Current Exhibitions

Matriarchs of Modernism

July 16, 2020 - July 16, 2021
Jessie Wilber, Frances Senska, Gennie DeWeese, and Isabelle Johnson were not the first Montana artists to embrace Modernist art and values, but they were among the most influential. They mentored generations of artists through their artistic practice, teaching, friendships, and other cultural contributions. In their art-making, they combined abstraction with personal vocabularies based on close observations of the people, places, and things in their daily lives. Their deep connections to place were consistently reflected in their subjects and in their support for Montana’s creative communities.

Modern Connections

July 16, 2020 - July 16, 2021
Modern Connections highlights a few of the artists who were taught, influenced, or sustained by artists and educators Jessie Wilber, Frances Senska, Gennie DeWeese, and Isabelle Johnson. These early Montana Modernists grounded their creative practices in connections with other artists. They mentored generations of artists and overcame intellectual and cultural isolation by creating community. Works of art by their students and peers are featured in this companion exhibition to Matriarchs of Modernism.

North x Northwest 2020

May 28, 2020 - October 4, 2020
North x Northwest 2020 features the theme “Women’s Work.” Open to artists of all genders and backgrounds, working in fine art or craft mediums, this year’s exhibition is juried by MIA Associate Curator Jill Ahlberg Yohe. In addition to Juror’s Award and People’s choice, the exhibition will fund up to $5,000 in purchase awards for the YAM’s collection.

Equal: A Work in Progress

May 21, 2020 - September 17, 2020
Missoula-based painter and photographer, Kristi Hager, is making equality a work in progress in a series of larger-than-life paintings of women. Inspired by the 2020 centennial of women’s suffrage, Hager says, "I was thinking of the long struggle to get equal rights for a lot of people, not just women."

Neltje: Dialogue of My Mind & Tell Me, Why Flowers?

March 14, 2020 - October 18, 2020
Neltje's paintings. like the artist, are intense, complex, and larger than life. "Dialogue of My Mind" is Neltje's first figurative series, which she painted as an emotional response to the 2016 elections. Inspired by the end-of-season explosion of color in her late-summer gardens, "Tell Me, Why Flowers?" evokes the spectacular, but fleeting, joys of life. Her room-size paintings of the four seasons complete the exhibition.

Collections Highlights: Will James Rides Again

July 6, 2019 - September 6, 2020
The YAM’s current installation of its Will James collection showcases dozens of paintings and drawings from throughout James’ career, his parade saddle and chaps, photographs, and correspondence with his friend and mentor, Charlie Russell.