Welcome to the Steamboat Art Museum!

Steamboat Art Museum


Current Exhibit: Birds in Art.

On loan from Wisconsin’s Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the "Birds in Art" exhibit presents the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. Two- and three-dimensional artworks in all medias presents the natural world having birds as the primary or secondary focus. 

This exhibit is sponsored by:  Russ and Carol Atha, Leslie and John Dorman, Jack Dysart and Carol Milligan, Buddy and Sally Faulkner, Gary and Kathryn Fresques, Fred and Linda Mitchell, Paul and Susanna Orzech, Steamboat Magazine and Wild Horse Gallery - Thank You to all our Sponsors!

Opening Hours: Tuesdays - Saturdays  11 am - 6 pm FREE ENTRANCE.



September 20 - 27, 2014

Join us for the Steamboat Art Museum Open Paint Out - A Plein Air Festival in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

The Steamboat Art Museum will be the host for a seven day Plein Air Festival taking place in September of 2014. Artists will gather in Steamboat between 9/20-9/27 to enjoy the vistas and practice their art. The colorful, week-long gathering of artists and art lovers in Steamboat will include artist competitions and awards, public art sales and a lot of fun with friends! The week culminates on Saturday 9/27 with a Quick Draw event.

Highlights of the week:

Opening Reception at the Art Museum Friday 9/26 at 5 pm - 8 pm. FREE.

Quick Draw downtown and around the museum Saturday 9/27 at noon - 2 pm.

Plein Air art will be exhibited at SAM between 9/26 - 10/18, 2014.


Dates to remember for PLEIN AIR participating artists:
Saturday 9/20: Check in at the Art Museum, get your canvases stamped
Week of 9/20 - 9/26: Plein air painting in areas around Steamboat Springs
Friday 9/26: Last day to turn in your art work to SAM
Friday 9/26 at 5 pm - 8 pm: Opening Reception at SAM
Dates to remember for QUICK DRAW participating artists:
Saturday 9/27 
Check in at SAM 9 am - 10 am
Quick Draw downtown Steamboat between 10 am - noon
Silent Auction at the Museum between 1 pm - 4 pm

Summer Exhibits at the Steamboat Art Museum:




Calling all art enthusiasts!

Described below are a couple of the volunteer opportunities that are currently available. If you are interested in volunteering, please call SAM at 970-870-1755970-870-1755 to discuss your interests and/or complete the attached volunteer application.   Download Volunteer Form


Duties: Volunteers in this position must enjoy meeting and speaking with the public. Duties include, but are not limited to: greeting visitors, answering questions and giving exhibit information.

Qualifications: Willingness to interact with the public, share art knowledge and answer questions.

Training: General orientation and specialized training is required.

Hours: Minimum of 4 hour commitment per week.



Duties: Volunteers in the gift shop sell merchandise, inventory stock and display items.

Qualifications: Willingness to perform a variety of tasks, interact with the public and answer questions.

Training: General orientation and specialized training is required.

Hours: Minimum of 4 hour commitment per week.


The Steamboat Art Museum (SAM) opened its doors in 2006 and has since then held seventeen successful exhibitions. More than 45,000 people from 48 states and 13 foreign countries have visited us.








Steamboat Art Museum Mission Statement:

"The mission of the Steamboat Art Museum is to collect, preserve, and present fine art to the public, with a primary focus on the culture and heritage of Northwestern Colorado."


Steamboat Art Museum was formed in December of 2005. In 2006 the City of Steamboat Springs was given the historic First National Bank building located in downtown Steamboat Springs. The gift was from the estate of Helen Rehder, a long-time area rancher and artist, who stipulated that the building be used as a museum. SAM has signed a 99 year lease with the City for the entire building and is undertaking restoration of the historic building.