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Past Exhibitions

John Pollock

March 24, 2014 - June 18, 2014
Kite artist John Pollock's work is on display in the exhibition "Art with a Blue Background" until August 10, 2014. A Reception for this exhibition will take place Thursday, July 17 at 5:30 p.m.

Face to Face, Wall to Wall

March 20, 2014 - August 24, 2014
How best to celebrate 50 years of extraordinary artistic accomplishment? In celebration of our 50th anniversary, the YAM is proud to feature a major endeavor that integrates regional artists with the international art scene and reinforces the ways in which the local is found in the universal (as well as vice versa). This major exhibition curated by the YAM’s Senior Curator Bob Durden that will explore new approaches to portraiture, the epitome of personal, reflective art forms.

Un/Conscious Bent: A Survey of Regional Surrealism

March 20, 2014 - August 20, 2014
Is there a trend that distinguishes artistic practice in the northwestern states? "Un/Conscious Bent: A Survey of Regional Surrealism" examines one trend that is prevalent, that is, a surge of interest in surrealist image-making.

Igor Josifov

February 3, 2014 - February 28, 2014
Macedonian artist Igor Josifov was our sixth artist-in-residence is known for multi-disciplinary figurative works that he performs and exhibits internationally.

Art Auction 46

January 23, 2014 - March 1, 2014
The YAM’s auction was the region’s first and it is still the area’s finest and most exciting auction of contemporary regional art! It’s the place to be, and it’s an exceptional way to support the artists living and working in your midst.

Transitions: Autumn in the Yellowstone River Valley

November 7, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Opening in the autumn and carrying the warm colors of fall into the winter, Transitions will carry the YAM forward into its “golden” 50th anniversary year of 2014.

Abandoned Traces

November 7, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Discover hidden memories of the "West"

Hallowed Absurdities: Work by Theodore Waddell

September 12, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Theodore Waddell has for some time been Montana’s leading painter, representing the state well beyond its borders. He has brought twentieth-century Modernism into the twenty-first century, and deeply explored ideas about this region where he has lived and worked his entire career. Although Waddell is known primarily as a painter, he has also worked as a sculptor, and Hallowed Absurdities will include a wide range of his work.

The Elastic Past: Visual Interpretations of Life’s Early Lessons

August 15, 2013 - October 27, 2013
Four artists will be featured in this unusual exhibition: Mary Ann Papanek-Miller (a former Montanan, who resides in Minnesota and teaches in Chicago), Lynn Criswell (based in Chico, in inland northern California), Patrick LoCicero (Seattle), and Shanna Fliegel (Billings, Montana).

Immortal Glance: European Masterworks

August 3, 2013 - November 3, 2013
Masterworks from an anonymous lender will grace the Yellowstone Art Museum’s walls for a limited time in an exhibition titled Immortal Glance: European Masterworks. The exhibition includes seven significant paintings and one sculpture by 19th and 20th century European masters, including: Claude Monet, William Adolphe Bouguereau, Fernand Léger, Tamara (de) Lempicka, Léon August Lhermitte, Aristide Maillol, and Georges Rouault.

Patrick Smith

April 2, 2013 - January 31, 2014
Photographer Patrick Smith focuses on isolated landscapes and abstract nature of time.

Elegant Repose

March 29, 2013 - July 7, 2013
A privileged opportunity to see works by Marc Chagall, Tamara Lempicka, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-August Renoir, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and others.

Broken Brushes: German Art from the Kaiser to Hitler: Works on Paper from the Kopriva Collection

March 21, 2013 - August 4, 2013
At the turn of the 20th century, German and Austrian artists began to turn to visual expressions that often reflected the angst of the age that stemmed from two world wars and changing political cultures in northern Europe. The themes of the day—reminders of a troubled past—continue to haunt us today.

Insomnia: Works by Michael Zansky

March 21, 2013 - August 25, 2013
An exhibition guaranteed to stir the public’s imagination, Insomnia is comprised of multi-media works by New York artist Michael Zansky. The exhibition title is taken from the knowledge that the artist takes little time to sleep in order to work in the film and television industries and as a professional artist. His visual dialogue is derived from popular culture, references to microscopic subjects and other natural oddities, while referencing the grandeur of the Renaissance and the peculiarities of the imagination.

Art Auction 45

January 24, 2013 - March 2, 2013
Don’t miss the museum’s Sapphire Anniversary edition of its most spectacular event. Area art lovers and collectors will gather once again to wage a contest of wills to win possession of unique pieces of regional art. Shed those winter blues and join us Saturday, March 2nd for the auction extravaganza.

Uncommon Ground

December 12, 2012 - March 24, 2013
This exhibition, featuring historic and contemporary paintings of the quintessential American West, highlights selected objects on loan from the William I. Koch collection.

Treasured Views

August 31, 2012 - December 5, 2012
Area art enthusiasts won't want to miss Treasured Views.

Herb & Dorothy: Fifty Works for Fifty States

August 7, 2012 - January 6, 2013
The Vogel's made an unprecedented gift to the nation, distributing gifts of fifty artworks to one museum in each of the fifty states. See the Montana selection in its entirety in this exhibition.

Carol Spielman

July 2, 2012 - March 2, 2013
Painter Carol Spielman was the fourth artist in residence in the Visible Vault. She focuses on capturing the raw essence of the horse in her rich and colorful paintings.

Body of Work: Figural Work from the Permanent Collection

May 24, 2012 - September 30, 2012
The exhibition Body of Work: Figural Work from the Permanent Collection will inaugurate the state-of-the-art Charles M. Bair Family Gallery, which has just been completed at the Yellowstone Art Museum.

East / West: Visually Speaking

March 22, 2012 - July 29, 2012
In East/West: Visually Speaking, a new generation of contemporary Chinese artists has burst onto the world stage with an exciting and unprecedented body of work. In this major exhibition, thirteen of China's leading young artists explore China's culturally taboo subjects, western ideas, and individual freedoms through painting, embroidery, mixed media, and sculpture. This exhibition explores the very nature of artistic freedom.

Creative Force: The Studio Art Quilt

March 22, 2012 - June 10, 2012
This is not your grandmother's quilt! Merging craft and fine art, the art quilter "paints" with thread and "sculpts" with fabric, pushing the boundaries of fine art with new materials, techniques, and interpretations. Creative Force revels in the joy of fine craftsmanship and surprises the viewer with extraordinary effects in fiber and the breadth and diversity of its styles and subject matter.

Molly Murphy: Contemporary Native American Beadwork

November 1, 2011 - January 1, 2012
Award-winning Montana artist Molly Murphy has strong artistic roots arising from her Oglala-Lakota heritage. Her bold and innovative beadwork concepts bring new relevance to traditional objects and styles.

Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs

August 5, 2011 - December 31, 2011
This stunning exhibition includes all of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs since the inception of the prize in 1942. Visitors will see these gripping--sometimes shocking--images reflecting some of the most crucial moments in the past three generations of American history.

Brooke Atherton

August 1, 2011 - June 20, 2012
Fiber Artist Brooke Atherton was our third artist-in-residence at the Visible Vault.

Neltje

July 14, 2011 - December 31, 2011
Among the many who work quietly and unflaggingly for the arts-as artists, patrons and administrators-is Neltje. The depth and breadth of her accomplishments are an inspiration in her home state of Wyoming and beyond.

The Wide Open

April 21, 2011 - July 17, 2011
Montana writer Annick Smith and arts advocate Susan O'Connor capture the history and essence of Montana's prairies in prose, poetry and black-and-white photographs. These two women created a beautiful tribute volume that includes twenty writers and three photographers. The Wide Open documents and honors a time and place that will never look or be quite the same.

Fertile Ground: Ceramic Art in Montana

April 19, 2011 - July 4, 2011
Montana has a rich tradition in the ceramic arts, thanks in large part to the extraordinary Archie Bray Foundation in Helena. This unprecedented incubator for ceramic artists has drawn the best and brightest for 60 years.

Splash of Paint, Flash of Steel

April 19, 2011 - December 19, 2011
Splash of Paint, Flash of Steel includes works from the diverse collections of William I. Koch. To see rare military presentation swords from England and the U.S. is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local audiences. These beautiful pieces include a sword nearly 200 years old presented by King George IV to his brother, the last Confederate sword conferred to honor a military leader and swords crafted by Tiffany & Co. of New York.

Treasures Revealed: The Art of Hungary 1890 - 1956

March 17, 2011 - July 24, 2011
This thought-provoking exhibition presents a rare and intimate look at an exceptional collection of modern Hungarian art, from the collection of Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III, of Denver, Colorado. Since Soviet dominance after World War II, the art world of Hungary was largely silenced.

Carol Hepper: Inside the Between

March 17, 2011 - December 19, 2011
Hepper's background in the ranching life of South Dakota strongly informs sculptures that are built from the traces of living things. Branches and animal skins come together in forms that seem just one remove away from a snag in the stream or a nomad's rapidly built shelter.

Brian Keith Scott

February 1, 2011 - July 31, 2011
Sculptor, and metal artist, Brian Keith Scott was our second artist-in-residence at the Visible Vault.

Fragile Strength

January 11, 2011 - January 22, 2011
Fragile Strength, hosted by Yellowstone Art Museum, marks the debut of exhibits and workshops by Ali Kaaf in which, for the first time, this artist's paper works are combined with glass art.

Edith Freeman’s Montana Seasons

November 9, 2010 - April 10, 2011
Edith Freeman's Montana Seasons is the first Freeman exhibition at the Yellowstone Art Museum since 1993. It is drawn exclusively from the YAM's rich permanent collection holdings and will travel statewide from 2012 through 2014.

Eye for an Eye: Photographs of Modern Artists by Modern Artists from the Collection of John W. Green

October 7, 2010 - January 9, 2011
A love of art, an instinct to collect and the bent of a scientist all contribute to the shape of the collection that John Green has formed. Limiting himself to black-and-white photography of the twentieth century actually left a wide field open. In the end, the Green collection has grown around the theme of the artist's eye cast upon other artists.

Polar: Photographs from the Ice Antarctica to Greenland - Patrick Smith

October 7, 2010 - January 9, 2011
Billings -based artist Pat Smith began his lifelong relationship with the versatile medium of photography as a young street artist living in Japan. He went on to earn a B.F.A. in photography from Louisiana Tech University in 1980 and has photographed continuously since. He has exhibited widely within the region.

Tracy Linder

August 5, 2010 - January 31, 2011
Sculptor Tracy Linder was our first artist-in-residence at the Visible Vault.

Ivelisse Jiménez

July 22, 2010 - October 24, 2010
Puerto Rican-born Ivelisse Jiménez divides her time between there and New York City. She graduated with an MFA from New York University in 1999 and has been a exhibiting internationally since, with recent shows in London, Dublin and New York.

John Buck: Iconography + Kinetic Sculpture

July 22, 2010 - January 9, 2011
Work from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. Organized by the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, Washington. Over the past four decades, artist John Buck has created a large and important body of work made up of woodblock prints, rubbings, sculpture and three-dimensional wood panels.

Polly Apfelbaum: Mini-Hollywood

April 1, 2010 - September 19, 2010
This textile exhibition is a rich explosion of color. Created specifically for Billings, this floor installation - "fallen paintings" - plays with the theme of glitz and glamor. Visitors move through and within her works, interacting with them and perceiving shifting iridescent colors.

Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate

March 25, 2010 - June 27, 2010
More than 100 artists from coast to coast responded to the Holter Museum of Art's open invitation to reflect upon or transform white supremacist hate books and similar propaganda. Starting with the concept of persistent and insidious prejudice and a supply of printed white supremacist materials, these artists directly demonstrate the cathartic potential of art making.

Humble Grace: A Tribute to Frances Senska

March 19, 2010 - June 27, 2010
This small exhibition is a tribute to Frances Senska, an important Montana artist and educator. Senska was championed for her lifelong devotion to the ceramic arts, for her prolific career and for nurturing several of the twentieth century's leading ceramists.

Art Auction 42 - Hollywood Extravaganza

January 28, 2010 - March 3, 2010
The artwork featured in the exhibition showcases the eclectic and pleasing mix of styles that has come to characterize the culture of Montana. Artwork ranges from "cutting edge" contemporary to traditional landscape to Western and includes painting, sculpture, ceramics, furniture, and jewelry.

Equine Muse: Deborah Butterfield

January 15, 2010 - April 20, 2010
For more than thirty years Montana artist Deborah Butterfield has interpreted her equine muse in a plethora of materials, scales, postures and moods. This exhibition highlights three sculptures by Butterfield from the YAM's permanent collection, and invites the viewer to experience three different constructivist approaches to her subject.

Presents! Holiday Gifts from the Norton Family

October 29, 2009 - January 10, 2010
YAM will highlight works from the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project that have been acquired since 1994. Software entrepreneur, Peter Norton, has for two decades been one of the world's leading collectors of contemporary art.

PostSecret

October 2, 2009 - January 17, 2010
When community activist Frank Warren put out a blanket invitation to anyone to send him an anonymous postcard revealing a secret that was true and had never been uttered before, he had no idea what would result.

Curious Finds

August 13, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Get a privileged and personal view into the collecting passions of a few of your Billings neighbors.

Raided from the Vault: Rarely Seen Art from the YAM’s Collection Vault

July 30, 2009 - September 16, 2009
The YAM focuses on Modernist and contemporary art from the northern Rockies area, but it isn't all we have in our permanent collection! In this exhibition, we bring out works as diverse as European works on paper by Goya and Matisse to craft and fine art from the Americas.

Back to Work: The WPA Era

June 25, 2009 - October 18, 2009
Back to Work: The WPA Era comprises thirty-one prints on paper selected from the University of Montana's W.P.A. Period Print Collection. This sampling of W.P.A. prints exemplifies the visible legacy of Depression-era public works projects.

Robert DeWeese: A Look Ahead

May 15, 2009 - July 15, 2009
Robert DeWeese: A Look Ahead comes to Billings from the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, which received the estate of Montana artist and teacher Robert DeWeese after his death in 1990. From these immense holdings, the Holter Museum of Art has coordinated a beautiful and comprehensive exhibition.

Leaded: The Materiality and Metamorphosis of Graphite

April 24, 2009 - August 2, 2009
Drawing lives! The humble medium of graphite and the practice of drawing, long a foundation of the pictorial arts, partner in this exhibition to surprise you with their versatility. This is graphite like you’ve never seen it before (for instance, it doesn’t have to be a “drawing”), yet its very diversity accurately reflects the spirit of testing and experimentation that characterizes much contemporary art.

Ifs, Ands, and Butts: New Acquisitions by Freeman Butts and Other Regional Artists

March 19, 2009 - June 14, 2009
A generous gift from the family of the late artist Freeman Butts forms the bulk of this exhibition featuring a selection of works that joined the Yellowstone Art Museum's permanent collection during the past two years.

Voices: Contemporary Swedish Ceramics

March 12, 2009 - May 7, 2009
The ten artists included in Voices are natural representatives and leading exponents of the dynamism and originality of contemporary ceramic art in Sweden. Viewed together they enable us to discern uniqueness in the contemporary development of Swedish ceramics.

Joseph Stefanelli: Heroic Color

November 15, 2008 - January 18, 2009
This exhibition was drawn from the Yellowstone Art Museum's permanent collection. It comprised twenty-one large abstract paintings, the majority of the large collection of Stefanellis that is part of the Poindexter gift of American Abstract Expressionist work.

Details from the Road: Photographs by Tom Ferris

November 6, 2008 - February 1, 2009
This traveling exhibition was circulated by the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture, Bozeman. It consisted of thirty-five color and black-and-white photographs in two series: Auto Parts and Roadside Attractions.

Migrations: New Directions in Native American Art

November 3, 2008 - January 4, 2009
A traveling exhibition of twelve original prints by six contemporary Native American artists associated with Crow's Shadow and Tamarind presses. The emphasis was on the ways that contemporary Native American artists are shaped by yet reshape and escape from Indian stereotypes.

A Covenant of Seasons: Monotypes by Joellyn Duesberry and Poems by Pattiann Rogers

November 3, 2008 - January 4, 2009
This traveling exhibition consisted of forty large monotypes by Duesberry, a Colorado-based artist. The accompanying poetry by Pattiann Rogers complemented the nature-inspired visual art.

Gifts to Montana: The Legacy of Miriam Sample

July 4, 2008 - October 15, 2008
The extraordinary patronage of Miriam Sample was the reason for this tribute exhibition, which opened less than a month after Miriam passed away. Sixty works were featured from eight of the museums Miriam benefited through hundreds of gifts to their permanent collections.

Material Terrain: A Sculptural Exploration of Landscape and Place

July 1, 2008 - October 31, 2008
A nationally traveling exhibition circulated by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. The exhibition featured eighteen large sculptures plus an additional five installed outdoors.

Richard Swanson: Sculptural Rhythms

June 15, 2008 - October 26, 2008
Swanson’s large-scale sculpture was created specifically for YAM’s Northwest Projects gallery. The work comprised lyrical arcs of bent aluminum pipe that terminated, or were connected by, eccentrically shaped aluminum nodes.

Perpetual Motion: Paintings and Works on Paper by Jean Arnold

March 13, 2008 - June 8, 2008
Forty paintings, works on paper and accordion-style artist's books by this Utah artist who combines a concern for peak oil and energy issues with a peripatetic method of gathering material. The semi-abstract works reflect on how the world looks at high speed through car, bus and train windows.

I’m Hunting Myself: The Unattainable Prize

March 13, 2008 - June 15, 2008
This YAM-originated exhibition featured twenty-two works, including subtle features created directly on the walls, by two artists who work collaboratively and seamlessly. Rollin Beamish is faculty at MSU-Bozeman and Andrew Schell is faculty at MSU-Billings. Both are newcomers to Montana from Ohio.

Mostly Plains: Arresting Native American Art & Works by Charles M. Russell

February 15, 2008 - June 1, 2008
Three Charles M. Russell works and twenty-three Native American artifacts from the Bair Family collections. Accompanied by an illustrated gallery brochure on the model of one from an earlier Bair show, as modified in 2008 by Curatorial Assistant Cara Chamberlain.

Henry Meloy, the Portraits: Journey into Abstraction

December 1, 2007 - February 1, 2008
A traveling exhibition from the Montana Museum of Arts & Culture, University of Montana, Missoula, and circulated under the auspices of MAGDA. Fifty-three works by this artist of Montana origin, but whose career was spent primarily in New York City.

The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Dain Rauscher Art Collection

October 26, 2007 - January 6, 2008
This selection from the large RBC Dain Rauscher corporate art collection consisted of thirty-seven mostly two-dimensional works from a wide range of internationally known contemporary artists. All of the works were on the theme of the human figure and human relationships/community.

Renewal: Printmakers from the New Northern Ireland

October 12, 2007 - January 6, 2008
A nationally traveling exhibition circulated by International Art & Artists, Washington, DC. The exhibition consisted of thirty-six works from two important Belfast print shops, Seacourt Print Workshop and Belfast Print Workshop.

Caravan Collaboration: Alone / Together

July 15, 2007 - October 14, 2007
A statewide traveling exhibition circulated by the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture, Bozeman, it comprised thirty-four works by a group of Montana artists who have worked together for many years.

Roy Lichtenstein Prints 1956-97

July 12, 2007 - October 14, 2007
A nationally traveling exhibition from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation, Portland, Oregon. This large exhibition included fifty-four works, representing a full retrospective of Lichtenstein's work as a printmaker, including serigraphs, lithographs and mixed media.

Rudy Autio 1926 – 2007

December 31, 1969 - December 31, 1969
Three large sculptural vessels from permanent collection displayed as a small tribute on the occasion of Autio's death.

Joseph Henry Sharp on the Montana Plains

April 9, 2007 - June 15, 2007
Fourteen oils by this early twentieth-century painter known for his work in both New Mexico and Montana.

Wild West and Tranquil Seas

Private collector William I. Koch shares 11 choice selections from his private collection with Montana audiences. Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) was one of the French Fauves ("Wild Beasts"), painters whose exuberant works introduced a new freedom in form and color.

Boundless Visions

Ongoing
The Yellowstone Art Museum is proud to present Boundless Visions, our new interactive exhibition featuring a choice selection of artwork directly from our rich permanent collections, which emphasize art from the mid-twentieth century to the present. This long-term exhibition will be the first and only exhibition in Montana to tell the story of art in this region from its beginnings to the present day.