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October 08, 2012


A book published by the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at The University of Montana has been selected as a finalist for a 2012 High Plains Book Award.

“Fra Dana: American Impressionist of the Rockies” was written by UM art history and art criticism Associate Professor Valerie Hedquist and Montana State University-Billings Professor Sue Hart. The biography traces the life and travels of the late 19th-, early 20th-century impressionist painter. The book also features rich images of Dana’s work, housed at the MMAC.

“We are honored to be among the terrific finalists for this award and are proud to present this superb book about one of our important Permanent Collection artists,” said Barbara Koostra, MMAC director.

The Parmly Billings Library in Billings established the High Plains Book Awards to recognize the regional authors and literary works that examine and reflect life on the high plains, including Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas, as well as Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan in Canada.

The High Plains Book Awards will be presented at the BookFest in Billings Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 18-20.

“Fra Dana: American Impressionist in the Rockies” can be purchased at the MMAC, by visiting, or by calling 406-243-2019.



Contact: Barbara Koostra, Montana Museum of Art and Culture director, 406-243-2019,