John Pollock is no stranger to the regional arts community. The Yellowstone Art Museum is pleased to announce him as the seventh person in a succession of artists who have participated in the museum’s Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program located at the YAM’s Gary and Melissa Oakland Artist-in-Residence Studio in the Visible Vault, located at 505 North 26th Street east of the main museum building. Come see John’s amazing kite’s in the current exhibition Art with a Blue Background, which will be on display until August 10,2014.
John is an Emeritus Professor of Art at Montana State University-Billings, where he recently retired from full-time teaching after serving the university and enumerable students from 1974 to 2010. Through the years, he has become a sought-out printmaker and watercolorist. In 1979, he was awarded the Visual Art Fellowship in Printmaking from the Western States Art Foundation. Additionally, John has become an award-winning kite maker. In 2004, 2007, and 2009, he received the Grand National Champion Kitemakers Award at the American Kitefliers Association Convention. In 2009, he was awarded the Lee Toy Award for the Kite Artist of the year. He is currently being invited to festivals around the world to fly his hand-painted kites. During his residency, which runs through June 18, 2014, John Pollock will take advantage of the spacious studio, which features an abundance of natural daylight, to create a variety of large kites.