Auction Application

The Yellowstone Art Museum is pleased to be seeking submissions for Yellowstone Art Auction 52.The largest in the region, Yellowstone Art Auction raises crucial support for the exhibitions and educational programs that the Yellowstone Art Museum presents to the community year-round. $25 fee entitles entrant to submit up to four entries. This exhibition will be on display beginning January 24, culminating in a Silent and Live Auction Gala on March 7.

Friday, October 18, 2019 final application deadline
Friday, November 22, 2019 notification sent
Friday, December 19, 2019 deadline for art delivery to YAM
Friday, January 24, 2020 exhibition opening and artists’ reception
Friday, March 6, 2020 artist meet and greet
Saturday, March 7, 2020 live & silent auction

The proceeds from the Yellowstone Art Auction 52 support temporary exhibitions and educational programs year-round, raising as much as 20-25% of the YAM’s annual operating budget. For participating artists, the Art Auction provides attractive, high-profile exposure with an earnings potential comparable to selling in a retail gallery. We appreciate your continued support. In addition to supporting a charitable event, artists who are juried in enjoy the following benefits:

  • Inclusion in the Yellowstone Art Auction 52 and exhibition, which is presented in the museum’s main galleries, and runs from January 24 to March 7, 2020, at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana.
  • A special invitation to the opening reception, preview event & one-night-only silent auction honoring participating artists, Friday evening, January 24, 2020.
  • One copy of the full-color catalog.
  • All juried works are included in the online catalog available on the YAM’s website.
  • Widespread regional advertising and promotion of the Auction.
  • Invitation plus guests to artist meet and greet March 6, 2020.
  • One complimentary ticket to the culminating event on March 7, 2020.
  • Special acknowledgment for artists making full donations to live or silent auctions on exhibition signage, catalog, and website.

Submission Requirements

  • Completed application (sent via online application or email)
  • 50-word artist statement emailed (required for printed publication.)
  • Digital images uploaded or emailed.

Eligibility and judging

  • To be considered for the live auction, all artists must submit a 50-word artist statement.
  • Yellowstone Art Auction 52 is open to all original media (2-D and 3-D) except jewelry. Reproductions, including giclées and mechanical prints on canvas, will be disqualified.
  • Up to four works may be submitted. Works will be juried based on the digital entries. Submitted work must be created within the last five years.
  • Works submitted to past Art Auctions are not eligible.
  • Over-sized objects will be considered, but are discouraged due to spatial considerations from buyers. Two-dimensional objects exceeding 48” high x 72” wide, and three-dimensional objects weighing over 150 pounds are considered over-sized artwork submissions.

Digital image requirements

  • May send up to two images for each artwork entry.
  • Digital images are required (slides or prints will not be accepted)
  • Label each image in a similar fashion, including the artist Last name, First name, and Title of the Work. (example: Smith_John_ Still Life 1.jpg or Smith_Jane_Autumn.jpg)
  • Images should be at least 8” by 5” at 300 dpi.
  • The quality of your artwork image affects jurying. Submit a high-quality image of the artwork only, excluding artwork frame.  Selections may be disqualified if the YAM is unable to obtain a high-quality image before the catalog press deadline.

Delivery of selected works

  • All 2-D works must be framed and ready to hang. All 3-D works must have proper supports, hanging devices, and, if needed, instructions for installation.
  • The YAM will not be responsible for works framed/mounted in an unstable manner.
  • Any artwork that does not these requirements will be disqualified.
  • Only selected work will be included; no substitutions. Upon receipt of the actual work, the YAM reserves the right to disqualify work that was not adequately represented or suitably prepared for exhibition.
  • Any artist that does not meet these requirements will be disqualified.


  • The YAM insures all works on its premises from arrival through departure from the premises on April 3, 2020, whichever comes first. Artists will be responsible for insuring work in transit to and from the YAM.
  • Submission of work to this exhibition shall constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to the conditions set forth in this document, and shall further include permission to reproduce work in the catalog and for publicity.


  • Shipping to the YAM is the responsibility of the artist. The YAM may choose not to include work that arrives late.
  • Following the Auction, unsold works will be returned to the artists at the YAM’s expense, via non-additional insured UPS shipping.
  • Artwork will only be shipped domestically. International shipping will be paid at the buyer’s/artist’s expense.
  • All unsold artwork will be returned in the manner & condition it was delivered. If an artist drops of art to the museum the artist is responsible for pick-up.
  • Any artwork that is unclaimed by April 3, 2020 may be sold in the YAM’s consignment gallery or incur a daily $20 storage fee.
  • If the artist changes residence at any time during the process of submission and exhibition, he or she must send written notification to ensure safe return of artwork and/or payment for sales.


  • Bidding starts at or near the declared reserve. When establishing values and reserves, consider the price your work has recently sold for. The museum will not sell a piece for less than its reserve value. Reserve may not exceed 60% of retail value. Thank you for keeping in mind that this event is a museum fundraiser!
  • Buy-It-Now option allows patrons to reserve works before March 6 at the full retail cost + a surcharge. Items purchased in this manner will remain on exhibit until March 6, 2020.