Corby Skinner

Resounds: Arts & Culture On The High Plains Host

Corby Skinner is an independent marketing professional with an enormous capacity for assessing issues and creating positive, effective messages.

His work is evident in all aspects of performing, visual and literary arts. He led the marketing and programming for the Alberta Bair Theater for 18 years, and served as Arts and Humanities Field Coordinator for the National YMCA of the USA for eight years.

Skinner has been the Director of The Writer's Voice since its beginning in 1991. Skinner has coordinated six Big Read programs for the National Endowment for the Arts and 15 consecutive High Plains Book Festivals

Corby Skinner received the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award in 2009, and the Philip N. Fortin Humanitarian Award in 2016.

He joined in the YPR staff as a community programmer co-hosting Resounds: Arts And Culture On The High Plains alongside Anna Paige in spring 2017.

Anna Paige

On this episode of Resounds, co-hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner sit down with Yellowstone Art Museum Executive Director Bryan Knicely to discuss the 51st annual Art Auction. Then, Corby and Anna welcome Ignacio Barrón Viela to the region as the new Executive Director of the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.


Anna Paige

On this episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, co-hosts Corby Skinner and Anna Paige talk with artist Jennifer Eli French, whose mixed-media installation "This Vibrant, Tarnished World" is a response to the themes of nostalgia and longing in Station Eleven, a dystopian novel by Emily St. John Mendel. Station Eleven is a part of the National Endowment for the Arts The Big Read Program


courtesy Richard Ford

The American novelist and short story writer Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1944. He has published eight novels including Independence Day, The Sportswriter, The Lay of the Land and the New York Times bestseller, Canada, which was finalist for the High Plains Book Award for fiction. His four collections of short stories include the wildly popular "Rock Springs," which has been anthologized in numerous publications. 


Anna Paige

The award-winning film The Miseducation of Cameron Post is based on the novel of the same name by former Miles City Montana resident Emily Danforth. The film takes place at a conversion therapy camp for gay youth.


Anna Paige

Billings artist Louis Habeck graduated from The University of Montana in 2011 receiving a Bachelor of Fine Art with an emphasis in photography; however, his body of work demonstrates his abilities as an interdisciplinary artist. In 2015 Louis was selected for an Artist’s Innovation Award from the Montana Arts Council. He has also given multiple lectures and demos for classes at various colleges, conferences, and art institutions across Montana and Wyoming. 

courtesy Danell Jones and Tim Lehman

On this episode of Resounds, Corby and Anna sit down with Billings authors Danell Jones and Tim Lehman to hear about their latest books. 

courtesy Pete Tolton and Stan Parker

The center to any good story is the people in it. A film being produced by Stan Parker and Peter Tolton, focuses on the father-son duo of Jim Markel, Sr., and Jim Markel, Jr., as they travel through Vietnam to re-visit the places Jim Sr. was stationed during the Vietnam War.

As filmmakers, Parker and Tolton believe in the power of story to spread empathy and understanding. By giving audiences the chance to step outside their lives for even a moment, film presents opportunities for fresh perspective, thoughtful reflection, and personal discovery.

Through screenings in the community and the conversation to follow, this film will enrich viewers with a stronger understanding of the veteran experience and encourage dialogue among families and friends. This is strengthening communities with art that matters.


Anna Paige

For nearly thirty years, Billings-based artist Gordon McConnell has created works derived from Western film stills and informed by his sustained study of the history of the American West and its representations in literature, art, film, and photography.

When the West Was Won: Recent Paintings by Gordon McConnell  is a new exhibition at the Northcutt Steele Gallery, on the campus of Montana State University Billings, which runs from September 5 to October 11.


Anna Paige

Creative people are always looking for the right venue to show or produce their work. Aaron Rosen, Sherri Cornett, and Jane Deschner may live in Billings, but their work is seen in galleries across the U.S.


The Yellowstone Art Museum, located on North 27th Street in the heart of downtown Billings, exhibits, interprets, collects, and preserves art, with an emphasis on Montana and surrounding regions, for the enrichment, education, inspiration, and enjoyment of all.  In March 2018, Bryan Knicely replaced longtime YAM director Robyn Peterson, who left in December 2017. Knicely recently served as the executive director of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, in Southwest Indiana. Under his leadership, the museum earned its re-accreditation in 2017. Knicely brought world-class exhibitions from national and international artists to Evansville. 

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