Women in Wyoming
A multimedia exhibition celebrating local women makes its debut at Wyoming’s Buffalo Bill Center of the West this October.
As a fifth-generation Wyoming native, Lindsay Linton Buk knows firsthand the effect women have had on making her home state what it is today. For her upcoming exhibition Women in Wyoming, the photographer traveled more than 15,000 miles, developed 600 rolls of medium-format film, recorded 3,000 minutes of audio interview footage and met with women throughout the state, including artists, Supreme Court justices, politicians, authors, linguists, pilots, outdoors women and more. The result? A celebration of Wyoming’s women and a platform to share their stories through large-scale portraits, interactive elements and audio soundscapes, arranged thematically by chapters—including Chapter I: Breaking Boundaries; Chapter
II: Filling the Void; Chapter III: Power; and Chapter IV: Rising. Also featured in the exhibition is a preview of Chapter V: The Cowgirl State.
“This project shines a light on heroes among us,” says Karen Mcwhorter, Scarlett Curator of Western American Art. “Women who have defied odds, fulfilled dreams, exceeded expectations and filled voids by invoking their own unique strengths and skills.”
Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in Wyoming in 2019 and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020, Linton Buk says that the timing of the exhibition is “incredible.” She adds, “In a state as rural as Wyoming, we’re often isolated, so it’s vital to be able to see your peers and the important work they’re doing. Women in Wyoming is important now because it gives women strong examples to look up to and show the many pathways to success in the rural West today.”
Women in Wyoming will be on view at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Whitney Western Art Museum from October 25, 2019, through August 2, 2020. For more information about the project and its creator, visit womeninwyoming.com.
Above: Lindsay Linton Buk, Mickey Thoman, Cowgirl, Mentor & Ranching Matriarch of the Thoman Ranch in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, 2018. Photo © Lindsay Linton Buk. Inset: The Whitney Western Art Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.