Yellowstone Art Museum Calendar

Yellowstone Art Museum Happenings

Yellowstone Art Museum’s Calendar Listings of Events, Programs, and Exhibitions for June and July

June Events and Programs:
Dollar Day
Saturday, June 3, 2017
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission is free for members or $1 for all others the first Saturday of every month.
Will James Free Day
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission is free all day for everyone in honor of Will James’s birthday.
Open Studio
Thursdays, June 15 - July 27, 2017
10 a.m. - Noon, or 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Ages 5 - 12
$6 members, $7 non-members
These are summer classes that are offered on Thursday mornings and afternoons. Each class offers a tour of the current exhibitions, followed by a related art activity using a variety of mediums. Registration is recommended and opens one week prior to each class. Limited spits for walk-ins are available for first come, first served. For class details please visit online at To register please contact: Berenice Munson, Education Program Coordinator, at 406-256-6804 x232 or at
Special program by Jack Gladstone, Montana’s Troubadour
Blackfeet Animal Persons: Native Perspectives of Nature
Saturday, June 17, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Montana Gallery, General admission seating
Admission is $8 for members and $10 for non-members
Join us for this special performance by Jack Gladstone, “Montana’s Troubadour” one of Native America’s premier lyric story smiths.  From a panorama of personification, Jack shares the traditional Blackfeet perspective of kinship and connection with our Cosmos. In a career spanning over three decades, Jack is regarded as a cultural bridge builder. In 2015, Jack was honored with a Governor’s Humanities Award. He is also an inductee to the University of Washington Alumni Hall of Fame, a C.M. Russell Heritage Award recipient, and winner of a “Best Historical Recording” award from the Native American Music Association. In 2010 Jack released Native Anthropology, a landmark recording achievement, co-produced by legendary multi-instrumentalist Dave Griffith and Montana’s Grammy nominated composer, Phil Aaberg. 
Gallery Talk with artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Friday, June 23, 2017
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Free for members or included with regular museum admission
The YAM will host an informal conversation with Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and her colleague Lowery Stokes Sims.  The program will be moderated by YAM Executive Director Robyn G. Peterson. Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is one of the U.S.’s finest Indigenous talents with work representing four decades of her career in the exhibition Jaune Quick-to-See Smith:  In the Footsteps of My Ancestors, part of the Yellowstone Art Museum’s multi-year Montana Masters exhibition series.
July Events and Programs:
Dollar Day
Saturday, July 1, 2017
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission is free for members or $1 for all others the first Saturday of every month.
Open Studio
Thursday, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017
10 a.m.–noon or 1–3 p.m.
Ages 5 – 12
$6 members, $7 non-members
Open studio is every Thursday from June 16 – July 28. Registration recommended and opens one week prior to each class. Walk-ins are welcome. For class details please visit online at To register please contact: Berenice Munson, Education Program Coordinator, at 406-256-6804 x232 or at
New this year! Summerfair Eve, Friday evening, July 7, 4–9 p.m.
Saturday, July 8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, July 9, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Summerfair is the region’s largest annual arts and crafts festival featuring fine artisans, craftspeople, and entertainers from our region.  A new Summerfair Eve Friday evening event will begin the Summerfair weekend featuring live music by The Max, playing from 5-9 p.m.  Children’s tent available on Saturday and Sunday will once again have free children’s art activities–sure to inspire creativity.  This exciting event attracts more than 10,000 people.  Summerfair is a wonderful way to share the joy of art with friends and family. Join us at Veterans Park!
Hilltop Inn Free Day
Saturday, July 22, 2017
10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Free museum admission for everyone, courtesy of the Hilltop Inn.
Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection Reception
Thursday, July 27, 2017
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Join us in welcoming this new exhibition. See below for more information.
EXHIBITION 2016-2017 SEASON SPONSORS: David Orser and Ossie Abrams, and U.S. Bank
Boundless Visions: Selections from the Permanent Collection
The discoveries made by local artists are not always in the history books!  Gain insight into the art of our region by visiting Boundless Visions.  Selections that allude to the land, to the tenacity of those who work here, and to the many and diverse connections that exist are on view every day.
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: In the Footsteps of My Ancestors
On view through July 16, 2017
Montana Gallery
This is the first major solo exhibition of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s work in her native state of Montana in over a generation.  In keeping with the YAM’s Montana Masters series goals, Smith is a mature, late-career artist with extraordinary aesthetic, intellectual, and curatorial achievements to her credit.  The evolution of her lifelong investigations is a cornerstone of this exhibition. TITLE SPONSORS:  Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Art in Action: Marking Time
On view through August 6, 2017
NW Projects Gallery
Make your own mark at the YAM. The second in a series of participatory exhibitions, Art in Action is designed to activate and demonstrate museum visitors’ curiosity and creativity. Visitors will leave their marks on the walls of the YAM’s Northwest Projects Gallery, signifying their presence in the world of imagination. Participants may choose to visit over and over in order to interact with the marks left behind by others.  
Archaea: Rosane Volchan O’Conor
On view through August 6, 2017
Charles M. Bair Family Gallery
Rosane Volchan O’Conor’s unique installation is inspired by the Yellowstone’s history and micro-biome. Using “archaea”—microscopic organisms that survive in extreme environments—as a focal point, the artist’s immersive installation is suggestive of these forms crawling off the walls, hanging crystalized in space, and mutating into clusters across the floor.  Using a variety of conventional and unconventional materials, O’Conor has transformed the YAM’s gallery into a miniature universe. TITLE SPONSORS: Anonymous, Dr. Donald and Carol Roberts
Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection
July 27, 2017–October 15, 2017
Montana Gallery
Opening reception Thursday, July 27, 2017
This exhibition was drawn from a private collection in Santa Fe, and reveals the multiple intersections between various 20th-century artworks. The connections formed are sometimes obvious, often surprising, and in some cases completely serendipitous in their connection with topical political concerns of the 21st century. The exhibition includes works by regionally, nationally, and internationally known artists such as Bill Schenck, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol, among many others.

My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action
August 24, 2017–January 2, 2018
Montana Gallery
Opening reception Thursday, August 24, 2017
Experience the escapades of iconic superheroes with this pumped-up collection of international artworks in a variety of media. As contemporary idols, superheroes are a rich source of inspiration for artists around the world. My Hero! celebrates and re-envisions the possibilities that exist when you have a magic cape, lasso, or some superhuman power that changes everything. The exhibition was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California.
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Billings, MT 59101

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