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(b.1955) Steven E. Lillegard was raised on a ranch and in the small towns of Moccasin and Stanford in central Montana. His artistic ability was noticed and encouraged early by his mother, Elisabeth Lillegard, an artist trained in Boston. During family trips to New England she took him to see works of masters in museums in Boston, Washington D.C. and New York City. His formal training started at Stanford High School where Patricia Hansen assembled an excellent art department. He continued his education at Montana State University where he majored in Fine Art. He won awards in illustration and cartooning while working as the artist for the university newspaper.
Lillegard transferred to a graphic arts college and worked as a graphic artist before turning his attention to sculpture.
He returned to Stanford in 1981and began researching the process of casting bronze and built his foundry. Since then his sculptures have won numerous awards including "Best of Show" and "Peoples Choice". They have been featured in museums and can be found in collections worldwide.