Upcoming Exhibitions

Equal: A Work in Progress

May 15, 2020 - October 25, 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."

North x Northwest 2020

May 28, 2020 - August 2, 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.

Montana Matriarchs

July 23, 2020 - September 18, 2020
Central to the museum-wide 2020 theme of “Women’s Work” is a collections-based exhibition featuring Montana artists Jessie Wilber, Frances Senska, Gennie DeWeese, and Isabelle Johnson.

Jane Waggoner Deschner: Remember me.

August 13, 2020 - October 4, 2020
For this museum installation, Jane Waggoner Deschner has obsessively embroidered hundreds of found family photographs with sentences gathered from ordinary people’s obituaries. Her goal in this series is to demonstrate empathy—to remind viewers, in this polarizing time, that we are more alike than we are different.

Brooke Atherton: Mothers and Daughters

October 15, 2020 - January 10, 2021
Materials and labor are central to expression for Billings-based artist Brooke Atherton. Her work visually describes her journey across the American West. Her fabric and mixed media drawings are layered from silk, cotton, and wool, using non-traditional methods to manipulate the fabric, such as ripping, burning, and rusting, representing the effects of natural forces. Many of her works relate specific stories and events, with underlying themes of passage through time and space.

Tracy Linder: Close Range

November 12, 2020 - January 12, 2021
Tracy Linder’s sculptures and installations investigate the connections between humans, animals, plants, and machines. They highlight the struggles and husbandry involved in working the land, relationships between people and the environment, and cycles of life and death.