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North by Northwest


Billings, Montana

North by Northwest


JULY 18 — OCT 10, 2019

The Yellowstone Art Museum is proud to present North by Northwest, The YAM’s first annual juried art exhibition, on view from July 18 – October 10, 2019. The show was conceived by the Yellowstone Art Museum as a way to feature up and coming contemporary artists from across the country, and giving some the opportunity to be accessioned in to the YAM’s permanent collection. The show features 55 artists from 18 states, selected from a pool of nearly 300 entries from 43 states. The works selected run the gamut from traditional oil on canvas paintings to avant-garde interactive sculptural work.

The public is invited to vote on their favorite piece in the exhibition until September 11th. The winning piece will be awarded the People’s Choice Award at the reception on September 12, 2019 along with the Juror’s Choice and Purchase Awards.

Two Can Play At This (in situ)


Norma Alonzo, Phyllis Anderson, Brooke Atherton, Jesse Blumenthal, Kelsey Bowen, Paige Bowman, Richard Buswell, Boyd Carson, Michael Chaney, Brittney Denham, Sandy Dingman, Catherine Eaton Skinner, Candace Forrette, Fay Golson, Gail Gurman, Michael Haykin, Bruce Helander, Harper Henry, Eva Isaksen, Esther Jacks, Penny Jenkins, Justin John, Claire B Jones, Michael Jorgensen, Hooshang Khorasani, Marian Kirst, Mary Koenig, Ken Konchel, Hannah Kraus, Nyd Kraushaar, Mai La Thai, RoseMarie London, Kitrina Marcroft, Robert Mars, Karyn Mehus, David Mensing, Ann Maureen Meyer, Susan Moldenhauer, Rosella Mosteller, Ryan Parker, Regina Quinn, Jeremy Rabus, Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, Nora Schreiber, Fred Scruton, Mark Stafford, Michael Stanish, Susan Stone, Dave Thomas, Harriette Tsosie, Marissa Voytenko, Gregory Wilhelmi, Jenny Wong-Stanley, and Peggy Wyman.

The jurying was conducted by Julia Andrews, Director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art, who had this to say about the selection process, “Without hesitation I can say that considering the entries for the North by Northwest was a true honor and privilege for me….It should be noted that with over 500 entries there were no entries without merit. Each and every work was thoroughly examined and appreciated for the ingenuity and creative process that delivered the beautiful artistic outcome. It was evident that all submissions had individual strengths and could have received some form of recognition. I resolved… to select work that is of museum quality demonstrated by a high level of skill in technique, composition and presentation. I was deliberate in choosing works that I felt would pique the interest and curiosity of the viewer. In the end, I am proud of the exhibition and believe this show represents the finest artworks submitted. The excellence of these works made the final award process arduous at best, but I feel certain the choices are well deserved.”

Two Can Play At This

Two Can Play At This


Acrylic, gouache, charcoal and ink on stretched canvas;
archival matte varnish.
36 x 36 x 1.5 inches

I’m truly honored to have my work chosen as one of the 55 artists showing for this exhibition. Moments like this make all the time and effort I put into my work feel a bit more justified. The moments of questioning whether I’m making the right choices, the self-doubt, feelings of insecurity, they all start to feel a bit easier to swallow and keep pushing myself forward.

contact information

General Information
Amanda Daniel
(406) 256-6804 x228

Exhibition Sponsorship
Ryan Cremer
(406) 256-6804 x226


The Billings Cultural Partners (BCP) are creating an entire 10 day event kicking off with the reception for the North by Northwest Exhibition at YAM. Events will be taking place all around Billings, for more information, check out the following link.

I’m also looking forward to visiting Billings when it doesn’t look like this.

Just saying.


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Profound Longing, Opaque Couché

Profound Longing 1965
Hans Hoffman
Abstract Expressionism
(Featured Image)

Yesterday while driving with my father I didn’t even have to open my mouth before my thoughts had been translated. I think I mearly made a groan or grunt or some other caveman-esque sound, to which my father simply replied, “I know.”

Now, it could have been in regards to the annoying traffic obsconding with our Saturday afternoon, a truly glorious first day of March. It may have been something on the radio or even just one of my normal, generally disapproving, sounds I often mutter. But no; he knew what it was.

It was about a Kia. Or maybe a Subaru, I can’t be sure the maker. But there it was, in all its hideous glory. And! It was blocking our entry into the strip mall we had to go to, and yes, I’m often judgmental of people and their (lack of) driving skills.

This car was some shade between spicy brown mustard and hollandaise brunch buffoonery. It was not a car color. I’m not entirely sure I’m on board with these new car colors. Most look like they belong in SherwinWilliams new spring collection rather than on vehicles.

This lead to a conversation about Baby Shit green, aka the ugliest color, or so some study in 2012 had/has determined… also, I guess they use it to deter folks from smoking as well. I’m actually not all that mad about the color and think when used correctly can be rather elegant. Take another gander at Miss Mona Lisa sometime. Or maybe she’s just dirty from hanging out with too many smokers and their second hand healthcare?!

PANTONE 448 C “Opaque Couché”

RGB: 74 65 42
CMYK: 33 43 80 82

Well, as a person that finds all color to be beautiful and a blessing we should celebrate, I hate to call any one such color the ugliest. That’s a big job to fill too, Monsters everywhere must be tired of it by now. I’d like to nominate Bland Yellow Barf as the new IT ugly color. Do I hear other nominations? Maybe Pantone 111 C? Or is she too pretty?


OH! And by the way, betch! That’s my drag name. Me. I said it first. It’s mine! Please welcome to the stage, Opaque Couché!

Oh and I googled it and only found couch dragging. What is wrong with people?