Who is Jay Contway?
Jay Contway is a man totally involved with his art. It is simply—his life.
Jay is a native Montana artist who raised working quarter horses. He spent time on the rodeo circuit. His knowledge and respect for the working cowboy shows clearly in his art. Appreciation for the history, his own native ancestry, and the people and animals of the west is illustrated in his work.
The horses and the equipment used by Cowboys and Native Americans have changed greatly over the years. Jay considers attention to historical detail very important. He knows first–hand the trappings, saddles, bridles, animals and action that you see in his work.
Jay was born in Malta, in Eastern Montana, and was raised in the ranching area. His ancestry includes Native American, English, and Irish. He attended Northern Montana College in Havre and the College of Great Falls to earn a teaching certificate.
Over the years Jay has won numerous awards but the most important recognitions of his career are the inductions into the Calgary Stampede Western Art Show Hall of Fame in 2008, the C.M. Russell Museum Skull Society of Artists 2014 & 2015, the Montana Pro-Rodeo Cowboy Hall and Wall of Fame in 2016 and the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center in 2016.
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