Buster Simpson, an artist active since the 1970s, has worked on major infrastructure projects, site master planning, signature sculptures, museum installations, and community projects. Simpson received his MFA in 1969 and later, the Distinguished Alumni Award in Architecture and Design, at the University of Michigan. Simpson is a recipient of numerous awards, including NEA fellowships and the Americans for the Arts Artist of the Year Award in 2009. His installations have included Effluence of Affluence at the Seattle Art Museum, Face Plate at the Hirshhorn Museum, and Incidence at the International Glass Museum.
Simpson often melds social and ecological issues into an aesthetic and continues to employ intervention and temporary prototypes as a way to inform more lasting public works. Recent completed commissions include Bio Boulevard at Brightwater Water Treatment facility and Carbon Veil at SeaTac International Airport.