Save the Date for The Russell Exhibition and Sale,
March 15-17, 2018 in Great Falls, Montana!

The Russell delivers a wide-range of acquisition opportunity for the western art collector, with each event offering an authentic experience.

To purchase tickets, click here or call 406-727-1939.



Member Exhibition Opening and Chamber After Hours, C.M. Russell Museum, 5–7 p.m.  

2017 The Russell Exhibition Opening Photo Gallery

FEBRUARY 16 – MARCH 15, 2018

The Russell Exhibition, C.M. Russell Museum, Wednesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

All pieces to be sold at the First Strike Auction and The Russell Live Auction will be on display at the museum as a temporary exhibit to give collectors and art lovers an up-close look. Free for museum members.


C.M. Russell Heritage Award Dinner, Mansfield Convention Center, 5:30 pm. Invitation only. 

2017 C.M. Russell Heritage Award Photo Gallery

2016 C.M. Russell Heritage Award Dinner Photo Gallery

MARCH 15-17, 2018

Russell Skull Society of Artists Suites. Mansfield Convention Center, Thursday–Friday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

2016 Russell Skull Society Suites Photo Gallery

Make the Russell Skull Society of Artists Suites your headquarters for Western Art Week in Great Falls. In addition to artworks for sale by this distinguished group of Western artists, enjoy live music, delectable food, and premium beverages. 


Art Preview Party, C.M. Russell Museum, 5 p.m.–7 p.m.

Ticketed activities commence Thursday evening with this opportunity to see the auction art one final time, meet many of the artists, and join in the building excitement of the coming events. Gather with friends old and new at this kick-off for Western Art Week. Check back for tickets and prices. 

2017 Art Preview Party Photo Gallery

2016 Art Preview Party Photo Gallery

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018

Art in Action™, Meadow Lark Country Club, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

An exciting variation of a traditional “quick draw,” this event gives nationally known artists several hours to finish a piece of art while interacting with guests. The event culminates in a live auction of the completed works of art, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the museum by the participating artists.  Check back for tickets and prices.

2017 Art in Action Photo Gallery

2016 Art in Action Photo Gallery

First Strike Auction, Mansfield Convention Center, 6 p.m.

First Strike Friday Night focuses solely on works by contemporary artists. Experienced collectors and burgeoning bidders alike will have the opportunity to compete in a casual, lively atmosphere full of music, food, and fun. Check back for tickets and prices. Presented by Fay Ranches, Inc.

2017 First Strike Photo Gallery

2016 First Strike Photo Gallery


Educational Symposium, 9 am – noon, Mansfield Missouri Room. Free and open to the public. 

Charles M. Russell: The Women in His Life and Art An Exclusive Preview of the Summer 2018 Exhibition

2017 Making of C.M. Russell and the American West

2016 Animals, Art, and the Environment Symposium Photo Gallery

The Russell Runway Show – Wearable Art of the American West, Meadow Lark Country Club 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

The Russell Runway Show at the Meadow Lark Country Club showcases renowned fashion designers including couture contributions by Montana Dreamwear, Meredith Lockhart, and Lindsey Thornberg. The show will also include an auction of vests and shawls hand painted by artists of The Russell including Tom Gilleon, Colt Idol, Carol Hagan, and many more. Join us to learn current fashion trends while raising funds for the C.M. Russell Museum’s educational programming, such as Russell for Learning. Lunch and champagne cocktails included.

2017 Rockin’ the Range Fashion Show Photo Gallery

The Russell Live Auction, Mansfield Convention Center, 5 p.m.

For the experienced collector of Western art, The Russell Live Auction features contemporary art plus significant historical works in a competitive bidding atmosphere. This elegant evening includes a gourmet dinner and beverage service and is a must-attend event for collectors from across the country. Check back for tickets and prices.

2017 Saturday Live Auction Photo Gallery

2016 Saturday Live Auction Photo Gallery


The Russell is much more than a western art exhibition and sale; it is a three-day western art experience.

A very special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor:


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