• The Butler Institute of American Art, East Elevation

ABOUT THE BUTLER: AMERICA’S MUSEUM

Founded in 1919 by Joseph G. Butler, Jr., the Butler Institute is the first museum of American art. The original structure, dedicated in 1919, is a McKim, Mead and White architectural masterpiece listed on the National Register of Historic places. The Butler’s mission is to preserve and collect works of art in all media created by citizens of our country. The Institute’s holdings now exceed 20,000 individual works, and the Butler is known worldwide as “America’s Museum.”

The Butler is located in Youngstown, Ohio, in Mahoning County, and receives no revenues from the city or county. The Butler charges no admission fee at the main location or at its branch museum, and relies on contributions from the community and the nation to meet its cultural mission. How you can help

The Beecher Center, housed in the south wing of the Butler’s Youngstown location, is the first museum addition dedicated solely to new media and electronic art. The facility regularly displays works of art that utilize computers, holography, lasers and other digital media. The Beecher Center houses the Zona Auditorium, a digital media theater designed for performance art and high-definition film presentations.

The Butler Art also operates a satellite facility in nearby Trumbull County. The Butler’s Trumbull branch, funded in part by Foundation Medici, focuses on important international artists whose works have profoundly influenced America, as well as exhibitions of works by contemporary master painters and sculptors. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Butler.

 



Today At The Butler

Autumn de Forest: The Tradition Continues

Autumn de Forest
Autumn de Forest

Autumn de Forest

Extended by popular demand through October 16, 2016

Butler director, Louis Zona marvels at the quality of work created by this young lady, and comments, “Autumn de Forest is by any measure, a child prodigy.  The community is in for a treat”.  

Now based in Las Vegas, Autumn de Forest is an artist who happens to be fourteen.  She moves freely between abstraction and representation, often mixing elements of both. She experiments with different techniques, such as laying down what she calls an “imperfectly perfect” surface. It may come as a surprise that a number of pieces were painted by a five year old. With no formal art training, Autumn began a self-education process and pursuit of painting at age 5, studying the works of other artists with a dedication and consistency that is beyond that of the usual child.  In her explorations and research of the style and technique of well-known artists, she has referenced and paid homage to the works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Grant Wood, Robert Indiana and Franz Kline, AND Robert Motherwell.  Autumn’s family tree has a number of art world figures including her great, great uncle Hudson River School painter, Lockwood de Forest.

Other members of her family include; her great, great uncle Robert Weeks de Forest, former president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, cousins,  George de Forest Brush, an American painter in the Western School of Art, and Roy de Forest, a pioneer in the new California Abstract Expressionist Movement.

The Saturday before her show opening, Miss de Forest shared a bit of her creative process with the media and Butler visitors during a public demonstration .  She evenly inspired members of the audience of all ages-3 to in their 90’s, not only with her talent and technique, but with her grace, warmth and maturity.  Autumn de Forest has a way of connecting with people universally through her art, ability to communicate, and through her philanthropy work.

Much of the audience who attended the public demonstration eagerly returned the following day for Autumn’s exhibition opening.  It was one of our most attended Meet-the-Artist receptions.  Following the public reception, Butler museum members and members of the media celebrated with Autumn, her family and founders of The Park West foundation with a VIP “high tea” reception.

Autographed, full-color catalogs are available in the Butler Museum Gift Shop.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Park West Foundation.

A national tour is being planned for Autumn, but The Butler and the community is looking forward to Autumn de Forest returning to our Valley sometime in the near future.

 

 

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Alfred Leslie: 10 MEN

Alfred Leslie, ALFRED LESLIE IN 2011, 3 panel self, 2011 -2012, 7x5 feet, oil pastel on canvas

Extended by popular demand through November 20, 2016

Alfred Leslie, an internationally renowned painter and filmmaker famous since the 1950s for his abstract and figurative painting, has updated his craft for the contemporary age. On view will be ten larger-than-life oil pastels including portraits of Sam Francis, Richard Bellamy, Al Held, Jerome Liebling, Joel Oppenheimer and Willem de Kooning, as well as three self-portraits. This exhibition was organized by Janet Borden, Inc., NYC.  A meet-the-artist reception is scheduled for Sunday, May 15th from 1-3 pm.

Alfred Leslie, ALFRED LESLIE IN 1963

Alfred Leslie, ALFRED LESLIE IN 1963

Alfred Leslie, ALFRED LESLIE IN 1984, 3 PANEL SELF, 1984 - 2014, 7x5 feet, oil pastel on canvas

Alfred Leslie, ALFRED LESLIE IN 1984, 3 panel self, 1984 – 2014, 7×5 feet, oil pastel on canvas

Alfred Leslie, ALFRED LESLIE IN 2011, 3 panel self, 2011 -2012, 7x5 feet, oil pastel on canvas

Alfred Leslie, ALFRED LESLIE IN 2011, 3 panel self, 2011 -2012, 7×5 feet, oil pastel on canvas

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Robert Cottingham: Master Realist

Robert Cottingham, Champaign, 1992, oil on canvas, 62" x 62"

September 18 – November 20, 2016

The exhibition, Robert Cottingham:  Master Realist is a retrospective look at the career of this great American artist.

Robert Cottingham, Empire IV, 2012, oil on canvas, 48" x 96" x 2"

Robert Cottingham, Empire IV, 2012, oil on canvas, 48″ x 96″ x 2″

Robert Cottingham, Champaign, 1992, oil on canvas, 62" x 62"

Robert Cottingham, Champaign, 1992, oil on canvas, 62″ x 62″

“Robert Cottingham is an American original. It was he who helped to develop and to popularize contemporary realist painting. But beyond his pioneer role in representational art, he has worked to preserve an important aspect of urban American popular culture. In a sense he has, through his painting, preserved for all time, disappearing American imagery. In the process he has raised to iconic levels the signage that has come to mark the American city as well as the countryside.  Presenting an exhibition of the work of Robert Cottingham has been a long time dream. We could not be happier that it is finally happening for the Butler and for the people of Ohio and Western Pennsylvania…a dream come true.” ~ The Butler’s Director, Dr. Louis  Zona

 This exhibition is possible thanks to the guidance and overall support of Jane Eckert and her team at Eckert Fine Art Gallery and Consulting.

 

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Butler Young Collectors Group

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Young professionals are invited to the Butler in Youngstown for an evening of “cocktails and collecting”, the first meeting of the Butler’s new Young Collectors Group. Join Butler Director Louis Zona and special guest Jonathan Greenberg, vice President of Sotheby’s Auction, NYC for an introduction to art collecting for enjoyment and investment, art history and appreciation, and a better understanding of the Butler’s role in our community,as well as the role of the arts in our lives.

 

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Eva Petric: In Between Universes

Eva Petric, LIEBE. lace assemblage installation, St. Stephan's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
Photo Credit:  Andreas Scheiblecker

October 2, 2016-December 31, 2016

In this exhibition, Eva Petric creates an interplay of light and shadow by composing a  “lace assemblage” from found, donated, and inherited hand-made pieces of lace collected from all over the world, and combining them with sound and video projections.  It is her homage to the delicate webs that tie us together and unite us in this world.

A Meet-the-Artist opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, October 2, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Eva Petric, LIEBE. lace assemblage installation, St. Stephan's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria Photo Credit: Andreas Scheiblecker

Eva Petric, LIEBE, lace assemblage installation, St. Stephan’s Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
Photo Credit: Andreas Scheiblecker

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