Terrance Guardipee is an internationally acclaimed Blackfeet painter and ledger artist, consistently recognized for the traditional depiction of his Blackfeet heritage and contemporary innovation demonstrated in his work. Terrance was one of the first Native artists to revive the historical ledger art tradition, and was the first ledger artist to transform the style from the single page custom into his signature map collage concept.The map collage concept is based in the ledger art style, but incorporates various antique documents such as maps, war rations, checks, in addition to single page ledgers. Terrance utilizes antique documents in all of his artwork, dating from the mid­19th century, and typically originating from the historical and present Blackfeet homeland of Montana.

Terrance lived in Montana until he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he studied two­ dimensional arts. His educational experience at IAIA enabled Terrance to incorporate the contemporary color palate he is known for in a manner that is consistent with Blackfeet tradition. Presently, Terrance resides in Seattle, Washington.

The innovation Terrance has demonstrated in his artwork is recognized by numerous museums, prominent Indian art markets, and private collectors alike. To begin with, Terrance’s work is featured in the permanent collections of prestigious institutions such as the Smithsonian Institute, the Gene Autry Museum, the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College, and the Museum of Natural History in Hanover, Germany. Furthermore, Terrance was the featured artist at the National Museum of the American Indian in 2007, and was selected to create an image for The Trail of Painted Ponies at the 2008 50th Anniversary Heard Museum Indian Art Market. In addition, at the 2008 Santa Fe Indian Art Market, Terrance was awarded first place in his category and best of division. In recognition of the ledger art style, the Santa Fe Indian Art Market has established a category specifically for ledger artists, and Terrance has placed first in this category since its commencement in 2009. The leading institutions in the Native art community consistently acknowledge Terrance’s innovative incorporation of authentic Blackfeet images into his own contemporary form of art. 



1993 -95     Institute of American Indian Arts


2006 – Present    Willamette Univ. Native American Advisory Council

Seattle University American Indian Law Journal



Great Falls Native American Art Show

  • Best of Show – 2010

  • 2nd Place – 2006

Tesoro Indian Art Market

  • 2nd Place: Easel Arts – 2011

  • 1st Place: Easel Arts – 2009 | 2010

  • Best of Show – 2007

Northern Plains Indian Art Market

  • 2nd Place: Colored Pencil and Ink – 2006 | 2009

Santa Fe Indian Art Market

  • Best of Classification: Ledger Art – 2010

  • Best of Classification: Ledger Art – 2009

  • Best of Division: IIIE – 2008

  • Best of Classification: Abstract – 2008

Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market

  • 2nd Place – 2007

Gene Autry Museum of American Indian Arts

  • 1st Place: Class III Paintings and Drawings – 2009



2009     American Indian Film Festival Featured Artist

2010      American Indian Film Festival Featured Artist

2008     50th Annual Heard Museum Trail of Painted Ponies Featured Artist

2007     Nat. Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institute

2007     Pasatiempo – Santa Fe New Mexican: Cover Artist


2005 -16     Santa Fe Indian Art Market

2004 -16     Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

2004 -14     Gene Autry Museum American Indian Arts Market Place

2003 -12     Great Falls Native American Art Show

2007 -11      Native Treasures Indian Art Festival

2008 -12     Tesoro Indian Market

2006 -11      Painted Face NW American Indian Art Show

2008 -15     Montana Folk Festival


  • CM Russell Museum of Art, Great Falls, MT

  • The Gene Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA

  • The Dakota Discovery Museum, Mitchell, SD

  • The Herd Museum, Phoenix, AZ

  • The Hockaday Museum, Kalispell, MT

  • The Hood Museum at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

  • The Museum of Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, NM

  • The Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning, MT

  • The National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.

  • The Museum of Natural History, Hanover, Germany

  • The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM


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Mixed Media on Ledger Paper, 17 x 21.5