Michael Westergard, professional sculptor for over 20 years and Sheridan County native is known for his work with historical and wildlife themes with special attention given to authenticity and detail, while striving to impart a lifelike feel to his art. His works are collected by museums and in private collections worldwide.
A self-taught sculptor who lives just North of the historic Fort Peck and Forts Union and Buford on the Missouri River, he grew up in this historically rich area, Michael gets most of his interest in this subject matter. Michael’s bronzes show the history, wildlife, and the people of the American West with accuracy and detail. His bronzes have been in several magazines, one including the cover of “The Idaho Horseman,“ and have won numerous awards including Best of Show, Purchase Award, People’s Choice and Best of Show at Scottsdale Show, Scottsdale, Arizona. In the 2006 Wild Wings Show of Originals, "The Arikara" received the Peoples Choice/Best in Show Award for Sculpture. Wild Wings has been active in the art world for many years, but within the last couple years it was purchased by Cabelas. Michael was also selected to recently exhibit his work at the Governor’s Mansion in Helena, Montana and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn, North Dakota. Michael has exhibited his work internationally including places like Germany- doing three one man shows, collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and private collections of Friederick Wilhelm of Weid; descendent of Prince Maximilian of the 1833-1834 Maximilian and Bodmer expedition of the Western United States. Michaels’ work is also in collections such as U.S. Air Force, National Park Service, Favell Museum, and the Michael Harrison Western History Research Center in California. Michael currently resides in Plentywood, Montana.