the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture
Kelley J. Sullivan
Quick Draw Artist, 2016 & 2017
Quick Draws, Cocktails & Costumes


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Quick Draws, Cocktails & Costumes
October 28, 2017
Reserve your tickets now! Gather your gang of grown up ghouls for Quick Draws, Cocktails & Costumes! This fun and affordable evening features haunting spirits, entertainment, music, and more! Watch five of the Emerson's very own artists create one of a kind works of art while enjoying beverages and appetizers. As the moon rises, art works will be auctioned off followed by costume contests and a spooktacular dance party! If your Halloween spirit shines best in decor, enter our table decoration contest! By purchasing a table for eight, your "safe zone" for the evening is reserved, and you are automatically entered in the contest.  
Call For Vintage Formal Attire

The Emerson is celebrating our 25th anniversary as an organization AND our historic building will become 100 years old in 2018. To kick off the year-long celebration, the theme for this year's Celebration of the Arts and its concurrent exhibits is Winter Formal! We have partnered with the Gallatin History Museum to put together a unique exhibition featuring antique photographs, banners, and formal wear from school dances. If you still have your prom dress or tux, we would love to rejuvenate your memories of school days past by putting them on display in our lobby!  Deadline for submission is November 6. For more information or to submit, please contact our Education Curator at or 406-587-9797 x 104. 
Call For Art

The Emerson's annual Celebration of the Arts is our biggest fundraiser of the year. To celebrate the artists who support the Emerson, a special exhibition will take place prior to the event. We are currently accepting submissions of original art for this year's exhibit. The chosen artists will be celebrated during an opening reception held during the December 8 Art Walk. The exhibit will run from December 8, 2017 - January 26, 2018. All proceeds from the live and silent auctions go toward the Emerson's art education, exhibits, and restoration projects.       
Holiday Bazaar
November 18, 2017
Kick off the holiday season at the Emerson's Annual Holiday Bazaar! This celebration of local and regional artists features fine art, sculpture, photography, jewelry, decorative items, and much more! Bring the family and find that unique gift for the holiday season.  
If you are interested in applying for a booth, please complete the application by October 13, 2017.    

new this fall
Our newest art education class, Little HeARTs, is especially for the little ones! Each week features a project using different themes and materials for you and your Little HeART to work on together. Demonstrations, images, books, and music are all be used to help direct the art work and inspire creativity. Also, this is a create AND play class! 30 minutes are spent making art and 30 minutes are spent playing in the Emerson Ballroom.

Little HeARTs is offered Wednesdays through November 15 (no class on October 25) from 10-11AM.

Member: $5 per class
Non-Member: $15 per class
Multi-Child Discount: $5 per additional child
Volunteer with the Emerson


As a community arts hub, the Emerson relies on the time, energy, and enthusiasm donated by community volunteers and interns. We are currently in need of Docents and Gallery Sitters.  
DOCENT:  The Emerson is looking for volunteers to assist with our Schools in the Gallery program. This program is an art exhibit and education outreach that serves school children (grades K - 12). Schools in the gallery participants, view, discuss and create contemporary art!  Flexible hours based upon your schedule! Programs runs for approximately 2 hour periods either morning or afternoon (start times no earlier than 9:30 and no later than 1 PM). Give back to the community by inspiring creativity in our youth! 
GALLERY SITTER: The Emerson is looking for a volunteer to monitor our Jessie Wilber Gallery on select Saturdays from 10 am - 1 pm. Responsibilities include, opening and securing the gallery, providing basic information on the artist & Emerson, greeting visitors and tallying guests. These Saturdays are in conjunction with the Winter Farmers' Market held in the Ballroom (across the hall) and are roughly every-other week. 
For more information, please reply with interest to the Education Curator: or 406-587-9797 x 104

Featured Tenant
Mountainside Designs 
Please give a warm welcome to one of the Emerson's newest tenants, Amelia owner of Mountainside Designs! Inspired by the Native American jewelry she found in antique shops around town, Amelia began metalsmithing when she moved to Montana four years ago. We are thrilled to have her at the Emerson, and she is thrilled to be here. "I love having my studio at the Emerson because it's such a great creative community. Being surrounded by so many other amazing artists and makers has helped inspire and fuel my own creativity!" Also, Amelia will be one of our Quick Draw Artists at this year's Quick Draws, Cocktails & Costumes! Amelia lives in Bozeman with her husband, one month old son, and two sweet mutts.  

Featured ExhibitS


Jessie Wilber and Lobby Galleries
Tad Bradley
"Biological Explorations" 
September 8 - November 26, 2017
The work within this series is based upon Tad's fascination with the human body and complexities outside and within. From the imaging that allows us to see within the body to the senses we use to understand our environment, the work will reveal different scales of exploration. One of his goals in creating this work was to analyze how we as humans experience the world, interact with one another, and stand alone as individuals. Tad hope that the work creates curiosity, questions and conversation.  
Genome Platter, Glass    
Weaver Room Gallery
Anne KM Ross 
Cut Loose: the Ramblings of a Meticulously Unrestrained Soul 
September 1 - November 17, 2017 
"Cut Loose" finds the middle ground between unleashed spontaneity and calculated, meticulous efforts. Anne's process involves specific preparation, mapping and shaping of the canvas, and before any piece is complete there must be a stage where simple physics take control. Anne becomes a curious observer of the dripping, swirling paint, and nothing qualifies as a mistake. Things that were carefully painted in are lost or obscured, and this changes her work for the better. It opens doors via new shapes and themes that emerge for Anne to react to and resolve the piece more masterfully than was possible before.
Atlas, Oil on Canvas  

All of our galleries are free and open to the public.

Activism and Fiction: Storytelling in a Time of War 
As part of the Headwaters Academy Speaker Series, acclaimed author and environmental activist, Rick Bass, will speak in the Crawford Theater. This event i s free and open to the public. Read More
Red Bull Presents: Drop Everything
Join the Freeriders at MSU ski team for a night of movies, giveaways, and fun as we prepare for the upcoming season. All proceeds go to support outdoor clubs at MSU. Read More
Bozeman Winter Farmers' Market
The Emerson Ballroom will be filled with vendors selling fresh greens, vegetables, apples, mushrooms, eggs, grains, cheese, pork, beef, lamb, honey, fresh pasta, jams, fermented goods, baked goods, coffee, tea, soaps, wool, spices, and more! Read More
Little HeARTs, ages 2-5
Wednesdays thru 11/15 (no class 10/25) 10:00-11:00AM
Each week will feature a different project for you and your child to work on together. This is a create AND play class- 30 minutes will be spent making art and 30 minutes will be spent playing in the Ballroom! 
Art on the Rocks Series- Truly Bob Ross, ages 21+  
Fall Life Drawing, ages 18+
Tuesdayss thru 11/14 (no class 10/31) 6:00-8:00PM
Draw from live models! Artists of all ability levels welcome. Participants should provide own drawing supplies. Drop ins welcome! Read More 
PIR Days
PIR Days on October 19 & 20 are SOLD OUT! Sign up early for our next PIR Day on November 27. Read More 
Art on the Rocks Series- PBR & Paper Mache, ages 21+ 
Enjoy a creative evening filled with step by step art instruction, socializing, and yes, cocktails! In this class you will create festive and functional sculptures from newspaper! Read More




Emerson History

The Emerson is a thriving arts and community center located a block from historic downtown Bozeman. The building was originally an elementary school built in 1918, attended by thousands of Bozeman youth before its closure in 1991.

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Support the Emerson

At the Emerson, we are grateful for the generous community support that allows us to serve as a vital arts hub in Bozeman. Over 250,000 people have come to the Emerson each year to attend performances, take classes, and participate in community events.


Volunteer with the Emerson

As a community arts hub, the Emerson relies on the time, energy and enthusiasm donated by community volunteers and interns. You can get involved by becoming a docent, by helping with events, children's classes or in our office.

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the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture

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