Inside the Gallery: Romare Bearden

Watch WFMJ’s gallery tour while Dr. Lou Zona discusses the collage piece “Hometime” by African American artist Romare Bearden, one of the stars of American art in the 20th century.

A branch of large, white flowers with yellow centers surrounded by small green leaves sitting on a dark purple cloth.

Inside the Gallery: Martin Johnson Heade

Watch WFMJ’s gallery tour while Dr. Lou Zona discusses this 19th century artist’s work and explains the difference between Impressionism and Luminism.

A picture of Joy Mistovich standing in her office in front of a wall with art and a board with a collage of different items on the wall. She is wearing a blue sweater, glasses, and white earbuds with a black lanyard hanging around her neck.

Joy Mistovich receives OMA’s 2023 Emerging Museum Professional of the Year award

Mistovich is the Education Assistant and Accessibility Specialist at the Butler, and has made a huge impact on the museum, providing a more inclusive and accessible experience for everyone. She created the “Sensory Sunday” program, implemented Aira in 2022, and currently creates braille brochures for exhibitions.

Still from a news segment featuring a reporter in a suit on the left gesturing in the direction of the camera with his hands. To his left there is a TV screen showing the front of the museum and text overlapping reading "Color Spectrum: The Art of Autism" and a separate banner reading "Voices4Autism". To the left of the TV is a woman, wearing a light blue top and black pants, and man, wearing an white hooded sweatshirt that says "Voices 4 Autism" and dark blue jeans, facing the reported. At the bottome of the still is says "Morning ready" with a banner underneaith that says "Color Spectrum, The Art of Autiam Looking for Artists" and " Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown"

Butler Announces Autism Art Show this Fall

“Color Spectrum – The Art of Autism” will be at the Butler in October, featuring artists from around the nation. Click “Read More” to watch the WFMJ interview with our Education Director Joyce Mistovich and Scott Austalosh, founder of Voices 4 Autism.

Butler Institute of American Art awards CAN Triennial Exhibition Prize

Amy Casey is the Butler’s choice for the CAN Triennial Exhibition Prize. She is a painter and a printmaker. Using images of buildings as stand-ins for human action and endeavor, Casey has made a large series of paintings that explores and exposes various mechanisms of catastrophe and re-growth.

Hands touching a 3-dimensional tactile image of George Washington

First-of-its-kind exhibition debuts at the Butler

President’s Day may have passed but the celebration of the Commander in Chief continues with the newest exhibit at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown. Click “read more” to see WKBN’s coverage of this unique exhibition.

Inside the gallery: George Washington Tactile Images

Executive Director Dr. Zona and Accessibility Specialist Joy Mistovich spoke with WFMJ about the newest tactile exhibition at the Butler Institute, which opened the day before Presidents’ Day and runs through May 12th.

George Washington on horseback looking to the left, wearing black military coat, horse facing same direction, Washing points hand outward and down

Founding Father: George Washington Tactile Images

Explore the life and times of the first President of the United States of America, George Washington, with 10 tactile images each with a cooresponding print. Tactile Images delivers accessible and inclusive images to the blind, disabled, and sighted communities.

George Washington among a crowd of other colonial era individuals, american flags in background, military carraige drawn by horses on left, man in green with cane greeting Washington who is in black. A man in red greets ladies wearing flower printed clothes

George Washington: The Myths & the Man Exhibition

This exhibition presents thirteen original paintings by Philadelphia artist Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863-1930), along with 17 historical documents that reveal facts about George Washington’s actual life, and help viewers better understand the man behind the myths.

The beautiful, triumphant IRL end to that harrowing pool scene in Ava DuVernay’s “Origin”

Epicenter NYC interviews Dr. Zona as he discusses Al Bright’s life, artwork, and the recognition he received as an accomplished professor and artist in our community.

An African American woman stands in front of the painting "A Love Letter to My Darling Dee". The painting is an abstract with large blue and white streaks on a gray and black neutral background.

Black History Month exhibition opens at the Butler: Greatness Revealed

“Often, our African American artists haven’t been mainstreamed into American art. So, I saw this as an opportunity to pull out some of the works from the Butler’s permanent collection for Black History Month,” says Dr. Dee Banks, curator of the exhibition. 

The exhibiton will be on view until March 17, 2024.

The painting is an abstract with large blue and white streaks on a gray and black neutral background.

Greatness Revealed: The Art of African Americans from the Butler Collection

In celebration of Black History Month, the Butler is showcasing a unique exhibition from its permanent collection in Mesaros Gallery. This collection showcases Jacob Lawrence, Sam Gilliam, Horace Pippin, Al Bright, as well as other lesser-known African American artists which help make this exhibition special.

a bright blue and orange bird sitting on an antique camera next to books, the books are titles 'Birds of America' and 'The Art of Bird Illustration'

Pastel Society of America’s 51st Exhibition

We present a selection of award winners from the Society’s most recent exhibition. The participants are some of the best pastel artists working in this country.

John Greenmail standing in front of a wall of some his art.

John Greenman photographs, 1992-2018 An evolving approach to color

This exhibition represents 26 years of work in color photography, with a focus on images that depend more on color than “composition,” from the interpretation of work by London street artists to a series of urban and rural landscapes.

A man stands in front of an abstract painting. The painting is a mix of brown and black shapes.

Zona Among Local Winners of Arts Advocacy Awards

The CreativeOhio Champion Advocacy
Awards recognize Dr. Zona, executive director of The Butler Institute of American Art for his extensive contribution to the arts.

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Color and Emotion: The Butler to Display Art of Rocker Paul Stanley

Stanley always had a great passion for painting and channels it by creating portraits and abstracts that are emotionally charged compositions. His tremendous success with his artwork has led to an entirely new fan and media presence for the accomplished musician, actor, and artist. He maximizes the direct and powerful impact of his paintings through scale, texture, color, and simplicity of imagery.

Butler Institute Director, Fans Reflect on Bennett’s Legacy

Tony Bennett famously sang about leaving his heart in San Francisco. But he also had a place in his heart for the local museum where he frequently exhibited his paintings. Lou Zona, director of The Butler Institute of American Art, reflected on his relationship with Bennett, whose career as a singer spanned generations.

Three abstract tactile pieces of art. The left is solid silver color, the one in the middle is a dark blue, and the one to the right is a soft yellow.

National Midyear Exhibition Opens at the Butler

More than 300 artists from across the U.S. submitted 810 works for the Butler’s 87th National Midyear Exhibition— only 80 of which got into the show from 15 different states! “It presents both traditional works as well as the highly inventive abstractions that are always crowd pleasers,” says Dr. Zona.

Abstract piece with large black and blue streaks on a faux marble background.

Art on a Grand Scale: Butler Museum to Unveil Wing, Mural

For a little over a year, the brand new addition was under construction at the Butler Institute of American Art — Architect C. Robert Buchanan designed the Bacon Wing, as well as other additions at the museum. The Vince & Phyllis Bacon Grand Gallery houses a monumental mural by Pierre Soulages, which was salvaged by Dr. Zona in 2009, and is now displayed behind striking glass windows and can be seen from Wick Avenue.