Buskos combine watercolors and wood in unique art show

September 13, 2021

The work of Sam and Kiley Busko will be featured in the “Watercolors and Wood” art exhibit through Saturday, Oct. 16, at Legacy Hall on M State’s Fergus Falls campus.

The artist reception will be 1-3 p.m. Oct. 16 in Legacy Hall.

Kiley Busko hopes to capture the unique personalities of birds through her expressive watercolor paintings. She is inspired by the beauty and freedom of birds and the water-based materials with which she works. Her work is controlled and detailed, yet intuitive and gestural. Quick bold brush strokes combined with large fluid washes create a sense of movement and time.

The couple, who live in Sioux Falls, S.D., attended Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where they met. They both graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Furniture Design. Sam Busko previously attended M State in Fergus Falls and North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. 

Their furniture collaborations are inspired by Scandinavian design, focusing on minimal forms and natural materials. 

“As furniture designers and makers, it is our goal to create elegant and modern furniture based on function and ease of use,” Sam Busko said. “Despite keeping forms minimal, we allow the joinery techniques and the beauty of the materials to act as ornamentation.”