america the beautiful: clyde butcher

07.19.2019 – 10.13.2019

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. The exhibition will run from July 18 to October 13, 2019. Completed during the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, this series of images is intended to celebrate and advocate for America’s most majestic places, from the northern forests to the Everglades. Using a large-format camera and traditional photographic printing processes, Butcher creates monumental images that reflect the encompassing beauty and drama of the landscape.

A passionate conservationist and photographer, Clyde Butcher has dedicated five decades to exploring, recording, and sharing the beauty of America’s most treasured landscapes. Butcher often spends his days slogging through the Big Cypress National Preserve behind his Florida studio, lugging an enormous camera and tripod. He also guides other photographers and nature lovers, sharing his knowledge of the orchids, rare ferns, native birds, and swamp creatures that make up the Everglades’ unique and fragile ecosystem. Clyde has been called “the next Ansel Adams” by Popular Photography magazine for his subject matter and technical prowess. He is also recognized as a humanitarian and conservationist for the concerns that he communicates through his art. Butcher’s photography transcends political boundaries, challenging communities to protect natural places across the globe.

Join the YAM for the opening reception for America the Beautiful on Thursday, July 18, from 6–8 p.m. Clyde Butcher will also present a lecture the following day, Friday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m., to discuss the exhibition and his artistic process. The event is free for members and $15 for Not-Yet Members. Stay for lunch after the lecture at the always-delicious Raven’s Café, with seating in the Museum Atrium. Please make lunch reservations in advance by calling 406-256-6804  x247.


Save The Date

Opening Reception
July 18 @ 6pm // Free for YAM Members, $15 for Not-Yet-Members
Join us on July 18th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for the opening of North by Northwest, The YAM’s first Annual Nationwide Juried Art Show and America the Beautiful: Photographs by Clyde Butcher. Light Hors D’oeuvres will be served.

Lunch & Learn
 July 19 @ 10:30am // Free for YAM Members, $15 for Not-Yet-Members
 Clyde will discuss his exhibition currently on view in the Montana Gallery, as well as his artistic process. The always-delicious Raven’s Café will be open for no-host brunch after the lecture, with seating in the Museum Atrium. Please make reservations in advance by calling 406-256-6804 Ex. 247.

Exhibition Sponsors

Title Sponsors
Larry & Ruth Martin
The Carolyn K. Ennis Family Living Trust

Lead Sponsor
Charles M. Bair Family Trust


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