September 12, 2011
Contact Information: Terri McCoy, (406) 444-2807
Secretary Linda McCulloch Unveils “Treasured” Montana Artist
Richard S. Buswell, Helena Photographer
HELENA - Secretary of State Linda McCulloch on Monday introduced Helena photographer Richard S. Buswell as the next “Treasured” Montana Artist during an unveiling ceremony at the State Capitol. McCulloch launched the exhibit in January 2009 to showcase Montana artists whose work is tied to the Treasure State.
“With the use of shadows, lighting and unique perspective, Buswell celebrates a time in Montana that predates computers, cell phones and social networking,” Secretary McCulloch said. “The exhibit evokes nostalgia for those who lived it, and intrigue for those who have only heard the stories.”
“For the past 40 years, I have explored the junction where decaying artifacts become visual echoes of the past,” Buswell said. “My images conjure the remains of personal histories, and are more interpretive and abstract than they are documentary. I am delighted to share my vision with a new audience as the next ‘Treasured’ Artist.”
Buswell is an internationally renowned photographer whose work has been featured in both solo and group exhibits. More than 200 museums have acquired his photography for their permanent collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Library of Congress. His photography has been published in three books titled Echoes: A Visual Reflection, Silent Frontier, and Traces: Montana’s Frontier Revisited. A fourth book, Close To Home: Legacies of Montana’s Frontier, is scheduled to be released in 2013.
“This photography has the ability to silence a room,” Secretary McCulloch said. “The images make you stop and think about what you are looking at, and the experience leaves a lasting impression.”
Buswell’s exhibit will be on display through the beginning of January in the front lobby of the Secretary of State’s Office, which is located in the State Capitol Building in Helena. It is available at no cost to the public.
Past and present “Treasured” Montana Artist exhibits are featured in an online gallery at sos.mt.gov/Gallery.