Frequently Asked Questions

Quick Facts

Museum Guidelines


  • There is no admission fee to the Butler.
  • The Butler has a parking lot adjacent to the museum. Parking is free.


  • Please, no touching the art. Stay behind stanchions and at least a foot away from the art.
  • Food or drink not permitted in the galleries. Please enjoy them in the café.
  • Bags and backpacks larger than 15” x 15” are not permitted in the museum.
  • Reckless, careless, and disruptive behavior may result in expulsion from BIAA.
  • Please supervise young children at all times.

General Information

How do I make a donation?

Call 234-228-8521 and we will be happy to help you or go online if you prefer. We appreciate you thinking of us.

How do I find out about donating or loaning a work of art?

We will need the artist’s name, medium and dimensions, title, images of the artwork, and any other information you can provide. Please mail or email to the director’s office:

As the BIAA has over 22,000 works of art (mostly in storage), we accept only works that enhance the collection.

How do I become a volunteer?

Our volunteers are the museum’s lifeblood. To become a docent (tour guide), contact To become a Museum Store volunteer contact To become an Information Desk volunteer or to volunteer for the Fine Arts Sales Gallery contact

How do I know if an artwork is on view?

Contact our collections manager at

Can I host a private event at BIAA?

Yes, we host wedding ceremonies and small meetings in our Butler North Building. Larger events including wedding receptions can be accommodated at BIAA. Find out more details.

Photography Policies

Photos of permanent collection artworks is permitted for personal use. Do not use flash. Temporary exhibitions are works that do not belong to the Butler and cannot be photographed.

Professional/posed photography
Call 234-228-8588 and we will assist you.

Press or marketing photography
Call 234-228-8588 and we will assist you.

Does your Museum Store sell postcards and reproductions of Butler works?

Yes, contact or phone 234-228-8528

Is it possible to copy favorite paintings in the galleries?

Only classes are permitted at this time.

Featuring Your Art

I am a regional artist. Can I sell my artwork at the Butler?

Our Fine Arts Sales Gallery can assist you. Contact

How would I have an exhibition of my work at the Butler?

If you are resident of Mahoning, Columbiana or Trumbull counties in Ohio or Lawrence or Mercer counties in Pennsylvania, you can enter the Butler’s Area Artist Annual (AAA). Contact for information or click the AAA prospectus link. The Butler also hosts a national juried exhibition each year, the National Midyear Exhibition. For information on the Midyear exhibition, email or click the National Midyear Exhibition prospectus link.

Other inquires/submissions received will be reviewed, but due to the volume of submissions, we are only able to respond only to those whose work might be appropriate for consideration.

Appreciating Your Art

Do I have an original artwork?

Authenticating a work of art can be a big task. The Butler staff may be able to tell you if it is an original rather than a reproduction. If there is a signature on the painting, an art appraiser might be able to authenticate it.

Can the Butler Institute repair my artwork?

No, but we can suggest businesses that have the capacity to handle that. Regionally, The Bonfoey Company in Cleveland (216-621-0178) will be able to assist you.