April 18, 2017

Billings, Montana - Yellowstone Art Museum’s ArtWalk will once again begin with an early bird starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017.  Admission to the museum is free during ArtWalk from 4–9 p.m. combined with Jam at the YAM featuring live music by Rod Tochihara. View our current exhibitions including three new exhibitions, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: In the Footsteps of My Ancestors, Archaea: Rosane Volchan O'Conor, and Art in Action: Marking Time.

This ArtWalk will also feature new work in the Art Collectors’ Corner by Jason and Wendy Jam. See the fourth installment of their very popular whimsical series playfully named “Jamigurumi.” Wendy’s crocheted dolls are a specific type of doll creation known as Amigurumi–the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures. Jason’s beautiful illustrations including the doll make for unique wonderfully playful gifts and are available for purchase in the Art Collectors’ Corner.

The YAM also is exhibiting an original Andy Warhol piece titled Lenin. This stunning work is located within Boundless Visions, but is currently on loan from an anonymous lender until the end of the day on Sunday, June 4th. See other European masterpieces on loan for just a short time.

A cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres are provided during ArtWalk. First drink is free for new member sign-ups. The YAM also has free parking.




Exhibitions currently on view:

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: U.S. Bank, David Orser and Ossie Abrams

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. 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

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’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

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Directions: Located on the corner of 4th Avenue and North 27th Street, across from the Gazette building and next to Denny’s.

Image credits:

  • View of the Archaea: Rosane Volchan O'Conor installation at the YAM
  • Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, The Swamp, 2015, oil on canvas
  • Scratching Posts, Illustration by Jason Jam and crochet by Wendy Jam
  • Andy Warhol, Lenin © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The newest venue for music, drinks, and a great after-work vibe is the Yellowstone Art Museum.  You already enjoy the popular summer event, Alive After 5, and this new event will extend the opportunity into the spring and fall to relax in a great downtown location to enjoy excellent local music of all kinds.

After 5-Unplugged will happen on Thursday evenings from 5 – 8 p.m. at the YAM. 

  • April 27 – Ed Kemmick and the Peach Pickers.
  • May 25 – Parker Brown Trio
  • October 12 – Song Dog Serenade
  • November 16 – John Roberts’ Latin Jazz

$3 cover charge and wristband for all adults 21 and over.  Free admission if under 21.  Be on the lookout for promotional cards that you can show to cut the wristband cost down to $1, available while supplies last at sponsors’ locations.  Free parking, full bar, and food truck on site.  All of the museum’s galleries will be open.

After 5-Unplugged is sponsored by U.S. Bank, Computers Unlimited, the Billings Gazette, Downtown Billings, and Billings Cultural Partners.

Big Sky Connection


Eric Tegethoff

April 12, 2017

HELENA, Mont. - Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, marking the additional months into 2017 it takes women to catch up with men's salaries from 2016. Nationally, women are paid 80 cents for every dollar men are paid for the same job.

The gap is greater for women in Montana, who receive only 73 cents for every dollar men receive, according to a study from the American Association of University Women. That differential stacks up to a loss of more than $12,000 annually.

Jen Euell, director of the Women's Foundation of Montana, says the issue persists even though women have closed the gender gap in other areas.

"Women now are educated at just as high a level, oftentimes an even higher level, than men in the United States, but the pay gap still remains about the same, and so that's the issue that we're trying to address," she explained.

Montana has the fifth highest wage gap in the country. If the gap continues to close at its current rate, the state won't see pay equity until 2084.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has taken a unique approach to address this issue, establishing the Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force.

Euell is a member of that task force. She says with the current labor shortage in Montana, which will most likely be exacerbated as the working population grows older and retires, the pay gap needs to close faster to attract more female workers into the labor force.

"In that context, this conversation of how we really attract talent and how we really keep talent in the workforce is going to become even more important and the gender pay gap is certainly a part of that discussion," she added.

The Women's Foundation of Montana is hosting events at breweries in cities around the state today, including in Bozeman, Whitefish and Missoula.


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