Local artist wins national award

Local environmental artist Buster Simpson has a long and rich history of creating art for public commissions as well as for private galleries and institutions, exhibiting his work in one-person and shared exhibitions, teaching and consulting on art from coast to coast and around the world. Among his many great public works are Whole Flow in Pasadena, CA, Offering Hat, Drinking Cup, and Illuminated Boat in Kansas City, MO, and Portal at WSU, not to mention Parable, Rosettarray, Ping Pong Plaza, Beckoning Cistern, Mobius Band, Water Table/Water Glass, Moment, Bio Boulevard and Seattle George Monument, to name a few of his works around Seattle and the Puget Sound area. Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen his work.

In recognition of Simpson’s many contributions to public art, Americans for the Arts, a national organization to promote the arts which recently held its annual conference here in Seattle, recognized him with the 2009 National Public Art Network Award. This award “was created to recognize and honor innovative and creative contributions and commitment in the field of public art.”

Congratulations to Simpson; this is an honor truly deserved. Highly recommended is viewing his website to get a look at his projects on film and then going to them in person when possible.

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