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
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.
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 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.
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.
Sunday, November 13, 2016 Noon – 3:00 P.M. at The Butler in Youngstown
Come for an afternoon of fun, art and entertainment for the whole family!
- Children can decorate their own holiday cookie, and get their face painted
- Visit with Santa Claus – take a selfie with him or an “elfie” with his elf
- Meet The Butler’s furry gliding friends, Sugar Bears Banjo and Boo
- Children will create with fun “make it-take it” art activities
- Children and families will enjoy docent-led tours and treasure hunt activities that will highlight current exhibitions
- All can enjoy story hour and holiday films
- All are welcome to join Butler Director, Dr. Lou Zona at 2pm as he guides a unique tour of the Butler galleries, and discusses works from the Butler’s prestigious collection.
- The Butler’s Collection Cafe will be open with a selection of menu items.
- Free hot cocoa will be served
- The Butler’s Museum Gift Shop will offer discounts on select merchandise
An American Holiday Art & Artisan Show at the Butler – a much anticipated holiday tradition!
Shop at least 90 artists and artisans for beautifully unique, hand-crafted gifts…pottery, glass, decor, wearable art, jewelry, toys, prints, yummy treats and more…for everyone on your holiday gift list.
The Butler Museum Gift Shop and The Fine Art Sales Gallery will be open both event days for your gift giving needs.
Proceeds to benefit the Butler’s free admission policy!
Made possible in part by STIFEL NICOLAUS
The Butler’s Trumbull Branch in Howland Township will be closed Friday, October 28, 2016, but will re-open for regular scheduled hours Saturday, October 29, 2016.