Exhibit: Ed Craney—the Voice of Montana

It Started With a Promise

Radio pioneer Edmund B. Craney encouraged Montanans to embrace their own artistic culture. He regularly featured local musicians and entertainers on his early radio and television broadcasts, and his art collection was comprised solely of artworks created by Montana artists. By limiting his collecting in this way, Craney amassed a stellar sampling of Montana art and furthered the careers of many Montana artists by purchasing their works.

Having witnessed many of Charles M. Russell’s treasured art pieces leave the state, Ed Craney wanted to ensure that his collection of Montana art stayed in the Treasure State for future generations to enjoy. He promised Olaf C. Seltzer that he would leave his collection in Montana. Through the generosity of the Greater Montana Foundation in their donation of Craney's art collection to the Montana Historical Society in 2006, this promise has been fulfilled.

Artists represented in the collection include: Olaf C. Seltzer, Charles M. Russell, William Standing, Ralph DeCamp, Edgar S. Paxson, Ace Powell, Nancy McLaughlin, James Masterson, and Charles Beil.

It Started With a Promise