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May 14, 2014
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Secretary of State Linda McCulloch Unveils “Treasured” Montana Artist;
Photographer Todd Klassy of Havre

HELENA, MT- Secretary of State Linda McCulloch today introduced photographer Todd Klassy, of Havre, as the next “Treasured” Montana Artist. McCulloch selected Klassy from a competitive field of candidates for his ability to capture a side of Montana that goes largely unrecognized beyond our borders.

“Our prairies and plains are as significant as our mountains,” Secretary McCulloch said.  “There’s history in that old grain elevator, cattle herd and rusted sign you pass 100-miles from the last traffic light, and Todd tells the story beautifully.”

Klassy was raised on a farm and says it was always his dream to photograph the back roads and hidden corners of Montana. His fondness for the state extends to rural landmarks and all those whose culture and way of life is “threatened by the hands of time.”

“My home is the gravel road,” Klassy said. “I make it a point to travel every corner of the state, because however breathtaking Yellowstone and Glacier may be, it’s the life of a pow-wow, the dust in an abandoned schoolhouse, and the fire in the eye of a bearded cowboy that truly reflect this state. I’m honored to share my vision as a “Treasured” Montana Artist.” 

Secretary McCulloch’s “Treasured” Artist distinction culminates with an exhibit in Montana’s State Capitol. Klassy’s exhibit will be on display May through September 2014 in the front lobby of the Secretary of State’s office. It is available at no cost to the public.

Past and present “Treasured” Montana Artist exhibits are featured in an online gallery at sos.mt.gov/Gallery.  Additional works can be viewed on Klassy’s website at toddklassy.com.

Do you have what it takes to be a “Treasured” Artist?
Submit your artwork or a link to your website for consideration.  Contact Katrina Schweitzer at kschweitzer@mt.gov for more information.