Art Ortenberg, 1926-2014


The Swan Valley’s population doubles each summer as part-time residents return to their beloved Montana retreats. We welcome these neighbors who share our devotion to the Swan, holding a special place in our hearts for Art Ortenberg. Art and his wife of nearly 50 years, Liz Claiborne (1929-2007), were passionate conservationists with a deep and abiding love for Montana, their adopted home. They may have lived here part-time, but their commitment and investment in the Swan is unmatched - from rural schools to land conservation to protecting wildlife and habitat. In fact, according to those who were there, it was Art who first proposed the idea of the Swan Citizen’s Ad Hoc Committee way back in the early 90s. He and Liz supported both Northwest Connections and Swan Ecosystem Center from the beginning and the Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation continues to be one of our most committed funders. Their support allows us to do our part to help fulfill their mission to ensure “the survival of wildlife and wildlands and the vitality of human communities with which they are inextricably linked.”

Honor the legacy of Art Ortenberg and Liz Claiborne and help us achieve another 20 years of conservation and education success by contributing to our $20,000 fundraising challenge! Visit for details.