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Butler curator captured in pastels


Published: Wed, January 14, 2009 @ 12:05 a.m.

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The Portrait Society of America has named Louis Zona, executive director of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, as the winner of its Leadership in the Arts award.artist Judith Carducci will do a pastel portrait of Zona

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The Portrait Society of America has named Louis Zona, executive director of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, as the winner of its Leadership in the Arts award.artist Judith Carducci will do a pastel portrait of Zona

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The Portrait Society of America has named Louis Zona, executive director of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, as the winner of its Leadership in the Arts award. Artist Judith Carducci will do a pastel portrait of Zona

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The Portrait Society of America has named Louis Zona, executive director of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, as the winner of its Leadership in the Arts award. Artist Judith Carducci will do a pastel portrait of Zona

By Elise Franco

The Butler’s director learns what it means to be the subject of a portrait.

YOUNGSTOWN — Louis Zona can add “model” to his r sum .

Zona, executive director and chief curator at the Butler Institute of American Art, was named winner of the Leadership in the Arts award from the Portrait Society of America. As a part of the honor, he was asked to pose for a portrait, created by artist Judith Carducci.

“I got a letter from the PSA telling me of [the honor] and saying that part of the award is a portrait painted by one of their distinguished members,” Zona said. “So when I got a follow-up phone call, I agreed to it.”

On Wednesday and Thursday, in the parlor of the Butler North building, which is adjacent to the museum on Wick Avenue, Carducci created a portrait of Zona using pastels.

He said he’s not sure where the portrait of himself will find its permanent home, but he hopes it will be in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Zona also said he has a newfound respect for those who pose for portraits or pictures.

“I didn’t realize how tough it is to be a model, when you’re asked to stand and not move for three hours,” he said. “You get to realizing how many places can itch and how much back pain you can get from standing.”

Zona, the Butler’s director since 1981, said Carducci did give him breaks in 25-minute intervals, and overall, he enjoyed the experience.

“It was a better experience than I thought it would be,” he said. “She’s awfully talented. People who admire her work came from various places and observed. It was interesting to see them watching this process.”

Zona has won many national honors, including the Butler’s 1995 Gari Melchers Memorial Medal award and the 2004 Pastel Society of America Friend of Pastel award.

Of his most recent honor, which he will be presented with in Washington D.C. in April, he said he is humbled.

“I’m just terribly honored by it because we’ve been dedicated not only to advanced art, new media and the digital age, but we also have been obviously interested in preserving the great traditions in American art,” Zona said. “Part of the tradition in this country is portrait art. I think they must have liked that.”


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