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 – 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.
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
Exhibition: January 21 – July 22, 2018
Meet-the-Artist Reception: January 21, 2018 1-3 PM
In this exhibition by Sally Weber, 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.
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.
Dennis Wojtkiewicz: A Separate Reality
Exhibition On View: January 7 – February 8, 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″