Yellowstone Art & Photography Center

Yellowstone Art & Photography Center

Yellowstone Art & Photography Center – YF/Matt Ludin

The Yellowstone Art & Photography Center celebrates the role of art and photography in the preservation of Yellowstone National Park and all public lands.

Park visitors are welcome and encouraged to participate in all activities. Programs are free and open to the public and include supplies.

Stop by to purchase art and photography supplies, participate in daily hands-on activities, or peruse the art gallery featuring historic and contemporary works of art and photography with Yellowstone National Park as the subject.

Located in the Old Faithful area between the Visitor Education Center and Old Faithful Lodge, the center is open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please contact us at 406.848.2400.

Schedule of Activities

The Yellowstone Art & Photography Center is currently closed for the winter season.

Summer Schedule:
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Staff-led painting activity: Daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The Yellowstone Art & Photography Center will reopen for the summer season on May 25, 2019. Please check this page for updated schedules of summer activities.


Art was a major force in the successful efforts to create the world’s first national park, Yellowstone. Thomas Moran’s paintings and drawings and William Henry Jackson’s photographs helped convince Congress in 1872 that this place was exceptionally beautiful and valuable. Art has continued to inspire people around the world to preserve places for spiritual rejuvenation, educational opportunities, scientific inquiry, and connection to the beauty of the natural world.

Artists-in-Residence for Yellowstone Forever live and work in Yellowstone and engage with park visitors and gateway communities. They will enjoy the opportunity to creatively explore the natural and cultural resources of one of America’s most awe-inspiring landscapes—and inspire the next generation of artists in and around Yellowstone National Park. Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

2019 Artists-in-Residence:

All Artist-in-Residence public programs will take place at the Yellowstone Art & Photography Center unless otherwise indicated below.

Spreading Dawn, Blue Mesa Overlook by Larry Hughes

Larry Hughes

June 3 – 15, 2019

Public Programs:

June 4 & 11, 2-4 pm: “Watercolor without Fear” – Learn a watercolor technique that allows a novice to, in less than an hour, produce a beautiful painting to take home.

June 6 & 13, 11 am-3 pm: Trailside Demonstrations and Open Studio – Watch Larry Hughes in action as he paints in the area. Stop by the Yellowstone Art and Photography to find out his exact location.

Larry Hughes is a Memphis-based artist working primarily in watercolor, drawing media, and oil. With roots in Arizona and California, his primary artistic interests are western wilderness areas, particularly national parks, the Sonoran Desert, and northern New Mexico, where he hikes trails and works en plein air to support later studio work. A passionate conservationist, he sees art not only as a pure aesthetic expression, but also as an opportunity to celebrate Creation in its natural splendor. His works hang in numerous collections and include representational and landscape-inspired abstract work.

Lightning Over Frontenac by Diego Manuel Rangel Ruiz

Diego Manuel Rangel Ruiz

June 17 – 29, 2019

Public Programs:

June 19, 20, 25, & 27, 2-5 pm: “How We See” – Diego Ruiz will give presentations on 3D photography. Each participant will receive a pair of 3D anaglyph glasses that are theirs to keep to view the presentation. At the close of each session, Diego will take a group 3D photograph that participants can have emailed to them. Participants will come away with a new and different view of the world around them.

Diego Ruiz is an award-winning 3D photographer living in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. He was born and raised in Santa Paula, California, and first fell in love with stereographic images there, spending many hours as a child pouring over the stereocard collection at the local art gallery/antique store. He is a creator of 3D books and imagery, apostle of the trade, and curator of obscure stereoscopy knowledge of the 19th century.

Kabul Markhors by Anastasia Kierst

Anastasia Kierst

July 1 – 13, 2019

Public Programs:

July 3, 10 am -12 pm: “Try it Yourself Watercolor Alchemy,” as part of the Arts in the Park* program, at Madison Ranger Station.

July 4, 11 am-3 pm: Book Signing of Imagination Vacation Yellowstone at the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, Yellowstone Forever Park Store

July 9, 1-4 pm: Book Signing of Imagination Vacation Yellowstone

July 11, 2-5 pm: Open Studio and “Try it Yourself Watercolor Alchemy”

“Try it Yourself Watercolor Alchemy” – Watch Anastasia create her own watercolors in the studio and paint alongside her using surprising tools and materials to create seemingly magical effects on watercolor postcards.

Anastasia Kierst was born in Wyoming and spent most of her childhood and college years in the Rocky Mountains. She is an explorer at heart and while she travels the world, Yellowstone is still and always will be here favorite place. In addition to writing and illustrating, she has worked as a graphic designer and a children’s art teacher. Kierst has written and illustrated several books, including Imagination Vacation Yellowstone.

Bow by Katherine Mann

Katherine Mann

July 15 – 27, 2019

Public Programs:

July 17,  9-11 am: “Cyanotype Workshop,” as part of the Arts in the Park* program, at the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center, Back Porch

July 18, 23, & 25, 2-5 pm: “Cyanotype Workshop”

“Cyanotype Workshop” – Join Katherine Mann in creating your own Cyanotypes, also known as sun prints. Participants will lay bones, fur, feathers, leaves, and other objects on a paper coated with photographic emulsion and then expose to the sun, allowing a chance to keep images from the park while supporting the “Leave No Trace” initiative.

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann received her BA from Brown University and MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, participated in numerous residences, and displays her work internationally. Her work’s abstractions arise from the subjects she portrays: ecological and geological cycles, processes of chemical corrosion, and natural efflorescence. With roots in traditions of Chinese landscape painting, her monumentally sized paintings and installations evolve a fantastic, abstract vision of the natural world.

Geo Dis/connect #4 by Nayda Collazo-Llorens and Patricia Villalobos Echeverria

Nayda Collazo-Llorens & Patricia Villalobos Echeverría

July 29 – August 10, 2019

Public Programs:

July 31, 9-11 am: Open Studio and Workshop, as part of the Arts in the Park* program

August 1, 6, & 8, 2-5 pm: Open Studio and Workshop

“Open Studio and Workshop” – Join artists Nayda Collazo-Llorens and Patricia Villalobos Echeverria at their studio and view their ongoing investigation through drawings, photographs, found objects, mappings, and video projections. Visitors are invited to make their own drawings and memory mappings, and interact with the video installation.

Nayda Collazo-Llorens, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a visual artist engaged in an interdisciplinary practice incorporating multiple mediums and strategies. Through her practice, she examines the way in which we perceive and process information, dealing with concepts of navigation, memory, language, hyperconnectivity and noise. She received an MFA from New York University and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her recent solo show was presented at LMAKgallery in New York City.

Patricia Villalobos Echeverría was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Managua, Nicaragua. She received an MFA from West Virginia University and a BFA from Louisiana State University. She has a hybrid practice of prints, photos, installations, and participatory projects that pivot around issues of migration, navigation, displacement, and transformation. She has exhibited in numerous venues in the US and Latin America, as well as Europe and Asia. She is a Professor at Western Michigan University’s Frostic School of Art in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Peaks Solitude by Renee' Marz Mullis

Renee’ Marz Mullis

August 12 – 24, 2019

Public Programs:

August 14, 9-11 am: “Mini Art Books in Pastel,” as part of the Arts in the Park* program, at Madison

August 15 & 22, 2-5 pm:
 Open Studio

August 20, 11 am-12:30 pm & 2-3:30 pm:
“Mini Art Books in Pastel”

August 22, 2-5 pm:
 Open Studio

“Open Studio” – Join Renee’ Mullis in learning about the art and rich history of dry pastel painting as she demonstrates her overall painting process.

“Mini Art Books in Pastel” – Join Renee’ Mullis in learning about the central role art played in establishing Yellowstone. In this introductory activity, visitors will experiment with pastel as a medium and construct their own mini art books to take home.

Renee’ Marz Mullis is a full-time, professional pastel artist from southern New Mexico. Captivated by the high desert and mountains, she maintains her art studio on the edge of the Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument at the southernmost tip of the Rocky Mountains. She paints solely in pastel, as she is continually mesmerized by its pigments’ strength of color and brilliance and enjoys painting the natural world most. Living literally in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains, she constantly senses the raw beauty of nature with its promise of the infinite. It is in this connection she finds a muse that continually fuels her creativity and teases her daily to attempt to tell its story.

Elephant Map by Constance Brown

Constance Brown

August 26 – September 7, 2019

Public Programs:

August 28, 2-5 pm: “Open Studio and Workshop” – Watch Constance Brown at work and learn the techniques and media she uses to make her maps. While she works, participants will also be given a simple base map of Yellowstone to elaborate in any way they wish.

August 28, September 3 & 5, 2-5 pm: “Map Making Workshop” – Make your own illustrated maps of Yellowstone, highlighting areas of the park, fauna, flora, built structures, or whatever else particularly strikes you.

For nearly thirty years, Constance Brown has created hand-painted, illustrated thematic maps on canvas for individuals, non-profits, institutions, and companies. She’s mapped trips and treks, properties, genealogical migrations, biographies, campuses, historical districts, and environmental regions. Over the years, she’s been featured in numerous print and digital publications, from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to the design blog Boing Boing. While in Yellowstone, she aims to begin creating a map showing the park, the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, and images showing its extraordinary geology, geography, ecology, history, and culture.

Bumbus Balteatus by Holly D'Oench

Holly D’Oench

September 9 – 21, 2019

Public Programs:

September 11, 17 & 19, 2-5 pm: “Nature Journaling”

September 12, 2-3:30 pm: “Nature Journaling”

September 12, 6:30-7:20 pm: Artist Presentation: “The Importance of Blending Art and Science”

“Nature Journaling” – Join Holly D’Oench for a short talk on nature journaling and why it is beneficial, followed by time outside sketching and documenting. After, participants will discuss what each person observed, how they did so, and what data they chose to record.

“The Importance of Blending Art and Science” – Art and science are so often thought of as two separate worlds, but sometimes they are intertwined and greatly benefit from each other. This presentation will cover a brief history of naturalists/artists and their contribution to science, contemporary examples of science and art, and how the attendees can use art to further their understanding of science.

After seven years working in the field of wildlife biology, in 2017 Holly D’Oench chose to step out of the role of biologist and into that of science communicator. Holly has always had a passion for the arts but it has now become her focus and method of science communication. She blends art and science to showcase the beauty of the natural world and educate people at the same time. By inspiring a love of nature, she hopes to get people invested in the future of the planet. In addition to being a professional artist, Holly works as a naturalist and leads guided hikes as well as art-in-nature programs.

Norris by Ann Justin

Ann Justin

September 22 – October 1, 2019

Public Programs:

September 252-5 pm: “Sketching Old Faithful” – Join Ann Justin in front of Old Faithful Geyser. Visitors will be using charcoal to draw the geyser in an easy introduction to value study, which is the foundation of painting.

September 28, 2-3 pm: “Plein Air Painting” – Join Ann Justin in front of Old Faithful Geyser to learn the basics of painting geysers from life, and take home a handmade, personal memory of the eruption.

Growing up overseas provided Ann Justin with the opportunity to see many parts of the world and develop an eye for art. After moving to Montana, she became a fine art pastel artist. She paints our beautiful landscapes, searching out intimate scenes with interesting features, capturing the vibrant colors and light that is present here. Her work consists of Western landscapes, paintings of Yellowstone, both studio and plein air pieces as well as Native American powwow portraits.

*Through the Arts in the Park program, the National Park Service and Yellowstone Forever offer a variety of art and photography activities. These hands-on programs are designed to inspire new and creative ways of enjoying the beauty and wonder of Yellowstone. Learn more

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Read more on our website about how you can be a part of the Artists-in-Residence program, or contact Art & Photography Center Coordinator Jessie Knirsch at 406.848.2400 or

Artwork details: Spreading Dawn, Blue Mesa Overlook by Larry Hughes, watercolor, 2016; Lightning Over Frontenac by Diego Manuel Rangel Ruiz, photography, 2015; Kabul Markhors by Anastasia Kierst for P is for Pangolin book, watercolor and digital collage, 2013; Bow by Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, acrylic and sumi ink on paper, 2017; Geo Dis/connect #4 by Nayda Collazo-Llorens and Patricia Villalobos Echeverria, wall installation, 2018; Peaks Solitude by Renee’ Marz Mullis, dry pastel, 2019; Elephant Map by Constance Brown, acrylic on canvas, 2016; Bumbus Balteatus by Holly D’Oench, watercolor, 2018; Norris by Ann Justin, pastel, 2017.