John Pollock is an Emeritus Professor of Art at Montana State University-Billings. He recently retired from full time teaching at this University where he taught from 1974 to 2010. Through the years he has established a reputation as an artist by working in the media of lithography and watercolor. In 1979 he was awarded the Visual Art Fellowship in Printmaking from the Western States Art Foundation. He has received commissions for complete print editions from the Yellowstone Print Club and the Print Club of Albany. Mr. Pollock was also selected by Rattlesnake Valley Press as one of the twelve Montana artists to produce a folio of prints for the 1988 Montana Centennial. In 1992, he completed and donated two print editions to the Eastern Montana College Foundation.
In 1985 the American Artist magazine featured a five-page article on the watercolor paintings of Mr. Pollock. He is a signature member, and past President of the Montana Watercolor Society. He has received the following awards in Watermedia Exhibitions: the Holter Museum Award in Watermedia 1989, the President’s Award in Watermedia 1994, and the Member’s Award in Watermedia 1998. These are national juried exhibitions sponsored by MTWS.
In 1997, Rockport Publishers of Gloucester, MA published three of his paintings in two books about watercolor. The book, The Best of Watercolor 2, featured the paintings, “Day Lily with a Twist”, and “Pattern of Eight”. The book, Painting Composition, featured the painting, “Tinted Light Complications”.
Recently, he has developed an interest in kitemaking and has approached kitemaking as an art form. He was the featured kite maker in an article in Kiting, the Journal of the American Kitefliers Association, in March of 2000. He was also included in an international kiting exhibition called Sky, Wind and World Millennium Kite Exhibition and the Lewis and Clark Kite Exhibition at Logan International Airport, Billings, Montana.
In 2004, 2007 and in 2009 he received the Grand National Champion Kitemakers Award at the American Kitefliers Association Convention. In 2009 he was also awarded the Lee Toy Award for the Kite Artist of the year. He is currently being invited to festivals around the world to fly his hand painted kites.
Diana Pollock would best be described as kite person enthusiast. Although she will hold a kite line on special occasions, she mostly enjoys the people in kiting and assists others when needed. Over the years she has been the primary assistant to her husband John and has accompanied him varies places around the world flying kites.