Jerry Goroski received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, in 1972, with a Major in Fine Arts, along with Minors in Art History and Art Education. I was prolific as a print maker, specializing in stone lithography (completing course work beyond University programs) while also working in the oil and watercolor media.
Moving to Great Falls, Montana, upon graduation (1972) I was employed by a local food retailer in their general offices for six years as a commercial artist. I was then offered a position at the Charles M. Russell Museum as the Museum Administrator/ Curator (1979 -1987), and as the museum’s Assistant Director for that time period. Duties included, collection’s manager and curator of the museum’s permanent/loan collections; museum publications, writing and publishing exhibition catalogs; along with preparing traveling exhibitions of Charles M. Russell works from the museum’s permanent collection. During my tenure I studied Charles M. Russell extensively and became very knowledgeable in the artist’s life and works.
After, leaving the Museum in 1987, I then went to work for a local printing company, continuing to be active in the art market field. My employment allowed me to be a member of the Great Falls Advertising Club of Great Falls, where I was involved with the Charles M. Russell Auction of Original Western Art. During that time I was the Auction Chairman (2001) and later as the Art Coordinator for over five years, working with artists and art dealers from throughout the country, and more than 20 years of art auction experience as a committee member and chairperson for the procurement of living and deceased artworks for these auctions.
In 2007, I then producer my own art auction event in Bozeman, Montana, called “Gateway to the West”- Art Auction and Show“, featuring 175 works of deceased and living artists from across the United States and Canada. The show was a 2-day event with an auctioned main auction on the second day. A 100 page art catalog was produced for the event photographing all of artworks and layout designed done by me. I also owned a fine art gallery in Great Falls, and have since closed it due to the art market conditions.
Over the last 45 years, my knowledge of Western Art, it’s artists, living and deceased, along with my continued work presently with art dealers, artists, museums and galleries, is accepted for art research, art appraisals and consultation for private collectors and buyers of original art, along with authentication of Charles M. Russell works.
Presently, I am retired from the printing industry and now have an in-house/Internet Appraisal Service along with a fine art consulting business. Specializing in; paintings, sculptures, and etchings of artists of the “American West”, Wildlife, Sporting, Impressionists and their contemporaries, along with new emerging artists. Consultation with using auction houses and galleries when consigning works of art from your fine art collection.