Treasured Montana Artist
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch today introduced painter Jonathan Cadotte, of Browning, as the next "Treasured" Montana Artist. McCulloch selected Cadotte from a competitive field of candidates for his ability to represent the splendor of the Blackfeet Nation.
"I couldn’t have picked a more fitting artist to feature during the 2015 legislative session," Secretary McCulloch said. "There is something so profound and rich in the way that Jonathan is able to capture glimpses of the sacred traditions of the Blackfeet culture. It’s beautiful."
Cadotte who was born and raised in Browning, Montana says that his paintings embody his Blackfeet tribal heritage, his involvement in religion and the ceremonies of his people.
"Creating art has been a lifelong passion for me. Ever since I was a young boy I have wanted to share with people the beauty that surrounds me," Cadotte said. "I’m honored to share my vision and the culture of the Blackfeet Tribe as a "Treasured" Montana Artist."
The "Treasured" Montana artist began in 2009 as a way for Secretary McCulloch to showcase the amazing work of Montana artists. Cadotte will join 16 others who have been named a "Treasured" Montana artist since its conception.
Secretary McCulloch’s "Treasured" Artist distinction culminates with an exhibit in the Montana’s State Capitol. Cadotte’s exhibit will be on display January through May 2015 in the front lobby of the Secretary of State’s office. It is available at no cost to the public.