Bob Scriver exhibit ‘Mastery in Bronze’
at Montana Historical Society
A new exhibit at the Montana Historical Society Museum features the work of Robert MacFie Scriver, whose rodeo, wildlife and Native American bronzes have been shown at galleries and museums, and been prized by collectors across the nation
and the world.
“Mastery in Bronze: Selections from The Bob Scriver Collection” features bronzes from all three genres and tells the story of the man who was born in 1914 on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, where his parents operated a mercantile company.
This is the 100-year anniversary of his birth, and when he died in 1999, he was still at work in his studio at his gallery and museum in Browning. He grew up amid the vast plains and “shining” mountains surrounded by frontier characters and Blackfeet elders.
His work with taxidermy soon led him to begin experimenting with sculpting and later bronzes. He had his first major exhibition at his Browning studio in 1961. It received acclaim and national recognition followed.
In 2000, his fourth wife Lorraine donated a large collection of his work including bronzes, sculptures and other artwork and memorabilia to the Montana Historical Society.
There will be a public event on Thursday, Aug. 14, to commemorate his birthday.
Robert MacFie Scriver, 1960
Photo by Butch DeSmet
Bob Scriver was born in 1914. This year he would have been a hundred years old, but he died in 1999. Below is a transcription of a letter to the editor of the Glacier Reporter in March of a year that has been accidentally torn off, but it may have been close to the year of his death. Anyway, I wrote it.
"Proper" anthropologists included Claude Schaeffer, Tom and Alice Kehoe (Bob performed their wedding ceremony), and Ramon Gonyea. Improper anthropologists included John Hellson and Adolf Hungry Wolf.
Carl Cree Medicine was absolutely key to the whole Scriver Studio complex. Over the years he learned to do most everything and it was his sons, David and Junior, who have continued on as expert casters -- not just bronze, but also plaster and mold-making, which are harder in some ways. Gordon Monroe was the fiberglass king.
Moiese Buffalo Roundup, 1962