Upcoming Exhibition

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

January 26 – March 29, 2020

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery


John Buck 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 collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, the exhibition features 39 prints and sculptures that span a forty-year period.

Born in Ames, Iowa in 1948, Buck attended the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of California, Davis, where he studied with Robert Arneson, Roy DeForest, Manuel Neri, and William T. Wiley.

Buck is a virtuoso draftsman who has learned to draw with different types of sharp tools, which he uses to explore both local and global issues in sophisticated works that are imbued with complex iconography and often layered with multiple meanings.


Exhibition Book

John Buck: Iconography
By Ben Mitchell

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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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