yellowstone art auction

the annual yellowstone art auction is the yam’s signature fundraising event

Yellowstone Art Auction 55
February 2 – March 5, 2023

The Yellowstone Art Museum announces the 55th annual Yellowstone Art Auction! Art Auction 55 will spotlight the artwork of our regional artists, up-and-coming talent, and inspire patrons who are beginning their collections.

The Art Auction 55 exhibition will be on display in the YAM’s galleries from Thursday, February 2 through Sunday, March 5. This year’s auction will feature several events and artist talks. Artist talks will take place on Thursday evenings during the run of the exhibition. Final sales and our closing celebrations will take place the weekend of Friday, March 3.

Bidding will be online and accessible to all wishing to participate. The YAM will once again host a separate gala and live art auction in September.

The Art Auction raises crucial support for the exhibitions and educational programs that the Yellowstone Art Museum presents to the community year-round. The YAM is dedicated to showing our appreciation to our regional artists, patrons, and partners by giving back to the community, not only through outreach and education programs, but by bringing in exhibitions that provide a platform to engage in critical conversations concerning modern art and culture.

2023 Art Auction Events

Friday, February 3 | 7 – 10 PM

Opening Reception & Artist Celebration: A Night at the Speakeasy
Artists, guests, and patrons will enjoy craft cocktails from Blind Bison, live jazz band by The Jessica Fiveland Quartet featuring Parker Brown, Erik Olson, Jessica Fiveland, and Bill Honaker, dancing, and late night snacks. Password required! Tickets $20 (free for auction artists).

Thursday Evenings: February 9, 16, 23, & March 2 | 5 – 7 PM

Auction Artist Conversations
Join us on the cozy couch in the YAM’s galleries Thursday evenings during the art auction for drinks and conversations with local artists. Beer and wine at 5 PM, Artist chat at 6 PM. Thursday evenings are free at the YAM from 5 – 8 PM.

2/9 Larry Bean  2/16 Jodi Lightner  2/23 Jon Lodge

Closing Celebrations:

The final weekend will be open to in-person bids ONLY! Online bidding will close Thursday, March 2 at Midnight.


Friday, March 3 | 5 PM

YAM’s First Monster Drawing Rally
What exactly is the YAM’s Monster Drawing Rally? Part live art-making performance, part art-bazaar, part live auction, the YMDR is a fast-paced, lively event! During a “Monster” Drawing Rally, artists create artworks from start-to-finish while under a 1-hour time limit in front of a live audience. Attendees can bid on the works after they are created. The YMDR offers a rare and exciting opportunity to watch artists in action and a chance to take home their completed pieces, all while supporting a good cause! 5 – 8 PM, event free to artists and museum members, $10 for non-members, $5 for college students with campus ID

Saturday, March 4 | 5 PM

Live Closing Celebration
Don’t miss your final chance to bid on artwork from Art Auction 55! This festive night for artists, friends, and patrons will include specialty cocktails, delicious food, live music, and — most importantly! — exceptional art. The night will have final bidding on auction items, quick finish artists creating artworks on-sited, AND an opportunity to bid on exclusive packages including memorable travel, unique dining, and live local performances. Tickets for this event are $25 per person and free to YAM Members at the Contributor level and above. Information on table sponsorships can be found on the YAM website.

Sunday, March 5 | All day

Final Day to View Exhibition
Sunday will be the final day to view the Art Auction Exhibition in person. Purchasers can pick up their new works starting Tuesday, March 7 during business hours or by appointment.

For More Information Contact:

General Information
 406.256.6804 x236
 events@artmuseum.org

Volunteer Opportunities
 406.256.6804 x235
 volunteer@artmuseum.org

Event Sponsorship
406.256.6804 x225
 development@artmuseum.org