• 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

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



An American Holiday at the Butler 2016


An American Holiday at the Butler

 46th Annual Art & Artisan Show

 A much anticipated holiday tradition!


Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, 10 am – 5 pm & Sunday, December 4th, 2016, 10 am – 4 pm

Don’t miss your chance to shop the creations of over 90 artists and artisans under the roof of a historical masterpiece!  Choose from a variety of beautifully unique, hand-crafted pieces.  From pottery, glass and decor to jewelry, toys, prints, yummy treats and more, you’re sure to find something special for most everyone on your gift list.  The Butler Museum Gift Store and The Fine Art Sales Gallery will be open both event days for your gift giving needs as well.

Participating artists and artisan vendors provide items for a chance auction.  Chance auction tickets can be purchased at the door.

On Sunday, December 4th, from 1-3 pm, FREE art appraisals (limited to 2 items per person) will be given by Byce Auction and The Bonfoey Gallery.

An American Holiday at the Butler is a yearly fundraising event benefiting the Butler’s free admission policy and free programs, made possible in part by STIFEL NICOLAUS.



Access to the Butler During Wick Construction

Access to the Butler is Being Maintained

December 1, 2016

Though Wick Avenue in front of the Butler in Youngstown is closed due to the beautification construction project, access to the Butler and its parking lot is maintained.

Due to road closures in the area surrounding the Butler, you must access the museum from the North.

Easiest access is via the 193/422 Expressway Wick Avenue exit to Wick Avenue.

When you approach the construction area on Wick in front of the Butler Museum, you will see “Road Closed” signs and barriers.  Additional access to the Butler parking lot is maintained temporarily via University Plaza (the street that runs next to Butler North).  This access to the Butler parking lot is usually a one-way EXIT.  Use caution and courtesy when entering, exiting or maneuvering through the lot as lot traffic will have to now move in both directions.

HOWEVER, depending on the work being done at the time of your visit to the Butler, the construction crew member directing traffic will direct you through the barrier to access the Wick Avenue entrance to the Butler parking lot or circle if you indicate you want to enter the Butler.  If there is no crew on site, and no machinery blocking the Butler front driveway, you may pass through the road block area and enter the parking lot via the front entrance driveway as usual.

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.



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 25, 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, 2016

“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.