Quadrennial: Spectacular Buckles from the US and Abroad



Quadrennial: Four Years of Spectacular Buckles from the U.S. and Abroad

Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, November 14th – Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
Reception: Thursday, November 16th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Helen E. Copeland Gallery
213 Haynes Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717
Main Contact: Ella Watson, Gallery Director
(406) 994-4501

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery and the School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce the opening of Quadrennial: Four Years of Spectacular Buckles from the U.S. and Abroad on exhibit from Tuesday the 14th until November 21st,. A public reception will take place on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, which is located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall. This free event is open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Quadrennial is an invitational exhibition of belt buckles by former participants of  “The World Championship Belt Buckle Competition:” an annual juried, virtual, and online exhibit, highlighting contemporary work within the belt buckle format. Bryan Petersen, the founder of The World Championship Belt Buckle Competition, and current professor of the Metals Department at MSU, is thrilled to have the physical buckles on display as year after year the exhibit has been a virtual one with a one-year online presence.

To create a physical archive of the competition, past WCBBC participant and juror, Nash Quinn, has designed a catalogue available through Blurb books that will be released in time for the exhibit’s opening.  Local Bozeman author Michele Corriel has written a forward for the catalogue. The array of artistic techniques highlighted in this exhibition include:  illustration, plastics, exotic materials, 3-D printing, fused glass on metal, lapidary, and lost wax casting. Contemporary buckle artists comment on narrative themes, gender issues, politics, technology, religion, mythology, and mortality, among many other themes.

This four-year project has taken advantage of our Northwestern Regions culture and lifestyle.  WCBBC has helped fund high-profile visiting artists for the MSU Metalsmithing program, bringing in new jurors annually.  WCBBC is the only exhibition of its kind in that it promotes contemporary art buckles, and elevating the discussion for what form a belt buckle can take.  Petersen has used the Monatana regionalism and cowboy stereotype to bring the world to Bozeman: buckle contestants are from across the globe. Finalists have come from UK, Switzerland, Mexico, Turkey, and Costa Rica to name a few.
According to Petersen, “The biggest challenge of is connecting with these artists and what continues to motivate me to host the event.  Making an effort to promote the event worldwide is tough: there is a Facebook page and WCBBC is advertised on Klimt 02, a European website for jewelers out of Spain.  Mostly my job has been stalking buckle makers with an online presence and inviting them to submit to the juried competition.  During the six months leading up to the first competition, I can remember setting a goal of contacting at least 5 new artists a night.  Now it is easier since the event has a reputation and following, plus there is $500 in prize money, a chance at online exposure, and the possibility to be included in a physical catalog.”

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall. Please note that the parking passes are required for parking during the business day (6AM – 6PM). Helen E. Copeland Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM/ Closed on weekends

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