Kendall Buster first studied microbiology and received a BS degree in Medical Technology before pursuing an education in art. She earned a BFA degree from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington DC and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University as well as participating in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Studio Program in New York City.
Equally inspired by the monumental and the microscopic, her large-scale sculptures operate as scale models for imaginary places and converse with the particulars of existing built spaces. Her work, informed at once by the built environment and by biological morphologies, has been exhibited in numerous venues nationally and internationally. These include The Hirshhorn Museum and the Kreeger Museum in Washington, DC, Artist’s Space and The American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City, The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, The Haggerty Museum in Milwaukee, The Boise Art Museum in Boise, Idaho, Suyama Space in Seattle, Washington, SCAD Museum in Savannah, the Bahnhof Westend in Berlin, and the KZNSA Gallery in Durban, South Africa.
Commissioned projects include a pier for The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park and permanent site-responsive works for The Frick Chemistry Building at Princeton University, Gilman Hall at Johns’ Hopkins University in Baltimore, The San Francisco International Airport, The Health and Biosciences Center at The University of Houston, and the US Embassy in Rabat, Morocco.
Buster was interviewed by Neda Ulaby on NPR’s Morning Edition as part of a series on art and science and in 2005 was the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in the Arts.