The Billings Outpost

Pollock artist in residence

John Pollock is no stranger to the regional arts community. The Yellowstone Art Museum has announced him as the seventh person in a succession of artists who have participated in the museum’s Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program located at the YAM’s Gary and Melissa Oakland Artist-in-Residence Studio in the Visible Vault, located at 505 N. 26th St. east of the main museum building.

Mr. Pollock is an emeritus professor of art at Montana State University Billings, where he recently retired from full-time teaching after serving the university and innumerable students from 1974 to 2010. Through the years, he has become a sought-out printmaker and watercolorist. In 1979, he was awarded the Visual Art Fellowship in Printmaking from the Western States Art Foundation.

Additionally, he has become an award-winning kite maker. In 2004, 2007, and 2009, he received the Grand National Champion Kitemakers Award at the American Kitefliers Association Convention. In 2009, he was awarded the Lee Toy Award for the Kite Artist of the year. He is currently being invited to festivals around the world to fly his hand-painted kites.

During his residency, which runs through June 18, 2014, Pollock will take advantage of the spacious studio, which features an abundance of natural daylight, to create a variety of large kites.

The YAM’s Artist-in-Residence program provides studio space to visual artists who represent a wide range of disciplines. While in residence, artists spend a portion of their time interacting with museum visitors who desire deeper knowledge about contemporary art practice. Area art enthusiasts can stay informed at the museum’s website ( about John Pollock’s open studio hours at the Visible Vault and an upcoming kite workshop to be led by the artist. Visits to the Visible Vault are free to museum members and are included in the price of admission for non-member guests.

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