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Who Qualifies?

The scholarships are available for any Montana high school senior who plans to pursue a career in fine art or fine art education.

What kind of work qualifies for the application?

The types of art to be submitted for scholarship consideration should include watercolor, gouache, graphite, oils, and/or acrylics.Wildlife preferred, but all subjects will be considered.

How are the Scholarships Chosen?

An anonymous jury selects up to two $500 scholarships per year in two dimensional work only.

When will scholarship winner(s) be announced?

Scholarship winners will be notified immediately at the end of the jury cycle in mid-February. Winner(s) will be presented during the Out West Art Show in Great Falls during the annual Young Masters Awards Ceremony in mid-March. Winners may choose to be present or not.

About Zach Babat

Zach was taken from us too soon, but his legacy will live on through his art. Zach was a professional artist and Alaskan bush pilot. He split his time between Alaska and Montana, the two states with the best fish and wildlife in the world. Zach spent over 20 years as an outdoor guide and pilot. These experiences gave him the inspiration for his artwork. He had the opportunity to get face-to-face with the wildlife species of the west. Zach said “It is the close interaction with animals, their personalities, I try to capture, not just the horns, claws, and teeth.”

Zach used watercolor, transparent and opaque, to bring his animals and fish to life. He perfected the use of watercolor on canvas. This scholarship opportunity is funded by family and friends in the hope that young artists will continue to learn, experiment, and perfect their skills.

The Zach Babat Memorial Fine Art Scholarship is administered by the Out West Art Foundation, Inc.,  an exempt
organization as described in section 501(c)3 of the IRS code. EIN #47-1973719

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