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THE BUTLER



Published: Sun, July 28, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



THE BUTLER

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About the Butler Institute of American Art:

Locations: 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown, (330) 743-1711; Trumbull branch, 9350 E. Market St., Howland, (330) 609-9900; Salem branch, 343 E. State St., Salem, (330) 332-8213

Hours: Main branch, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays; Trumbull branch, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays; Salem branch, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays

Collection: The permanent collection includes 8,636 paintings, sculptures, installation pieces and more, as well as more than 6,000 photographs and movie stills. The museum is most known for the piece "Snap the Whip" by Winslow Homer.

History: The Butler was founded in 1917 by industrialist Joseph G. Butler Jr., one of the earliest serious collectors of American art. Design and construction work followed, and the museum opened its doors in October 1919. Each year more than 40 temporary exhibits are featured. Currently, 55 pieces from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla., are on display, while several pieces from the Butler, including "Snap the Whip," are on display there.

Attendance: The Butler and its branch museums average 100,000 visitors annually.

Source: The Butler Institute of American Art




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