CHEYENNE, Wyo - Women in Wyoming—a project by photographer, artist and Powell, Wyoming native, Lindsay Linton Buk—will make its world wide 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.
“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,” said Linton Buk. “Being a Wyoming artist and having an exhibit here isan incredible honor and I’m delighted to work with their team to bring the stories of Wyoming women to life at the Center of the West.”
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 heroes among us,” said McWhorter. “Women who have defied odds, fulfilled dreams, exceeded expectations and filled voids by invoking their own unique strengths and skills.”
An artist, photographer and fifth-generation native of 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 across Wyoming.
“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.”
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, outdoors women 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. “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.
“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.”
For more information on Women in Wyoming check out the interview from the morning show.