Impressionist painter and sculptor of Western figures, particularly Indians and children, Gary Schildt was born in Helena, Montana. As a Blackfeet descendant, Gary grew up on his family’s ranch on the Reservation near Browning.
He studied commercial art and photography at the City College of San Francisco. He is noted for his sensitivity and artistic excellence in virtually all mediums, is a charter member of the Northwest Rendezvous Group. Gary Schildt in 1999 received the Montana Governor’s Award for the Arts.
He lives and works upon the Blackfeet Reservation using the curator cottage at the Museum of the Plains Indians as a studio. In 1998, he did a series of forty three paintings of the Blackfeet Sundance now on permanent exhibit at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana. He is planning on doing a series depicting Blackfeet Napi Stories.