Butler expands into addition, plans new exhibit

The Butler Institute of American Art will unveil a new exhibit and an addition early next year. The new exhibit, in the Butler North, will focus on the museum's Americana and folk art collections.

Aired November 27, 2012 on WYSU

The Butler Institute of American Art will unveil a new exhibit and an addition early next year. The new exhibit, in the Butler North, will focus on the museum’s Americana and folk art collections.

The Butler Institute of American Art unveils a new exhibit and addition in early 2013. The new exhibit will be displayed in the upper level of Butler North, formerly First Christian Church. Rachel Lundberg has the story.

Construction began this summer on a glass bridge to connect the upper levels of the Butler and its neighboring structure Butler North.

It’s coming along. Of course it has its problems like any other job does.

That’s Jack Aldan, the construction manager for the project. The Butler hired Davis International Inc. to construct the bridge.

The Butler will soon have expanded parking with the addition of a new parking lot in front of Butler North.

Due to the fact that installing this in the side parking lot of the Butler, we lose a few slots so we opened up a new parking area

Purchased in 2006, until now Butler North has been used for community art classes for high school students and as a performance venue.

The upper level of Butler North will house the Americana and folk art collections donated and collected by the Butler over the years. Louis Zona, executive curator of the Butler, says this art collection shows off a distinctly American flavor.

There’s another aspect of American art other than painting and sculpture. That the folk art tradition is rich in or country and this will present it.

Zona says most of the works have been kept in storage.

Sometimes these pieces have been shown, but very, very rarely. So now we’re going to be able to show them together and make some sense of it.

The bridge itself will display the museum’s collection of handcrafted glass bells.

Over the years we’ve been given this bell collection. People that would make these ornamental glass bells in a factory would save some of the glass at the end of the day and create their own products.

Funding for the $1.5 million project came from local donations and fundraising by the museum. Zona looks forward to what the final product will mean for the community.

We’re expecting that the people in our community will have one more beautiful venue. It’s just going to be a beautiful thing to see, to experience.

Reporting for TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m Rachel Lundberg.