LINCOLN, MONT. – This summer marks the 10th season of Lincoln's award-winning sculpture park Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild. BPSW celebrates the rich cultural, environmental, and industrial heritage of the Blackfoot Valley. The 26-acre park hosts 18 art installations by artists from Germany, Norway, Finland, Ireland, Great Britain, Denmark, the USA, and the Northern Cheyenne nation.
Celebratory events will be happening throughout the summer. Below are some highlights as well as the full schedule.
2023 artists in residence will be BPSW co-founder and former artistic director, Kevin O'Dwyer (Ireland), who will create his third sculpture in the park. Mark Jacobs and Sam Clayton(UK) will also be returning to create their second collaborative installation. 2022 composer in residence, Grammy and Emmy-nominated composer Phillip Aaberg (USA), will premiere a new musical composition titled Many Worlds in the Woods on July 8. Friends, community members, volunteers and the public are invited to join in celebrations throughout the summer season including a variety of musical acts from many genres, artist and history talks, and interactive tours of the sculpture park.
Sculpture in the Wild is open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk and is always free to everyone. The rustic paths accessible to all, restrooms and picnic tables are ADA accessible, and dogs are welcome on a leash.
Dates of significance
Sat. July 8 4-7 p.m.
10th season celebration with artists in residence and featuring the premiere of composition created by 2022 musician in residence, special guests, surprise announcements, and light refreshments.
Sept. 5 – 22
Artists will be in residence at the park creating new works, the public is encouraged to stop by and observe, talk with the artists, or even volunteer.
Sat. Sept. 23 noon
Unveiling of new sculptures, artist talks, refreshments and celebration.
Saturday Sessions at Sculpture in the Wild
Music and Talks Saturdays July 8th – Sept. 2nd starting at 4 p.m. (no program Aug. 12th)
July 8 4 to 7 p.m .: Musician in Residence, Grammy and Emmy-nominated composer Philip Aaberg, of Chester, Montana, will premiere new works responding to the large scale sculptures.
10th Season Happy Hour: Meet and Greet the 2023 artists in residence and Jenny Bevill new Executive Director.
July 15 4 to 6 p.m .: David and Dedrie Casey husband and wife, new symphonic indie-folk, singer/songwriters from Helena.
July 22 4 to 6 p.m .: Great Falls Symphony's Chinook Winds
The Chinook Winds is the resident wind quintet of the Great Falls Symphony in Montana. Their programs include classic wind quintet literature, works featuring local composers and artists, and unique arrangements of popular songs-all executed with a captivating sense of energy that keeps audiences riveted.
July 29 Rob Quist and Halladay Quist and special guest.
Rob & Halladay Quist are a father/daughter musical duo from Montana. Taken collectively, their music glides effortlessly over the boundaries of Western, country, bluegrass, folk, pop and blues, and many of their original songs have been featured throughout the rich tapestry of the American Musical Media.
Aug. 5 Saturday Art Walk, an interactive tour for adults led by arts educator and musician Alyssa Roggow.
Slow down and engage your senses with art, nature, and lively discussion in an inquiry-based tour. Experience deep guided looking with sculptures made from natural materials. The park is wheelchair accessible. Accommodations can be provided. All are welcome to bring your own chair.
Aug. 12 Art and Music in the Park Weekend in Lincoln. (No program at Sculpture in the Wild)
Aug. 19 4 to 6 p.m .: Pollo Loco Great Falls band delivers fun, western-hued tunes.
Aug. 26 4 to 6 p.m .: Humanities Montana Series, Finding Montana.
Journalist Ednor Therriault shines a spotlight into interesting but not widely known subjects in every corner of the state, bringing stories from one region to the people of another. Through stories, images and even original songs, he fosters discussion about the differences we celebrate, but also the things we might be surprised to learn we have in common.
Sept. 2 4 to 6 p.m .: Wilbur Rehman Quartet jazz saxophonist and his quartet.