Artist Talk with Willem Volkersz
Thursday, May 23, 2024 // Reception at 5 PM followed by Artist Talk at 5:30 PM

Join us at the Yellowstone Art Museum for a FREE Artist Talk with Bozeman artist Willem Volkersz on Thursday, May 23. A casual reception with a cash bar will begin at 5:00 PM; the Artist Talk begins at 5:30 PM.

Willem will be discussing his artmaking practice and experiences that have led up to his exhibition, The View from Here, which will be open in the Montana Gallery until July 7. The artworks featured in The View from Here were produced over the past 25 years and draw upon the artist’s eight decades of life experience. They touch upon his early life in Holland under Nazi occupation, his immigration to America, and his current life in the Western United States. The artworks also suggest the ways these personal experiences and passions connect to wider social issues of enduring relevance for everyone.

Volkersz is a significant contemporary artist known for his neon and paint-by-number-style installations. He was a pioneer in the use of neon in art and developed early and sustaining loves for photography, travel, American roadside culture, Americana, and Folk and Visionary Art. Volkersz came to the United States from Holland in 1953, after the devastation of World War II, and brought with him a rich history that is reflected in his works of art. Volkersz has often said that he has an immigrant’s fascination with America, and as a teenager, he began hitchhiking and driving throughout the American West, camera in hand.

Learn more about the exhibition here.



Willem Volkersz: The View From Here
401 N 27th St Billings, MT 59101 At this address