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Butler Institute announces 85th National Midyear art show winners

For this year’s exhibition, 140 entries from 126 artists from 18 states were accepted out of 727 entries from 269 artists from around the country.
Butler 85th midyear
Marc Ross’ “This Instant,” at left, was the Fred Staloff Best in Show Award winner at The Butler Institute of American Art’s 85th National Midyear Exhibition. Lynn Davison’s “Mother Always Loved You Best,” at right, was awarded First Place. (Images courtesy of The Butler Institute of American Art)

YOUNGSTOWN — The Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., opened its 85th National Midyear Exhibition with a public artist reception and awards presentation Sunday. 

Participating artists from around the country were in attendance for the prize announcements and awards presentation led by Louis Zona, the Butler’s executive director and chief curator.

The Butler’s 85th National Midyear Exhibition will be on view in the museum’s MacIntosh, Finnegan-Hynes and Davis galleries through Sept. 5. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.

The annual juried exhibition presents original artworks by contemporary artists age 18 or older who live in the U.S. or its territories. For this year’s exhibition, 140 entries from 126 artists from 18 states were accepted out of 727 entries from 269 artists from around the country.  A catalogue of the works included in the exhibition is available through the Butler Museum Store.

This year’s winners are:

  • Fred Staloff Best in Show Award: Marc Ross, Columbus, “This Instant,” sheened, acrylic and colored pencil on canvas;
  • First Place: Lynn Davison, Naples, Fla., “Mother Always Loved You Best,” oil on aluminum;
  • Second Place: Chuck Fischer, Rocky River, Ohio, “Sophisticated Lady,” mixed media — wood, copper, aluminum, gesso, acrylic;
  • Third Place: Josh Mitchel, Pittsburgh, “Collateral Damage,” oil on canvas;
  • Director’s Award: Alice Carpenter, Columbus, “Landscape 20.11,” monotype relief inks on paper;
  • Allied Artists of America Award: Deborah Butler, Kent, “Time is of the Essence,” graphite and colored pencil;
  • Phil Desind Award: Bruce McCombs, Holland, Mich., “Eds Easy Diner,” watercolor;
  • Honorable Mentions: Harold Zabady, Camp Hill, Pa., “Union Square,” oil; Alberto George Carol, Miami, “In the Frontline 2,” oil on canvas; Ryn Clarke, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, “Baby White Egret,” photographic composite on metal; Glenn Jambor, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, “Another Covid Ozone Manic Monday Morning,” oil on canvas.