Montana Triennial goes statewide

Exhibit at the Yellowstone Art Museum captures vast scope of Montana visual arts

Art Beat
Triennial: "Triple Divide" by Robert Harrison
Helena sculptor Robert Harrison’s “Triple Divide” is among the works in the 2018 Triennial.

The Yellowstone Art Museum’s newest exhibition, Montana Triennial 2018, continues a tradition launched by the Missoula Art Museum almost a decade ago. The exhibition is on display at the Billings museum through Oct. 14, and showcases the works of 40 artists from across the state.

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, all juried by out-of-state curators, demonstrated the diverse and excellent array of artistic practice in Montana.

The Yellowstone Art Museum, at the invitation of MAM, has organized and presents the fourth Triennial. Independent juror Nicole Herden, curator of art at the Boise Art Museum, received more than 150 applications, and selected 40 artists representing the vast scope of Montana visual arts.

The range of visual expression on display runs the gamut from traditional oil paintings to purely conceptually-based artworks, and showcases the differing and striking perspectives of Montana artists today.

Participating artists are Jesse Albrecht, Brooke Atherton, Andrew Avakian, Dana Boussard, Richard Buswell, Pamela Caughey, Sean Chandler, Andy Cline, Catherine Courtenaye (also a recipient of the 2017 Artist’s Innovation Award from the Montana Arts Council), 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.

Triennial Workshops & Lectures

The following events coincide with this exhibition:

  • Two-Day Textile workshop with Brooke Atherton, Sept. 15-16: 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.
  • Talk by Helena-based Triennial artist Robert Harrison, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the YAM. He will discuss his artistic process and his history with the Montana Triennial.
  • Talk by Triennial artist and MSUB Professor Jodi Lightner, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the YAM. She will discuss her work in the exhibition and her creative inspirations.

Visit the museum’s website for more information at The Holter Museum of Art in Helena will host the next Montana Triennial in 2021.