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John Buck: Prints and Sculpture

From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

At the Brunnier Art Museum
Wednesday, August 24 - Sunday, December 18, 2022


John Buck (American, born 1946) is a nationally recognized Montana artist who has created a large and powerful body of woodblock prints and wood sculptures over the past four decades. Drawn from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, this major exhibition features 30 prints and 8 sculptures that span a forty-year period.

Born in Ames, Iowa in 1946, John Buck earned his BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1968 and his MFA degree at the University of California, Davis in 1972, where he studied with artists Robert Arneson, Roy DeForest, Manuel Neri, and William T. Wiley. A virtuoso draftsman and imaginative sculptor, Buck explores national and global issues in sophisticated works of art that are imbued with complex iconography and often layered with multiple meanings.

Buck’s art demonstrates an exceptional insight and perspective on the social and political realities of the day. It often explores the enormity and complexity of conflict, yet his figures are whimsical and resilient. Buck manages to make provocative “issues” art, treating the conflict seriously, while his combination of symbols and figures display a sense of humor, and therefore an optimistic balance.

Over the years, Buck has become fascinated with the cultural imagery surrounding his homes in Montana and Hawaii, current events, popular culture, and the irony and humor found in world history and this collected visual vocabulary is woven throughout his printed and sculptural work.

Images: All works by John Buck, on loan from the collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation

The Lamp, edition Archive Impression 1/1, 1995
woodcut with rubber stamp and hand coloring
Photo: Strode Photographic LLC

The Times, edition 2/15, 1991
woodcut with rubber stamp
Photo: Strode Photographic LLC

Scrimshaw, 2004
wood and acrylic
Photo: Aaron Wessling Photography


Exhibition Programs

Find full descriptions of programs on the University Museums Calendar. All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required. Click the event title to register. Events listed below will be at the Brunnier Art Museum (1805 Center Dr., 295 Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa) unless otherwise noted. Programs are subject to change. Check the University Museums Calendar and Facebook page for the latest events information.


Curator's Tour

Sunday, August 28, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Join Curator Adrienne Gennett for a tour of the brand-new exhibition John Buck: Prints and Sculpture From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. Explore the diverse range of symbols and figures Buck employs to comment on contemporary politics and society through his prints and wood sculptures.



Thursday, September 1, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

You are invited to celebrate the new exhibition John Buck: Prints and Sculpture from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation on view in the Brunnier Art Museum. Take time to look closely at Buck’s intricate and unique works of art and converse with University Museums staff and friends. Light refreshments served.


The Art of Collaboration and Community Building with Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Thursday, October 6, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.,
Virtual on Zoom (click for link)

Located in Minneapolis, Highpoint Center for Printmaking works to make printmaking an accessible form of art for their community and a diverse range of artists. Dedicated to educating, creating access, and collaboration, Highpoint has spent the last 21 years building community through the art of printmaking. Artistic Director & Master Printer Cole Rogers and Director of Artist Programs Josh Bindewald will discuss their work with both the community and nationally recognized artists.

Sponsored by the Kathy and John Howell Art Enrichment Program.


Date Night in the Brunnier Art Museum

Friday, October 21, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Start your date night out right with a scavenger hunt in the Brunnier! Have fun finding all the hidden images with your special someone or come with friends and compete to see who can find all the images first.


Relief Printmaking Demonstration & Discussion with Raluca Iancu

Wednesday, November 2, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Join Assistant Professor of Art & Visual Culture and Printmaker, Raluca Iancu, as she demonstrates and discusses techniques of relief carved and hand printing.


The Reef, edition 7/15, 2014
Photo: Aaron Wessling Photography

The Night Sky (Polyphemus), edition 7/15, 1992
woodcut and linocut
Photo: Strode Photographic LLC

Visit the Brunnier Art Museum

Wednesday - Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Closed to the public Monday & Tuesday. ISU curriculum tours may be scheduled on these days with a 2-week notice.

Closed University Holidays

Thanksgiving Break 2022 Hours:
Closed Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 21 & 22
Open Wednesday, Nov. 23
Closed Thursday & Friday, Nov. 24 & 25
Open Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 26 & 27

Address: Scheman Building (2nd Floor), 1805 Center Drive, Ames, Iowa
Admission: The cost is free; however, there is a suggested donation of $8.

This exhibition is organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. The exhibition is hosted by University Museums with generous support from Stewart Burger, H. Dieter and Renate Dellmann, Priscilla K. and Charles R. Sage, Jim and Diane Patton, and University Museums membership.

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