Yellowstone Art Museum
The Yellowstone Art Museum in
Billings, Montana, opened in 1964, in the former Yellowstone County
Jail, with just three staff members and an operating budget of
$70,000. By 1982, under the direction of Donna Forbes, the center
received its accreditation from the American Association of Museums.
In 1995, the YAC was awarded the Governor's Award for Service to the
Arts, and became recognized statewide as a top notch museum and
completed a $6.2 million expansion program. In 1998, a new
state-of-the-art Yellowstone Art Museum was opened and it received
great reviews. In 2000, the private collection of billionaire
William I. Koch was loaned to the museum and Monet was among them as
well as other internationally well known artists. In the current
exhibitions, another small collection belonging to Koch are 11
selections that showcase Raoul Dufy, and lasts until April of 2010.
From now until June 2010, Montana artist Deborah Butterfield has
lent three of her best sculptures to the museum called; Equine Muse.
And on March 6, 2010, the museum will hold their art auction 42,
entitled Hollywood Extravaganza selling all kinds of artworks that
will help fund their many exhibitions and educational programs. In
their permanent collection, local historic photographer, L.A.
Huffman is well represented; and in their Montana Collection there
are over 1900 objects that showcase local artists from the 1940s to
the current day, that include; Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Anne
Appleby, Bill Stockton, Rudy Autio, Bently Spang, Peter Voulkos,
John Buck, Patrick Zentz, Deborah Butterfield, Ted Waddell, Robert
DeWeese, Dennis Voss, Tracy Linder, Harold Schlotzhauer and Richard
Notkin. In the Poindexter Collection of New York Abstract
Expressionist, George Poindexter started collecting these
magnificent pieces in the 1940s, after being so confused by the
newest trends then that he just had to learn more about them,
understand them and finally become a champion of this variation of
artworks. His collection of 382 pieces are half paintings and half
works on paper with artists like; Nell Blaine, Earl Kerkam, Robert
Adler, Herman Cherry, Albert Stadler, Robert DeNiro Sr., David Von
Schlegell, Manoucher Yektai, Hyde Soloman, Robert Natkin, Emerson
Woelffer, Norah Speyer, Felix Ruvolo, Jack Tworkov, Joseph
Stefanelli and Teiji Takai. Over 200 works by Will James is also
housed here, since he came to the area in the early 1920s. Will was
from Canada, and started out as a cowboy when he was still a
teenager, and learned all about the life of a cowboy and his trade.
He was a natural born storyteller, and great draftsman, who began
his career as a writer and illustrator in 1920. During the period
between 1922 and 1942, Scribner's published almost 24 books that
were written and illustrated by this wonderful artist, and the
Billings area was home for him during that period.