Permanent Collection

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

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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.

Montana Collection

The Montana Collection is the defining collection, including nearly 2,000 works of art inspired by the realities of today's West.

Poindexter Collection

The Poindexter Collection of New York Abstract Expressionist art came to the Yellowstone Art Museum in several lots over many years from the family of George and Elinor Poindexter.

Edith Freeman

The Edith Freeman collection at the Yellowstone Art Museum consists of over sixty woodblock prints the majority of which were given by the Edith Freeman Estate in 1993 with the cooperation of her brother and estate executor, Floyd Maxwell.

Virginia Snook Collection

The Virginia Snook Collection comprises the work of regionally important author and illustrator Will James (1892-1942). It is the largest collection of Will James’s work in a museum anywhere.

The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection

The Vogels made an unprecedented gift to the nation, distributing gifts of fifty artworks to one museum in each of the fifty states.