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MSU College of Arts and Architecture to hold arts auction

March 23, 2015 -- MSU News Service

The MSU College of Arts and Architecture is holding an online art auction of two sculpture pieces by Jim Dolan and one painting by Louis Still Smoking. Two of Dolan’s nearly life-sized metal ponies are part of the auction. A multi-media painting of Still Smoking’s that was commissioned for the President’s Fine Art Series at MSU, pictured here, is also part of the auction. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will support scholarships for Native American students in the college. Photo courtesy of the MSU College of Arts and Architecture.

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The Montana State University College of Arts and Architecture is holding an online art auction of two sculpture pieces by Jim Dolan and one painting by Louis Still Smoking. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will support scholarships for Native American students in the college.

“This is a unique opportunity to acquire outstanding works of art while supporting the success of our Native American students,” said Nancy Cornwell, dean of the MSU College of Arts and Architecture. “The college is grateful to both Mr. Dolan and Mr. Still Smoking for their amazing generosity.”

Dolan and Still Smoking are both noted Montana artists. Dolan is an international artist with sculptures installed in Montana, in the Washington, D.C. area, and as far away as Osaka, Japan. Still Smoking is an emerging artist who is already noted regionally for his work.

Based in Bozeman, Dolan is a metal sculptor who began creating small pieces from nails and metal pieces after taking a welding class at MSU. Dolan earned a degree in agriculture from MSU in 1970. In the past 45 years, he has created more than 170 large-scale public pieces on display across the globe, as well as hundreds of private pieces.

Two of Dolan’s nearly life-sized metal ponies are part of the auction. The sculptures were originally created to be part of Dolan’s Bleu Horses series, which is grouped on a hilltop overlooking Highway 287 near Townsend. Dolan designed the series as a gift to the people of Montana.

Still Smoking, a Blackfeet artist, was recently commissioned to produce a multi-media painting (oil on canvas with paper-map insets) for the President’s Fine Art Series for MSU. It is this painting that is currently being auctioned off.

Still Smoking’s work has also been displayed in the Native American Studies Gallery of MSU. Beginning March 28, his art will be on display at the Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery MSU.

Bids on the three pieces of art will be accepted online until April 5. To register for the auction, go to: www.benefitevents.com/auctions/creativenations/.

More information about MSU’s President’s Fine Art Series is available online at http://www.montana.edu/caa/pfas/.

Contact: JoDee Palin, (406) 994-4406 or jpalin@montana.edu