yellowstone art auction 56

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

60th Anniversary Auction
Bidding & Exhibition Opening February 2, 2024
Live Auction & Gala March 2, 2024

The Yellowstone Art museum’s signature annual Art Auction fundraiser will kick off a year of celebrations as the YAM honors its 60th anniversary in 2024. This year, we are combining the Silent and Live Auction events. We invite the community to reflect on six decades of art, culture, growth, and the YAM’s exciting years ahead.

The juried Art Auction exhibition showcases a diverse range of approximately 135 Silent Auction artworks, including a Small Works subset, and 25 Live Auction pieces. Participating artists are generously donating a percentage of the sale of each piece in support of the YAM. The annual art auction is one of the YAM’s most treasured opportunities to spotlight celebrated regional artwork, introduce emerging artists, and to inspire patrons at every stage of collecting.


Live Auction, Lots 1 – 28

Tickets for the Live Auction & Gala have sold out! You can still join us for the Silent Auction & Cocktails happening Saturday, March 2 from 5 – 7 PM. Only a few tickets left!

Online bidding for the Silent Auction closes Thursday, February 29, 2024, at midnight.

Supporting Events for Art Auction

Friday, February 2 | 4 – 5:30 PM

FAM at the YAM with Auction Artist Elizabeth Korth
Join us to celebrate the opening of Art Auction 56 and make your mark with Auction Artist, Beth Korth, Art Educator at Tippet Rise. FAM at the YAM is for every type of family. Bring yourself, children, friends, grandparents, and more.

Friday, February 2 | 5 PM

Opening Artist’s Party
All auction artists, enthusiasts and supporters are invited to this free celebration beginning at 5 PM to kick off the auction bidding. Don’t miss the first chance to view the full exhibition, including Silent and Live Auction pieces, Small Works, and Quick-Finish pieces completed during opening night! Mingle with the artists and place bids on the Silent Auction items while enjoying music, dancing, and hors d’oeuvres.

At 6 PM the museum will make a special announcement. Plan your night to be in-person for the big news!

Thursday, February 8 | 5 PM

Auction Artist Talk: Judd Thompson
Born in 1983, Judd Thompson spent his formative years growing up on the Crow Indian Reservation, gaining inspiration from the art he was surrounded by in his parents’ business, The Custer Battlefield Trading Post. Judd draws inspiration from Western artists, especially Joseph Henry Sharp. Judd uses his passion for color theory to capture the essence of Crow Country in a variety of media. After graduating from the University of Wyoming in 2010 with a degree in Art & Art History, Judd moved to Billings, MT, where he currently resides. This free casual reception begins at 5 PM; the artist talk begins at 5:30 PM.

Tuesday, February 13 | 5 PM

Collecting 101
Join Mary Serbe, from Kirk’s Grocery, and Jessica Kay Ruhle, YAM Executive Director, as they discuss the building blocks of growing a private art collection. Discussion will include how to select artworks, building personal relationships with local artists and galleries, and more. There will be an opportunity to ask questions following the discussion. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about how to establish, maintain, and grow your own collection! This event begins with a cash bar at 5 PM; discussion at 5:30 PM. Free to attendees.

Thursday, February 15 | 5 PM

Auction Artist Talk: Kathryn W Schmidt
Schmidt uses animals as subjects to speak to us of a psychological state. She earned her BFA at the University of Iowa before moving to New York City for two years to continue her art education. A Bozeman resident for 30 years, she has exhibited throughout the region, with her work in collections throughout the area. This free casual reception begins at 5 PM; the artist talk begins at 5:30 PM.

Thursday, February 22 | 5 PM

Auction Artist Talk: Shane de Leon
Shane de Leon is an artist, musician, and owner of beloved Billings art space, Kirks’ Grocery. His current work focuses on paper and fabric with glue, acrylic paint, glitter, trash, and watercolor, and is becoming more conceptual and sculptural. Born in Billings, MT, he has exhibited his work, sometimes under a multitude of aliases, across the states and abroad. This free casual reception begins at 5 PM; the artist talk begins at 5:30 PM.

Saturday, February 24 | 10 AM – 4 PM

Art Auction Artist Workshop with Linda Pease
Art Auction artist Linda Pease will be in the Education Studio for a day of art making inspired by her work in Art Auction 56. Together we will create compositions on canvas with antique paper and acrylic paint. You can register for this YAM Adult Art Class here.

Sunday, February 25 | 1:30 PM

Art Auction Docent Tour
A special docent-guided tour to explore and learn more about the work in Art Auction 56. Grab a friend and pair this tour with lunch at Raven’s Café one week before the auction closes. Raven’s Café will be open for special hours on Sunday, February 25 from 11 AM – 2 PM. No reservations required.

Saturday, March 2 | 5 PM

60th Anniversary Live Auction Gala
There is much to celebrate as the YAM pays tribute to 60 years of exceptional artists, exhibitry and growth. The Live Auction Gala, led by esteemed auctioneer Maron Hindman of Hindman Auctions, will conclude the YAM’s Art Auction with final in-person bids placed on Silent and Live Auction works for ticket holders. Tickets and table reservations for the Live Auction Gala can be purchased on the website or by calling the front desk.

For absentee bidding registration or sponsorship information, please contact Precious McKenzie at or 406-256-6804 x 225.

Art Auction Sponsors

Lead Sponsor
Lornel Baker

Premium Sponsors
Joel Anderson
Jennifer & Steve Corning
Eide Bailly LLP
First Interstate Bank
Kampgrounds of America
Bess Lovec
Larry & Ruth Martin
Don & Kim Olsen
Par Montana
Rocky Mountain College
Linda Shelhamer & Stephen Haraden
Stockman Bank
Matt & Stephanie Stroud
This House of Books

Community Sponsors
Montague’s Jewelers
Zak Jokela Photography
City Vineyard
Riversage Inns
Le Macaron
Maron Hindman

For More Information Contact:

General Information
 406.256.6804 x236

Volunteer Opportunities
 406.256.6804 x235

Event Sponsorship
406.256.6804 x225