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.
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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
March 19 – April 30, 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.
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 Museum Gift Store.
Doug Safranek: Works in Egg Tempera
April 15 – June 11, 2017
Doug Safranek received a B.A. in French from Boston College and later received his M.F.A from the University of Wisconsin where he studied with Robert Grilley, magic realist John Wilde, and art historian James Watrous, who introduced him to egg tempera painting. His works are included in numerous private and public collections, including the Arkansas Art Center, the Norton Museum of Art, the New-York Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Safranek is an internationally renowned artist who paints thought provoking portraits of New Yorkers and emotive scenes of the vibrant city.
“Egg Tempera is paradoxical medium. It embodies the qualities of both fragility and permanence. The slow meditative process of layering the delicate brushstrokes which make up the surface of a tempera painting has the effect of imparting an intimate stillness to even the most active composition. I and other contemporary painters have found this medium of Byzantine icons to be equally well suited to secular urban scenes. These make up a large part of my work. In my New York paintings I’ve attempted to note not only the clutter and eccentricities of daily life but also that which is timeless and universal in a fast-paced environment.” ~ Doug Safranek
Doug Safranek. Free Time 25.5 X 36 in.u
Exhibition: May 7 – October 1, 2017
Meet-the-Artist Opening Reception: May 7, 2017, 1-3 PM
Reception open to the public and media with free admission
UK artist, Patrick Boyd comes to The Butler Institute of American Art with his latest exhibit: Man with a Holo Camera. Boyd works at the intersection of photography, holography, art and science. Combining all with installation and a unique graphic language. His imagery is both compelling and emotive. His works of meticulously created installations and captured sequences blur the boundaries between two and three dimensions. His works present a colorful world where real life, narrative, light and shadow connect and collide.
“My works of meticulously created installations & captured sequences blur the boundaries between two & three dimensions. I try to present a colorful world where real life, narrative, light & shadow connect & collide.” -Patrick Boyd
Patrick Boyd, The Birds
Pulsed laser hologram
Exhibition: May 14 – August 6, 2017
Gary Erbe is a self-taught painter from Union City, New Jersey. Unable to attend art school, he supported himself and his family as an engraver. In 1967, Erbe discovered Trompe l’oeil painting and its masters. In 1969, Erbe conceived a way of creating paintings that would be more contemporary and a departure from the 19th Century Trompe l’oeil masters.
By freeing objects from their natural surroundings via the illusion of levitation and through the juxtaposition of objects that in reality had no relationship, he could create thought provoking paintings. In the same year, Erbe coined the term “Levitational Realism”. In 1970, Erbe decided to pursue his art full time and began to actively exhibit his work.
Erbe’s work combines flat space forms that are exaggerated and enhanced by shadow, light and color. The result is pure three-dimensional illusion. While there are and will always be elements of Trompe l’oeil in his work, he has less of an interest in fooling the eye in favor of stimulating the mind.
“Over the years, I have explored the idiom of abstraction and cubism and how these modern principles can be integrated into Trompe l’oeil. I welcome the challenge of bridging the gap between modern art and realism without abandoning technique. I believe I have found ways of circumventing the so-called rules of Trompe l’oeil in favor of originality, inventiveness and creativity. Most of my work since 1970 is highly complex and can be engaged on many different levels. I have underscored the point that my work has less to do with the tenets of Trompe l’oeil and far more to do with the creative process of discovery.” -Gary Erbe
An exhibition catalog will be available for purchase in the Butler Museum Gift Store.
CLICK HERE for VIDEO on Gary Erbe: 21 WFMJ’s “Inside the Gallery” television segment with Butler Director Dr. Louis Zona.
Gary Erbe, Baseball Album, 2003
Oil on canvas, 48 x 68 in.