Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection

July 27, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Exhibition Opening Reception on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection grows from the enthusiasm of one collector’s desire to share exceptional art with many audiences.  The exhibition invites dialog and personal connection.  The works stem from the early twentieth century to the present, relying on a broad definition of Modernism that includes work both disruptive and comforting, shocking and inspiring, historic and contemporary, and abstract and representational.  It includes both American and international art, always selected with an overriding emphasis on aesthetic impact and quality.

The exhibition has appeared in other venues with varying selections from the large Tia Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, which organized the exhibition.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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!

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Title: Holiday Stationstores; Exclusive Media TV: KULR8; Exclusive Media Radio: Radio Billings–Hot 101.9 & 98.5 The Wolf; Lead: Action Electric, Brewer Dental, Hardy Construction, Pepsi Co of Billings, and many more!


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.


August Events and Programs:


YAM Camp 2017

Monday–Friday, July 31–August 4, 2017

Morning Session: Ages 6–8 from 9:30 a.m.–noon

Afternoon Session: Ages 9–12 from 1 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

“Zoom In!” Taking a Closer Look at the World Around Us–There is beauty all around us, and often times we tend to overlook it. During camp, we will learn to explore the microscopic universe and all its unique features. When art meets science, we will turn the invisible into the visible! Registration for YAM camp is now open. Please visit our website for details and to register: Contact Berenice, Education Program Coordinator, with questions or to be added to our waiting list, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 406-256-6804 x232.


National Coloring Book Day

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

10 a.m.–8 p.m.

In honor of National Coloring Book Day, the Yellowstone Art Museum will hold a coloring marathon from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. while revealing its new coloring book complete with regional artists' work.


ArtWalk & Jam at the YAM

Friday, August 4, 2017

4–9 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 are provided. First drink is free for new member sign-ups. Free parking is available.


Dollar Day

Saturday, August 5, 2017

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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


Riversage Billings Inn Free Day

Saturday, August 12, 2017

10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Free museum admission for everyone, courtesy of the Riversage Billings Inn.


My Hero: Contemporary Art and Superhero Action Reception

Thursday, August 24, 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

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.


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.

TITLE SPONSOR: Mary Alice Fortin Foundation of Florida


Yellowstone Art Museum

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 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m.  – 4 p.m.  Admission: Members free, $6 adults, $3 students with valid ID, $3 children 6 – 18, under age 6 free, $4 discount price (please inquire).




Cola Pen Drawing Workshop
Thursday, May 20
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
$35 for members; $40 for non-members

Create a customized drawing pen using readily available materials such as a recycled soda can in this Experience Art Adult Education half-day workshop led by local artist Sarah Behrens Lemon. For more information and to sign-up, call the museum front desk at 406-256-6804 or visit us online.

FAM at the YAM
Friday, May 19
5-7 p.m.
$6 child member; $7 child non-member
Free adult member; $3 adult non-member

Join us this Friday night with guest artist Tori Wardrip. Using mixed media, you will explore a variety of printmaking techniques to create unique images, using the printing plates to make several colorful prints to take home. All ages welcome, no registration needed. Come and go between 5 and 7 p.m.

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Pictograph Cave Tour
Friday, May 19
10-11 a.m.
Meet at Pictograph Cave State Park

In conjunction with Art in Action: Marking Time, park manager Jarret Kostrba will lead an hour-long tour of the Pictograph Cave State Park. This tour is free, but donations are always appreciated. As space is limited, advance registration is suggested. Tour will meet at the Visitor Center at the Park. 
Call the museum front desk at 406-256-6804 to reserve your spot!