The Yellowstone Art Museum is proud to present North x Northwest, the YAM’s first annual juried art exhibition, on view from July 18 – October 10, 2019. The exhibition was conceived as a way to feature up-and-coming contemporary artists from across the country, and to fund the purchase of one or more exceptional works for the YAM’s permanent collection.
Juror Julia Andrews selected 60 works from 543 entries. The finalists represent 18 states as well as a range of media including painting, sculpture, textiles, mixed media, and photography. Exhibition visitors are invited to vote for their favorite work of art from July 18 through September 11. People’s Choice, Juror’s Choice and Purchase Awards will be announced at the reception on September 12, 2019, at 6:30 p.m.
Noted artists in the exhibition include Billings’ own Brooke Atherton. She layers maps, calendars, and landscapes into avant-garde textile creations to create an archive of her personal journeys and mythologies. Red Lodge-based sculptor, Kelsey Bowen, contrasts the darkness of childhood with imaginative nostalgia. Her whimsical sculpture, The Runaways, offers a surrealistic portrayal of two humanoid rabbits escaping on a rocking horse. Jenny Wong-Stanley, from Oakland California, creates bent wood sculptures that reflect a reverence for nature. Her work frequently incorporates recycled, upcycled materials, scraps, and remnants.
The full list of artists included in the exhibition are: Norma Alonzo, Phyllis Anderson,
Brooke Atherton, Jesse Blumenthal, Kelsey Bowen, Paige Bowman, Richard Buswell, Boyd Carson, Michael Chaney, Sara Biggs Chaney, Brittney Denham, Sandy Dingman, Catherine Eaton Skinner, Candace Forrette, Fay Golson, Gail Gurman, Michael Haykin, Bruce Helander, Harper Henry, Eva Isaksen, Esther Jacks, Penny Jenkins, Justin John, Claire B Jones, Michael Jorgensen, Hooshang Khorasani, Marian Kirst, Mary Koenig, Ken Konchel, Hannah Kraus, Nyd Kraushaar, Mai La Thai, RoseMarie London, Kitrina Marcroft, Robert Mars, Karyn Mehus, David Mensing, Ann Maureen Meyer, Susan Moldenhauer, Rosella Mosteller, Ryan Parker, Regina Quinn, Jeremy Rabus, Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, Nora Schreiber, Fred Scruton, Mark Stafford, Michael Stanish, Susan Stone, Dave Thomas, Harriette Tsosie, Marissa Voytenko, Gregory Wilhelmi, Jenny Wong-Stanley, and Peggy Wyman.
Juror Julia Andrews, director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art, remarked, “With over
500 entries there were no entries without merit. All submissions had individual strengths and could have received some form of recognition.” She thoroughly examined each work, appreciating the artists’ “ingenuity and creative process.” Andrews narrowed her selections to “museum-quality work, demonstrated by a high level of skill in technique, composition and presentation that would pique the interest and curiosity of the viewer.” Finally, she stated, “I am proud of the exhibition. The excellence of these works made the final award process arduous at best, but I feel certain the choices are well deserved.”
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