James Butler

Artwork by James Butler

Double-Take 1970-2010 at Merwin Gallery

May 26, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Beginning June 5 and running until August 27, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Illinois State University James D. Butler’s Double-Take 1970-2010 will be on exhibit at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin Gallery.  The gallery is located in the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building (6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington). 

All events are free and open to the public, with a reception for the exhibit to be held on Saturday, June 5 from 2-4 p.m. in the galleries.  Summer gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12-3 p.m.

According to Butler, who maintains a studio in Bloomington, Double-Take, “reviews a sampling of 40 years of presenting and re-presenting subjects through the mediums of printmaking, drawing and painting.  Similarities and differences in the work will be apparent, and should be expected when surveying this span of time.  Selection of imagery and the decision-making process are influenced by many factors, not the least of which is the era in which the work was created.”

Included in 103 publications such as “James D. Butler, Views Along the Mississippi River,” Mendelowitz, Wakeham, Faber’s, “A Guide to Drawing,” and most recently, “60 Years of North American Prints 1947-2007.” He has received 19 awards and fellowships since 1967. Butler also is in 177 public collections including The Metropolitan Museum in New York City, the Chicago Art Institute, and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

The artist, awarded 20 commissions since 1973, received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He is in “Who’s Who in American Art” (New Providence, New Jersey) and “Who’s Who in American Education” (New Providence, New Jersey), ART in Embassies Program/Embassy of the United States of America, Cairo, Egypt, 1985-86 and 1979-80 National Endowment for the Arts-Artist’s Fellowship Award.

Butler, who has had 37 solo exhibitions and participated in 269 group exhibitions, has been a visiting artist, artist in residence, taught workshops and given numerous lectures.

Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3181