Yellowstone Art Museum Fall Events

The Billings Museum’s September and October Calendar Events, Programs, and Exhibitions.

New Exhibition Opening Reception

Thursday, September 1, 2016

5:30–7:30 p.m.

Yellowstone Art Museum

We welcome our new exhibition Jill Brody: Hidden in Plain Sight. Admission is free for members or with paid museum admission. (See the exhibition description under Exhibitions below.)


Dollar Day

Saturday, September 3, 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.


Sanctuary Spa and Salon Free Day

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Enjoy free museum admission for everyone all day courtesy of Sanctuary Spa and Salon. 


Deep Echo 2: A Conversation with Catherine Courtenaye

Thursday, September 8, 2016

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Join us for an informal conversation with Bozeman, Montana, artist Catherine Courtenaye, who is featured in the exhibition Echo: Unspoken Dialects


Yellowstone Chamber Players at the YAM

Sunday, September 11, 2016

3 p.m.

Yellowstone Chamber Players will be playing at the YAM. Admission to the galleries is included with Yellowstone Chamber season tickets or $10 at the door. 


First Docent Meeting

Monday, September 12, 2016

10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Education Studio, Yellowstone Art Museum

Interested in becoming a part of our docent program? No prior experience needed, just a desire to learn and a love for art! Our docent meetings are every Monday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. in the Education Studio. For more information contact Linda Ewert, Education Director, at (406) 256-6804 x231.


Bridal Fair

Sunday, September 18, 2016

10 a.m.–3 p.m.

This event showcases 30+ local and regional exhibitors including photographers, wedding planners, venue locations, and more. Raven’s Café d’Art will be open from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. with a brunch menu. Brides-to-be can register to win prizes. To pre-register, please email


Artist Talk with Jill Brody

Thursday, September 22, 2016

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Jill Brody will talk about her current exhibition Hidden in Plain Sight. Jill Brody is a photographer who earned the trust and support of the Hutterite colonies in Liberty County, Montana.


Smithsonian Museum Day Live

Saturday, September 24, 2016

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Enjoy free admission to the museum with Smithsonian Museum Day Live coupon. 


Adult Art Education Calligraphy Workshop

Saturday, September 24, 2016

10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Well-known calligrapher Mary Alice Spencer will guide you through proper techniques for beautiful calligraphy! Sign-up by calling the Yellowstone Art Museum front desk at 406-256-6804 or visit us online at


October Events and Programs:

Peggy Gardner Free Day

Saturday, October 1, 2016

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Enjoy free museum admission for everyone all day in honor of Peggy Gardner’s innovative art programs and art teaching career. There will be a free children’s art activity 10 a.m.–12 p.m., see for more information. 


ArtWalk & Jam at the YAM

Friday, October 7, 2016

5–9 p.m.

Yellowstone Art Museum

Museum admission is free during ArtWalk and Jam at the YAM. Enjoy live music and view our exhibitions. 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 your life, inspired by the exhibition Jill Brody: Hidden in Plain Sight.


Adult Art Education Mask-Making 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. Sign-up by calling the YAM front desk at 406-256-6804 or visit us online at


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. 


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 Ancestors demonstrates 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. Specialists will be available for a discussion after the screening. OPI credit available for teachers. Free for members or with regular museum admission.


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 once again 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.

artist will barnett

Untitled, by Will Barnet


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



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


Primal Urges

On view through September 4, 2016

Throughout recorded time, artists have used visual forms to comment on or express the relationship between humankind and the spaces we have occupied in our collective history and psychology. In this exclusive exhibition including special loans and art from the museum’s own permanent collection, consider the evolution of visual abstraction—in this case, spanning the stretch of time from the late nineteenth century to today, from France to New York to Montana.


Echo: Unspoken Dialects

On view through October 2, 2016

The symbolism and intent of written words have a history as long as human memory.  Artists have always reveled in the visual beauty of symbols that indicate everything from the smallest sound to the largest idea.  Echo: Unspoken Dialects reveals the intersections between emotion and reason, and between ideas and concrete form.  Language as the trail of memory will be the focus of this exhibition.  Echo features four leading Montana artists who use actual words, the traces of words, or the suggestion of language in their rich and varied works:  Catherine Courtenaye, Michael Haykin, Kate Hunt, and Jerry Iverson. 

LEAD SPONSOR: John W. and Carol L. H. Green


Jill Brody: Hidden in Plain Sight

September 1, 2016 – December 30, 2016

Charles M. Bair Family Gallery and Northwest Projects Gallery

Reception 5:30–7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 1, 2016

Artist Talk 6:30–7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 22, 2016

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.

Yellowstone Art Museum

401 North 27th Street

Billings, MT 59101


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