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Studio M: Materialization--Paintings by Katie Butler


News Release: Materialization—Paintings by Katherine Butler to Open in Massillon Museum’s Studio M



Materialization, a series of paintings by Katherine Butler, the next Studio M exhibition at the Massillon Museum, will open Friday, April 7, in the Museum’s Fred F. Silk Community Room.  


The public is invited to attend the artist’s reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. It will be free and open to everyone; no reservations will be required. The exhibition will continue through Sunday, May 14, 2017.


Butler’s senior exhibition, a solo show, is part of her work toward a BFA in painting at the University of Akron.  It consists of a cohesive series of  oil paintings exploring how collected mental images can appear in constant flux, but can be organized on the painted canvas. Her artwork series is investigating the obsessive need for control in a world that does not permit it.


The North Canton artist has concentrated her major in drawing and painting, while minoring in art history at the Myers School of Art, University of Akron.  Her artwork has been included in numerous exhibitions in Akron, Canton, Kent, and Peninsula.  Jurors selected one of her paintings for the 2015 Stark County Artists Exhibition at the Massillon Museum.


Butler was one of six students selected for the 2015 Folk Charitable Foundation Venice Biennale International Study of the Arts Abroad Scholarship. The same year, she earned a Bronze Studio Scholarship from the Myers School of Art. She has studied the arts abroad in England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France.


The Massillon Museum’s Studio M exhibition may be seen during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, or visit


Guests at the Studio M exhibition opening can also see the Blind Spot: A Matter of PerceptionFrom the Drawing Board: Architectural Renderings from the CollectionWestward Ho! True Grit Themes in Costumes and Artifacts, Paul Brown and the Massillon Tiger Swing BandWild (Mid)West, and The Immel Circus.


Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists. The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists. Guidelines and an application are available by calling the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visiting


The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.


The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon.  Free and convenient street parking is available on adjacent streets.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.



Media Contacts:

Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  -  330-833-4061 x111

Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  -  330-844-1525 


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