Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Pagan and the Butler

-By John Jude Palencar

"Pagan",  Acrylic on birch panel, 37.73" x 34.00"

I’m pleased and humbled to share the news that my painting “Pagan” was accepted into the Butler Institute of American Art’s Annual National Juried Show!

The Exhibition runs from June 30, 2013, through August 18, 2013

The Butler Institute is the first museum of American Art. The original structure, dedicated in 1919, is a McKim, Mead and White architectural masterpiece listed on the National Register of Historic places. The museum's mission is to preserve and collect works of art in all media created by citizens of our country. The Institute's holdings now exceed 20,000 individual works, and the Butler is known worldwide as "America's Museum."

The Butler is located in Youngstown, Ohio, in Mahoning County, and receives no revenues from the city or county. The Butler charges no admission fee at the main location or at its branch museums, and relies on contributions from the community and the nation to meet its cultural mission.

The Butler Institute of American Art
524 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio 44502
Phone 330.743.1107

About the Butler:

The institute is one of Ohio’s hidden treasures. The collection contains almost 22,000 objects. Devoted exclusively to American art it includes the work of - N C Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, Robert Rauschenberg, Audrey Flack, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell and many more.

Larger museums are always in the spot light and have huge foundations and endowments. I think it would be nice if we could all share some of the hidden gems and lesser known local art museums and institutes around the country in the comments section below.

Please support your local museums!


  1. Easy to see why this was accepted. Love the way the head floats almost disconnected from the body, the massive, elongated legs, the wonderful use of negative space, the ominous emptiness surrounding him... This is my favorite work I have seen of yours so far. Flawless technique but still full of emotion... Congrats!

  2. If you're ever in the area, the Museum of Wisconsin Art (in West Bend, WI) has a ton of great works by the lesser known artist Carl von Marr.

  3. I'm in central Ohio; I'll see if I can make a little road trip! Never been to the Butler. Is this oils? Acrylics? I was wondering if you had a process walk-thru out there somewhere? Congratulations; well-deserved!

  4. Wow that Flesh just takes my breath away! I continually look up to you as a guide on how much higher I need to reach! I'm going to need a bigger ladder now :)

  5. The Frick in NYC.

    The Gardner Museum in Boston.

    A lot of libraries in New England have some nice works of art. For example there are original NC Wyeth paintings at the Concord library.

    The Whistler House in Lowell, MA.

    The Clark Institute and Norman Rockwell museum in Western MA.

    The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY.

    The Museum of American Illustration in Newport, RI.

    The RISD Museum in Providence, RI.

    Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA.

    The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT.

    Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME.

    DeCordova in Lincoln, MA.

    Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA.

    Eric Carle Museum, Amherst, MA.

  6. Thanks Guys for the positive and encouraging comments.

    Furman - Yes, the somewhat disconnected head was intentional... glad you picked up on it.
    I actually used four separate models to achieve this pose.

    Voir Rouge - If I'm ever up there in Wisconsin - I'll have to put that museum on my visit list.

    CGriffin - Yes this is done in acrylics. Here's a process post from a few months ago:

    Lindsay - Great list. I've been to about four of those. I'll have to look up the others to peruse their collections. I was just in the Mystic, CT area and the Hamptons (Sag Harbor, NY) a few weeks ago. I did make it to the RISD Museum. I wanted to visit the museum in Newport but ran out of time.

    Thanks again everybody!


  7. Been offline for awhile but wanted to chime in. This is so well deserved John. You just get better.

  8. John, if you do make it up here sometime, make sure to check out the items in the Layton Collection at the Milwaukee Art Museum ( Of particular interest to me are works by Jules Bastien Lepage, Thayer, Inness, Tissot, Homer, Durand, Gerome, etc. Also, the UW-Milwaukee Art History Gallery sometimes has some great shows; I recently saw an amazing exhibition of printing-making featuring works from Durer, Rembrandt, etc., to the Present (see:

  9. Hey Bill - Thanks!
    BTW - Nice interview over at SideBar.
    For those folks that haven't listened to this episode:

    Hey Voir Rouge - Don't get up that far north too often but I'll make it a point if I'm ever in the area. Thanks for your input!

    1. Thanks John. Still have to meet. Maybe Spectrum Live 3?


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