Promote Lincoln as an “art destination” providing cultural and economic development.
  • Provide long term opportunities for economic and cultural agencies to invest in the community.
  • Provide the framework for the development of a vibrant artist community thus improving the quality of life in rural Montana.
  • Encourage social, cultural and economic vibrancy in the Blackfoot Valley.

High Season Dates (Time periods when community is most busy with visitors)
June to October
Open Year Round

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