The Butler celebrates Black History Month 2022 with two solo Black American artist exhibitions as well as a highlighted selection of art from The Butler Permanent Collection created by Black American artists.
Al Bright: The First Federal Years is on view now in The Butler’s Flad Gallery on the first floor of the museum’s Beecher Center through March 20th. Dialogues With Reality: Paintings by P. Smallwood, an exhibition of watercolor paintings by Philip Smallwood, is on display through February 27th.
Admission is free and visitors can view the exhibitions during The Butler’s regular public hours: Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.; Sunday, noon to 4:00 P.M. The Butler is closed on Mondays and major holidays.
ABOUT BLACK AMERICAN ARTISTS IN THE BUTLER COLLECTION
The Butler Institute of American Art has a rich Black American artist presence in its permanent collection. Artworks by Black artists such as Sam Gilliam (1933-), Elizabeth Catlett (1919-2012), Horace Pippin (1888-1946), Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), Robert Scott Duncanson (1821-1872), among others are specially highlighted during February and into March to celebrate the influence of Black Americans and their culture in American art. Black American art works hang throughout the museum as part of the permanent collection and are tagged with a Black History Month label to highlight the piece. Other works by Black American artists are assembled in a Black History Month exhibition displayed in Beecher Center. This exhibit includes paintings, drawings, and sculptures, including a large scale painting by Barkley Leonard Hendricks (1957-2027), sculpture by Ed Dwight, and drawings by Youngstown native Bill Dotson to name a few.