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A group of picnickers sit below a monumental concrete sculpture.

Summer is underway at Tippet Rise!

Summer is off to a wonderful start at Tippet Rise! Visitors have joined from as far away as Germany, and as close as just down Nye Road. It is a joy to see so many children taking full advantage of the art center’s acreage while school, and the sun,

Wendy Red Star’s The Soil You See… (2023) was recently installed on the art center’s main campus.  Photo by James Florio.

The 2024 summer season is here!

Cue the sunshine and songbirds – the 2024 summer season kicks off today! As we welcome our first hiking, biking, and sculpture van tour guests, we invite you to read about several new tours, programs, and events, all of which offer different ways to

The Olivier Music Barn reflects the glow of a Montana sunset.

Announcing the 2024 Concert Season at Tippet Rise!

We are delighted to announce complete program details of the 2024 concert season at Tippet Rise. Taking place over five weeks from August 16 to September 15, the season features more than 30 musicians performing a range of engaging programs,

Colorful student-made collages, created by ripping and pasting unique shapes of paper and used tin foil add painted texture onto the trees.

Tippet Rise in the Community

As we approach the year’s end and reflect upon this season, we are especially grateful for the many ways in which Tippet Rise is closely connected to the surrounding community.

Beartooth Portal is highlighted by the sun in the vast rolling hills beneath the Beartooth Mountains.

Highlights of the 2024 Season at Tippet Rise

As we enter this season of gratitude, we feel fortunate for the many connections forged at Tippet Rise, including of course those among art, music, nature, and poetry – but also the magical ways that the art center brings people together. We are

A lone piano sits above Murphy Canyon at Tippet Rise Art Center with the Beartooth Mountains in the background.


The great iconoclast and performer Russell Sherman, my teacher, died on September 30th.

Róisín Kelly, an irish poet, holds sage while standing in the Clarks Fork Canyon of Wyoming, framed by towering peaks and canyon walls.

Poet Róisín Kelly’s Residency at Tippet Rise

We were delighted this year to host one very special guest from Cork, Ireland. As part of Poetry Ireland’s International Residency Program, Róisín Kelly spent the past ten days at Tippet Rise exploring the region, participating in community events,

Guests take in the sunset after an evening concert at the Olivier Music Barn. Photo by Kevin Kinzley.

A summer to remember

After three months, the 2023 season concluded on Sunday as excitedly as it began – with a deeply moving recital and hikers and bikers enjoying their last moments among the artworks and landscape. Each summer our team is honored to welcome guests who

Trilogy by Alexander Liberman stands tall above two mountain bikers among the rolling green hills at Tippet Rise Art Center.

Summer programs and new artwork installations

While the concert season has yet to begin, we have been enjoying a beautiful symphony created by the sounds of summer at Tippet Rise – laughter among visitors, gravel beneath the feet of hikers and bikers, a warm summer breeze blowing through tall

Cathy Halstead’s Paintings Are Now Online

Tippet Rise co-founder Cathy Halstead and her husband Peter have always shared a fascination with the invisible underpinnings of existence, such as supernovas, microscopic organisms, DNA spirals, the trompe-l’oeil of ocular phenomena; her paintings

Tippet Rise Launches 2023 Season

Today marks the start of the 2023 summer season at Tippet Rise! The rolling hills and valleys are as green and lush as ever right now, and we are thrilled to welcome guests for hiking and biking, sculpture van tours, and self-guided tours of the

Spring Education Programs in Full Swing

Springtime is a wonderful time of year to engage in art and education programs and can be one of the most exciting and busiest for our education team, led by Beth Korth, Art Education and Visitor Center Manager, with Jenny Van Ooyen, Visitor

Reservations now open for tours of Tippet Rise!

We are excited to welcome guests back for tours of Tippet Rise beginning June 16! Registration is now open for hiking and biking, sculpture van tours, and our latest offering – Cottonwood Campus self-guided tours.

Announcing the 2023 concert season at Tippet Rise!

We are delighted to announce the complete program details of our 2023 concert season. Taking place over five weeks, from August 18 to September 17, the season features an exciting roster of debut and returning artists performing dynamic repertoire,

Let it Snow – Happy Holidays from Tippet Rise!

As we greet the winter solstice, our corner of Montana is hushed with snowfall and bitter cold, nature’s way of telling us our year is coming to an end. And what a year it has been! As our parting gift for 2022, we are delighted to share several new

Previewing the 2023 Summer Season at Tippet Rise

As we approach the end of the year, we are delighted to be able to share with you a preview of the 2023 summer season at Tippet Rise Art Center, which will run from June 16 – September 17, as well as several exciting ways you can interact with the

Recent recordings and performance film projects

We have been privileged to host four brilliant musicians over the past several months for recording and film projects at Tippet Rise Art Center, all of which will be available to download, listen to, or watch in the coming months.

Fall Happenings at Tippet Rise

We are excited to partner with some fantastic arts organizations and artists this fall for two upcoming public programs; Tippet Rise on Tour: Imani Winds at Storm King Art Center AND Montana Shakespeare in the Parks’ winter tour.

Thank you for a wonderful 2022 summer season!

Over the past 15 weeks, we have been thrilled to welcome guests to our beautiful corner of Montana for an exciting season of art, music, and nature at Tippet Rise, and we are so grateful to everyone who played a role in creating this magical summer.

The Final Songs of Summer

While the weather in Montana over the past few weeks has oscillated from extreme highs to lows, the 2022 concert season at Tippet Rise has left us living happily on cloud nine. It is hard to believe that the music season is more than halfway through.

New artworks installed at Tippet Rise

After more than a year of planning, and the assistance of many individuals (from professional art handlers to community volunteers), we are so thrilled that all four of our new artworks have been fully installed throughout the ranch.

Patterns in Patrick Dougherty's Stickworks

As we celebrate the reimagining of Patrick Dougherty’s Daydreams at Tippet Rise, we thought it would be a good time to focus on those tendrils emerging from the schoolhouse, like the thoughts of schoolchildren playing hookey…

Summer sightings and celebrations at the art center

Long summer days have a bad habit of going by far too quickly, especially with so much activity at the ranch. It is a good reminder to take a moment to pause and reflect on the memorable moments we have had so far, and the many exciting ones to come.

Montana Flood Relief

This past weekend, rapid snowmelt caused by unusually warm temperatures, combined with periods of heavy rainfall, led to unprecedented flooding throughout south-central Montana. Many of our neighboring communities were affected including Fishtail,

Register for the Concert Ticket Drawing!

Tippet Rise’s 2022 concert season will take place over five weeks from August 26 to September 25, 2022. The season offers a broad range of music including performances of more than 50 works and 15 concerts by some of the most sought-after artists

Announcing the 2022 concert season at Tippet Rise!

We are thrilled to announce details of the 2022 concert season at Tippet Rise Art Center! The five-week season, August 26 – September 25, features the performances of more than 50 works and 15 concerts by internationally acclaimed artists. Concert

Four new sculptures coming to Tippet Rise

We have so much to look forward to this year. In addition to the return of live music and our seventh concert season, 2022 will also bring four new sculptures to the Tippet Rise collection, including works by Ensamble Studio, Mark di Suvero, Ai

Live classical music returns to Tippet Rise!

As the shortest day of the year approaches, we delight in the winter light and the landscape cast in snow. We also take pleasure in thoughts of summer, particularly this coming summer because it means the return of live music to the art center!

Happy Holidays

Of all the wonderful moments this Christmas, this gives us the most special feeling.

New book celebrates the work of Ensamble Studio

At Tippet Rise, Ensamble Studio is known for creating three of the nine monumental sculptures and architectural structures that are scattered across the land. Published by MAS Context, Radical Logic explores the firm’s first twenty years …

Antón García Abril

The great Catalan composer, Antón García Abril, heir to the Calabria of Granados, Albéniz, deFalla, and Soler, died last Wednesday in Madrid. His warmth, kindness, openness, and generosity will be with us forever.

The 2021 Season at Tippet Rise

We are pleased to announce highlights of the 2021 season at Tippet Rise, which will include opening the art center for hiking and biking while continuing to offer virtual concerts, films, and conversations…

The Coole Park Poetry Series

In September, a celebration of the works of the Irish playwright, author, and folklorist Lady Augusta Gregory opened on the grounds of Galway’s Coole Park…

Architects of the Earth: Ensamble Studio

Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa Molina, of Ensamble Studio, have created the Domo, Beartooth Portal, and Inverted Beartooth Portal for Tippet Rise, extraordinary structures shaped by prehistory and by the geologic nature of the land.


The artist Christo died at his home in New York City on May 31st. He was 84.

Good news for poetry!

A treasure trove for poetry lovers, the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation’s new website features a growing archive of works by celebrated poets of history alongside great contemporary writers…

May's Tippet Rise Podcast: Music of Sounds and Reflection

Our hope this spring has been to offer beauty, hope, and comfort to listeners of the Tippet Rise Podcast. May’s podcast episode, produced by our Music Programs and Podcast Coordinator, Zachary Patten, features recordings of six extraordinarily moving concerts from past seasons at the art…

“Va, pensiero” from Verdi’s Nabucco

“Va, pensiero” from Verdi’s Nabucco was played simultaneously in a hundred living rooms around the country, conducted live from his own living room by the Met’s conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin…

The Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation

Since launching its new website, Tippet Rise’s twin foundation, the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation, has continued to add to its collection of films of actors reading poetry in Montana, Ireland, England and New York

October’s Tippet Rise Podcast

On the first Thursday of every month, we release a new episode of the Tippet Rise Podcast, and each episode explores a facet, or facets, of the art center’s mission…

Autumn Events at Tippet Rise

Thanks to partnerships with the National Theatre and Glyndebourne opera, both in the UK, as well as Montana’s own Shakespeare in the Schools, Tippet Rise is extending its calendar of cultural events into October…

Announcing Season Four at Tippet Rise!

We are so pleased to announce the 2019 summer concert season at Tippet Rise. Under the direction of newly appointed Artistic Advisor Pedja Muzijevic, Season Four features seven weeks of classical chamber music and recitals…

The region's agricultural traditions live on at the art center

Tippet Rise is more than an extraordinary arts destination. It is also a working ranch. Located on 12,000 acres of rolling hills, canyons and grasslands, the art center is home to abundant wildlife, as well as cattle, sheep, sheep dogs, shepherds and a cowboy or two, including one eminently…

Our final Shakespeare event of 2018

This coming Friday, October 12, we’ll present our last RSC play of the year: The Merry Wives of Windsor. Performed this fall in Stratford-upon-Avon and then at London’s Barbican Centre, the production is a modern-day take on Shakespeare’s …

An autumn of Shakespeare at the art center

As the music season ends here at Tippet Rise, we begin an autumn of Shakespeare with screenings of performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England and a live performance by Montana’s own Shakespeare in the Schools… streams live from Tippet Rise!

On Saturday, a trio of wonderful musicians, pianist Orion Weiss, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, performed works by Bach, Beethoven and other great composers. What’s more, the concert was streamed live to viewers around the world….

New book by Tippet Rise co-founder now available

It is our pleasure to announce the publication of a new book by the cofounder of Tippet Rise, Peter Halstead. Many who know of Tippet Rise think of Peter as a visionary, a partner with his wife, Cathy, in bringing to life a bold and beautiful idea…

“I want to learn the violin!"

On a perfect summer day in mid-July, internationally-renowned pianist Pedja Mužijevic and members of the acclaimed St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble performed works by Scarlatti, Bach and Brahms. The sold-out concert included bows, moments of beauty and…

Charlie's Rainbow

Almost by divine intervention, we had Charlie Hamlen as our friend and artistic advisor for the two years, which turned out to be the two last years of his life…

Season Three is underway!

We’re just a few weeks into the summer season at Tippet Rise, yet we’ve already experienced many moments of laughter, beauty and joy. In late June…

Geo-Paleo Tours at Tippet Rise

Thanks to a partnership with the incredible Yellowstone Bighorn Research Association (YBRA) south of Red Lodge, Montana, we are once again offering Geo-Paleo Tours at Tippet Rise…

2018’s concert series is about to begin!

This Friday, July 6, celebrated French pianist Julien Brocal will give the first concert of the 2018 season at Tippet Rise. Of Julien, Gramophone said, he is “a musician of distinction whose imaginative, intelligent and cultivated…”

Just around the corner: Season Three at the art center

On June 29, the gates to Tippet Rise open for a glorious summer of art, music and nature at the edge of the Beartooth Mountains! Friday, Saturday and Sunday sculpture tours begin on the 29th and continue through the summer. The incredible 2018…

Join the Tippet Rise Team

Tippet Rise is seeking seasonal and year-round staff as well as volunteers. Openings include an Audio Engineer Assistant for the 2018 season, an exciting position absolutely essential to the art center…

Registration for sculpture tours now open

Like much of this beautiful state we are so lucky to inhabit, the Tippet Rise ranch is home to an abundance of native plants and wildflowers, extraordinary wildlife, and bucolic herds of cattle and sheep. One difference between the art center’s…

Happy New Year from Tippet Rise

“A riddle is a puzzle, but also a large coarse sieve, used for separating ashes from cinders or sand from gravel, or form from chaos.” Click on the link below to read Riddle, a poem in honor of the New Year, by our co-founder Peter Halstead.

Gratitude and holiday greetings from the art center

As snow sifts upon the ranch through the low light of deep winter, we think with warmth of our friends near and far—and we send our deepest thanks to all of you for the incredible support you’ve shown since we opened Tippet Rise in 2016…

Take a sneak peek at Season Three

The snow may be falling and the frost biting, but the summer concert season at Tippet Rise is just around the corner! We’ll release complete details here, on our website, after the new year. Until then, we’re thrilled to share a few highlights. Running from July 6 through September 8,…

New film captures the Ariel Quartet playing Brahms atop the Domo

The Films section of our website is expanding! We recently added a number of new videos from our talented team of audio engineers and filmmakers, including art films, interviews, and recordings of performances from the 2016 and 2017 concert seasons. This recording features the Ariel String…

Goodbye, Dominick Maita

On December 15, Tippet Rise Art Center lost a dear friend and a talented collaborator when Dominick Maita passed away. Dom, who worked with many of the world’s greatest musicians, also mastered most of the music recordings we made here at Tippet

Tippet Rise performances featured on British and European radio

We were honored this week to be featured on Through the Night, a program from the British Broadcasting Corporation. Hosted by classical music writer and radio presenter, Jonathan Swain, the program is broadcast on BBC’s Radio 3 in the United Kingdom weeknights from 12:30am until…

Education at the art center

From pre-concert talks to workshops, we strive to offer opportunities for inspiration and learning at Tippet Rise. During our first two seasons, children came to the art center from throughout the region to attend day camps and classes. Adults attended courses, too, from plein air painting to…

Behind the scenes at Tippet Rise: Erik Petersen

Many photographers make their way to Tippet Rise from around the globe to document our sculptures and events and the landscape that surrounds us. We are grateful for their interpretations of this magical place. One of these has become a constant force in our lives, and a friend. A longtime…

Our video collection brings Tippet Rise to you

Our website and our Vimeo and YouTube channels feature a growing collection of gorgeous videos from our audio engineers and filmmakers, including art films, interviews, and recordings of performances from the 2016 and 2017 seasons at Tippet Rise. This film, featuring violinist Caroline…

Tippet Rise hosts workshop of new opera

In early October, noted composer Luna Pearl Woolf traveled to Tippet Rise, bringing with her a cadre of opera luminaries from various points across the continent to workshop and film three scenes of Woolf’s newest opera, created with Librettist Royce Vavrek. Entitled Jacqueline, the…

MSU "Honors Musicale" takes place at Tippet Rise

When Dr. Ilse-Mari Lee became Dean of the Honors College at Montana State University in 2009, she began what has since become a beloved MSU tradition: the Honors Musicale. Short for soirée musicale, French for “musical evening,” the word “musicale” stems from the late 19th century…

Tippet Rise wins international cultural award

We are honored that Tippet Rise has won a 2017 Leading Cultural Destination Award for the art center’s “cultural vitality and contributions to the international cultural sphere.” The LCD Awards honor institutions, organizations, and cities around the world that provide exemplary contributions…

Watch Jenny Chen's July performance of Franz Liszt at Tippet Rise

The collection of videos from our 2017 summer concert season is growing! This beautiful recording of pianist Jenny Chen playing Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Etude No. 10 in F minor is among the latest from our audio engineers and filmmakers. Recordings from Season Two will be uploaded to…

The first concert video from Season Two is now live

We are pleased to share with you the first of many concert videos from our 2017 summer season at Tippet Rise. Jeffrey Kahane performs a breathtaking improvisation on Samuel A. Ward’s America the Beautiful, inspired by the majestic purple mountains and amber waves of grain visible…

Tippet Rise hosts young actors from London

We were delighted to welcome recent alumni from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) to Tippet Rise last week for a short-term intensive poetry residency, sponsored by the Adrian Brinkerhoff Foundation. Actors worked closely with the…

Tippet Rise featured on Billings' CBS affiliate, KTVQ

Aja Goare, anchor and reporter for Billings, Montana’s CBS affiliate KTVQ, visited Tippet Rise last week to produce a story about the art center’s extensive cycling and hiking trail system. During her visit, Aja interviewed Director of Operations Pete Hinmon, an avid mountain biker who was…

Tippet Rise a finalist in Surface Magazine's Travel Awards

Surface Magazine has named Tippet Rise a finalist in the Cultural Institution category of the publication’s inaugural Surface Travel Awards, a tribute to the most thoughtfully conceived travel spaces, destinations and products around the world, as well as the architects,…

Domo: Tippet Rise OPUS 2016 receives enthusiastic review

Released this summer by the classical music label Pentatone, Domo: Tippet Rise OPUS 2016 features live recordings from the art center’s inaugural concert season. Just yesterday, Audiophile Audition published a glowing review of the CD, describing its recordings as “mystical and…

Tippet Rise founders interviewed on Yellowstone Public Radio

Via a delightful new program that airs every other Monday on Yellowstone Public Radio, two veterans of the Montana arts and culture scene interview artists and others who are creating and influencing art throughout the region. Recently, the show’s hosts, Corby Skinner and Anna Paige, spoke…

Concert for kids draws enthusiastic crowd

On Sunday, July 16, Tippet Rise presented a free concert for families featuring the Bozeman ensemble, 406 Woodwind Quintet. The event opened with a musical “petting zoo,” allowing children from the audience to explore and play a variety of woodwind instruments, and included short, lively…

Opening weekend at Tippet Rise

Season Two is underway and our opening weekend was a wonderful success! Sculpture tours were well attended and included guests from near and far. On Saturday, we held a barbecue for more than 250 of our neighbors from up and down Grove Creek Road and the community of Fishtail—a celebration…

Tippet Rise now open for the 2017 season!

We’re thrilled to announce that the art center is officially open to the public for Season Two. Sculpture tours—by carbon-neutral electric van, bicycle and foot—are available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through September 17. We’ve added five miles of new hiking and biking trails,…

Tippet Rise featured on American Public Media's Performance Today

Since its debut on Performance Today in 2016, Tippet Rise has been featured on the award-winning public radio show multiple times. In December, PT host Fred Child gave a warm introduction to the art center and played a recording of the Ariel String Quartet performing at Tippet Rise last…

The Architecture & Design Film Festival comes to Tippet Rise

The nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subjects of architecture and design comes to Tippet Rise this September 22 - 24. The Architecture & Design Film Festival will present feature-length documentaries and shorts that explore the connections between nature and architecture….

Announcing Season Two at Tippet Rise!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce our second music season at the Art Center, featuring nine weeks of classical chamber music and recitals by renowned musicians who will travel to Fishtail from across the globe. Season Two begins on July 7 and runs through September 16. A limited number of…

Season Two at Tippet Rise

Happy New Year! The 2017 concert season at Tippet Rise will take place from July 7th through September 17th. Season details will be announced by email in early 2017. A limited number of concert tickets will go on sale online beginning March 1st, with additional tickets being released for…

Thank you for an unforgettable Inaugural Season!

Tippet Rise is closed for the season with the exception of special off-season events. For information about visiting during the quiet season, please visit our Events Page. Season Two tickets will be available to purchase early in the New Year. Please sign up for our mailing list below to…