• on March 5, 2019

Art and Faith at The Butler Institute of American Art on March 24, 2019

The Butler Institute of American Art Executive Director Dr. Lou Zona will present “Art and Faith” on Sunday, March 24, 2019.  The lecture is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown in honor of its 75th Anniversary celebration year.

The afternoon event includes a gathering time from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Dr. Zona’s presentation will be from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.  Participants are invited to explore the Art Collection from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. 

Limited free parking is available in Butler’s private lot located on the museum’s north side.  Additional parking for visitors at a nominal cost is available at Youngstown State University parking lots and deck.  The Butler Institute does not charge an admission fee.  Reservations are requested by email at sgreco@youngstowndiocese.org or by phone at 330 744-8451, ext. 302. Click here for a detailed brochure of the lecture.

Louis A. Zona is Executive Director of The Butler Institute of American Art and Professor Emeritus at Youngstown State University.  He received his undergraduate degree from Youngstown State, a Masters Degree from The University of Pittsburgh and Doctoral Degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Under his directorship, The Butler Institute has grown significantly tripling its size including The Beecher Center, the first museum addition in the country devoted exclusively to art and technology.   The acquisition of the adjacent church building (now Butler North) has enabled the Butler to exhibit its growing Americana and folk art collections and to add classrooms and a performance space.

Dr. Zona received the Ohio Governor’s Award for Arts Administration in 1990 and the Gary Melchers Medal for Contributions to American Art by the Artists Fellowship of New York City in 2005.  He was awarded special recognition for his contribution to portrait painting in America by the Portrait Society of America in 2008 and the Friend of Pastels Award by the Pastel Society of America at the National Arts Club New York City in 2010.  Dr. Zona writes a bi monthly column on popular culture for the Youngstown Business Journal, has written numerous essays on the visual arts, and lectures widely on art and artists.

In his role as Curator, Dr. Zona has brought to the Butler Institute major artists and celebrity artists as well.  Thiel College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree in 2018.

Monsignor John Zuraw, Diocesan Chancellor and chair of the 75th Anniversary Committee stated, “We are extremely grateful to Dr. Zona for sharing the Museum for this diocesan event, and presenting a lecture for us.  Art appreciation is a long standing tradition that has the power to awaken in people of faith their experience of God and religious imagination.”

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