• The Butler Institute of American Art, East Elevation

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.



Today At The Butler

100 Years of Printmaking II

100 Years of American Printmaking II

Exhibition: January 14 – June 3, 2018

This exhibition from The Butler Collection is a survey of American printmaking covering the last 100 years. It can be said that every artistic movement and principle artist of the past century are included in this wonderful journey through American art history; from American Impressionism through 21st century conceptual and expressionistic directions. High points include works by Cassatt, Hopper, DeKooning, Johns & Warhol.

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Sally Weber: Elemental

Sally Weber: Elemental

Exhibition: January 21 – July 22, 2018

Meet-the-Artist Reception: January 21, 2018 1-3 PM

In this exhibition by Sally Weber, we are interconnected elementally. ELEMENTAL brings together works of light exploring the inter-relationship between ourselves and the natural elements of which we and our world are composed. We are always changing as is the rest of nature. Only light is timeless, existing in the perpetual now. Like infinity, the perpetual now evades our experience of time and space. Light, as both particle and wave, defies, inspires, and illuminates our world, empowering the transformative processes of life.

These installations are inspired by the natural elements like carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen on which all life is based. Iron, the most abundant metal in the universe, is the transformative metal. Its fusion the collapsing core of a star triggers a supernova and the subsequent creation of heavier elements. Based on observations of medieval miners, early alchemists believed that metals matured underground, transforming from base metals like lead to the royal metals, silver and gold. The alchemists hope to speed up the process by transmuting metals from one stage to another. Through their premise was wrong, some of their observations and experiments were steps towards the discovery of the true elemental interactions of nature.  -Sally Weber

Sally Weber, Carbon Rose (detail), 2016, 44″ x 51″, dye sublimation print on metal

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Pastel Works From The Butler Collection

Pastel Works From The Butler Collection

Exhibition on View: Now – July 29, 2018

This exhibition highlights a selection of pastel paintings from the Butler’s permanent collection which are intermittently displayed in the museum’s Giffuni Gallery dedicated to exhibiting pastel works.

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82nd National Midyear Show

82nd National Midyear Show

Exhibition Reception & Awards Presentation: July 1, 2018 1-3 PM

*Reservations are required for this free event. To reserve, call (234)228.8555 or email biaalib2@yahoo.com by June 22, 2018

On View: July 1 – August 26, 2018

This annual shows exhibits the artworks of adult artists from throughout the 50 United States and its territories. This exhibition includes accepted works in all two dimensional media, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, drawings, prints, photographs and digital. This year, 93 entries from 79 artists from 17 states were accepted out of almost 800 entries from 286 artists from 29 states. Juror for this year’s exhibition is New York City artist and sculptor, Peter Reginato. A catalogue of the works included in the exhibition will be available through the Butler Museum Store.

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