Yellowstone Art Museum

The former Yellowstone Art Center opened in October in a building that once housed the historic Yellowstone County Jail. In the earliest years, there were just three staff and an operating budget around $70,000. Under the leadership of director Donna Forbes, the Yellowstone Art Center achieved accreditation from the American Association of Museums. The YAC received the Governor’s Award for Service to the Arts, leading to recognition of its statewide importance and the successful completion of a $6.2-million expansion campaign. The YAM mounted the exhibition The Most Difficult Journey: The Poindexter Collections of Modernist Paintings. This exhibition, drawn substantially from the permanent collection, and from the holdings of the Montana Historical Society in Helena, traveled nationally. The year finished with an exhibition of Ansel Adams’s photographs, which was one of the best attended of exhibitions in the Museum’s history. The YAM began a four-year series commemorating the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial. A retrospective exhibition of works by preeminent Montana-based sculptor Deborah Butterfield traveled nationwide. Educational programming was honored with a three-year grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to expand educational outreach.

Place Categories: Art MuseumPlace Tags: paintings, Photography, printmaking and sculptures

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