John Buck: Prints and Sculpture from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

January 26 – March 15, 2020

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

This exhibition was set to close March 29 and closed early due to COVID-19

John Buck (American, born 1946) is a nationally recognized Montana artist who has created a large and powerful body of woodblock prints and wood sculptures over the past four decades.

Organized by Hallie Ford Museum of Art Director John Olbrantz and drawn from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, this major exhibition features 39 prints and sculptures that span a forty-year period.

Born in Ames, Iowa in 1948, John Buck earned his BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1968 and his MFA degree at the University of California, Davis in 1972, where he studied with artists Robert Arneson, Roy DeForest, Manuel Neri, and William T. Wiley. A virtuoso draftsman and imaginative sculptor, Buck explores national and global issues in sophisticated works that are imbued with complex iconography and often layered with multiple meanings.

Over the years, Buck has become fascinated with the cultural imagery surrounding his homes in Montana and Hawaii, current events, popular culture, and the irony and humor found in world history and this collected visual vocabulary is woven throughout his printed and sculptural work. Buck has been featured in dozens and dozens of solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States in the past, and his work can be found in numerous public and private collections throughout the region and nation, including the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.


Exhibition Book

John Buck: Iconography
With essays by Ben Mitchell, Eleanor Heartney, John Yau, and Bud Shark.

Over the past four decades Iowa-born artist John Buck, working out of his studios in Bozeman, Montana, and in Hawaii, has created a large and enormously important body of woodblock prints and rubbings, sculpture, and three-dimensional wood panels. Both his two- and three-dimensional forms are saturated with a visual and spatial richness of images, icons, symbols, motifs, and an intensely lyrical and deeply authentic evocation of both the natural and social worlds. Tough-minded and visually complex, Buck's art comprises a thorough and relentless examination of deeply personal and shared social concerns. This book includes works from throughout the artist's career: a complete catalogue raisonné of prints from 1980 to 2007, representative works of wood sculpture, a selection of shadowbox-like wood panels, and works from his little-known glass jar series.

144 pp., 135 color illustrations
ISBN: 9780910524377
To order, call: 503-370-6855
Available in the Hallie Ford Museum of Art store starting September 29

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Members/VIP Opening Reception

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Saturday, January 25, 2020  |  6 - 8 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Members and museum invited guests only
Tickets Required

New Members:
 are welcome to join at the event or online


Or by phone at 503-370-6855 or by email at


John Buck: Observer and Whittler
Linda Tesner
Director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University
Saturday, January 25, 2020  |  5 - 6 p.m.
Paulus Lecture Hall, Willamette University College of Law
Free and open to the public


Tuesday Gallery Talks with Museum Docents
John Buck: Prints and Sculpture from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
Presented by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art docents on the following Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.:

  • January 28, 2020
  • February 4, 2020
  • February 11, 2020
  • February 18, 2020
  • February 25, 2020
  • March 3, 2020
  • March 10, 2020
  • CANCELED: March 17, 2020
  • CANCELED: March 24, 2020

Tours will commence in the Maribeth Collins Lobby at the museum
Free and open to the public 


Financial Support

Financial support for this exhibition was provided by funds from Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation and by general operating support grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission

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John Buck (American, b. 1946), The Times, 1991, edition 2/15, eleven color woodcut with rubber stamp, 53.5 x 36.25 in., collection of Harsch Investment Properties, © 2019 John Buck / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photo: Strode Photographic LLC.

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