Art of the Brick® Debuts at the YELLOWSTONE ART MUSEUM



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
8-20-2014
For More Information Contact:
Liz Harding, (406) 256-6804 ext. 228
Art of the Brick® Debuts at the YELLOWSTONE ART MUSEUM
One-of-a-kind LEGO® Sculpture by Nathan Sawaya opens in Billings, Montana
BILLINGS, MT Beginning September 4, 2014, the Yellowstone ArtMuseum will host The Art of the Brick®, an exhibition featuring large-scale sculpturescreated out of iconic LEGO® bricks by New York- based artist Nathan Sawaya.
The Art of the Brick is one of the largest and most popular artexhibitions touring the globe.
This year alone, weve visited Brussels, Dublin and Taiwan,” said Sawaya. We are thrilled to be bringing this collection to Montana.
Like most young kids, Sawaya started playing withLEGO at a young age. But unlikemost kids, Sawaya never stopped building, creating and exploring his own imagination. The result has solidified his place in pop culture history and he is making an indelible mark on the art world as well. The award-winning artist has catapulted the iconic LEGO brick into an art medium all itsown, transforming this construction toy into awe-inspiring and thoughtprovoking sculptures.
The centerpiece of Sawayas collection of sculptures, as well as arguably his most famous piece of artwork, is entitled Yellow, a LEGO torso of a man ripping open his chest while yellow plastic bricks cascade out of the open chest cavity. Sawaya has made a name for himself by creating out of LEGO exacting replicas of the human form in various states of emotion, including anger, love, depression and joy.
I use LEGO bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people’s reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place that it has never been before. As so often in life, it is a matter of perspective. Up close, the shape of the brick is distinctive. But from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines change to curves, Sawaya said.
The Art of the Brick will be on view at the Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N. 27th Street Billings, Montana,
September 4, 2014, through January 4, 2015.  For hours and more information about the Museum call


4062566804, or visit the website atwww.artmuseum.org
About Nathan Sawaya
Nathan Sawaya is an acclaimed New Yorkbased artist who creates awe-inspiring artwork out of a toy. His art focuses on large-scale sculpturesusing only LEGO® bricks. Sawaya was the first artistto ever take LEGO® into the art world and his touring exhibition THE ART OF THEBRICK® has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts from Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, China and around the world. CNN heralded, “THE ART OF THE BRICK® is one of the top 12 mustsee exhibits in the world!” Originally from Oregon, Sawayas childhood dreams were always fun and creative. He drew cartoons, wrote stories, perfected magic tricksand of course also played with LEGO®. Hisdays were filled with imagination. When it came time for college, Sawaya moved to New York City, attended NYUand became a lawyer. But afteryears of million-dollar mergers and corporate acquisitions on Park Avenue, Sawaya realized hewould rather be sittingon the floor creating art,than sitting in aboard room negotiating contracts. He walked away from the law and took an artistic risk on LEGO®. Now Sawaya is an author, speaker and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time. For more information about Nathan Sawaya and his artwork, visit  www.brickartist.com.
YELLOWSTONE ART MUSEUM
401 N. 27th Street
Billings, MT 59101
The YAM is the region’s largest contemporary art museum offering changing exhibitions, education, café, consignment gallery, and a 7,400-piece permanent collection.  The Yellowstone Art Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m.  – 4 p.m.  Admission: Members free, $6 adults, $3 students with valid ID, $3 children 6 – 18, under 6 free, $12 family (2 adults and 3 children max.) $4 discount price (please inquire).
Art of the Brick® Debuts at the YELLOWSTONE ART MUSEUM

Collectible Catalog Sale at the YAM!


Collectible Catalog Sale at the YAM!
It’s the Yellowstone Art Museum’s 50th Anniversary Year!!! We’re looking back over the years, and now’s your chance to take home a little bit of YAM history during our “OUT OF PRINT” event. Take a walk down the YAM’s “memory lane” and pick up some outstanding publications that are out of print or in very limited quantity.
Visit the museum on Saturday, June 21, 2014, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For a $15 admission fee, you’ll receive a durable YAM logo backpack that you can fill with as many catalogs and brochures as it can carry. Browse through the selections and learn about some of the wonderful exhibitions that have been a part of the YAM’s first 50 years and check out current exhibitions while you are here.
Collectible Catalog Sale at the YAM!

The YAM wants your LEGO® bricks!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Liz Harding
(406) 256-6804 ext. 228
The YAM wants your LEGO® bricks!
In preparation for the upcoming exhibition, The Art of the Brick®, the Yellowstone Art Museum is putting out a call for donations of gently used and/or unwanted LEGO® brand bricks. Get ready for some fun with The Art of the Brick®, opening at the YAM September 4, 2014! Lawyer-turned-artist Nathan Sawaya devotes his time to building sculptures from the beloved plastic LEGO® building blocks. The exhibition comprises works that each take hundreds of hours to complete and use up to 500,000 LEGO® building blocks apiece. Since their invention in the 1940s, LEGO® toys have inspired engineers, inventors, and artists (as well as children), and Sawaya builds on personal memories and international LEGO®-building achievements. Visitors will be able to build their own LEGO® toy sculptures in a special section in this exhibition. The emphasis will be on fun and creativity in this exhibition that demonstrates what is possible when someone takes a familiar thing or idea one step further. We’re asking people to donate their unwanted LEGO® bricks. These donations will help fill our hands-on building station, and provide our many visitors with an activity that sparks their creativity. Donations may be delivered to the museum at 401 N. 27th Street, Billings, Tuesday through Sunday, labeled ATTN: Liz Harding.
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The YAM is the region’s largest contemporary art museum offering changing exhibitions, education, café, museum store, and a 7,300-piece permanent collection.  The Yellowstone Art Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m.  – 4 p.m.  Admission: Members free, $6 adults, $3 students with valid ID, $3 children 6 – 18, under 6 free, $10 family (2 adults and 3 children max.) $4 discount price (please inquire).
The YAM wants your LEGO® bricks!

State of the arts: The economic impact adds up in Montana


How do you gauge the value of acquiring critical-thinking skills, or the worth of inspiring the kind of creativity that leads to innovation?
These are among the intangibles that make it challenging to assess the value of the arts in Montana.
But there is no denying the impact Montana’s growing population of artists is having on the economy. One in every 60 Montanans is an artist, according to a recent study by the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.
The category of artists includes writers, photographers, craftsmen, fine artists and performers. In 2010, there were 8,780 artists working in Montana, which is more than the number of people working in the information industry (7,450) or the mining industry (6,862), according to a 2012 study by the state. An earlier study, conducted by Montana State University Billings in 2005, suggested the economic impact of Montana artists was $233 million.
The art of selling art
As the Yellowstone Art Museum prepares for its 46th annual art auction on March 1, Executive Director Robyn Peterson anticipates generating $400,000. The museum is counting on the auction to bring in 20 to 25 percent of its annual budget of $1.8 million. And most of those buyers live in Montana, Peterson said.

State of the arts: The economic impact adds up in Montana