Chad Buck, a Brigham Young University alumnus and recipient of a master of fine arts degree for his studies in art, has been selected as one of 15 winners of the prestigious Western States Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship.

Chosen from 629 applicants in 13 western states, the fellowship winners each received $3,500. Federation director Terry Melton said the fellowships are awarded "in recognition of exceptional talent to artists living and working in the West."Buck earned a degree from BYU's art department in 1984 and is artist-in-residence at the Kala Institute in Berkeley, Calif. He also has a studio in Emeryville, Calif.

"Meaning in my work comes from the juxtapositions of opposites: harmony and discord, sharp accentuation and fluid change," says Buck. "The work relies on the abstract forms to convey an emotional force."

His colored drawings "I Rise" and "Building the Ark" were reproduced in the fellowship catalog.