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Butler Institute of American Art

Butler Institute of American Art

(Courtesy of the Butler Institute of American Art)
The Butler Institute of American Art, located in Youngstown Ohio, was the first museum in the world to focus exclusively on American Art. Founded in 1919, the museum features a diverse collection of work, including Winslow Homer's "Crack the Whip."

History :

The Butler Institute's main building was designed in 1919 by noted Beaux-Arts architects, McKim, Mead & White. The Italian Renaissance-style building is made of white Georgian marble and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Several additions have been made throughout the years. The most notable of which are the 2000 Beecher Center, built to house the museum's digital and electronic art collection and the Andrews Pavilion, opened in 2002 and site of the museum's cafe, gift show, and sculpture atrium.

Permanent Collection:

The centerpiece of the Butler Institute's permanent collection is Homer's Crack the Whip, called by some the American Mona Lisa. The museum also features works by John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, Fitz Hugh Lane, Mary Cassatt, Romare Bearden, and Robert Rauschenberg, among others.

The Museum recently acquired Norman Rockwell's Lincoln, the Railspliter.

Special Exhibitions at the Butler Institute of American Art:

In addition to the permanent collection, the Butler Institute hosts a number of temporary exhibits each year. Recent exhibits have included "Peter Seltzer Watercolors," "The Art of Warner Brothers," and "James Rosali Sculpture."

Visting the Butler Institute:

The Butler Institute is located about an hour's drive east of Cleveland and an hour's drive west from Pittsburgh. Limited free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the museum. Additional parking is available in nearby Youngstown State University lots (at a charge.)

Museum facilities include Winslow's cafe and a gift shop.

Hours and Admission:

The Butler Institute of American Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm and on Sunday from noon to 4pm. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.

Admission to the Butler Institute is free.

Contact Information:

The Butler Institute of American Art
The Beecher Center
524 Wick Ave.
Youngstown OH 44502
330 743-1107

(Updated 10-1-12)

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