Local artist Montana Albitre was selected by Artown and a committee comprised of local arts representatives to create the signature look for the 17th annual Artown festival, held July 1-31 in Reno, Nev. Each year Artown solicits local artists to submit their work for consideration and this year continued to prove the popularity of the honor with a record number of artists participating in the process – 19 in total. Montana’s art serves as the foundation for Artown’s 2012 marketing components that include the annual poster, website and collateral including the Artown calendar, t-shirts and more.
The 26-year-old is a Reno native and works as a welder by trade. Although he has no formal artistic training, Albitre attributes his self-taught art to influences ranging from politics and religion to nature and beyond with a painting technique typical of oil portraiture, using several layers and glazes. His paintings and sculptures have been featured in a number of regional galleries including: Nevada Museum of Art and Holland Show Space in Reno, Nev.; Northstar California in Truckee, Calif.; Patrick Painter Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif.; Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles; and Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
In addition to the Artown commission, Albitre has received honorary awards and recognition including two Gold Keys from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and two awards for editorial cartooning in 2002 and 2003 from the Society of Professional Journalists.