In the Arts: Billings

Posted on 04 October 2016

Yellowstone Art Museum’s October through December 2016

October Events and Programs:


ArtWalk & Jam at the YAM
Friday, October 7, 2016
4–9 p.m.
New Happy Hour! Start your Artwalk at the YAM at 4 p.m. Admission is free during ArtWalk and Jam at the YAM. Enjoy live music by Rod Tochihara. Cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres provided. First drink is free for new member sign-ups and membership renewals.
Docent 2nd Saturday: Art for Kids
Saturday, October 8, 2016
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Ages 5-12
“A Day in the Life”–Children get to create storyboard-style figure drawings based on their lives, inspired by the exhibition Jill Brody: Hidden in Plain Sight. Registration is recommended and opens 1 week prior to each class, contact Berenice Munson at (406) 256-6804 x232 or
Adult Art Education Mask-Making Workshop is now a "MASKS and MERLOT" workshop
Thursday, October 13, 2016
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Create your own unique mask just in time for the Masquerade Party and Halloween! Glenda Brauneis has over 20 years of experience designing and creating costumes for private clients and theaters nationwide. Your first glass of wine is free. Sign up by calling the YAM front desk at 406-256-6804 or visit us online at The deadline for signing up for this mask-making class is this Friday, October 7. The cost of the class is $35 for a member, $40 for a non-member, and a $10 supply fee to bring directly to the instructor. Sign up now and save your spot. Spaces are limited.
Haunted History Ghost Tours
Fridays, October 14, 21, 2016 (no longer happening on Thursdays, October 13th and 20th
6–7 p.m. and 7–8 p.m.
Free admission for members or with paid museum admission. The Yellowstone Art Museum will be giving one-hour guided tours of the YAM's haunted past as the Yellowstone County Jail. Two one-hour tours each night will begin at 6 and 7 p.m. Sign up by visiting the museum front desk or calling 406-256-6804.
Educators’ Free Day
Thursday, October 20, 2016
10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Enjoy free museum admission for everyone all day in honor of area educators. To view free special programs offered throughout the day to the public, and for teachers to earn OPI credits, visit (All programs during Educators Free Day are free to the public along with free museum admission.)
Take a New Look at the NEW Montana Art Standards
A special program for Educators’ Free Day 
Thursday, October 20, 2016
2:00–3:00 p.m. – Education Studio
Art:21–Screening and discussion of the new Season 8 Chicago episode.
A special program for Educators’ Free Day 
Thursday, October 20, 2016
3:30–5:00 p.m. – Education Studio
I Speak: Native American Language and Expression 
A special program for Educators’ Free Day 
Thursday, October 20, 2016
6:30–8 p.m.
Yellowstone Art Museum, Murdock Gallery
See an eye-opening documentary by filmmaker Aimée Barry Broustra of Camino Vérité Films.  The Young Ancestorsdemonstrates the affirming power of native language instruction in Native American communities.  It follows a small, tight-knit group of students from the Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico as they experience the role of language on their understanding of themselves and their heritage.  The impact of indigenous language instruction in other cultures around the globe is examined. Broustra and Dr. Richard Littlebear of Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer will be available for a discussion after the screening. 
Masquerade Party
Saturday, October 22, 2016
7–11 p.m. 
Yellowstone Art Museum, (ages 21+)
Dress up in your most creative costume, eat, drink, and dance the night away at Your Art Museum! For more information on tickets, go online to or visit the museum front desk. This exciting night will feature wine pouring and aerial performances by Billings AlternaCirque!
Adult Art Education Animal Illustration Workshop
Thursday, October 29, 2016
10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Learn to illustrate fanciful creatures in the half-day workshop led by Maria Isabel Bonilla Uribe while being inspired by Unleashed: Critters from the Permanent Collection. Sign-up by calling the YAM front desk at 406-256-6804 or visit us online at
November Events and Programs:
New Exhibition Opening Reception
Thursday, November 3, 2016
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Yellowstone Art Museum
Come celebrate our new exhibition Unleashed: Critters from the Permanent Collection. Admission is free for members or with regular paid museum admission. (See the exhibition description under Exhibitions below.)
Dollar Day
Saturday, November 5, 2016
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Yellowstone Art Museum
Admission is free for members or $1 for all others the first Saturday of every month.
Docent 2nd Saturday: Art for Kids
Saturday, November 12, 2016
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Ages 5-12
$6 members, $7 non-members
“Unleash Your Beast”–Draw your favorite animal with vibrant oil pastels influenced by Unleashed: Critters from the Permanent Collection. Registration opens 1 week prior to each class, contact Berenice Munson at 406-256-6804 x232 or
Yellowstone Chamber Players at the YAM
Sunday, November 13, 2016
3 p.m.
Yellowstone Chamber Players will perform at the YAM. Admission to the galleries is included with Yellowstone Chamber Players season tickets or $10 at the door.
The YAM is closed for Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Native American Heritage Free Day
Friday, November 25, 2016
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Enjoy free museum admission for everyone all day in honor of Native American Heritage. The Yellowstone Art Museum will close early at 5 p.m

December Events and Programs


Friday, December 2, 2016, 4–9 p.m., free admission
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., one dollar admission
Yellowstone Art Museum
Be sure to stop by the Yellowstone Art Museum’s Winterfair for a unique holiday shopping opportunity! You’ll find special gifts just in time for the holidays. Admission is free from 4–9 p.m. on Friday and continues on Saturday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., for only one dollar admission. Shop for handmade jewelry, fine art, or just enjoy great food at Raven’s Café d’Art.  Over twenty featured artists will have works for sale. Raven’s Café d’Art will be open for dinner Friday from 5-8 p.m. during the ArtWalk event and on Saturday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. for brunch.
Docent 2nd Saturday: Art for Kids
Saturday, December 10, 2016
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Ages 5-12
$6 members, $7 non-members
“Prehistoric Christmas”–design a Christmas-themed triceratops head using watercolors, based on Louis Habeck’s Ephemerality. Registration opens 1 week prior to each class, contact Berenice Munson at 406-256-6804 x232 or
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
Jill Brody: Hidden in Plain Sight
On view through December 30, 2016
Charles M. Bair Family Gallery and Northwest Projects Gallery
If anything is commonly known about Hutterite colonies, it is their reputation for being self-contained and private.  So much more is the privilege, then, to be able to view this selection of photographs by Jill Brody, a photographer who earned the trust and support of the Hutterite colonies in Liberty County, Montana.
SPONSORS: Anonymous, Dr. Stephen and Marilyn Kramer CONTRIBUTING SPONSOR: Dave and Cynthia Hummel, and the Stapleton Gallery
Unleashed: Critters from the Permanent Collection
October 28, 2016 – December 30, 2016
Montana Gallery
Reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016
The exhibition 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. Take part in a joint scavenger hunt for critters at the YAM and Zoo Montana.
SPONSORS: Deborah Anspach and John Hanson, Gareld and Barbara Krieg  CONTRIBUTING SPONSOR: Members of the Yellowstone Art Museum Board of Trustees
Yellowstone Art Museum
401 North 27th Street
Billings, MT 59101

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