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Gennie DeWeese

In 1965, the DeWeese’s built a home on nine acres in Cottonwood Canyon south of Bozeman, Montana. As a result, Gennie’s work shifted from non-objective painting to a more direct response to the natural world, producing a large quantity of landscape paintings and woodblock prints much loved and collected by friends and the greater Montana community. She exhibited her work throughout Montana and the Northwest. Gennie and her husband Bob, (1921-1990), played a significant role in the development of the Montana contemporary arts community. Major works during this time included a large public art mural for the Bozeman Medical Arts Center, and a 121 foot landscape of a 360 degree view of the Gallatin Valley.

Gennie had a strong interest in nurturing the careers of other artists – she and Bob served as mentors to many young artists in the state. She was a particularly important role model for many women artists in the state. In this spirit, the DeWeese Gallery was in operation at their South Cottonwood home for several years and presented the work of contemporary artists. The Deweese home and studios became a gathering place for artists and intellectuals, allowing an exchange of ideas and inspiration. The result was a cultivation of contemporary artists who are creating, teaching, and inspiring many other artists today.

Gennie was the recipient of the “Governor’s Award for the Arts” and subsequently given an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Montana State University, Bozeman in 1995.

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