WWxBBCW: the Women in Wyoming multimedia exhibit at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 – Wyoming – Women in Wyoming, a project by photographer, artist and Wyoming native, Lindsay Linton Buk will make its worldwide debut at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming on October 25, 2019.
“The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is thrilled to host Lindsay Linton Buk’s exhibition, Women in Wyoming, and we are honored to be the show’s inaugural venue,” said Karen McWhorter, Scarlett Curator of Western American Art, Whitney Western Art Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and Co-curator, Women in Wyoming.
A celebration of Wyoming’s incredible women, the exhibit is an immersive experience that will be on display from October 25, 2019, through August 2, 2020.
An artist, photographer and fifth-generation native born in Powell, Wyoming, Linton Buk created Women in Wyoming as a way to tell the stories of and celebrate the achievements, power and learned wisdom of contemporary Wyoming women through art and media. The project shares stories through portrait photography and a podcast, where Linton Buk sits down with women from Banner to Upton, the Wind River Reservation to sheep camp at the base of the Wind River mountains.
“To have my work at a place as prestigious and beautiful as the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a dream come true for me as a Wyoming artist,” said Linton Buk. “I’m thrilled to work with their talented team and bring the stories of Wyoming women to life for the world to see.”
The Women in Wyoming exhibit will feature large-scale portraits as well as an audio soundscape and interactive elements with profiles from Chapter I: Breaking Boundaries, Chapter II: Filling the Void, Chapter III: Power and Chapter IV: Rising, as well as a preview of Chapter V: The Cowgirl State.
“This project shines a light on heroines among us,” said McWhorter. “Women who have defied odds, fulfilled dreams, exceeded expectations and filled voids by invoking their own unique strengths and skills.”
Linton Buk is no stranger to what it means to be successful in today’s Wyoming.
An editorial and commercial photographer by trade, Women in Wyoming is a project that’s dear to her, so much so that she’s traveled more than 15,000 miles, developed 600 rolls of medium-format film, recorded 3,000 minutes of audio interview footage and met with amazing women throughout Wyoming, including artists, Supreme Court Justices, politicians, authors, linguists, pilots, outdoorswomen and more.
“Lindsay’s honest and striking portraits in Women in Wyoming show women shaping our state through exuberance, persistence, intelligence, grit and grace,” said Rebecca West, Curator of the Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and Co-curator, Women in Wyoming. “These aren’t the superstars or well-known media darlings—these are female superheroes in blue jeans and business suits taking on the challenge of careers, families and gender roles, not to mention the task of chipping away at stereotypes and inequality.”
The exhibit coincides with the 150th anniversary of women having the right to vote in Wyoming in 2019 and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020.
“The timing with Women in Wyoming and the 150th anniversary of Wyoming giving women the right to vote is incredible,” said Linton Buk. “In a state as rural as Wyoming, we’re often isolated, so it’s vital to be able to see your peers and the important work they’re doing. Women in Wyoming is important now because it gives women strong examples to look up to and show the many pathways to success in the rural West today.”
“As curators and artists, we’re honored to share this exhibit,” added West. “As women, we invite you to join our celebration of the women’s suffrage centennial.”
More information about Women in Wyoming and its creator Lindsay Linton Buk can be found at WomeninWyoming.com. Learn more about Buffalo Bill Center of the West, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, at CenteroftheWest.org.
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ABOUT WOMEN IN WYOMING
Throughout the history of our state, Wyoming women have always been brave, strong and impactful. The mission of Women in Wyoming is to tell the inspiring stories of contemporary Wyoming women through art and media, celebrating their achievements, power and learned wisdom. Women in Wyoming developed out of a personal interest of artist, photographer and fifth-generation Wyoming native Lindsay Linton Buk to connect with her peers and learn about how women were expressing their full capacity in the rural West today.
Through her work creating Women in Wyoming, Lindsay is dedicated to pioneering a platform to promote the integrity, diversity and profound legacy of Wyoming women. Stories are documented and shared through portrait photography, podcast interviews, a traveling exhibit and eventually, a book. By creating a powerful collection of contemporary female role models—from artists to politicians and ranchers to authors—Women in Wyoming encourages the next generation of trailblazing, ambitious, community-minded women and girls to step forward and fulfill their highest potential.
Production for Chapters I-IV has been supported in part thanks to The Equipoise Fund, ThinkWY: Wyoming Humanities, The Bobby Model Charitable Fund, The Wyoming Community Foundation, Center of Wonder and numerous individual supporters. Womentum, a 501c3 based in Jackson best known for its signature 9-month mentoring program, serves as the project’s non-profit fiscal sponsor.
ABOUT LINDSAY LINTON BUK
Artist, photographer and fifth-generation Wyoming native Lindsay Linton Buk grew up in Powell, Wyoming. After earning her B.A. in History from Middlebury College, she returned to Wyoming to study photographic communications at Northwest College. Lindsay worked as a portrait photographer in New York City for Peter Hurley and taught photography workshops for Canon. She conceived of Women in Wyoming after moving back to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and founding her own studio, Linton Productions. Linton’s editorial and commercial work has appeared in Outside and Southwest magazines, among others.