Ben Steele’s most famous works depict the horrors of the Bataan Death March during World War II. Ben survived being a prisoner of war for 3 ½ years by becoming and remaining a prolific artist. He often said, “Art Saved My Life.”
Ben Steele was also a beloved art teacher at Eastern Montana College, now MSU Billings, and a lifelong friend to many Montana artists. This exhibit shares the works of those who knew Ben and reveals how they knew him and in what way he influenced them. This is a remarkable story about an amazing man who influenced a generation of artists in Montana.