Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument is the 501(c)(3) friends group of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument – where the Wild and Scenic Missouri River flows through nearly half-a-million acres of central Montana prairies and badlands.

The Monument is one of the crown jewels of the National Conservation Lands. The Monument is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and is public land that belongs to all Americans.

The Friends were established in 2001. We’re the only locally based advocacy group working to protect the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. The Friends aim to protect and preserve the Monument by:

  • Educating the public
  • Advocating for responsible access and environmentally responsible uses
  • Supporting groups and agencies that protect and restore the Monument

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Friends, BLM sponsor Artist-in-Residence in the Breaks

Are you a professional artist who would like to spend a week creating art along the Wild and Scenic Missouri River in the remote heart of Montana?

We’re teaming up with BLM to sponsor a professional Artist-in-Residence to spend at least one week in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in summer/fall of 2015. This unique and inspiring landscape is rich with abandoned homesteads, important cultural and paleontological sites, native cottonwood forests, charismatic wildlife, and the Lewis and Clark and Nez Perce National Historic Trails.


Find your inspiration and use it to inspire others as part of the Friends’ and BLM’s Arist-in-Residence program in the Missouri Breaks this summer. Apply by April 30, 2015. (Photo Mike Penfold.)

Professional artists over the age of 18 who work with two-dimensional, still media (photography, painting, sketch, woodprints, etc.) are invited to apply. When not at base camp, the selected artist will get to embark upon an accompanied four-day canoe trip through the Missouri’s fabled White Cliffs. The artist will retain copyright of all the art produced during residency, but will sign a licensing contract to allow the Friends and BLM nonexclusive rights to use at least one piece of art in perpetuity. The artist will also have a chance to share his or her work during a public talk at the Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center in Fort Benton, MT.

This opportunity is part of the BLM’s national Artist-in-Residence program that promotes awareness through art of the exceptional natural and cultural treasures protected as part of the National Conservation Lands. This program provides artists with the unique opportunity to spend time in a rugged and stimulating natural landscape while gaining national recognition for their work and raising awareness and support for the Monument for generations to come.

For more information and to apply, please visit BLM’s Artist-in-Residence page here, fill out the application form, and submit it (with all other required materials) to sara@missouribreaks.org by April 30, 2015.

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