• 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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Patrick Boyd: Man With a Holo Camera

Exhibition: May 7 – October 1, 2017

Meet-the-Artist Opening Reception: May 7, 2017, 1-3 PM

Reception open to the public and media with free admission

UK artist, Patrick Boyd comes to The Butler Institute of American Art with his latest exhibit: Man with a Holo Camera. Boyd works at the intersection of photography, holography, art and science. Combining all with installation and a unique graphic language. His imagery is both compelling and emotive. His works of meticulously created installations and captured sequences blur the boundaries between two and three dimensions. His works present a colorful world where real life, narrative, light and shadow connect and collide.

My works of meticulously created installations & captured sequences blur the boundaries between two & three dimensions. I try to present a colorful world where real life, narrative, light & shadow connect & collide.”  -Patrick Boyd


Patrick Boyd, The Birds

Pulsed laser hologram




David Hockney: Yosemite

David Hockney: Yosemite

Exhibition: July 23 – September 24, 2017

During visits to California’s Yosemite Valley in 2010 and 2011, David Hockney sought to capture its resplendent landscape. Working in situ, the artist rendered the scenery using a drawing application on his iPad. With the touch screen as his blank canvas, Hockney layered stroke upon stroke of color to convey the texture, light and presence of the natural world before him; embracing the immediacy of his applied gestures to work swiftly and in the moment. Whether portraying the quiet isolation of nature, or the bustle of human visitors within the park, the varying complexities of each drawing provide insight into the artist’s vision. Some are tightly composed, evoking the density and richness of forest foliage. In others, vistas take shape from an economical use of bold, confident gestures. Evident throughout is the artist’s command of color, which instills a vitality and exuberance that transcends the physical realities of the landscape. Recognizing their visual potential beyond the screen, Hockney transformed the iPad drawings into prints.

This exhibition was made in cooperation with L.A. Louver.

no 19 cover image

David Hockney, Untitled No. 19, 2010

iPad Drawing Printed on Paper

37 x 28 in.




Congressman Tim Ryan Grant Press Release

Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $10,000 Grant for the Butler Institute of American Art

Jul 17, 2017 Issues: Economy

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan announced a $10,000 grant for the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. This grant was awarded by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) through their Arts Engagement in American Communities (AEAC) program. The funds will be used to support an art exhibition and associated outreach activities, and more specifically to showcase drawings and small-scale sculptures by sculptor and installation artist Alice Aycoc. The exhibition will include gallery lectures, workshops, family programming, and docent-led tours.

“I am pleased to announce these funds which will benefit the greater Youngstown region. Cultural centers like the Butler Institute play a critical role not only in education, but in quality of life — making our communities more desirable places to live and raise a family. The NEA empowers local arts centers to work on bringing arts and culture to all citizens, not just the ones who live in big cities. That is why I am pleased that the Fiscal Year 2018 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill rejected President Trump’s proposal to eliminate the NEA, and instead funds this important agency at $145 million. This grant for the Butler Institute of American Art is just one example of how essential the NEA is to communities, museums, libraries, and more across the country, ” said Congressman Tim Ryan.

Arts Engagement in American Communities (AEAC) supports arts projects in all artistic disciplines, extending the National Endowment for the Arts’ reach to communities across the United States. These grants will engage the public in diverse and excellent art in geographic areas underrepresented in our grantmaking portfolio. Grants are available for professional arts programming, including the presentation of artists or artworks, marketing and promotional activities, educational programs, and organizational planning. All AEAC grants are for $10,000, and require a minimum $10,000 match (cost share) with non-federal support.

Congressman Ryan sits on the House Appropriations Committee and serves as Ranking Member of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee. This week the House Appropriations Committee will markup and vote on the Fiscal Year 2018 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which includes funding for the Department of Interior, the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and more. The bill included funding for the NEA and NEH at $145 million each, which is $5 million less than 2017 enacted levels.

Source: timryan.house.gov

Congressman Ryan’s On-line Press Release



Merryl Berner Cicourel: Retrospectively Reimaging Cultural Landscapes

Merryl Berner Cicourel: Retrospectively Reimaging Cultural Landscapes

Exhibition: August 13 – October 8, 2017

Meet-the-Artist Opening Reception: August 13, 2017, 1-3 PM

Merryl Berner Cicourel’s work is centered on folk and contemporary art. She uses her personal experiences with landscapes and sacred settings from various cultures to create mixed media works. Most of her images appear to be abstractions at first glance. Creating landscape abstractions, she simplifies realistic sketches, drawings, paintings, and photographs so all that remains are their abstract essence. By only leaving a simplified form of the image, she creates a sense of movement and spontaneity in her work. The shapes are used as a framework and reflect their surroundings and change as their environment and lighting conditions are altered.  A unique feature of her work is the dual use of printmaking plates. After being re-worked; she takes the plates and incorporates them into wall sculptures.

It speaks to my art making process as well as  how over a period of time this process has influenced the direction my work at different intervals has taken.” -Merryl Berner Cicourel

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

ceremonial Landscape I

Merryl Berner Cicourel, Ceremonial Landscape I, metal, 45 x 70 in.



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