Tippet Rise Art Center is located in Fishtail, Montana, against the backdrop of the Beartooth Mountains, roughly midway between Billings and Bozeman and north of Yellowstone National Park. Set on a 10,260-acre working sheep and cattle ranch, Tippet Rise hosts classical chamber music and recitals and exhibits large-scale, outdoor sculptures. Tippet Rise celebrates the concept that art, music, architecture, and nature are inextricably linked in the human experience, each making the others more powerful. The art center features musical performance spaces indoors and out, with programs that seek to create memorable experiences for performers and audience members alike. Classical concerts are held on summer weekends in the Olivier Music Barn, or outdoors under the Domo. Bike, hike, or take a tour by carbon-neutral electric van.
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Who is Tippet Rise?

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Peter & Cathy Halstead


Cathy and Peter Halstead have known each other since they were 16. They both grew up in families that for generations have sought to bring art and education to communities both in the United States and abroad. They were later classmates at both Columbia and NYU. Cathy is an abstract painter, who has shown around the world. Peter is a pianist, photographer, and poet. He has published several volumes of poems and photos, and is working on a six-volume piano series, Pianist Lost, for The Adrian Brinkerhoff Foundation. Four volumes of his poetry are so far available : Sea Sun, Blinds, Poems of Earth, and A Selection.

Cathy worked with her father in the liquor company he founded with her in 1972, and ultimately became President and Chairman.

Cathy and Peter founded the Digital Lab in the Rockefeller library at Brown, where Cathy is a Member of the Corporation. Cathy is on the board of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

She and Peter are trustees of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, which makes over ninety grants annually to charities in the United States and England. Grantees include Storm King Art Center, The Juilliard School, San Diego Youth Symphony, The Curtis Institute of Music, the La Jolla Playhouse, Hawaii Opera Theater, and the Aspen and Vail Music Festivals.

The foundation has helped fund films of the Glyndebourne version of La Traviata and Don Pasquale, as well as a film of Brian Bedford’s The Importance of Being Earnest on Broadway. In England, it has digitized the filmed repertoire of the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Shakespeare’s Globe. It has digitized the repertoire of The Cleveland Orchestra, and helped fund a film about Patrick Dougherty, Stickworks. It has provided high-end audio equipment to the Aspen Music Festival and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

It supports diverse efforts in Montana in the arts and education. Cathy and Peter were inspired to found Tippet Rise by the Storm King Art Center, Tickon Sculpture Park in Denmark, la fondation Maeght in St.-Paul-de-Vence, Snape Maltings in England, and by the Vail and Aspen Music Festivals.

Cathy and Peter have two wonderful daughters and two adorable grandchildren.

Meet The Team

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Charles Hamlen

Artistic Advisor

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Lindsey Hinmon

Director of Outreach and Logistics

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Pete Hinmon

Director of Operations

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Ben Wynthein

Ranch Manager

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Melissa Moore

Communications and Administration Manager