FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 1-5122
‘ART TO LIBERATE THE HUMAN SPIRIT’
Berkeley College is exhibiting the work of artist Erin Butler at its New York City Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street. This exhibit will be on display from July 5 through 29--Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, July 14, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ms. Butler headed to New York City in the mid 70s to further her interest in art. She immediately began sketching and visiting museums and galleries. She studied at the Art Students League with painters Knox Martin, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Frank O’Cain, working in imagery, mixed media, and grassroots collaborative exhibitions.
An intriguing artist, Ms. Butler explains her work in this way. “For me, art is about liberating the human spirit. What I’m really after is to interpret or evoke the fleeting, unnamable, almost heartbreaking emotion triggered by the deep mystery that is sometimes revealed in our everyday surroundings.”
Ms. Butler’s work is represented in private collections throughout the US and in Japan, Korea, Germany, and Zimbabwe. Her solo exhibitions include “Honoring Women’s History Month,” Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, Social Security Administration, Jamaica, NY; and “Erin Butler Araki” and “Homecoming,” John Spellman Library Gallery, Grays Harbor College, Aberdeen, WA. Her group exhibitions include the Kingsborough Art Gallery, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY; “Women’s Work,” Long Island City Artists, Long Island City, NY; “Due North from New York City,” Women in the Arts Foundation, EarUp! Gallery, New York, NY; and “Artists of Mudeung,” Kimdaejung Convention Center, Gwangju, Korea.
Ms. Butler’s professional affiliations include the Art Students League of New York (life member), Long Island City Arts, and Women in the Arts Foundation (Coordinating Board and Newsletter Editor).
For more details about the exhibit, please e-mail Berkeley Gallery Curator Robert Keiber at rfk@BerkeleyCollege.edu. or call 212-252-2065.
Photo Caption: Summer Dream, from artist Erin Butler’s exhibit is on display at the Berkeley College Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street, New York City from July 5 through 29.
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