Emerson art exhibitions are designed to provoke thought, broaden understanding of the world and spark curiosity and imagination. The Emerson encourages appreciation of the visual arts by curating and hosting art exhibitions of significant community value. The Emerson seeks exhibitions that interpret not only regional topics, but also touch upon national and international issues.


Exhibits the artwork of professional contemporary artists in the areas of painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, crafts, mixed media, film, new genre and installations. The Jessie Wilber Gallery is a secured space available only during gallery hours: Monday – Friday, Noon – 5:00PM. Select Saturdays.


Showcases the drawings, paintings, prints, photography, and mixed media work of regional contemporary artists. The show often relates specifically to the current exhibit in the Jessie Wilber Gallery. The Emerson Lobby Gallery is a public space available for viewing during building hours, Monday-Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM.


Displays two-dimensional art and wall-hung sculpture highlighting topics of regional significance, including community concerns, travel, and artwork by students and faculty of Montana State University and our local schools. This room is a public space open to viewing during building hours when not occupied by a private event.

School tours are often scheduled in the Jessie Wilber Gallery during our spring/fall Schools in the Gallery outreach program Monday – Friday, 9:30AM – 3:00PM. All exhibits are open to the public unless the space is booked for an activity. Please check with the Emerson office to be sure exhibits in the Weaver Room are available for viewing 406.587.9797.
We are funded in part by coal severance taxes paid based upon coal mined in Montana and deposited in Montana’s cultural and aesthetic projects trust fund.