The University of Montana School of Art will present lectures from internationally known artists on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Patrick Dougherty and Kevin O'Dwyer will speak from 6-8 p.m. at the University Center Theater. The talk is free and open to the public.

The artists are here thanks to Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild, the park in Lincoln featuring art interspersed in the woods.

Doughtery is visiting Montana as part of a three-week artist residency in Lincoln. He and a band of volunteers will create a "monumental sculpture" from 10 tons of willow saplings. During his career, he's made more than 300 large-scale temporary sculptures across the world. Montanans may have seen his work at Tippet Rise, the 10,000-plus-acre working ranch and art center in Fishtail, between Bozeman and Billings.

Since creating his first sapling structures in 1982, the artist has traveled throughout the world to create large-scale temporary installations for museums, sculpture parks, botanical gardens, private residencies, and art festivals. His environmental sculptures have been seen climbing the sides of buildings, finding shelter among a row of trees, or winding up the banisters of museum foyers. 

O'Dwyer, an Irish sculptor and metalsmith, has served as the artistic director and curator of Blackfoot Pathways since 2013.

His artwork reflects his strong interest in ancient landscapes, industrial archaeology and architecture. His symposia installations respond to the industrial and environmental heritage of the landscape. Industrial artifacts, historical references, folklore and archival interviews are the building blocks in the development of his installations. O’Dwyer is represented at Blackfoot Pathways by the 22-foot high steel sculpture titled "Montana Line Drawing." He is also responsible for proposing the move of the iconic Delaney Sawmill teepee burner to the park as a means of preserving one of the remaining Lincoln-area landmarks that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the once thriving timber industry.

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