This Week We're On Stage with Live Performances
You're sitting with your friends and family in the theater, anxiously waiting for the curtain to open. Your heart is racing as the house lights lower to darkness and the show begins. You hold your breath as the performer takes center stage and is washed in the warm glow of the stage lights. You eagerly look around to see the excited faces of your neighbors. Are they feeling the same thing?

"New research led by the University College London's (UCL) Division of Psychological and Language Sciences has found that watching a live performance can synchronize your heartbeat with other people in the audience, regardless of if you know them or not." Not only that, but the peaks and valleys of the emotional ride are intensified when experiencing a performance live versus through other mediums.

The Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture offers multiple opportunities, not only for performers of all abilities to take center stage, but for our fabulous community to come together in celebration of all styles of performance art! You are welcome here!

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” 
― Martha Graham
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 - 3 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 in 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
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS - WE WANT YOU! 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."

Twilight in the Park 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.”

Poema 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."

Autolycus the Wolf by Martijn Caspar Swart
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.
The Bozeman Monologues
April 27 | 6:30 PM | Tickets $10 | $5 Students
The Voice Center & Students Against Sexual Assault Presents: The Bozeman Monologues, a celebration of identity and experiences.

The Bozeman Monologues are an opportunity to hear people speak about experiences surrounding sexuality, relationships, and identity. The goal is to open up a healthy conversation about these topics in our community and create an inclusive environment where community members and survivors feel heard and validated.

The Bozeman Monologues is one of SASA’s biggest fundraisers for the Survivor Fund. There will be a raffle during the monologues sponsored by various local businesses and all proceeds will go to The Survivor Fund. Come hear first-hand stories, win prizes, and enjoy a great night of community.
Blood Road
April 28 | 7:00 PM | $20 General Seating
Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association has partnered with SWMMBA and Be Good Foundation to present: Blood Road

This Emmy Award winning film follows 7-Time World Mountain Biking Champion, Rebecca Rusch, as she cycles thousands of kilometers along the Ho Chi Minh Trail through the jungles of Vietnam. The goal is to reach the place in Laos where her father, a US Air Force Pilot, was mysteriously shot down 40 years earlier.

Stick around for a live Q&A with Rebecca Rusch directly following the film.
Rainbow Ball: Under the Sea
April 29 | 7:00 PM | Tickets $8 | $5 Students | 18+
The Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) invites you to: The Rainbow Ball: Under the Sea

Do you like dancing, dressing up, and/or being around other LGBTQIA + people and our allies? Did you miss your prom or wish you had a redo of it? Join the QSA Under the Sea for our annual Rainbow Ball!
The Lake at the Bottom of the World
April 30 | 7:00 PM | Tickets $10 | $8 Students
Bozeman Doc Series closes its eighth season with the award-winning new documentary, The Lake at the Bottom of the World.

An international team of scientists explores a subglacial lake buried 3,600 feet beneath the Antarctic ice to reveal hidden truths about our planet’s dynamic past. As they struggle against the ferocity of the ice and wind, they consider how our relationship with nature – and with one another — will impact humanity’s future and the future of all life on our rapidly changing planet.

Director Kathy Kasic and scientists profiled in the film will be in attendance and participate in a Q&A after the screening.
“Blends the grand, the gritty, and the intimate…enlightening…[gives] viewers the feeling they are right there on the ice.” Sacramento State Newsroom
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!