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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

Eva Petric: In Between Universes

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

Extended by popular demand through April 9, 2017

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 was held Sunday, October 2, 2016.

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




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



January 29, 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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Maggie Meiners: Revisiting Rockwell

Photograph:  Maggie Mieners, Truths, 26 3/16" x 30 9/16" x 1 1/2"

Maggie Meiners:  Revisiting Rockwell

Photograph: Maggie Mieners, Truths, 26 3/16" x 30 9/16" x 1 1/2"

Photograph: Maggie Mieners, Truths, 26 3/16″ x 30 9/16″ x 1 1/2″

December 18, 2016- February 26, 2017

In this exhibition, Maggie Meiners was inspired by Norman Rockwell’s cover illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post. It has been discovered that Rockwell staged photographs either shot by himself or by an assistant, then used the photograph as a template for the final project.  Meiners uses Rockwell’s work and reinterprets those scenes by using photographs as the final product. Revisiting Rockwell attempts to contemporize Rockwell’s original works by integrating social issues and elements more suggestive today into each photograph.

“As I continue to examine Rockwell’s work, I have noticed, for better or worse, that while sociological landscape has changed in many ways, there is much that remains the same.”

– Maggie Meiners

A Meet-the-Artist reception is scheduled for Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 pm.



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 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.

“Medieval to Metal” makes its stop at the Butler Institute of American Art January 22, 2017 and will be on view through April 16, 2017. It 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.



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




Winslow Homer: From Poetry to Fiction – The Engraved Works

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Winslow Homer:  From Poetry to Fiction – The Engraved Works

January 22 – March 19, 2017 at The Butler Trumbull Branch in Howland Township

Winslow Homer From Poetry to Fiction – The Engraved Works is an exhibition comprised of Homer’s early engravings with never before exhibited or published vintage photographs, all related to Homer’s post-war subjects.

This national touring exhibition consists of 230 original monochromatic wood engravings by Winslow Homer, arguably the most popular artist and illustrator of nineteenth century America, and one of the most important American artists of all time.  The exhibition focuses on his early work from his time as an apprentice in Boston to a successful illustrator and painter in the mid-19th century.

Winslow Homer From Poetry to Fiction is a national touring exhibition organized by Contemporary and Modern Print Exhibitions of Laguna Niguel, California.  Reilly Rhodes, curator of the collection is the author of a new book Winslow Homer From Poetry to Fiction—The Engraved Works, that will be available later this year.

A Meet-the-Curator Opening Reception and Gallery Talk will be held for the general public and media at The Butler Trumbull Branch Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 1-3 pm.  Admission is free and ample free parking is available on premise.

“Artists should never look at pictures, but should stutter in a language of their own.” – Winslow Homer



Jarrett Hutton: Through an Artists Eyes


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Jarrett Hutton: Through an Artists Eyes

February 26 – May 14, 2017

Jarrett Hutton’s passion was creating art. With a gift for capturing the beauty and blessings of life in his eclectic art pieces. Hutton created a variety of collections that included paintings, drawings, photography, and wood burning.

In 2006 is when Hutton first became involved in photography when his Love Life series came to be. He found joy in creation, and had often stated “It has made me love my life. Always, Love Life.”

The Love Life Foundation builds upon Jarrett’s mantra: LOVE LIFE. The foundations mission is to encourage expression through the arts, to provide and support community outreach programs and to promote the advancement of aspiring, young artists by raising and distributing funds for select scholarship programs.

“Finding the happiness you want is about creating what you want.” -Jarrett Hutton  IMG_8822