Joe Scheuerle and his Remarkable Indian Gallery – is an upcoming exhibit at the Montana Historical Society featuring the remarkable American Indian portraits created by artist Joseph G. Scheuerle (1873–1948). To open September 6, 2018 – through December 2019.
Beginning in 1909 Scheuerle made many visits to Indian reservations in Montana and across the west where he painted his exceptional portraits that were, in his own words, “all finished and done honestly and carefully from life and on the spot”.
Often, he provided fascinating whimsical sketches and commentary on the back that provide an invaluable archive and insight about the lives of the people he was painting. Throughout his lifetime he created more than two hundred portraits, and established close friendships and rapport with his models.
While recognized by his friends and colleagues for his artistic skills, Scheuerle never received the acclaim given Russell and Sharp. Today, however, our knowledge of Plains Indian life is greatly enhanced by Scheuerle’s exceptional art.
This exhibit is made possible the generous donations of the artist’s work from Joe Scheuerle’s grandson Bill Grierson and wife Pat, and from collectors Alfred K, Jr. and Kathye H. Nippert.
The opening reception is Thursday, September 6th 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Montana’s Museum, Montana Historical Society, and it will offer refreshments and entertainment by the Magpie Drummers and Dancers. This event is sponsored by the generosity of the Montana Bankers Association.
Grierson Collection, gift of Joe Scheuerle's grandson Bill Grierson and wife Pat, 2017.74.01
[For more information please contact- Jennifer Bottomly-O’looney, Senior Curator, Montana Historical Society, 444 4753, [email protected] ]