By Peter Halstead

My first realization that there was such a thing as outdoor art sprang from an assignment my class was given during the brief six-month period when I talked my way into the NYU film school in what may have been its first year of existence.

A lone piano sits at the top of Murphy Canyon with the Beartooth Mountains in the background.


By Peter Halstead

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

Out of the Box Thinking

By Peter Halstead

Our hope in founding Tippet Rise is that an alternative could be suggested to the ossified traditions of criticism and exclusivity which have stultified the arts during our lifetime.

Patterns in Patrick Dougherty's Stickworks

By Peter Halstead

While Patrick Dougherty is re-creating his sculpture, Daydreams, at Tippet Rise, in July of 2022, we thought it would be a good time to focus on those tendrils emerging from the schoolhouse, like the thoughts of schoolchildren playing hookey. They are not only escaping thoughts weaving together like wisps of smoke or fog, but they are in fact the actual patterns which brain waves create when we think, or dream.

The Music and Spirit of Ukraine

By The Tippet Rise Team

Now, more than ever, as we witness the tragic suffering of the Ukrainian people under violent attack in their own homes, and as the world unites against this injustice, we think of how art also brings us together.

Hiking & Biking Videos

Tippet Rise will be open this summer (2021) for hiking and biking on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June 25 through September 12. Bring your own mountain bike or your hiking shoes and tour the sculptures and the land on your own. Hiking and bicycling tours are free of charge, but require reservations. Roughly 15 miles of trails and 13 miles of gravel road connect the sculptures at Tippet Rise. Distances between each sculpture vary from .5 mile to 3 miles on hilly terrain with very steep grades. Helmets are required for biking at Tippet Rise.


By Peter Halstead

In April 2011, at nearly 13,000 feet above sea level, Peter Halstead, Co-Founder of Tippet Rise, donned a Yeti costume. He, a film crew, a Steinway grand piano, and its technician had been helicoptered to the snow and ice-encrusted edge of Marcus Baker Peak, the highest point in Alaska’s Chugach Mountains, to create a series of fantastical films.

The Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation

By Cathy & Peter Halstead

It is our belief that values are shaped by great language and great thought. Our sister foundation, the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation, aims to expand access to poetry and educational poetry materials, gathering outstanding poems from across places, eras, and traditions for audiences worldwide to enjoy.

Julien Brocal

By Peter Halstead

Brocal is a musician of distinction whose imaginative, intelligent and cultivated piano-playing is at once seductive and authoritative.

Notturno, Opus 148, D. 897

By Peter Halstead

Schubert’s Notturno, written the year he died, was performed in 2017 on an iconic afternoon at the Domo by Jeffrey Kahane, Sasha Kazovsky, and Amit Even-Tov, a performance which can be found in three videos on our site.

In a way, it is a lost piece, forgotten over the years, but which brings together intangible emotions which to me evoke the scenes we encounter every day and night in Montana, so many years and so far away from the Vienna of 1828. I’d like to discuss that piece with you, and explore why it moves me so strongly.

Mark di Suvero: The Poetry of Sculpture

By Peter Halstead

In these videos, filmed by Matt McKee of The Red Panel, Mark di Suvero unearths the underlying phrases and philosophies which inform his sculptures and which slyly suggest answers without exactly providing them.

This is why we need musicians!

By Peter and Cathy Halstead and the Tippet Rise Team

During these uncertain times, we have been deeply moved and inspired by the incredible displays of love, resilience, connection and spirit from our artist and musician friends from around the world. To see a few examples, as well as musings on each from our co-founder, Peter Halstead, please read on.

Music, art, nature, and transformation weave together in "The Hive"

In “The Hive,” a dreamlike nine-minute film written and directed by Matthew McKee, black-clad figures approach the smoldering remains of a fire. There, they kneel, collecting handfuls of ashes and coals. Snow falls, the wind blows, cold practically radiates from the screen. The film’s monochromatic opening scene is interrupted by just one color: the amber glow of dying embers…

Charlie's Rainbow

By Peter and Cathy Halstead

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


This extraordinary pastoral by Franz Schubert takes one astonishing melody and repeats it in various ways which increase its revelations, similar to the Claude Lelouch film, Viva la Vie, where every time you think you understand the film, it starts again at a higher level.

Tippet Rise is a Working Ranch

By Ben Wynthein with Peter and Cathy Halstead

Tippet Rise comprises 12,000 acres. We lease sections of it in the summer to Ben and Jamie Lehfeldt and their parents Marie and Bob, who bring in 1,200 head of Rambouillet sheep and 300 calf-cow pairs to graze the lush grasses that grow here. The sheep help eradicate the noxious weed, leafy spurge. And we have our own cattle program, which will eventually produce enough cattle to provide for our guests on the ranch, as well as help regenerate healthy native grasses and reduce wildfire hazards.

The Pianos of Tippet Rise

Steinway grand pianos are crafted by hand, which is why it takes 11 months or more and countless hours of fine-tuned labor to make one. The process—a feat of engineering, a magical alchemy, or both—involves hundreds of skilled cabinetmakers, craftspeople and gifted tuners. Tippet Rise is home to a treasure trove of Steinways: a dozen of them, each extraordinary and each with its own nuances and attributes. These essays, written by the Art Center’s co-founder, Peter Halstead, explore them.

White Out

Filmmaker Djuna Zupancic captured Mark di Suvero’s sculpture, Beethoven’s Quartet, on film during a snowstorm at Tippet Rise. Inspired by the film, Tippet Rise co-founder Peter Halstead wrote the poem, “Storm.” It is here along with e-mail correspondences between filmmaker and poet.


This film, also named “Solstice,” was produced by Ensamble Studio, the architects behind three sculptural structures cast from the land at Tippet Rise, and dedicated to our founders, Peter and Cathy Halstead.

Shakespeare and Tippet Rise

The year 2016 marked the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, considered by most to be the greatest playwright in the English language. To commemorate the event, people around the world celebrated his life and legacy through performances, exhibitions and festivals. Tippet Rise celebrated too, thanks in part to our partnerships with two extraordinary organizations that work to share the Bard’s legacy far and wide.

Design Series #2: Olivier Music Barn

Silhouetted against the Beartooth Mountains, the rusted exterior of the Olivier Barn comes into view as a pleasant surprise, like the ocher moss that covers the rocks in the region. Its monochromatic exterior composes with the uniform tone.

The Tuning of the Sky

Tippet Rise evolved from the organic relationship humans have to the land, and the sights and sounds we encounter in the world.