Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Trumbull Branch of The Butler Institute of American Art

Located in Howland Township at 9350 East Market Street, Warren, Ohio 44484, is the Trumbull County branch of Butler
Institute of American Art, dedicated in 1996.  A modern masterpiece of glass and white brick designed to showcase works of art by streaming natural light through large glass panels is the creation of locally well-known and loved architect, the late Thomas Schroth.  It is nestled on a four-acre wooded lot near the golf course, the ideal location for quiet contemplation or one really great party!  

Here is a map, but be
forewarned, it is closed on Monday and Tuesday and open Wednesday through Sunday from the hours of 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

However, even if you arrive when it is closed, there are two fantastic sculptures on the grounds to admire.  The Primary Compass by by American sculptor Don Gummer was specifically commissioned by the Butler to be the signature piece and identifying landmark for the Trumbull campus.  The Primary Compass is a 22 foot high, two ton sculpture of stainless steel and stained glass.  It was fabricated in Youngstown, Ohio and installed in it's place of distinction in 2000.
The interior is awash in natural light from the strategically placed walls of special glass and lighting to allow for optimal viewing.

The large, spacious gallery has a very special feel to it.  Intimate.  Warm.  Lovingly created.  Although it is a small satellite museum, it is certainly worth a little visit if you are in the area.

Ample free parking on the museum site.

None of the photos or material is my own here.  I've been there many times, but taking photos has never crossed my mind.  I like to sit or walk around and absorb the calming atmosphere.


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