Steven E. Lillegard was born and raised in rural central Montana. His early influence came from his mother who went to art school in Boston. He was introduced to art in museums on the East Coast. Lillegard majored in Fine Art at Montana State University and in graphic design at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota. He was a partner in a graphic design firm in Bismarck when he decided to return to his hometown of Stanford, Montana to pursue bronze sculpture. He researched the lost wax casting process and built his foundry.
Since then his work has found homes worldwide and has won awards. In 2006 he was asked by the Saint Bernard Pass Foundation to create the Wally Buono Award, the Canadian equivalent of our Heisman Trophy. He has done commission work for major oil companies.
He has participated in several juried art shows including the C. M. Russell Show and Sale and the Out West Art Show in Great Falls, MT, the Calgary Stampede Art Show, and the National Western Art Show in Ellensburg, WA where he won the Goodey Award (the best piece of art showing some aspect of Native American culture). He has had shows in the Washackie Museum and Cultural Center in Worland, WY, The H, EarlClack Museum in Havre, MT, The Copper Village Art Center in Anaconda, MT, The Montana Mid-State Art Show, where he won the best bronze.