Permanent Collections

The Yellowstone Art Museum collects American art with an emphasis on progressive contemporary art from the northern Rocky Mountain and northern Plains regions. Collecting began soon after the museum’s founding in 1964. In 1984, with a major grant from the Montana Cultural Trust (coal tax fund) and generous donations from private individuals, the YAM began to build what is now the largest permanent collection of significant contemporary art of the region.

Today all of the permanent collections number over 7,300 objects, including both art works and archival pieces.

Charles Ringer Click the image to see installation video

Charles Ringer, Super Sonic Spin Cycle
Installed 26 July 2012 at the museum’s Visible Vault
Dedication ceremony 11 July 2013 at the YAM’s Annual Membership meeting

Purchase made possible by support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), RBC Wealth Management, Bill & Debbie Tierney, Gene & Marilyn Wade, and Anne-Marie Wade & John Stoddart. We are grateful for in-kind gifts from the Appliance Shack, Schnitzer Steel Industries (Golden Recycling), Hardy Construction, High Tech Construction, Pacific Metal Company, and PowderKote Unlimited.

Charles Ringer