I loved him and appreciated his perspective about life! He will be greatly missed and forever held
in high esteem.
Thank you Terry for being you!
Rest In Peace!
I have a beautiful lithograph of Terry Melton given to me in 1965 by his friend, and artist, Tom Blodgett. Terry is lying in the grass, and blowing on a dandelion seed head for his young son.
My tribute and respect to a great man of the arts in the Western United States. As a young man, he was the founding director of the Yellowstone Art Center/Museum in Billings, Montana, and in many important ways set the agenda for the museum, championing with limited resources the work and careers of two great Montana Modernist painters, Isabelle Johnson and Bill Stockton. Later directors, curators and patrons would see to it that these artists works, and many others, were collected in depth and granted due recognition. As a curator at the Yellowstone, beginning nearly two decades after his tenure, I always was aware of the impact of his work, and appreciated my personal encounters with him through the years. The scale and impact of his work grew geographically from the beginnings of his career in Billings, but we remember him best for the important work he did here.
My condolences to his family and friends.
Assistant Director, Yellowstone Art Center/Museum, 1982-1998
Terry Melton--a fine artist, a man of ideas, a inspirational leader, and a real character.