The Leroy Strand Col­lec­tion

Great Falls, MT

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The C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum in Great Falls, Mon­tana, is now show­ing a large group­ing of art­work from the Leroy Strand Col­lec­tion, which was ac­quired as a gift in 2016 from the Leroy Strand Foun­da­tion. The ac­qui­si­tion to­taled 376 ob­jects, in­clud­ing 280 sculp­tures and 96 paint­ings and draw­ings. Many of those works are on view now, with more planned to be ro­tated in as part of the Leroy Strand Col­lec­tion.

Strand, who lived and worked around horses and cat­tle in Mon­tana from 1944 un­til 1998, was an avid art col­lec­tor, as well as a phi­lan­thropist who do­nated gen­er­ously to the C.M. Mu­seum and to com­mu­ni­ties through­out Mon­tana. Strand was also a World War II vet­eran, who ex­pe­ri­enced heavy com­bat in the Pa­cific. He died in 2016, the same year his foun­da­tion gifted the C.M. Rus­sell with his art col­lec­tion, which was filled with works by Mon­tana artists.

“Leroy Strand was a gen­er­ous and thought­ful mem­ber of our Western art com­mu­nity, and we are con­tin­u­ally cap­ti­vated as we un­veil each part of his col­lec­tion at the C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum,” says Brenda Kor­nick, col­lec­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions di­rec­tor at the mu­seum. “With each in­stal­la­tion we hope to share the ap­pre­ci­a­tion that Mr. Strand clearly had for the tal­ented artists that cap­tured the essence of Mon­tana and the Amer­i­can West.”

Works in the ex­hi­bi­tion in­clude sev­eral bronzes by Jay Cont­way, in­clud­ing the rop­ing bronze A Wreck A’comin and a horse and car­riage work ti­tled The Coun­try Doc­tor. Two other cow­boy bronzes are J.C. Dye’s On Top of the World, fea­tur­ing a buck­ing bronco, and an­other Cont­way work, Mon­tana Cen­ten­nial, which shows a rider chas­ing down a pair of bulls. These pieces join other works by Ken May­ernik, Don Ream, Har­vey Rat­tey and Steven E. Lil­le­gard.

Paint­ings in­clude Gary Carter’s Greasy Sack Out­fit and Ray Gille­spie’s Un­ti­tled [Wooden Wagon and Sod House].

The Leroy Strand Col­lec­tion joins the mu­seum at the end of an ex­cit­ing sum­mer lineup that in­cluded the land­mark ex­hi­bi­tion Charles M. Rus­sell: The Women in His Life and Art. The Strand Col­lec­tion will be on dis­play through De­cem­ber.

Left: Gary Carter, Greasy Sack Out­fit, oil on panel. C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum. TheLeroy Strand Col­lec­tion.Right: Steven E. Lil­le­gard, A Lit­tle Help on a Windy Day, bronze, ed. 2 of 25. C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum. The Leroy Strand Col­lec­tion.

Jay Cont­way, Mon­tana Cen­ten­nial, 1989, bronze, paint, ed. 1 of 100. C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum. The Leroy Strand Col­lec­tion.

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