• 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.

Today At The Butler

100 Years of Printmaking II

100 Years of American Printmaking II

Exhibition: January 14 – April 15, 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.



Victoria Lowe: In the Realm of the Senses

Victoria Lowe: In the Realm of the Senses

Exhibition: October 15 – December 17, 2017

Meet-the-Artist Opening Reception: October 15, 2017 1-3 PM

Victoria Lowe‘s paintings encompass all modes of abstract painting, appearing as visual phenomena, perceptual conundrums, or personal testaments, and go further to become deeply immersive experiences. Her work presents with fields of sprayed color that shift gradually or are inflected with directional lines. Applied in myriad layers, the sprayed particles interact like pixels to create a spectrum of new, unnameable colors. These paintings deliver us into an indeterminate space that seems to expand, pulse or glow. As in all of Lowe’s art, meaning does not exist independently of the sensual. Our experience of the work is poetic, taking us beyond language or process. In both the single and multiple panel works, their large scale gives us the opportunity to plunge into a place where knowing, in the ordinary sense, is not possible. In the vast space of these paintings, we are ultimately left with our own consciousness and with a feeling of unmoored freedom.

Victoria Lowe, Blood Moon, 2014. 4 panels, all 40 x 32 inches, acrylic on paper

This exhibition was organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates



79th Area Artists Annual

79th Area Artists Annual

Reception & Award Presentation: October 29, 1-3 PM

Exhibition on view: Oct. 29 – Dec. 17

The Butler’s Area Artists Annual is one of three juried exhibitions the Butler presents yearly composed of selected works from artists who reside within Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio; and Lawrence and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania. Works in all media are eligible including oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, drawings, prints, photography, ceramics, sculpture and crafts. This year’s juror for the exhibition is the University of Mount Union Art Department Chair, Margo Miller.

For the first time in the history of the show, accepted works will be on view at the Butler Trumbull Branch located at 9350 East Market St. in Howland Township. Cash awards will be presented for prize-winning works at a reception there for the artists and Butler museum membership holder on October 29, 2017 from 1-3 PM.




45th Annual Pastel Society of America

Pastel Society of America

45th Annual Exhibition

December 23, 2017 – February 4, 2018

This exhibition features works by some of the nation’s premier pastel painters. The works are drawn from the organization’s annual exhibition, held at the National arts Club in New York City. The Pastel Society of America is the oldest organization of its kind in the nation.

Founded in 1972 by Flora B. Giffuni, The Pastel Society of America (PSA) – the oldest pastel society in America – is largely responsible for the current renaissance of pastels in American art. The society’s annual exhibitions at The National Arts Club in New York are the premier event for pastel artists in this country and abroad. PSA encourages artistic advancement through prestigious awards distributed during its annual exhibitions.  Pastelists showing technical acumen and creative use of pastel techniques are awarded prizes for their achievements.  Members winning three cumulative awards are named PSA Master Pastelists.  Each year one noted artist is elected into PSA’s Hall of Fame.

Claudia Post, At the Museum, pastel




Sally Weber: Elemental

Sally Weber: Elemental

Exhibition: January 21 – July 22, 2018

Meet-the-Artist Reception: TBA

In this exhibition the elements carbon, gold and iron are integrated with works of light. Early alchemists believed metals matured in the ground, transforming over time from base metals to the royal metals, silver and gold. Their intent was to carefully transmute metals from one stage to another, speeding up the process. Iron, the most abundant metal in the universe, is the actual transformative metal. Its fusion in the core of a star triggers a supernova and the subsequent creation of all the heavier metals including silver, gold, uranium and plutonium and is fundamental to the earth and all life.



Contemporary Realism

Contemporary Realism: From The Butler Collection

February 4 – March 18, 2018

Realist art since the end of World War II has gone through periodic transformations. From Wyeth and Rockwell through Chuck Close and Audrey Flack, the realist tradition has persevered. The exhibition, drawn from The Butler’s holdings, celebrates American artistic tradition.



Scholastic: Art. Write. Now. Tour 2017-2018

Scholastic: Art.Write.Now.Tour 2017-2018

April 3 – June 4, 2018

This touring exhibition produced and presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, showcases a selection of works from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Now in its eighth year, the Tour of inspiring and innovative work by teens from all across the country is celebrated for being the most fresh and relevant look at creative work by young artists today. If you want to know what issues are on the minds of teenagers, the Art.Write.Now.Tour is sure to provide valuable insights through the lens of sophisticated and captivating artworks.

In addition to approximately 50 visual art works selected from the Art.Write.Now National Exhibition, the Art.Write.Now.Tour features The Best Teen Writing, an annual anthology of selected Gold Medal writing, displayed on iPads.

A full color catalog accompanies the Tour.