Art Auction 56: Yellowstone Art Museum

YAM begins 60th-anniversary celebration with exhibit and auction

Art Beat

The Yellowstone Art Museums 56th Annual Art Auction kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, with a free celebration honoring all auction artists.

YAM Auction: Kristen Cliffel, Unfinished Dreams, 2013, low fire clay, glaze, and wood
YAM Auction: Kristen Cliffel, Unfinished Dreams, 2013, low fire clay, glaze, and wood

The full exhibition, including Silent and Live Auction pieces and the Small Works Gallery, will be open to the public for the first time Friday. Mingle with artists while enjoying music, dancing and hors d’oeuvres and even take advantage of the opportunity to purchase Quick-Finish pieces completed during opening night.

 Also on tap Friday are FAM at the YAM from 3-5 p.m., when families can join auction artist Elizabeth Korth for free art making in the Education Studio, as well as the ArtWalk in downtown Billings.  

The Art Auction exhibit will be open from Feb. 2 to March 2, culminating in the Live Auction and Gala March 2. The signature museum fundraiser will kick off a year of celebrations honoring the YAM’s 60th anniversary.

The museum’s juried Art Auction exhibition showcases a diverse range of approximately 135 Silent Auction artworks, including Small Works, and 25 Live Auction pieces. Participating artists are generously donating a percentage of the sale of each piece in support of the YAM.

The exhibit will again feature several events including artist talks on Thursday evenings

The YAM’s annual auction offers artworks available for silent and live bidding, spotlighting the artwork of regional artists as well as up-and-coming talent, and inspiring the support of patrons at every stage of collecting. The live auction gala on March 2 will conclude bidding for absentees as well as those attending.

For table sales, sponsorship, or absentee bidding information reach out to Precious McKenzie at [email protected].

The annual Art Auction raises crucial support for the exhibitions and educational programs that the Yellowstone Art Museum presents to the community year-round. The YAM is dedicated to showing appreciation to regional artists, patrons, and partners by giving back to the community, not only through outreach and education programs, but by bringing in exhibitions that provide a platform to engage in critical conversations concerning modern art and culture.

For more information visit or call 406-256-6804.