Kevin O'Dwyer: Shaping Artistic Landscapes at Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild

As the Artistic Director of Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild, Kevin O'Dwyer stands at the helm of a unique artistic endeavor that marries the natural beauty of Montana's Blackfoot Valley with the transformative power of sculpture. With a deep reverence for the land and a passion for artistic expression, O'Dwyer has helped to shape this remarkable outdoor gallery into a destination unlike any other.

Celebrating Nature, Culture, and Community

At Blackfoot Pathways, O'Dwyer's vision is not just about creating art; it's about creating experiences that celebrate the rich tapestry of nature, culture, and community that defines the Blackfoot Valley. Through a carefully curated selection of sculptures and installations, he invites visitors to embark on a journey of discovery, exploring the intersection of art and landscape in new and unexpected ways.

Fostering Creativity and Collaboration

Central to O'Dwyer's approach as Artistic Director is his commitment to fostering creativity and collaboration among artists from around the world. Through artist residencies, workshops, and community outreach programs, he creates opportunities for artists to come together, share ideas, and create works that resonate deeply with the landscape and the people who call it home.

Inspiring Dialogue and Reflection

Through his leadership, O'Dwyer has helped to foster a dialogue between art, nature, and community that invites visitors to engage with their surroundings in meaningful and thought-provoking ways. Whether through guided tours, artist talks, or interactive workshops, he encourages visitors to reflect on their relationship to the land and to consider the role of art in shaping our perceptions of place and identity.

A Testament to Creativity and Conservation

As Artistic Director of Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild, Kevin O'Dwyer has not only created a world-class destination for art lovers and outdoor enthusiasts but also a testament to the power of creativity and conservation to transform landscapes and lives. Through his leadership, he has helped to preserve and celebrate the natural beauty of the Blackfoot Valley while fostering a deeper appreciation for the intersection of art and environment.

Experience the Magic of Blackfoot Pathways

Whether you're a seasoned art aficionado or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of nature, a visit to Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild is sure to inspire, captivate, and delight. Come and experience the magic for yourself and discover why Kevin O'Dwyer's vision has made this hidden gem in the heart of Montana's wilderness a must-see destination for art lovers everywhere.

Tree Circus  Patrick Dougherty

Artist-in-Residence 2017

Picture Frame - Jaakko Pernu.

Artist-in-Residence 2014

Artistic direction and development of an international sculpture park dedicated to the interpretation of the environmental and industrial heritage of the Blackfoot Valley.

Key Role:

  • Curation
  • ​Development of the artist-in-residence programme
  • Fund-raising
  • Grant writing
  • Community awareness
  • Development of primary and secondary education programme
  • Website and social media development
  • Community outreach programme
  • ​Liase with third level institutions, government agencies, museums and environmental organisations.

Key Achievements:

  • ​Montana Tourism Cultural Heritage Award (2019)
  • Lewis and Clark County Historic Preservation Award (2019)
  • ​Montana Governor's Arts Award 2020
  • 50,000 visitor attendance in 2020.
  • Creation of Cultural Tourism hub in a rural community.
  • Curation of 18 large scale sculpture installations.
  • Development of a summer music programme.
  • ​Fund raised over $500,000 to deliver sculpture park programming. 
  • ​Video and photographic archival documentation.

Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild

International Sculpture Park

Lincoln, Montana

​2013- 2022

Role: Artistic Director/Curator