Kendall Buster’s large-scale sculptures and site-specific installations combine art, science, and fantasy. She projects the curious intensity of cells and tissue with shadecloth and steel, creating skin-like vessels. Suspended from the ceiling or billowing out from the ground, her transparent, multi-layered pieces exist as independent environments floating through space. The small world of molecular biology is magnified as her work requires the viewer to physically engage with the piece and overall environment.
Buster earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Yale University, and completed the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Studio Program (1981, 1987, 1984). Her work has been exhibited at the Hirshhorn Museum, Kreeger Museum, both Washington, DC; Artist’s Space, American Academy of Arts and Letters, both New York, NY; Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee, WI; Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO; Bahnhof Westend, Berlin; and KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa. Buster has commissioned sculptures for the DC Convention Center and Wilmer Cutler Hale, Washington, DC; Markel Corporation, Massey Cancer Center, both Richmond, VA; The Bank of Oklahoma Arena, Tulsa, OK; and The Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV. Other sculpture commissions include The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park, The San Francisco International Airport, The University of Houston Health and Biomedical Center, and the US Embassy in Rabat, Morocco, among others. She was the recipient of a 2005 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in the Arts.
Buster currently lives and works in Richmond, Virginia as a Professor in the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University.