Past Exhibitions

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."

Jill Krutick: Metamorphosis

November 7, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Jill S. Krutick is a contemporary abstract expressionist whose work emphasizes color and texture. Influenced by her love of old masters such as Van Gogh and Monet, and current artists like Gerhardt Richter, Krutick has developed work that is both imaginative and stimulating. 

Bill Stockton: Grass Roots Modernist

November 7, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Bill Stockton was many things: artist, sheep rancher, soldier, sign painter, performer, storyteller, husband, father, grandfather, and dyed-in-the-wool Modernist. This exhibition highlights six decades of Bill Stockton’s art making, beginning after his service in World War II up to the time of his death in 2002.

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 20, 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: 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.

Snapshots: The Photorealism of Peggy R. Kelley

June 24, 2019 - January 20, 2020
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.

Collections Highlights: Beyond the Embrace

June 15, 2019 - June 28, 2020
These selections from the YAM collection are contemporary variations on the timeless theme of family. A primary caregiver might be a father, grandparent, or other family member, and “family” may be defined by birth or choice. This exhibition invites visitors to reflect on their own roots, and on their own understandings of family.

Collections Highlights: The Thing Itself

June 15, 2019 - June 28, 2020
“The artistic image is not intended to represent the thing itself, but, rather, the reality of the force the thing contains.” – James Baldwin This exhibition highlights art made directly from the things of the world. Primarily drawn from the YAM’s permanent collection, it also debuts Butte artist Steve Wellman’s “Useless Objects.”

String Theory: Mixed Media Work by Sharon Kagan

March 21, 2019 - July 7, 2019
Multi-disciplinary artist Sharon Kagan uses string as both object and metaphor. Her statement reflects the joyful nature of her work: “I am working to make the eyes dance.”

Michel Desroches: Between The Lines

March 15, 2019 - July 7, 2019
Michel T. Desrochés creates intensely expressive artwork out of a desire to communicate and represent that which has no physical form. Based on the human face, his abstract expressionist paintings are not portraits, but visages of hopes, dreams, emotions, and other ephemeral concepts. Desroches became interested in portraying intense emotions while working as an art therapist, witnessing fleeting expressions of suffering and strength passing across his patients’ features.

Yellowstone Art Auction 51

January 25, 2019 - March 9, 2019
Every year, the Art Auction raises crucial support for the exhibitions and educational programs that the Yellowstone Art Museum presents to the community year-round. The exhibition culminates in our annual Art Auction which consists of a silent auction, a live auction, a “Quick Draw.”

Montana Peepshow: Stories by Leslie Van Stavern Millar II

November 8, 2018 - January 6, 2019
In a quirky fictitious account, Montana Peepshow imagines Queen Elizabeth the First, in the spirit of the Age of Discovery, utilizing a time machine created by her personal alchemist, Dr. Dee, to visit Montana repeatedly, at varying time periods. he exhibit consists of highly detailed gouache paintings on paper housed in wooden boxes, which are viewed individually.

Elizabeth Dove: It Started with Aardvark

November 8, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Elizabeth Dove:  It Started with Aardvark is comprised of a series of 26 screen-prints, one for each letter of the alphabet that includes every illustration from the dictionary, with images organized by letter, overlapped in successive layers printed one on top of another so they co-exist as one merged graphic icon, a hybrid of all visual knowledge.

James Todd: Looney Toones

November 8, 2018 - January 6, 2019
On the occasion of his retirement from teaching at the University of Montana in 2000, James Todd’s mother paid him a visit bearing a collection of drawings he had made between the ages of five and eight. In this exhibition, James Todd has reinterpreted his childhood drawings through woodcut printing, the medium for which he is perhaps best known today.

The Surging, Thundering Herd: Vintage Bison engravings, 1758-1910

August 16, 2018 - October 14, 2018
The Surging, Thundering Herd: Vintage Bison engravings, 1758-1910 is comprised of early artworks, drawn from the Lee Silliman Print Collection.  The exhibit features an array of 51 original engravings depicting the iconic mammal of the American frontier West—the buffalo. 

Montana Triennial

July 26, 2018 - October 14, 2018
The Montana Triennial was first organized and presented as a juried exhibition by the Missoula Art Museum in 2009 with subsequent exhibitions in 2012 and 2015. These exhibitions have served to demonstrate the diverse and excellent array of artistic practice in the nation’s fourth largest state. The Yellowstone Art Museum, at the invitation of the Missoula Art Museum, has agreed to organize and present the fourth Triennial.

Emil Carlsen’s Quiet Harmonies

March 22, 2018 - July 8, 2018
Emil Carlsen (1848-1932) is counted among the diverse group of American Post-Impressionist and realist painters who flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Nature’s Cadence: Paintings by Clyde Aspevig

March 22, 2018 - July 8, 2018
Drawing upon both traditional and Modernist sources of inspiration—as well as the greatest inspiration of all, nature—native Montanan Clyde Aspevig has earned an enthusiastic following and an enduring place in the annals of contemporary American landscape painting.

Rough and Tumble, Smoke and Rope

March 22, 2018 - August 5, 2018
Rough and Tumble, Smoke and Rope is a sincere photographic documentation of the inner workings, people and stock animals who are the central players in this life that feeds a global appetite for beef and good riding stock.

Stephen Glueckert: All Mixed Up

November 9, 2017 - January 7, 2018
The exhibition includes videos, handmade games, drawings, conceptual pieces, drawing machines, collages, interactive sculptures, and assemblages. Glueckert is inspired by folk and intuitive artist traditions.

My Hero! Contemporary Art and Superhero Action

August 24, 2017 - January 2, 2018
My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action is a dynamic collection of international artworks—in a variety of media—that celebrates, examines, and re-envisions the “lives” of iconic superheroes.

Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection

July 27, 2017 - October 15, 2017
Modernist Intersections grows from the enthusiasm of one collector’s desire to share exceptional art with many audiences.  The exhibition invites dialog and personal connection.  The works stem from the early twentieth century to the present, relying on a broad definition of modernism.

Earth to Earth: Sediment to Sentiment

June 27, 2017 - October 15, 2017
Though one often thinks of Montana’s “Big Sky,” the Yellowstone Art Museum presents an exhibition that is grounded in monumental notions about the land. Included in the exhibition are three of German artist Anselm Kiefer's poignant and notable works.

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: In the Footsteps of My Ancestors

March 23, 2017 - July 16, 2017
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith calls herself a cultural arts worker. She uses humor and satire to examine myths, stereotypes and the paradox of American Indian life in contrast to the consumerism of American society. Her work is philosophically centered by her strong traditional beliefs and political activism.

Art in Action: Marking Time

March 23, 2017 - August 6, 2017
Back by popular demand, Art in Action puts YOU the viewer in charge of curating! This exciting community-based installation allows the viewer to leave their mark, literally on the walls of the YAM.

Archaea: Rosane Volchan O’Conor

March 23, 2017 - August 6, 2017
O’Conor’s installation draws from the biomorphic forms of microscopic organisms that were first studied in Yellowstone National Park as well as the intense coloration. She plans an immersive installation with forms crawling off the walls, hanging crystalized in space and mutating into clusters across the floor.

Art Auction 49

January 19, 2017 - March 4, 2017
The YAM’s auction was the region’s first and it is still the area’s finest and most exciting auction of contemporary regional art! It’s the place to be, and it’s an exceptional way to support local and area artists.

Unleashed: Critters from the Permanent Collection

October 28, 2016 - December 30, 2016
Unleashed will be lively and popular, flowing from the attraction to animals as seen in innumerable social media memes and animal-themed exhibitions slated around the country in recent years. Many of the art works selected for Unleashed have rarely, if ever, been exhibited, and never in this context.

Ephemerality: Works by Louis Habeck

October 28, 2016 - December 30, 2016
Ephemerality, an exhibition by Louis Habeck is the culmination of work that he began while working as the YAM’s artist-in-residence at the museum’s Visible Vault.

Jill Brody: Hidden in Plain Sight

September 1, 2016 - December 30, 2016
Members of the centuries-old Hutterite group live among us, yet separately. We see them, know of their unique colonies, and occasionally do business with them, yet we understand little of their history and the nature of the way of life they follow.

Echo: Unspoken Dialects

July 14, 2016 - October 2, 2016
The symbolism and intent of written words have a history as long as human memory. We speak our many languages, but we read and see them as well. Since the dawn of the written word, artists have reveled in the visual beauty of symbols that indicate everything from the smallest sound to the largest idea.

Primal Urges

May 6, 2016 - September 4, 2016
The Yellowstone Art Museum is pleased to announce an exclusive exhibition comprising loans of work by European master artists and works from the YAM’s permanent collection.

Harold Schlotzhauer: The Shape of Motion

March 24, 2016 - July 3, 2016
Harold Schlotzhauer is one of the region’s most prolific and distinctive non-objective painters. With decades of experience behind him, he continues to explore the intersection between the observable and the imagined, creating a vivid visual language that soars beyond the edges of the picture plane.

The Falcon's Eye: Nature Photographs by Michael Sample

March 24, 2016 - August 21, 2016
This exhibition posthumously honors Michael Sample’s prolific lifetime achievement in an exhibition rich in beauty.

Art Auction 48

January 21, 2016 - March 5, 2016
The YAM’s auction was the region’s first and it is still the area’s finest and most exciting auction of contemporary regional art! It’s the place to be, and it’s an exceptional way to support the artists living and working in your midst.

"A Lonely Business": Isabelle Johnson's Montana

November 3, 2015 - January 3, 2016
“A Lonely Business” is drawn entirely from the YAM’s vast holdings of Isabelle Johnson’s work.

Persistent Memories: Narrative Sculptures by Willem Volkersz

October 8, 2015 - January 3, 2016
The Yellowstone Art Museum extends it exhibition series Mind, Memory, and Image with Persistent Memories: Recent Works by Willem Volkersz, October 8, 2015 – January 3, 2016.

Vantage Point: An Episodic Tale by Maggy Rozycki Hiltner

September 15, 2015 - November 8, 2015
Incorporating embroidery she finds at antique shops, Red Lodge, Montana, artist Maggy Rozycki Hiltner simulates classic 1950s and 1960s imagery to invoke a sense of nostalgia.

The Other Side of Midnight: Paintings and Prints by Adolf Dehn

June 25, 2015 - September 27, 2015
Drawn from the private collection of Joseph S. Sample, The Other Side of Midnight introduces visitors to a diverse, sometimes dark, often humorous artist’s work. The exhibition will reveal the breadth of Dehn’s subjects including his fondness for depicting the lively late night jazz scene in Harlem and Manhattan, scenes spoofing the nation’s wealthy elite, and calmer pastoral depictions of the Midwest and South well after the dark hours marking the country’s Great Depression.

The Botanical Series: Photographs by Gerald Lang and Jennifer Anne Tucker

June 25, 2015 - October 18, 2015
Borrowed from the permanent collection of the University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyoming, The Botanical Series large-format photographs will delight during the summer and fall months of bounty here in Montana.

Art in Action

June 25, 2015 - September 27, 2015
The YAM unveils the first in an ongoing series of crowd-sourced exhibitions and new community-oriented experiences that will take place throughout the museum.

The Weft of Time, Border to Border

May 20, 2015 - September 6, 2015
The concept of time can appear as an allegorical, physical, or conceptual element in the creation of artwork. The Yellowstone Art Museum is pleased to present an exclusive exhibition, drawn from the collections of special lenders, the YAM’s permanent collection, and loans from regionally known artists.

Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop

March 26, 2015 - June 14, 2015
This magnificent exhibition has been praised by the public and critics alike. For Artforum, critic Kyle MacMillan described Tunson's work as "an explosion of ideas and emotions, unhindered by any single stylistic mode" and of the exhibition, Michael Paglia wrote for Art, Ltd. that "Son of Pop highlight(s) Tunson's relentless visual intelligence and thoughtful political views through the brilliant pieces that constitute his more than four decade-long career."

Ride 'Em: The Art of Will James

March 26, 2015 - June 14, 2015
Drawn from the Yellowstone Art Museum’s extensive permanent collection of Will James’s work—the largest by far of any museum’s—Ride ‘Em: The Art of Will James will be an exciting cross-section of the paintings, works on paper, first edition books, historic photographs, and memorabilia from the life of Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault (1892-1942), a.k.a. Will James.

Art Auction 47

January 22, 2015 - March 7, 2015
The YAM’s auction was the region’s first and it is still the area’s finest and most exciting auction of contemporary regional art! It’s the place to be, and it’s an exceptional way to support the artists living and working in your midst.

RADIANCE: Art from the Michael Ovitz Family Collection

November 25, 2014 - April 5, 2015
The Yellowstone Art Museum is pleased to present this exclusive exhibition offering from the Ovitz family as a capstone to a year’s worth of special exhibitions and programs during the museum’s 50th anniversary.

Forward Facing: A Look at Portraits by Twentieth-Century Masters

September 22, 2014 - October 24, 2014
Following the recent success of its contemporary portrait exhibition, Face to Face, Wall to Wall, the Yellowstone Art Museum is pleased to announce an additional look at this timeless genre in Forward Facing: A Look at Portraits by Twentieth-Century Masters. The exhibition consists of five paintings and one sculpture on loan to the museum from an anonymous lender who is committed to collecting masterworks by some of the most notable nineteenth- and twentieth-century artists. Works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Charles Manguin, Aristide Maillol, and Amedeo Modigliani are included in the exhibition.

T.L. Solien: Toward the Setting Sun

September 16, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Since 2004, American artist T. L. Solien has been at work on a new series of mixed media work that extends the reach of Melville’s classic novel Moby-Dick, transferring its themes into a meditation on American restles-sness and on the major American historical narrative of the settling of the American West.

The Art of the Brick ®

September 4, 2014 - January 4, 2015
This family-friendly exhibition is traveling nationwide to rave reviews and was hailed by CNN as one of the top dozen must-see exhibitions worldwide. The emphasis will be on fun and creativity in this exhibition that demonstrates what is possible when someone takes a simple thing just one step farther.

Face to Face, Wall to Wall

March 20, 2014 - August 24, 2014
How best to celebrate 50 years of extraordinary artistic accomplishment? In celebration of our 50th anniversary, the YAM is proud to feature a major endeavor that integrates regional artists with the international art scene and reinforces the ways in which the local is found in the universal (as well as vice versa). This major exhibition curated by the YAM’s Senior Curator Bob Durden that will explore new approaches to portraiture, the epitome of personal, reflective art forms.

Un/Conscious Bent: A Survey of Regional Surrealism

March 20, 2014 - August 20, 2014
Is there a trend that distinguishes artistic practice in the northwestern states? "Un/Conscious Bent: A Survey of Regional Surrealism" examines one trend that is prevalent, that is, a surge of interest in surrealist image-making.

Art Auction 46

January 23, 2014 - March 1, 2014
The YAM’s auction was the region’s first and it is still the area’s finest and most exciting auction of contemporary regional art! It’s the place to be, and it’s an exceptional way to support the artists living and working in your midst.

Transitions: Autumn in the Yellowstone River Valley

November 7, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Opening in the autumn and carrying the warm colors of fall into the winter, Transitions will carry the YAM forward into its “golden” 50th anniversary year of 2014.

Abandoned Traces

November 7, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Discover hidden memories of the "West"

Hallowed Absurdities: Work by Theodore Waddell

September 12, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Theodore Waddell has for some time been Montana’s leading painter, representing the state well beyond its borders. He has brought twentieth-century Modernism into the twenty-first century, and deeply explored ideas about this region where he has lived and worked his entire career. Although Waddell is known primarily as a painter, he has also worked as a sculptor, and Hallowed Absurdities will include a wide range of his work.

The Elastic Past: Visual Interpretations of Life’s Early Lessons

August 15, 2013 - October 27, 2013
Four artists will be featured in this unusual exhibition: Mary Ann Papanek-Miller (a former Montanan, who resides in Minnesota and teaches in Chicago), Lynn Criswell (based in Chico, in inland northern California), Patrick LoCicero (Seattle), and Shanna Fliegel (Billings, Montana).

Immortal Glance: European Masterworks

August 3, 2013 - November 3, 2013
Masterworks from an anonymous lender will grace the Yellowstone Art Museum’s walls for a limited time in an exhibition titled Immortal Glance: European Masterworks. The exhibition includes seven significant paintings and one sculpture by 19th and 20th century European masters, including: Claude Monet, William Adolphe Bouguereau, Fernand Léger, Tamara (de) Lempicka, Léon August Lhermitte, Aristide Maillol, and Georges Rouault.

Elegant Repose

March 29, 2013 - July 7, 2013
A privileged opportunity to see works by Marc Chagall, Tamara Lempicka, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-August Renoir, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and others.

Insomnia: Works by Michael Zansky

March 21, 2013 - August 25, 2013
An exhibition guaranteed to stir the public’s imagination, Insomnia is comprised of multi-media works by New York artist Michael Zansky. The exhibition title is taken from the knowledge that the artist takes little time to sleep in order to work in the film and television industries and as a professional artist. His visual dialogue is derived from popular culture, references to microscopic subjects and other natural oddities, while referencing the grandeur of the Renaissance and the peculiarities of the imagination.

Broken Brushes: German Art from the Kaiser to Hitler: Works on Paper from the Kopriva Collection

March 21, 2013 - August 4, 2013
At the turn of the 20th century, German and Austrian artists began to turn to visual expressions that often reflected the angst of the age that stemmed from two world wars and changing political cultures in northern Europe. The themes of the day—reminders of a troubled past—continue to haunt us today.

Uncommon Ground

December 12, 2012 - March 24, 2013
This exhibition, featuring historic and contemporary paintings of the quintessential American West, highlights selected objects on loan from the William I. Koch collection.

Docents Present…Aha! Moments

October 18, 2012 - January 6, 2013
For this exhibition, the Yellowstone Art Museum’s docents, or volunteer guides, selected some of their favorite works from the permanent collection, and grouped them in ways that enhance the viewer’s experience and reinforces understanding of the artistic intent.

Treasured Views

August 31, 2012 - December 5, 2012
Area art enthusiasts won't want to miss Treasured Views.

Herb & Dorothy: Fifty Works for Fifty States

August 7, 2012 - January 6, 2013
The Vogel's made an unprecedented gift to the nation, distributing gifts of fifty artworks to one museum in each of the fifty states. See the Montana selection in its entirety in this exhibition.

Body of Work: Figural Work from the Permanent Collection

May 24, 2012 - September 30, 2012
The exhibition Body of Work: Figural Work from the Permanent Collection will inaugurate the state-of-the-art Charles M. Bair Family Gallery, which has just been completed at the Yellowstone Art Museum.

Creative Force: The Studio Art Quilt

March 22, 2012 - June 10, 2012
This is not your grandmother's quilt! Merging craft and fine art, the art quilter "paints" with thread and "sculpts" with fabric, pushing the boundaries of fine art with new materials, techniques, and interpretations. Creative Force revels in the joy of fine craftsmanship and surprises the viewer with extraordinary effects in fiber and the breadth and diversity of its styles and subject matter.

East / West: Visually Speaking

March 22, 2012 - July 29, 2012
In East/West: Visually Speaking, a new generation of contemporary Chinese artists has burst onto the world stage with an exciting and unprecedented body of work. In this major exhibition, thirteen of China's leading young artists explore China's culturally taboo subjects, western ideas, and individual freedoms through painting, embroidery, mixed media, and sculpture. This exhibition explores the very nature of artistic freedom.

Molly Murphy: Contemporary Native American Beadwork

November 1, 2011 - January 1, 2012
Award-winning Montana artist Molly Murphy has strong artistic roots arising from her Oglala-Lakota heritage. Her bold and innovative beadwork concepts bring new relevance to traditional objects and styles.

Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs

August 5, 2011 - December 31, 2011
This stunning exhibition includes all of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs since the inception of the prize in 1942. Visitors will see these gripping--sometimes shocking--images reflecting some of the most crucial moments in the past three generations of American history.


July 14, 2011 - December 31, 2011
Among the many who work quietly and unflaggingly for the arts-as artists, patrons and administrators-is Neltje. The depth and breadth of her accomplishments are an inspiration in her home state of Wyoming and beyond.

The Wide Open

April 21, 2011 - July 17, 2011
Montana writer Annick Smith and arts advocate Susan O'Connor capture the history and essence of Montana's prairies in prose, poetry and black-and-white photographs. These two women created a beautiful tribute volume that includes twenty writers and three photographers. The Wide Open documents and honors a time and place that will never look or be quite the same.

Splash of Paint, Flash of Steel

April 19, 2011 - December 19, 2011
Splash of Paint, Flash of Steel includes works from the diverse collections of William I. Koch. To see rare military presentation swords from England and the U.S. is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local audiences. These beautiful pieces include a sword nearly 200 years old presented by King George IV to his brother, the last Confederate sword conferred to honor a military leader and swords crafted by Tiffany & Co. of New York.

Fertile Ground: Ceramic Art in Montana

April 19, 2011 - July 4, 2011
Montana has a rich tradition in the ceramic arts, thanks in large part to the extraordinary Archie Bray Foundation in Helena. This unprecedented incubator for ceramic artists has drawn the best and brightest for 60 years.

Carol Hepper: Inside the Between

March 17, 2011 - December 19, 2011
Hepper's background in the ranching life of South Dakota strongly informs sculptures that are built from the traces of living things. Branches and animal skins come together in forms that seem just one remove away from a snag in the stream or a nomad's rapidly built shelter.

Treasures Revealed: The Art of Hungary 1890 - 1956

March 17, 2011 - July 24, 2011
This thought-provoking exhibition presents a rare and intimate look at an exceptional collection of modern Hungarian art, from the collection of Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III, of Denver, Colorado. Since Soviet dominance after World War II, the art world of Hungary was largely silenced.

Fragile Strength

January 11, 2011 - January 22, 2011
Fragile Strength, hosted by Yellowstone Art Museum, marks the debut of exhibits and workshops by Ali Kaaf in which, for the first time, this artist's paper works are combined with glass art.

Polar: Photographs from the Ice Antarctica to Greenland - Patrick Smith

October 7, 2010 - January 9, 2011
Billings -based artist Pat Smith began his lifelong relationship with the versatile medium of photography as a young street artist living in Japan. He went on to earn a B.F.A. in photography from Louisiana Tech University in 1980 and has photographed continuously since. He has exhibited widely within the region.

Eye for an Eye: Photographs of Modern Artists by Modern Artists from the Collection of John W. Green

October 7, 2010 - January 9, 2011
A love of art, an instinct to collect and the bent of a scientist all contribute to the shape of the collection that John Green has formed. Limiting himself to black-and-white photography of the twentieth century actually left a wide field open. In the end, the Green collection has grown around the theme of the artist's eye cast upon other artists.

John Buck: Iconography + Kinetic Sculpture

July 22, 2010 - January 9, 2011
Work from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. Organized by the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, Washington. Over the past four decades, artist John Buck has created a large and important body of work made up of woodblock prints, rubbings, sculpture and three-dimensional wood panels.

Ivelisse Jiménez

July 22, 2010 - October 24, 2010
Puerto Rican-born Ivelisse Jiménez divides her time between there and New York City. She graduated with an MFA from New York University in 1999 and has been a exhibiting internationally since, with recent shows in London, Dublin and New York.

Polly Apfelbaum: Mini-Hollywood

April 1, 2010 - September 19, 2010
This textile exhibition is a rich explosion of color. Created specifically for Billings, this floor installation - "fallen paintings" - plays with the theme of glitz and glamor. Visitors move through and within her works, interacting with them and perceiving shifting iridescent colors.

Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate

March 25, 2010 - June 27, 2010
More than 100 artists from coast to coast responded to the Holter Museum of Art's open invitation to reflect upon or transform white supremacist hate books and similar propaganda. Starting with the concept of persistent and insidious prejudice and a supply of printed white supremacist materials, these artists directly demonstrate the cathartic potential of art making.

Humble Grace: A Tribute to Frances Senska

March 19, 2010 - June 27, 2010
This small exhibition is a tribute to Frances Senska, an important Montana artist and educator. Senska was championed for her lifelong devotion to the ceramic arts, for her prolific career and for nurturing several of the twentieth century's leading ceramists.

Equine Muse: Deborah Butterfield

January 15, 2010 - April 20, 2010
For more than thirty years Montana artist Deborah Butterfield has interpreted her equine muse in a plethora of materials, scales, postures and moods. This exhibition highlights three sculptures by Butterfield from the YAM's permanent collection, and invites the viewer to experience three different constructivist approaches to her subject.

Presents! Holiday Gifts from the Norton Family

October 29, 2009 - January 10, 2010
YAM will highlight works from the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project that have been acquired since 1994. Software entrepreneur, Peter Norton, has for two decades been one of the world's leading collectors of contemporary art.


October 2, 2009 - January 17, 2010
When community activist Frank Warren put out a blanket invitation to anyone to send him an anonymous postcard revealing a secret that was true and had never been uttered before, he had no idea what would result.

Curious Finds

August 13, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Get a privileged and personal view into the collecting passions of a few of your Billings neighbors.

Raided from the Vault: Rarely Seen Art from the YAM’s Collection Vault

July 30, 2009 - September 16, 2009
The YAM focuses on Modernist and contemporary art from the northern Rockies area, but it isn't all we have in our permanent collection! In this exhibition, we bring out works as diverse as European works on paper by Goya and Matisse to craft and fine art from the Americas.

Back to Work: The WPA Era

June 25, 2009 - October 18, 2009
Back to Work: The WPA Era comprises thirty-one prints on paper selected from the University of Montana's W.P.A. Period Print Collection. This sampling of W.P.A. prints exemplifies the visible legacy of Depression-era public works projects.

Robert DeWeese: A Look Ahead

May 15, 2009 - July 15, 2009
Robert DeWeese: A Look Ahead comes to Billings from the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, which received the estate of Montana artist and teacher Robert DeWeese after his death in 1990. From these immense holdings, the Holter Museum of Art has coordinated a beautiful and comprehensive exhibition.

Leaded: The Materiality and Metamorphosis of Graphite

April 24, 2009 - August 2, 2009
Drawing lives! The humble medium of graphite and the practice of drawing, long a foundation of the pictorial arts, partner in this exhibition to surprise you with their versatility. This is graphite like you’ve never seen it before (for instance, it doesn’t have to be a “drawing”), yet its very diversity accurately reflects the spirit of testing and experimentation that characterizes much contemporary art.

Ifs, Ands, and Butts: New Acquisitions by Freeman Butts and Other Regional Artists

March 19, 2009 - June 14, 2009
A generous gift from the family of the late artist Freeman Butts forms the bulk of this exhibition featuring a selection of works that joined the Yellowstone Art Museum's permanent collection during the past two years.

Voices: Contemporary Swedish Ceramics

March 12, 2009 - May 7, 2009
The ten artists included in Voices are natural representatives and leading exponents of the dynamism and originality of contemporary ceramic art in Sweden. Viewed together they enable us to discern uniqueness in the contemporary development of Swedish ceramics.

Joseph Stefanelli: Heroic Color

November 15, 2008 - January 18, 2009
This exhibition was drawn from the Yellowstone Art Museum's permanent collection. It comprised twenty-one large abstract paintings, the majority of the large collection of Stefanellis that is part of the Poindexter gift of American Abstract Expressionist work.

Details from the Road: Photographs by Tom Ferris

November 6, 2008 - February 1, 2009
This traveling exhibition was circulated by the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture, Bozeman. It consisted of thirty-five color and black-and-white photographs in two series: Auto Parts and Roadside Attractions.

A Covenant of Seasons: Monotypes by Joellyn Duesberry and Poems by Pattiann Rogers

November 3, 2008 - January 4, 2009
This traveling exhibition consisted of forty large monotypes by Duesberry, a Colorado-based artist. The accompanying poetry by Pattiann Rogers complemented the nature-inspired visual art.

Migrations: New Directions in Native American Art

November 3, 2008 - January 4, 2009
A traveling exhibition of twelve original prints by six contemporary Native American artists associated with Crow's Shadow and Tamarind presses. The emphasis was on the ways that contemporary Native American artists are shaped by yet reshape and escape from Indian stereotypes.

Gifts to Montana: The Legacy of Miriam Sample

July 4, 2008 - October 15, 2008
The extraordinary patronage of Miriam Sample was the reason for this tribute exhibition, which opened less than a month after Miriam passed away. Sixty works were featured from eight of the museums Miriam benefited through hundreds of gifts to their permanent collections.

Material Terrain: A Sculptural Exploration of Landscape and Place

July 1, 2008 - October 31, 2008
A nationally traveling exhibition circulated by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. The exhibition featured eighteen large sculptures plus an additional five installed outdoors.

Richard Swanson: Sculptural Rhythms

June 15, 2008 - October 26, 2008
Swanson’s large-scale sculpture was created specifically for YAM’s Northwest Projects gallery. The work comprised lyrical arcs of bent aluminum pipe that terminated, or were connected by, eccentrically shaped aluminum nodes.

I’m Hunting Myself: The Unattainable Prize

March 13, 2008 - June 15, 2008
This YAM-originated exhibition featured twenty-two works, including subtle features created directly on the walls, by two artists who work collaboratively and seamlessly. Rollin Beamish is faculty at MSU-Bozeman and Andrew Schell is faculty at MSU-Billings. Both are newcomers to Montana from Ohio.

Perpetual Motion: Paintings and Works on Paper by Jean Arnold

March 13, 2008 - June 8, 2008
Forty paintings, works on paper and accordion-style artist's books by this Utah artist who combines a concern for peak oil and energy issues with a peripatetic method of gathering material. The semi-abstract works reflect on how the world looks at high speed through car, bus and train windows.

Mostly Plains: Arresting Native American Art & Works by Charles M. Russell

February 15, 2008 - June 1, 2008
Three Charles M. Russell works and twenty-three Native American artifacts from the Bair Family collections. Accompanied by an illustrated gallery brochure on the model of one from an earlier Bair show, as modified in 2008 by Curatorial Assistant Cara Chamberlain.