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Jeff Rudolph

Using a small bear mold as a model, artist Jeff Rudolph sculpts a boulder of rock into a grizzly bear for a client in his Cody, Wyo., studio.

If you have ever visited Cody’s City Park, you cannot help but notice the large Buffalo Bill sculpture titled “The Spirit of Cody.”

The celebrated monument is the work of prominent local artist Jeff Rudolph. Currently, Rudolph is serving as artist-in-residence at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Whitney Western Art Museum.

From 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., July 16 – 20, visitors can converse with and observe Rudolph as he reveals his techniques and explains his process.

Known for his sculpting, Rudolph works with stone, terra cotta, bronze and wood. His well-crafted statuettes observe nature and Montana history while providing an emotional connection for his viewers.

An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is located just one hour east of Yellowstone National Park. Admission is $20 for adults, $19 for seniors, $18 for students, kids $13 for kids 6-17 and 5 and under are free.

For more information, go to or call 307-587-4771.

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Special Sections Asst. Editor

Special Sections Asst. Editor at The Billings Gazette.