Helena Public Art Videos

Black and white mural of Helena's Cathedral, Fire Tower, and State Capitol

A new mural in the Memorial Park Bandshell was celebrated on September 27, 2010.

Artist Carol Poppenga painted three Helena icons: The Fire Tower, The State Capitol Building, The St. Helena Cathedral representing Helena's political, cultural, and aesthetic history.

Videos feature Carol's talk about the project and the celebration ceremony.


Two new paintings by Bob Morgan were dedicated at the Helena Regional Airport on June 22, 2011:  "Carroll College - Morrison Flying Service WWII Flight Training Programs" and "''As They Round the Far Turn."

"Carroll College - Morrison Flying Service WWII Flight Training Programs"

Between 1940 and 1945, Carroll College and Morrison Flying Service collaborated on various Army and Navy flight training programs.  Through the Civilian Pilot Training and Navy V-12, many young men were trained to be officers and pilots in the Army Air Corps and Navy Aviation.


Carroll provided the classroom instruction and Morrison the flight training.  The aircraft maintenance was performed by the Helena School of Aeronautics (now UM-Helena).  Some 30+ aircraft and 20+ flight instructors were utilized for this effort.  After WWII, many of these graduates went on to careers with the military or commercial airlines.  

This successful partnership was the result of the vigorous efforts of Carroll President FR. Emmet Riley and R.E. "Red" and Elizabeth "Bitty" Morrison.  The program contributed to the war-time financial survival of both Carroll College and Morrison Flying Service.

''As They Round the Far Turn"

This 2011 Robert F. Morgan painting depicts a challenge race between an aircraft and racecars.  The race was held at the Montana State Fairgrounds in Helena Montana in 1921.  

The Curtiss JN-4D "Jenny" was flown by Helena aviation pioneer and auto repair shop owner Ed Follensby.

The lead car is a Cadillac Roadster owned by Eddie's Cafe owner Eddie Gallivan.


Helena Regional Airport Director Ron Mercer opens the dedication ceremony for two new paintings by Robert F. Morgan:   on June 22, 2011:  "Carroll College - Morrison Flying Service WWII Flight Training Programs" and "''As They Round the Far Turn."  These two paintings are on loan from Jeff and Jeannie Morrison and family.

Other paintings at the Airport by Robert F. Morgan include:

the original Airport terminal;

a mural of Cromwell Dixon's historic landing near Blossberg after being the first aviator to cross the Continental Divide in 1911;

Charles Lindberg's 1927 visit to Helena;

and the portrayal of Amelia Earhart's 1933 visit to Helena.


Enjoy this video, "Life at the Brickyard", featuring Archie Bray by George McCauley