• 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

100 Years of American Printmaking

Exhibition: September 17 – November 19, 2017

The Butler has been building a collection of prints over the decades presenting a virtual who’s who of American printmaking in a new exhibition. It can be said that every artistic movement and principle artist of the past century are included in this exhibition, 100 Years of American Printmaking from The Butler Collection. The exhibition offers us a wonderful journey through American art history, from American Impressionism through 21st century conceptual and expressionistic directions. Rare works are included alongside classic images, offering a comprehensive look at the art of printmaking in the United States of America.

Winslow Homer, Snap the Whip, 1873, woodblock print. Museum purchase 1963.



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.




47th Annual American Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

47th Annual American Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 10 AM – 4 PM

The Butler Institute of American Art proudly presents the 47th Annual American Holiday Arts & Crafts Show!

The top holiday arts & crafts show in the area. On December 2nd & 3rd come shop original works from over 90 of the area’s finest artisans. Admission is $7 for adults, children 12 and under are free, bring a non-perishable food item for Project Feed Our Valley and receive $1 off admission.

There will be a chance auction and winners will be chosen at the closing of the Craft Show weekend.

On Sunday, December 3rd from 1-3 PM there will be a free antique and collectible appraisal provided by The Bonfoey Gallery and Byce Auctions.

The Collections Café will be open with a limited menu.

Make sure to shop the Museum Store for holiday gifts as well!

*Limited parking is available at the Butler lot and YSU F1 lot.



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