Events at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings

ArtWalk & Jam at the YAM

Friday, February 5, 2016

5–9 p.m.

Yellowstone Art Museum

Museum admission is free during Artwalk, and it is combined with Jam at the YAM. Enjoy live music provided by Earthshine and view Boundless Visions and Art Auction 48. Take in new retail gallery artwork by Michelle Dyk and Aaron Nathan. Cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres provided. First drink is free for new member sign-ups and membership renewals.


Dollar Day

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Yellowstone Art Museum

Admission is free for members or $1 for all others the first Saturday of every month.


Noon Tours for Art Auction 48

Wednesday, February 10 and 24, 2016

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Yellowstone Art Museum

Free to members or with paid museum admission.

The museum will host lunch hour tours on two Wednesdays during the month of February. Drop in to learn more about the museum’s Art Auction 48 exhibition – the art and the artists. No registration necessary; tour is included with museum admission.


Docent 2nd Saturday: Art for Kids

“Art Jumble”

Saturday, February 13, 2016

10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Ages 5–12

$6 member, $7 non-member

Yellowstone Art Museum

Get creative with mixed media inspired by Art Auction 48. Registration opens one week prior to each class. To register, please contact Berenice Munson, Education Program Coordinator, at 406-256-6804 x232 or


Raven’s Café d’Art Valentine’s Date Night
Saturday, February 13, 2016
5–9 p.m.

$45 per person/$90 per couple

Raven’s Café d’Art located in the YAM

Enjoy a special Valentine’s evening at the museum. Make a dinner reservation at the YAM, the perfect setting for a romantic evening with live guitar music and love songs provided by Mark Adam and, of course, great food. Dinner includes an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for $90 per couple. Wine and beer will be available for an additional charge. Arrive early to stroll through the art galleries before they close at 5 p.m. Seating starts at 5 p.m. Visit for more information and to see a menu. Reservations required. Call 406-256-6804 to make your reservation.


Valentine’s Date Night: Food ‘n’ Fun

Sunday, February 14, 2016

6–8 p.m.

$70 per person member, $75 per person non-member

Visible Vault, 505 North 26th Street

Artist Keely Perkins will guide you in creating your own painted pottery while you enjoy champagne and heavy hors d'oeuvres catered by Raven's Café d'Art. You and your guest will get to create your own piece to remind you of your romantic night at the YAM. Celebrate Valentine's Day at the YAM as a couple, as a group, or create something for yourself!  Pottery, paints, brushes, and first drink are provided with additional glasses and bottles of champagne, wine, or beer available for purchase. Limited space available, sign-up now! Call 406-256-6804 or sign up online by visiting


Film Screening of Art and Craft

Friday, February 26, 2016

7 p.m.

Babcock Theater

$6 admission, free for members; attendees will also receive a free pass to visit the YAM with their paid ticket at the Babcock.

What’s it take to catch a fake? Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that include fifteenth-century icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn’t in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of unsuspecting institutions across the United States. Art and Craft starts out as a cat-and-mouse art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity—but what emerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose.


March Events and Programs:


Art Auction 48

Saturday, March 5, 2016

5 p.m.

Yellowstone Art Museum

Open seating tickets $95 or $105 at the door on Saturday.

The Yellowstone Art Museum’s Art Auction was the region’s first and continues to be the area’s finest and most exciting auction of contemporary regional art.  The Annual Art Auction is the YAM’s most significant fundraising event, generating proceeds in support of exhibitions and educational programming for the entire year.  New this year will be flamenco jazz by Johnny Walker and flamenco dancing by Cecilia Scott. The exhibition is now on view, and silent auction bidding and Buy-It-Now are available until the event on March 5th. Reserve your tickets for Art Auction 48 today. Call 406-256-6804 or visit

The 48th Annual Art Auction is generously sponsored by title sponsor Oakland & Company. Additional support is provided by sponsors Intermountain Distributing Company; Yellowstone Surgery Center; Wipfli LLP; Corning Companies; Sanctuary Spa & Salon; Stillwater Mining Company; Montague's Jewelers; Kismet Fine Rugs; Hardy Construction; and DiA Events.


Docent 2nd Saturday: Art for Kids

“Six by Six Clay2

Saturday, March 12, 2016

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ages 5 – 12

$6 members, $7 non-members

Registration opens one week prior to each class.

Create tile clay squares based on the exhibition Boundless Visions. To register, please contact Berenice Munson, Education Program Coordinator, at 406-256-6804 x 232 or


FAM at the YAM

Friday Family Fun Night

Friday, March 18, 2016

5 – 7 p.m.

$6 member child, $7 non-member child

Free member adults, $3 non-member adult

No registration required. All ages are welcome.

Join in on this opportunity for the whole family to come and make art together! Session taught by local artists. Come and go between 5 – 7 p.m.


Experience Art Adult Education

“Look Draw Look Draw”

Workshop led by Robin Earles

Saturday, March 19, 2016

10 a.m.–4 p.m.

YAM Education Studio–class limited to 10 students

$60 members, $67 non-members

The art of drawing is an uncanny act of coordinating the hand, eye, and mind. Class members will study the extraordinary forms, spaces, and surfaces of the world and learn to record their observations using the language of line, shape, and tone. To sign up, call the museum front desk at 406-256-6804 or visit us online at


New Exhibitions Opening Reception

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 5:30–8 p.m.

Free to members or with paid museum admission.

Opening reception for two new exhibitions:  Harold Schlotzhauer: The Shape of Motion

and The Falcon’s Eye: Nature Photographs by Michael Sample.



EXHIBITION SEASON SPONSORS: David Orser and Ossie Abrams, and U.S. Bank


Boundless Visions: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Exhibition is ongoing 

Boundless Visions features changing selections from the YAM's permanent collections, including art from the late nineteenth century to the present. This long-term exhibition is the only exhibition in Montana where you can learn the story of art in this region from its beginnings to the present day.

TITLE SPONSORS: David Orser and Ossie Abrams


Art Auction 48

On view through March 5, 2016

Every year, the Art Auction raises support for the exhibitions and educational programs that the Yellowstone Art Museum provides to the community year-round. Save the date for the Art Auction 48 event on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

TITLE SPONSOR: The Oakland Companies; OTHER SPONSORS: Intermountain Distributing, Yellowstone Surgery Center, Wipfli LLP, Corning Companies, Sanctuary Spa & Salon, Stillwater Mining Company, Montague’s Jewelers, Kismet Fine Rugs, Hardy Construction, and DiA.


Harold Schlotzhauer:  The Shape of Motion

March 24, 2016 – July 3, 2016

Harold Schlotzhauer is one of the region’s most prolific and distinctive artists. 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. Schlotzhauer’s approach is bold and playful, but dazzlingly serious in its intent to create engaging images that make the intangible real. Shapes, lines, and sweeping color dance together in choreographed movement to elicit a personal response from the viewer to Schlotzhauer’s visual language. That language is inspired by myriad sources, including the traditional Asian arts, graffiti, children’s toys, and the rhythms of nature.

TITLE SPONSOR: Laurence and Ruth Martin; LEAD SPONSOR: Anonymous, Deborah Anspach and Dr. John Hanson, Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Diane Boyer Jerhoff


The Falcon’s Eye:  Nature Photographs by Michael Sample

March 24, 2016 – August 21, 2016

Publisher, philanthropist, and family man Michael S. Sample is known widely for his extraordinarily sensitive nature photography. The Yellowstone Art Museum will honor Sample’s wealth of nature photographs recorded during his all-season outdoor adventures.  Through his photography, Sample captured the essence of Western wildlife and geography while revealing his own adventurous yet quiet nature. The subjects of his work range from the sublime view of a single wildflower frozen in an early winter snow to an epic storm over the Rocky Mountains. 

TITLE SPONSOR: David Orser and Ossie Abrams; LEAD SPONSOR: Eide Bailly, LLP, Merrill Lynch, Spalding Houghton Group, Gary and Melissa Oakland, Bill and Laverne Royer


Yellowstone Art Museum

401 North 27th Street

Billings, MT 59101


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