The Holter Museum inspires, connects, and heals our community through contemporary exhibitions and innovative arts programming.
Embracing the belief that art vitalizes and strengthens our community, the Holter Museum of Art seeks to stimulate creativity, curiosity, and collaboration through visual arts. The Holter Museum of Art is dedicated to nurturing the creative spirit and making the visual arts accessible to all through exhibitions, education, events, and partnerships.
The Holter opened in 1987, providing a space for the Helena community to experience contemporary art in central Montana. The museum has grown tremendously since that time, thanks to a successful capital campaign in 2002, adding 6,500 square ft. to create a dynamic 17,000 square ft. facility. Our museum is considered one of the finest in the state, consisting of five exhibition galleries, an education center, and a collections & research center. Offering between 15-20 rotating exhibitions each year, innovative art education for all ages, community-based events, artist residencies, lectures, receptions, and more – the Holter is among the premier cultural centers in the region.
The Holter Museum of Art has the capacity to encourage community representation through participation and access to exhibitions, arts programming, events, and partnerships in our community. The Holter acts as a conduit for the creative and innovative minds in our community, showing the impact arts and culture have on values, opinions, health and wellbeing.
The Holter strives to provide better access to lifelong arts learning opportunities that ignite creativity and encourage expression. Our programming opens unique and accessible pathways to learning about current issues and ideas, while also promoting collaboration and self-discovery.
Our mission is not just exhibiting art – we interpret it, teach it, help create it, preserve it, and build community through it. We capture the imagination of patrons of all ages through exciting exhibitions and powerful art education. We fuel our community’s curiosity and vision by exploring diverse perspectives and cultures – including contemporary Native American culture – within Montana by celebrating contemporary regional artists in our collection, and through our collection, we seek to preserve for future generations the record of our time and place in history.
Board President, Corey Palmer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MT
Vice President, Keith Meyer, Shodair Children’s Hospital Foundation
Treasurer, Tyler Armstrong, Ascent Bank
Secretary, Dawn Gallinger, St. Peter’s Health
Robyn Kiesling, Helena College
Tony Perpignano, CWG Architects
Seth Roby, Helena College
Carley Smith, SMA Architects
Murry Warhank, JMG Attorneys
Please note that this recognition is actively being worked on.
The hope is that this verbal/written acknowledgement of indigenous lands goes beyond the intent of recognition and holds the Holter to actively working with Helena’s tribal communities to listen and respond to expressed needs and wants, and to have programming designed with and for native voices and for the greater Helena community.
The Holter Museum of Art recognizes the land in and around Helena, Montana and the space upon which the museum stands as traditional Blackfoot and Salish Kootenai territories, and at one point in time, Shoshone territory as well. This recognition is meant as an acknowledgement of the space the museum holds within colonized lands and the significance, as a cultural and educational space, the museum must place on Indian Education for All and on the representation of Native voices within the contemporary arts world.
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