• 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




Until further notice

Wick Ave. is closed due to construction.
Visitors to the Butler Institute of American Art are instructed to park (free of charge) in Youngstown State University’s Wick Ave. Parking Deck (M30) via Walnut St. Entrance (GPS address: 100 Wade St. Youngstown, OH 44502). Please refer to this Map. The pedestrian footbridge to cross Wick Avenue can be accessed by the Elevator or stair case at the west end of the Parking Deck. Directional signage is clearly marked within the parking deck.


Please call Public Relations at 330-743-1107 ext. 1302  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.

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BYCG 1st Anniversary Meeting

Dragana Crnjak: As if Staying

Dragana Crnjak: As if Staying

August 20 – November 5, 2017

Meet-the-Artist Reception: August 20, 2017, 1-3 PM

In this exhibition, Dragana Crnjak gathered images of patterns found in Serbian embroidery, architecture and various works of art while visiting Serbian Orthoox medieval monasteries in 2015. Through the process of manipulation and enlargement, she takes these images and enlarges them on to a landscape-like field to create abstract art. The shifting and drifting geometries, dissolving and interrupted patterns take a pattern and make it into something abstract, while also weaving together traditional with contemporary visual elements. Crnjak’s art transforms familiar images into something unknown, new, and even peculiar imagery.

Dragana Crnjak born in Yugoslavia; recieved her M.F.A in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is primarily based in painting and drawing. She received the Individual Excellence Award in visual arts from the Ohio Arts Council in 2008, 2011, and 2015. Crnjak has taught art at the University of Virginia and The Cleveland Institute of Art. Currently, she is the Associate Professor at Youngstown State University teaching painting and drawing.

This exhibition is open to the public and media with free admission.


Dragana Crnjak, Mending Blue, acrylic on canvas, 64 x 58″, 2017



Marc Ross: Paintings for Plum Ridge

Marc Ross: Paintings for Plum Ridge

Exhibition: September 3 – November 12, 2017

Meet-the-Artist Reception: September 10, 2017

In Paintings for Plum Ridge, the art of Marc Ross pays tribute to the aesthetics of Minimalism, a movement which celebrated simplicity and the power of color.  However, the minimalist paintings of Ross are not just about saluting past philosophies. They instead reveal a technical facility in surface and color rarely seen today.

Marc Ross was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. After having lived in Chicago and Baltimore, Maryland, he returned to Ohio eighteen years ago with his wife and son. He received his BFA from Ohio University, attended graduate school at the University of Chicago, completed his MFA at Kent State University and received a degree in education from Ashland University.

Ross has exhibited in numerous venues, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Klutznick National Jewish Museum, the Southern Ohio Museum, and various galleries in Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Baltimore, New York City and Washington, D.C.

(From left to right): Yellow Meany Haiku, Blues Question 6, Red Meany Haiku, Breath



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.



Bob Ziering: The Twilight of the Gorilla

Bob Ziering: Twilight of the Gorilla

Exhibition: September 10 – November 19, 2017

Meet-the-Artist Opening Reception: September 10, 2017 1-3 PM

Bob Ziering‘s affection and concern for the quickly disappearing population of the Mountain Gorilla is obvious in this series of large, personal and compelling pastel paintings. Ziering employs an expressionistic approach, emphasizing both line and textural qualities in the work conceived to enlighten the audience and conjure more concern for the plight of our visually fascinating primate cousins. United, these respect – provoking images create a powerful exhibition – universal in its implications. It challenges viewers to reflect on the human/primate parallel and encourages them to face the seriousness of the endangerment of these majestic animals and their natural habitats.

Bob Ziering, Unfinished, diptych, 43″ x 60″.



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