Steamboat Art Museum

Housed in the iconic First National Bank/Rehder Building (1905/1920) and on the National Registry of Historic Places, Steamboat Art Museum is located in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs.  Established in 2006, the museum presents rotating exhibitions of artwork by living masters whose work is relevant to the culture and heritage of the West. The Steamboat Art Museum is accessible to all, open to everyone and admission is free.
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The Steamboat Art Museum complies with the latest Routt County COVID-19 health guidelines.

Current Highlights

Ekphrasis* 2021: A Visual Writing Event

Call to Writers!

Lyla Baker, Youth Winner, 2020

SAM invites all writers to join the fourth annual creative collaboration of the visual arts and the written word, “Ekphrasis 2021; A Visual Writing Event”. Ekphrastic writing is the use of words to comment on a piece of visual art. This year, writers’ imaginations will be sparked by the current exhibition “Four Directions – Common Paths”. Visit the Steamboat Art Museum where admission is free, write prose or poetry up to 750 words and submit the entry to the Steamboat Art Museum by the deadline of July 1, 5:00pm. . For information, entry forms and a preview of the exhibition, click below.

Awards and Readings Reception at SAM on July 20th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  Members and children under 18, free.  Non-members $15.  

Guided Docent Tours Every Wednesday!

The Steamboat Art Museum presents guided Docent Tours of the current exhibition, Four Directions, Common Paths, on Wednesdays at 11:30 am at the museum, 8th & Lincoln Avenue. Enjoy a deeper look into this exceptional exhibit featuring the works of four of the West’s preeminent landscape painters – Ralph Oberg, Matt Smith, Skip Whitcomb, and Dan Young. This exhibition, lauded as one of the finest exhibitions of contemporary painters currently showing in the west, shares their work as well as the synergistic impact of their 30-year relationships – a story of kinship, adventure, and cross-pollination to become their best.

Admission is free. No pre-registration necessary. 

Climate and Conservation:
with Yampatika and Yampa Valley Sustainability Council

This collaboration from our current exhibition, Four Directions, Common Paths,is featured in the Cole Verploeg Youth Gallery. This family friendly interactive display centers around water cycles, erosion, and conservation, as illustrated in the landscape paintings capturing Mother Nature, past and present.

Four Directions-Common Paths:

Oberg, Smith, Whitcomb, Young

Friendship, Inspiration, and Craft – A Thirty Year Connection

The Steamboat Art Museum (SAM) is pleased to announce a group show representing four of the West’s most noted contemporary plein air painters, Ralph Oberg, Skip Whitcomb, Matt Smith, and Dan Young. This exhibition will bring together old and new work including studies and studio paintings, along with photographs of their adventures.

“The Steamboat Art Museum is honored to present “Four Directions – Common Paths,:Oberg, Smith, Whitcomb, Young” bringing together the work of these four pre-eminent plein air painters of the West. Individually, they have all shown in past group exhibitions at the Steamboat Art Museum, including the 2016 National Exhibition of Plein Air Painters of America. This exhibition demonstrates the wonderful synergistic impact of their 30-year relationships– a story of kinship, adventure, and cross-pollination to become their best. We look forward to sharing this experience.” Betse Grassby, Executive Director of Steamboat Art Museum.

“Friends for 30 years, these four amigos treasure their time together, whether it is in the field sharing a ridgeline, critiquing each other’s handiwork at the end of an outing, or catching up at a major art show somewhere around the country. All believe their friendship and light sibling-like rivalry has made their work better and spurred them to continue to grow over that 30+ year period. And these four gentlemen proved nice guys can finish first – in art, friendship and life.” Seth Hopkins, Executive Director – Booth Western Art Museum


“There’s no doubt in my mind that this will be one of the premier museum exhibitions in America in 2021. These four artists are exhibiting the culmination of decades of maturity in their craft. It is not to be missed!”
Tim Newton, Chairman and CEO Emeritus,
The Salmagundi Club, NY, NY"

SAM would like to thank our major sponsor, YVEA’s Operation Round Up, and Steamboat Sotheby’s for support in the creation of this website.