Buster Simpson, an active artist since the 1970s, has worked on major infrastructure projects, site master planning, signature sculptures, museum installations, and community projects. Recent projects include a light rail bridge, sustainable water infrastructure fountains, and a campus campanile. Master plans include a 40-acre sustainable arts plan for downtown Vancouver Canada, a 1.8 billion dollar waste water treatment plant and is presently engaged on a 14 mile Al Rayyan Road project in Doha Qatar. Most recently, installations include, Parable for Sound Transit, Iceblade in Vancouver B.C. and Instrument Implement at the Water Environmental Center, Walla Walla.
He is known for a wide range of work including stand-alone sculpture as well as integrated and/or collaborative works. His pieces incorporate ecological, historical, social, and aesthetic considerations, contextualizing them into the site-specific values of place. His art, its medium and product vary, but the methodology and underpinning conceptual approach remain consistent. Simpson is known in the Portland area for Host Analog,(1991) a piece about dynamic displacement, which is sited in front of the Oregon Convention Center and presently, he is working on a project along the greenway of the South Portland Waterfront.
Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year. This is the second lecture of the fourth year of the PMMNLS. The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is supported in part by PICA, Reed College, Lewis and Clark College, and The NW Film Center.