Women in Wy­oming

A mul­ti­me­dia ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing lo­cal women makes its de­but at Wy­oming’s Buf­falo Bill Cen­ter of the West this Oc­to­ber.

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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.

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