Yellowstone Art Museum

March Events and Programs:

Art Auction 49

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Yellowstone Art Museum

Open seating tickets $95 or $105 at the door, and reserved seating $115. Reserve your tickets by calling 406-256-6804 or visit to purchase tickets online.
The exhibition culminates in our annual Art Auction, which consists of a silent auction, a live auction, and a “Quick Draw.” The Art Auction theme this year is icy with cold cocktails and cool artwork that will send chills down your spine…and all for a great cause! The evening once again features heavy hors d’oeuvres by Tom Nelson Catering, and dessert buffet. Silent auction bidding and Buy-It-Now is available during the entire exhibition and bidding ends at 7 p.m. during the auction event. Proceeds support exhibitions and education programs.
The 49th Annual Art Auction is generously sponsored by title sponsor Oakland & Company. Additional support is provided by sponsors Intermountain Distributing Company, Eide Bailly LLP, Yellowstone Surgery Center, Wipfli LLP; Kibler & Kirch, Stapleton Gallery, and many others.

Docent 2nd Saturday: Art for Kids

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ages 5-12
$6 members, $7 non-members
“A Spot to Sketch”– Construct and design your own sketchbook and start to fill it with sketches of work found in and around the museum. Registration opens 1 week prior to each class. Contact Berenice Munson at 406-256-6804 x232 or

FAM at the YAM

Friday Family Fun Night
Friday, March 17, 2017

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 5–7pm.

Opening Reception for Exhibitions

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Free for members; regular admission for non-members
Three new exhibitions open this evening! Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: In the Footsteps of My Ancestors, Archaea: Rosane Volchan O’Conor, and Art in Action: Marking Time will be on view for the first time. Meet the artists and put your mark on the wall early in Art in Action: Marking Time.

Doodling with Beads: The Art of Bead Embroidery

Saturday, March 25, 2017

$60 for members; $67 for non-members
This Experience Art Adult Education workshop is led by artist Susan Germer. Susan will teach a variety of sewing techniques using a colorful assortment of beads and fabric, and will help you create your own unique work of art. For more information and to sign-up, call the museum front desk at 406-256-6804 or visit us online at

April Events and Programs:

Dollar Day

Saturday, April 1, 2017

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

Environmental Intimacies in Rosane Volchan O’Conor’s Artwork
Gallery talk by Dr. Leanne Gilbertson of MSU Billings

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Murdock Gallery
Dr. Leanne Gilbertson, Assistant Professor of Art History and the Northcutt Steele Gallery Director at Montana State University Billings, will discuss Rosane Volchan O’Conor’s immersive installation, Archaea, will be on view in the Bair Family Gallery. The talk will place the artist’s concerns in context with compelling contemporary art movements.

Sam and Judy McDonald Foundation Free Day

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Free museum admission for everyone all day. There will also be a free children’s art activity from 10am–12pm.

Know Your Rights: Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights for Artists
Legal information session

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Murdock Gallery, Yellowstone Art Museum
An information session designed for all artists, writers, and makers. Attorneys Bob Griffin, Shalise Zobel, and Isaac Potter from Crowley Fleck PLLP and Billings attorney Jennifer L. Webber of WEBBERpllc will share what you need to know to protect your work. Sponsored by the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Montana.


After 5–Unplugged

Thursday, April 27, 2017

New event! “After 5–Unplugged” blends new music, drinks, and art in one of the finest sites in Billings—the YAM! This event will feature live music by Ed Kemmick and The Peach Pickers.


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

Boundless Visions: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Exhibition is ongoing
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.
TITLE SPONSORS: David Orser and Ossie Abrams

Art Auction 49

January 19, 2017–March 4, 2017
Montana, Charles M. Bair Family, and Northwest Projects galleries
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 largest fundraising event, generating proceeds in support of exhibitions and educational programming for the entire year.
Save the date for the Art Auction 49 event on Saturday, March 4, 2017!

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: In the Footsteps of My Ancestors

March 23–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.

Art in Action: Marking Time

March 23–August 6, 2017
NW Projects Gallery
Make your own mark at the YAM as we continue with the second in a series of participatory exhibitions, Art in Action, 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

March 23–August 6, 2017
Charles M. Bair Family Gallery
Rosane Volchan O’Conor will present a unique installation 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 will be 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 will transform the YAM’s gallery into a miniature universe.

401 North 27th Street
Billings, MT 59101

The nationally accredited Yellowstone Art Museum is the region’s largest contemporary art museum offering changing exhibitions, adult and children’s art education, café, Art Collectors’ Corner, Visible Vault, and a 7,500-piece permanent collection. The Yellowstone Art Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday 10am–5pm; Thursday & Friday 10am–8pm; and Sunday 11am–4pm. Admission: Members free, $6 adults, $3 students with valid ID, $3 children 6–18, under age 6 free, $4 discount price (please inquire).