Armand LaMontagne, American (1939 - )

STUDENT-ATHLETE-SCULPTOR Armand M. LaMontagne ranics as one of America's pre- eminent sculptors of celebrated personalities. The artist was born and raised In Rhode Island and educated in the Pawtucket, R. I. school system, Worcester Academy and Boston College.

He lives with his wife Lorraine in North Scituate, Rhode Island. Their daughter Lisa is a graduate of Salve Regina College, Newport, R. I. His home and studio are in North Scituate. Armand was named to the Providence Sunday Journa1's All- State Football Team in 1957 and its All-State Baseball Team in 1956 to 1958. Upon matriculating at Worcester Academy, in 1958-59, he starred in Football, coached by John Pietro, former Brown University Football great, and Basketball, coached by the venerable Dee Rowe of the University of Connecticut fame. Armand was scouted and offered a four year Football scholarship by Boston College Football coach and legend. Mike Holovak. He accepted it. Although Mr. LaMontagne studied for a year in Italy as the recipient of the Russell Grinell Foundation Award, essentially he is a self-taught artist who has honed his skills through practicing his profession.

He is best recognized for his life-size wood and bronze sculptures. Armand's most recent bronze sculpture of Ted Williams was unveiled February 20, 2000, at the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame, Hernando, Florida. Hr. LaMontagne was honored in May 1998, by Rhode Island College with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts. In the same month and year he was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Mall of Fame. Armand is also very proud of his Charter Membership in the Pawtucket Hall of Fame.

His significant Sculptures of important personalities are sited at: Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, The Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York; Harry Agganis, Larry Bird, Bobby Orr, Carl Yastrerski, and Ted Williams, The New England Sports Museum, Cambridge. Mass.; General George S. Patton, Jr., The Patton Museum, Fort Knox, Kentucky; President Gerald Ford, the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, and the Gerald Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Eleanor Roosevelt, Hyde Park, Now York; Ted Williams, Ted Williams Museurn, Hernando, Florida; Roger Williams, Roger Williams University, Bristol, R. I.; Larry Bird, Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Mass. and Gladys Tantaquidegon, "The Mohegan Medicine Woman" The Mohegan Nation, Uncasville, Connecticut.

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