This Week We're Celebrating Fine Art
Art is one of the most powerful things that connects us as humans; the great equalizer. Art has the power to improve our quality of life. It can ease our stress by lowing cortisol in our brains and combat isolation by connecting us with our community. At the Emerson we work very hard to make art accessible to everyone.

The Emerson is home to 3 fine art galleries; the Lobby Gallery, the Jessie Wilber Gallery, and the Weaver Room Gallery. These galleries each feature a different emotion evoking exhibit and welcome new exhibits seasonally. The Emerson is free to the pubic and open daily for you to come and explore.

Whether you are a connoisseur or someone with an appreciation for the beauty in life, the Emerson is your home for fine art. You are welcome here!

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life - Pablo Picasso
Mark Your Calendars

2023 Gallatin Valley Give Big

  • When: 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM from May 4 - May 5
  • Where: Join the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture and 22 of our fellow arts organizations downtown Friday, May 5 in front of the historic Ellen Theater
  • Donate: ANYWHERE! Online giving begins 6 PM, May 4
Art Education at the Emerson
Life Drawing - 4 More Classes!
Tuesdays | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Draw from live models! Artists of all ability levels are welcome. Participants should provide their own drawing supplies; however, 8 drawing ponies are available - First come, first served.
Summer Art Camp
Limited Availability
The Emerson offers week-long summer camps for ages 5–12. Each week will include 2D, sculpture, and mixed media projects. Every camp culminates with an artist reception on Friday afternoon. Emerson camps are filled with innovative art projects that are designed to let your child’s creativity grow! 

Camps hours are Monday thru Friday from 9am – 3pm. No camp the week of July 4th.

There is space remaining is the following camps:
  • Comic Characters
  • June 12 - 16 | Ages 9 - 12
  • July 24 - 28 | Ages 5 - 12
  • Raiders of the Lost Art
  • July 10 - 14 | Ages 5 - 12
  • Aug. 14 - 18 | Ages 5 - 12
  • That's Wild
  • July 31 - Aug 4 | Ages 5 - 8
  • Mythic Monsters
  • Aug. 7 - 11 | Ages 5 - 12
Summer Youth Interns
Share your love of art and build leadership skills as a youth intern during Summer Art Camps!

  • Assist teachers and campers
  • Be a role model for young artists
  • Great resume builder
  • Be a part of the Emerson and our community
You're Invited
Become an Emerson Tenant
The Emerson is home to 58 artist studios, sales galleries, and small creative businesses. Every spring we have treasured tenants moving on to new adventures and new excited artists ready to move in.

If you would like to be considered for a studio space at the Emerson, please fill out an inquiry form. This will let us know all the wonderful things about you.

Our lease cycle begins July 1 and spaces fill fast. Hurry and get your name on our waiting list today!
Current Exhibits
Lobby Gallery
The Hour between Dog & Wolf
by Martijn Caspar Swart
"As my paintings have developed over the years they have become increasingly both rough and sensitive. These are a recent collection of paintings throughout that development in search of a masterpiece. The greatest portraits capture the essence of character, the eyes like windows to the soul."

Olaf the Raven by Martijn Caspar Swart
Jessie Wilber Gallery
A Sense of Place | by Kathleen Rabel
“For many Springs, I returned to Penedo, an ancient village in Portugal, to work in my studio at Vivenda Santa Iria. There, I found angles of light, shadows and reflections in which I experienced a separate dimension of observation. Calçada-paved lanes, rough shadowed whitewashed walls, quiet people moving through light connect me to the sense of sanctuary that I seek in this work. The place and the spirit of the people who live there have clarified my vision of the human spirit that the modern world can obscure.”

Alfama by Kathleen Rabel
Weaver Room Gallery
Mythologies | by Martijn Caspar Swart
“The inspiration for these paintings are Mythologies which show us the most universal and deep-rooted aspects of human experience. It is how we remember who we are and what we are capable of. After all, the full breadth of humanity includes much greatness and much suffering, everything in our nature is sublime."

Arrest of Dionysus by Martijn Caspar Swart
Gallatin Valley Earth Day Presents
NextGen Ecofest
April 21 | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM | FREE
Gallatin Valley Earth Day and MSU Sustainability Now present: NextGen EcoFest : Music, Art, and Activism

This exciting event is aimed at engaging young adults in fun and educational activities related to sustainability. Enjoy local bands, dancing, food, and drink with your friends to celebrate Earth Day and learn how to make a difference for the planet.
Gallatin Valley Earth Day Festival
April 22 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM | FREE
Celebrate Earth Day with exhibits (outside and inside), talks every hour, short films, live music, food and children’s activities including the Magic Monster Show with Random Acts of Silliness.
The Earth Show with Human Beings - A Variety Show
April 22 | 7:30 PM | $10 Suggested Donation
The evening begins with an invocation, transitioning into story- telling, comedy, dance, music, interviews, game show, live advertisement, call to action and concludes with a lifetime achievement honoring.
Upcoming Events
Cocaine Bear
April 26 | 7:00 PM | Tickets $10 | $7 Students
Bozeman Film Society Presents: Cocaine Bear

Inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner's plane crash, missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it, this wild dark comedy finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500-pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow - and blood.
Emerson 30th Birthday & Open House
May 12 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join the Emerson for some refreshements in celebration of 30 fabulous years of art, education, live performances, and community!
Thank you in advance for supporting the Emerson and our mission to make art & culture accessible to all!