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 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.
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
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.
Kwame’ Gomez, Grade 12, Age: 17, Firestone High School, Akron, OH.
Bloody Thursday, American Visions Medal, Drawing & Illustration
Dennis Wojtkiewicz: A Separate Reality
Exhibition On View: January 7 – April 22, 2018
Meet-the-Artist: January 14, 2018 1-3 PM
*This exhibition is located at Butler Trumbull
Known for highly-rendered drawings and paintings, Dennis Wojtkiewicz uses the emotive quality or light as primary a primary concern. Recent work begins to pose questions regarding the nature of representation, particularly hyper-realist/photo-realist representation vs abstraction, and the place for analog work in the digital age.
Dennis Wojtkiewicz is Professor of Art at Bowling Green State University where he has taught painting and drawing since 1988. He received his M.F.A. degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1981 and also studied at the Atelier Neo-Medici in France under the direction of Patrick Betaudier in 1978 and 1983. He is known for his distinctive large-scale paintings of fruit and flowers in which the subject matter is encapsulated and transfixed by a heightened approach to realism. His work has been shown in international art fairs in Bridgehampton, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Palm Beach, Santa Fe, Taipei and Toronto as well as in numerous galleries and exhibitions throughout the U.S. He is a past recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Individual Fellowships with paintings and drawings represented in major public, private and corporate collections.
Dennis Wojtkiewicz, Citrus Series #25, oil on canvas, 40″ x 60″
Edith Bergstrom: Exotic Palms
Exhibition on View: May 6 – June 10, 2018
Meet-the-Artist: May 6, 2018 1-3 PM
In the 1980’s, Edith Bergstrom became fascinated by the diversity of the palm tree with its more than 1,500 species. She joined the International Palm Society and began collecting the plants herself, focusing on palm trees as works of art. This exhibition of Bergstrom’s watercolor and oil paintings creates a virtual garden of exotic palms for the viewer.
A catalog will accompany this exhibition – available for purchase through the Butler Museum Store.
Troyan Tecau: istoria
Exhibition on View: May 6 – June 10, 2018
Meet-the-Artist: May 6, 2018 1-3 PM
“The paintings and objects in this show are recent works. Whenever a painter, sculptor or object maker is working, the results are the cumulation of all they have seen and experienced, distilled by their interest in the objects or ideas. A line, shape, or color coupled with a concern is the start. I am making things that I want to see — perhaps if someone else made them I wouldn’t have to. I am motivated in this enterprise by the concept of Istoria, a term used by the 16th century thinker Leon Battista Alberti. Alberti wrote Della pittura, the first modern treatise on the theory of painting. To paraphrase Alberti, he wrote of something “being right”. Since my childhood, this feeling always has been a goal for me – this sense of combining the visual and visceral for completeness.” – Troyan Tecau
“I caution everyone to not try to figure out meaning, but rather to enjoy the ride. You are seeing innovation and art in its purest sense.” – Dr. Louis Zona, Director/Chief Curator
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.