Youngstown art fans have new displays to enjoy

July 24, 2013 by  

Youngstown residents who love Americana—vintage artifacts that reflect the history of the United States and its culture—have new exhibits to enjoy.

The Butler Institute of American Arts, which is located on Wick Avenue in Youngstown, has just finished adding items to the collection in its Americana galleries. The exhibit will open September 12.

The galleries will feature such exhibits as a traditional barber pole, a figurehead from a 19th-Century sailing ship, carousel horses, and similar vintage pieces. Among the more unusual artifacts on display is a walking stick thought to have belonged to boxer James J. Corbett, known as ‘Gentleman Jim’. In 1892, in a match that has become famous, Corbett knocked out legendary fighter John L. Sullivan – an amazing boxer who won 38 of his 42 bouts.

Louis Zona, the Butler’s executive director, said museum staff members are putting the final touches on the galleries. Zona, who has been the institute’s director for 32 years, has seen several expansions and modifications during his tenure. The building was constructed in 1916 in the Renaissance Revival style. In 1986, Zona had architects create an atrium from the building’s courtyard and, in 2000, the $1.5m Beecher Center was added. Recently, a café has been added to the mix. The building is as eclectic as its collections, and one of the most popular destinations in the area.

Zona might work with a catalog printing company to create a piece describing the new exhibits. It could also inform of the Butler’s history.