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Hugh Hockaday was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1892, and came to the Flathead Valley in 1910.
He settled with his parents just outside of Lakeside, Montana, where they founded a cherry orchard on the Peaceful Valley Ranch on Hockaday Bay. He received his early education in the Flathead and continued on to Washington University's School of Fine Arts in St. Louis, Missouri to pursue his art education. He graduated in 1924 and later taught drawing and commercial art there, while working as a commercial artist. 
In 1946, after Hugh's father fell ill, he returned to the Flathead with his wife Ethel and his son, to help his mother with the ranch. He converted an old horse barn into a studio where he spent much of his time painting. 
Hockaday was one of the founders of the Flathead Valley Art Association, and was instrumental in the development of an art center for the area. Unfortunately, he died just months before it was scheduled to open in the old Carnegie Library Building. His widow granted her permission to name the new institution the Hockaday Center for the Arts.
In 1998 the name was changed to the Hockaday Museum of Art, and we are honored to have over two dozen of his original pieces in our permanent collection.
Self-Portrait, by Hugh Hockaday