BILLINGS - This year's Yellowstone Art Auction is looking a little different, which has raised many questions. We spoke with Yellowstone Art Museum Development Director Ryan Cremer to help answer some of those questions.
This year's auction is live from Jan. 22 to March 6. Cremer says the Yellowstone Art Auction is typically one of the biggest events in the county, but due to the pandemic, that won’t be the case this year.
“This is a welcomed opportunity to really just expand the reach of this exhibition outside of Billings for the first time, and to allow folks to bid on this outside of Billings and a much larger reach," Cremer said.
One major change to the annual auction is that this year's gala event will not be happening.
“We wish that we could have the social event of the season, but there will not be an actual event on March 6th," Cremer said.
Although the Yellowstone Art Auction has gone online this year, all the artwork is on display right now at the YAM, where you can view it in person.
Another plus to this year's auction going virtual means all the artwork is available to be purchased right now on the auction portal. You can also take a virtual tour of the artwork in the museum by clicking here.
“If you can come in, it’s worth it because it’s difficult to get the gauge of what work looks like from the online portal to what it is in person. So if you can come down, absolutely," Cremer said.
One thing bidders can still expect during this year's auction is the "Quick Finish Nights," meaning bidders will still be able to watch artwork completed in person at the museum.
“It’s an opportunity as well to come in and check out all the artwork. Grab a drink with friends, family, try to get out of your house during this time with the weather and see some wonderful artwork," Cremer said.
The next "Quick Finish Night" is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The museum does ask that you call to reserve your spot ahead of time for the event. The last night will run on Thursday, Feb. 25.
Cremer says they’re able to ship art to anyone outside the city or state.
For more information on the how to view artwork, purchase tickets to bid or even take a virtual tour of the artwork, click here or you can reach the museum at 406-256-6804.