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Painter W. Steve Seltzer re­ceives the Josephine Trigg Award at the C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum in Great Falls, Mon­tana.

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On Septem­ber 6 the C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum hon­ored painter W. Steve Seltzer with the pres­ti­gious Josephine

Trigg Award for his con­tri­bu­tion to Western art, in­clud­ing his role in con­tribut­ing to the art com­mu­nity at the mu­seum in Great Falls, Mon­tana. The award is named af­ter Josephine Trigg, a friend, neigh­bor and ad­mirer of Charles M. Rus­sell who be­queathed her ex­ten­sive per­sonal col­lec­tion of Rus­sell art, letters and sculp­tures to the mu­seum.

“Steve Seltzer’s ta­lent and gen­eros­ity have been in­stru­men­tal in grow­ing the strong Western art com­mu­nity that we en­joy to­day,” says Tom Petrie, C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum board of di­rec­tors chair­man. “With this year’s Josephine Trigg Award we are proudly rec­og­niz­ing a ded­i­cated man who has car­ried for­ward his fam­ily legacy of friend­ship with Char­lie Rus­sell for over 50 years.”

Not only has Seltzer been in­volved with the mu­seum since its very first C.M. Rus­sell Art Auc­tion, now known as The Rus­sell: An Ex­hi­bi­tion and Sale to Ben­e­fit the C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum, but he also has a spe­cial con­nec­tion to the mu­seum’s name­sake. Seltzer’s grand­fa­ther is Western painter O.C. Seltzer, who met Rus­sell for the first time in 1897. O.C. claimed the for­tu­itous meet­ing as “the most im­por­tant that ever hap­pened in his life,” one that led to a 30-year friend­ship with Rus­sell and a ca­reer that in­cluded 2,500 works of art.

“Rus­sell had a tremen­dous im­pact on my grand­fa­ther’s life, so I find it very fit­ting that the

C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum has had the same on mine,” says Seltzer. “I am hum­bled to re­ceive the Josephine Trigg Award from an in­sti­tu­tion that has helped me to nur­ture the spark of my her­itage into a ful­fill­ing pro­fes­sion as an artist.”

Seltzer is an ac­tive mem­ber of the Rus­sell Skull So­ci­ety of Artists and has cre­ated more than 100 pieces of art for the auc­tion that ben­e­fits the mu­seum. He con­tin­u­ally shares his tal­ents with the Great Falls com­mu­nity in pub­lic demon­stra­tions and art classes. The Josephine Trigg Award comes in ad­vance of a sig­nif­i­cant O.C. Seltzer ex­hi­bi­tion planned for the fall of 2019. Fol­low­ing this tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion, the C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum will open a new per­ma­nent gallery ded­i­cated to Rus­sell’s con­tem­po­raries, in­clud­ing O.C. Seltzer, as well as artists of en­su­ing gen­er­a­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion about C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum, visit www.cm­rus­sell.org.

Painter W. Steve Seltzer, who was hon­ored with the Josephine Trigg Award at the C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum.

Au­tumn Trav­els, oil, 30 x 30"

Night Watch, oil, 24 x 24"

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