• The Butler Institute of American Art, East Elevation


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


Wick Avenue in front of the Butler, 1/18/2017




The intersection of Wick Ave. and University Plaza will be closed to vehicular traffic effective Monday 1/30/17.
Visitors to the Butler Institute of American Art are instructed to park (free of charge) in Youngstown State University’s Wick Ave. Parking Deck (M30) via Walnut St. Entrance (GPS address: 100 Wade St. Youngstown, OH 44502). Please refer to this Map. The pedestrian footbridge to cross Wick Avenue can be accessed by the Elevator or stair case at the west end of the Parking Deck. Directional signage is clearly marked within the parking deck.


Please call Public Relations at 330-743-1107 ext. 123  or email wendyswick@butlerart.com with any questions,  suggestions or concerns.

We are looking forward to the end results of the Wick Avenue improvement project and thank you for your patience and continued support and visits.

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Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the Guitar


Medieval to Metal:  The Art & Evolution of the Guitar

January 22 – April 16, 2017


“Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR”  is a touring exhibition of The National GUITAR Museum that explores the artistic evolution of the world’s most popular instrument.  It features 40 instruments spanning centuries of craftsmanship and design from around the world, ranging from the Moorish oud and Renaissance theorbo to the acrylic body of today’s modern guitars.

Photo courtesy of The National Guitar Museum

The exhibition also includes 20 photographs of renowned musicians and their instruments from legendary rock photographer, Neil Zlozower, and life-size photorealistic illustrations of historically and culturally significant designs from artist Gerard Huerta.

Accompanying the Exhibition is The Butler’s Guitar Jam Pad, a comfy place for visitors of all ages to get a hands-on experience of guitars from Fender and the National GUITAR Museum.

The Butler's Jam Pad with guitars courtesy of Fender Guitars

The Butler’s Jam Pad with guitars courtesy of Fender Guitars

“Medieval to Metal”  will continue to travel the country seeking a final resting place to be announced in the year 2018.

“Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR” is a Touring Exhibition of The National GUITAR Museum. The National Guitar Museum is the first Museum solely dedicated to the past, present, and continually evolving style, shape, tone, and artistic demographics of reinventing the Guitar.


  • free showings of concerts and legendary performances from your favorite iconic guitarists on DVD in The Butler’s state of the art Zona Auditorium each Saturday at 1:00 pm.  CLICK FOR DVD SCHEDULE
  • A special visit and performances from Hubbard Music’s Rock Star University’s kid’s rock bands, including the popular 6-8 year-old rocker band, “Chicken Feet” on Sunday, March 19 at 1:00 pm
  • “Elvis” enters the Butler on Saturday March 11 at 1:00 pm, and Saturday, March 18 at 1:00 pm, 2017, when Mark Lee Pringle brings a taste of his 1950’s Elvis Tribute Show, with exact replica’s of Elvis Presley’s guitars and costumes.  Mark will perform some of his tribute music and answer questions about his Elvis replica guitars and costumes.
  • A special lecture on the guitar in art from Randall Goldberg April 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm
  • All events are free admission and open to the public




Butler Art Lecture Series


A Butler Director’s Art Lecture Series – Winter 2017

With Dr. Louis Zona


February – April 2017


Join Butler director, Dr. Louis Zona for a series of five Sunday afternoon lectures

  1. February 12
  2. February 26
  3. March 5
  4. March 12
  5. April 9

These free lectures are presented at 2:00 pm Sundays in Zona Auditorium on the first floor of the Butler’s Beecher Center.

In this lecture series, Dr. Zona discusses a wide range of works of art including:frnt_lecture_card_2017-1_img

  • Leonardo’s Mona Lisa
  •  Rembrandt’s Night Watch
  •  Cezanne’s Mont Sainte Victoire and The Large Bathers
  •  Van Gogh’s Sun Flowers
  •  Gauguin’s Vision After The Sermon and The Yellow Christ
  • Monet’s Impressions Sunrise
  •  Matisse’s The Dance
  •  Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’ Avignon and Guernica
  •  Wassily Kandinsky’s Painting (Autumn)
  •  Marcel Duchamp’s The Fountain
  • Grant Wood’s American Gothic and Daughters of Revolution
  •  Edward Hopper’s Early Summer Morning
  • Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles
  •  Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie
  •  Giorgio DeChirico’s The Soothsayers Recompense
  •  Salvador Dali’s Temptations of Saint Anthony
  •  Willem de Kooning’s Woman 1
  •  William Baziotes’ Dusk
  •  Pierre Soulages’ Ceramic Wall
  •  Jean Dubuffet The Gypsy
  •  Helen Frankenthaler’s Interior Landscape
  •  Robert Rauschenberg’s Retroactive II
  • Jasper Johns’ Flag and Target with Four Faces

* Seating is limited





Howland ButlerArt

The Butler Trumbull branch in Howland will be closed Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30, 2017.



George Mauersberger: Pastel Drawings 1991- 2016

George Mauersberger, Success, pastel, 42" x 60"

March 5, 2017 – May 14, 2017

Meet-the-Artist Opening Reception & Gallery Talk

March 5, 2017 1 – 3 pm.

Open to the public with free admission

The exhibition, George Mauersberger: Pastel Drawings 1991 – 2016 is a compilation of Mauersbergers realistic drawings depicting everyday items arranged in an extraordinary way. With their detailed rendering, these drawings have a living quality, illustrating presence without portraying a specific person. His nationally recognized work is award winning and has been exhibited since 1995.

One of Cleveland’s best in capturing details of every day still life’s, George Mauersberger has been exploring genres using pastels since 1991 during his fourth year of teaching drawing at Cleveland State University.  The notion of contrast between traditional formal concerns and materials vs. contemporary media and ideas drives his work.

While being well known for his drawings on paper and occasionally walls, Mauersberger works with ink, charcoal, pastels, graphite, and watercolor to create realistic images.  His artistic process usually involves working in a series focusing on a particular theme or technique. His interest in drapery, led him to create drawings of various types of clothing, such as his USA Leather series.

“A wise older artist once observed, “Drawing is thinking.” That is what I aspire to, I think.” ~ George Mauersberger

landscapes sample install

George Mauersberger, Bay Sky 1, pastel, 36” x 57”, 2016

T-shirts sample install

George Mauersberger, T1, pastel, 42″ x 47.5″, 2011



Anointed Time: Sculpture and Ceremonial Objects – Tobi Kahn


March 19 – April 20, 2017

Meet-the Artist Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: March 19, 2017, 1-3 pm

Open to the public with free admission

Anointed Time:  Sculpture and Ceremonial Objects – Tobi Kahn is an exhibition of Kahn’s creative powers, fueled by his understanding of history and the belief systems that comprise it. His embrace of the sacred and the transcendent in his work carefully balances meticulous craftsmanship with his own artistic vision.

Kahn’s ceremonial objects, the remarkable sculptural pieces in this exhibition, embody both realms. They are powerful as formal objects and moving in their symbolic references. Beautifully crafted, these works extend the rich tradition of American sculpture while belonging to the contemporary world of conceptual art. Kahn is clearly a master of technique, but it is his artistic gift that moves us to better understand aspects of our world and our humanity.

Anointed Time:  Sculpture and Ceremonial Objects – Tobi Kahn is sponsored by Ben Z. Post.

An exhibition catalog is available in the Butler Museum Gift Store.

Exhibition Catalog Cover Anointed Time: Sculpture and Ceremonial Objects - Tobi Kahn

Exhibition Catalog Cover
Anointed Time: Sculpture and Ceremonial Objects – Tobi Kahn



Morton Kaish-Spring Rising: Landscape Paintings & Prints

Morton Kaish, DELICATE BALANCE, c. 1992
Acrylic on linen. Two panels each: 44 x 48 in.

April 2 – July 9, 2017

Meet-the-Artist Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: April 2, 2017 1-3 PM at The Trumbull Branch in Howland Township

Open to the public with free admission

Spring Rising: Landscape Paintings & Prints – Morton Kaish, an American artist whose paintings, drawings and prints can be found in major museums around the world brings his light and color-filled works to The Butler Institute of American Art’s Trumbull Branch. Critics have noted Kaish’s powerful ability to combine traditional and experimental painting techniques with contemporary insights, his relish for blazing rapturous color, vigorous brushwork and intricate handling produces paintings that radiate joyful exuberance. Kaish understands color, both its physical characteristics and the psychological and emotional qualities that all great artists understand and employ.

“Kaish’s way of holding nature at bay has produced a new multi-dimensional concern with line form and shape — and the outcome is a fascinating blend of the abstract and the figurative. By now, his command of the subject is nothing less than masterful; to be in the presence of these fresh and radiant paintings is to experience anew the vigorous range of his brush.” -Arts Magazine

A Meet-the-Artist Opening Reception will be held on April 2, 2017 from 1 – 3pm at the Butler Trumbull Branch in Howland Township.  The reception is open to the media and the general public.  Admission is free.

An exhibition catalog will be available in The Butler Gift Store.

Morton Kaish, DELICATE BALANCE, c. 1992 Acrylic on linen. Two panels each: 44 x 48 in.

Morton Kaish, DELICATE BALANCE, c. 1992
Acrylic on linen. Two panels each: 44 x 48 in.