Billings Arts

YAM Celebrates Contemporary Montana Artists

BILLINGS, MT - The Yellowstone Art Museum announces the opening of its newest exhibition Montana Triennial 2018, with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on July 26, 2018. The reception is free to members and open to other visitors for regular admission price. Please visit the museum’s website for more information at The exhibition will remain on view through October 14th.

The Montana Triennial was first organized and presented as a juried exhibition by the Missoula Art Museum in 2009 with subsequent exhibitions in 2012 and 2015. These exhibitions demonstrated the diverse and excellent array of artistic practice in Montana. The Yellowstone Art Museum, at the invitation of the Missoula Art Museum, has organized and presents the fourth Triennial at the YAM. Independent juror Nicole Herden, Curator of Art at the Boise Art Museum, received over 150 applications, and selected 40 artists representing the vast scope of Montana visual arts. The range of visual expression will run the gamut from traditional oil paintings to purely conceptually-based artworks, and will showcase the differing but beautiful perspectives of Montana artists today.

The participating 2018 artists are Jesse Albrecht, Brooke Atherton, Andrew Avakian, Dana Boussard, Richard Buswell, Pamela Caughey, Sean Chandler, Andy Cline, Catherine Courtenaye, Sandra Dal Poggetto, Josh DeWeese, Mark Earnhart, Steve Engle, Lauren Grabelle, Birdie Hall, Robert Harrison, Michael Haykin, Connie Herberg, Jeneese Hilton, Steven R Holloway, Jerry Iverson, Gesine Janzen, Phoebe Knapp, Katie Knight, Philip Lambert, Jodi Lightner, Tracy Linder, Carol Novotne, Kevin Red Star, Jennifer Reifsneider, Alison Reintjes, Keeara Rhoades, Ann C. Skelton, Richard Swanson, James Todd,  Paul Tunkis, Shalene Valenzuela, Barbara Van Cleve, Willem Volkersz, and Jane Waggoner Deschner.

The following events will occur in conjunction with this exhibition:

  • September 15th & 16th: Two-Day Textile workshop with Brooke Atherton. Students will create a book or wall hanging from fabric, paper, and found objects using techniques such as layering, collage, and stitching. The class is $100 for YAM members and $125 for non-members, and is limited to 12 students. To register, visit the museum website or call the front desk at 406-256-6804.
  • September 20th: Talk by Helena-based Triennial artist, Robert Harrisonfrom6:30-7:30 p.m. at the YAM. He will discuss his artistic process and his history with the Montana Triennial. This event is free for members or included with regular admission price.
  • October 11th: Talk by Triennial artist and MSUB Professor, Jodi Lightnerfrom6:30-7:30 p.m. at the YAM. She will discuss her work in the exhibition and her creative inspirations. This event is free for members or included with regular admission price.

Yellowstone Art Museum
401 North 27th Street
Billings, MT 59101

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