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Buster Simpson has been active as an artist working in the public since the late 1960s.  His work ranges from stand alone sculpture to integrated and/or collaborative works.  His work incorporates ecological, historical, social, and technological considerations, contextualizing them into a site specific aesthetic.  His art, its medium and product vary, but the methodology and underpinning conceptual approach are consistent.  All aspects of the public realm potentially could become part of the palette; the landscape, the infrastructure, the built environment, and the social and economic engagement.  Simpson has stated, “I prefer working in public spaces.  The complexity of any site is its asset; to build upon, to distill, to reveal its layers of meaning.  Process becomes part and parcel to the art of the place.

Simpson has worked on major infrastructure projects, site master planning, signature sculptures, museum installations, and community projects.  Simpson has completed numerous art master plans for urban centers and watersheds that integrate community, ecology, and art.  A retrospective of his work was presented in 2013 at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington.

 At 7 pm, Simpson will give a public lecture about his artwork and how design professionals can integrate artwork into their building projects.  The talk will take place at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and it is a free event.

 Simpson’s artwork will be unveiled in late August at King’s Landing along Ship Creek (near The Bridge Restaurant).

Learn more about Buster Simpson at

1% For Art NEWS

Conservation Projects are underway all over the Anchorage Bowl....
Ralph Helmick's artwork "Prospect" at the Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center received a fresh coat of paint and was reinstalled at the Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center June 1-4. 
Bill Fitzgibbon's "Fifth Avenue Reflections" which is located on the Fifth Avenue Garage will get refurbished this summer. 
Maria Miller's Chilkat Robe is getting a new case made and will be moved to the second floor of Hanshew Middle School by September 15, 2014.
A Preservation Plan is underway thanks to the help of contractor Carmen Bydalek.  The plan will be created for all of the exterior sculptures in the 1% for Art collection and is possible because of a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Museum Without Walls

The Municipality's public art reflects the strong natural environments and the influences and dreams of individualists living in Alaska. Please enjoy this whirlwind tour of the program and call the program office if you would like further information (907)343-6473.

Artist Opportunities

There is a request for qualifications listed for public art on  The art selection jury for West High School is looking to commission art for 1 to 2 locations as part of the new addition to West High School planned to be finished in 2016.  The call deadline is August 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm.