Current Exhibitions

America the Beautiful: Clyde Butcher

July 19, 2019 - October 13, 2019
America the Beautiful: Clyde Butcher features 31 large-format silver gelatin photographs of America’s national parks, including striking views of Yellowstone, Glacier, and the Florida Everglades.

North x Northwest

July 18, 2019 - October 10, 2019
The Yellowstone Art Museum’s first annual North by Northwest art exhibition is a national survey of contemporary art. Juror Julia Andrews, director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art, selected 60 works from 543 entries. The finalists represent 18 states and 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 18th through September 11th. People’s Choice, Juror’s Choice and Purchase Awards will be announced at the reception on September 12, 2019, at 6:30 p.m.

Collections Highlights: Beyond the Embrace

The selections from the permanent collection represented in this exhibition show a range of interpretations of Mother and Child through the eyes of various artists, spanning more than a century. Prominently featured in the exhibition is the iconic painting by Virginie Demont-Breton (French, 1859-1935), Fisherwoman Comes from Bathing her Children, on loan to the YAM from an Anonymous Donor through July 22, 2019. 

Collections Highlights: Will James Rides Again

The Yellowstone Art Museum announces a new installation of its Will James collection. The exhibition will include dozens of paintings and drawings from throughout James’ career, his parade saddle and chaps, and two portraits by Edward Curtis.

Collections Highlights: The Thing Itself

“The artistic image is not intended to represent the thing itself, but, rather, the reality of the force the thing contains.” – James Baldwin

Snapshots: The Photorealism of Peggy R. Kelley

Peggy R. Kelley considered herself an outsider and an observer. Influenced by her work with machines, as well as artists such as Chuck Close, Kelley became interested in Photorealism. She mastered challenging subjects, painting reflections, hands, hair, and aging skin. In her words, “My goal is to continue to grow through experiences, and to produce a body of increasingly higher-quality artwork.” Peggy Kelley’s travels ended in Billings in December, 2018 and she bequeathed her paintings and drawings to the Yellowstone Art Museum.