LINDA BUTLER

For the next eleven weeks, we will be highlighting each of the artists in our new show, Engaging Women, which will be on view from March 8 – April 27. 

Swimming, Edgewater Park, Cleveland

Linda Butler has had thirty one-person museum exhibitions during the last 33 years including in Japan and Canada. Four books have been published of her photographs: Inner Light: The Shaker Legacy; Rural Japan: Radiance of the Ordinary; Italy in the Shadow of Time; Yangtze Remembered: The River beneath the Lake. She wrote the text in three of these books.

Rowing Crews, Cuyahoga River

Butler’s images have been published in numerous journals and magazines. She has been given several awards including The Cleveland Art Prize in 1999; an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 1994; and a Kentucky Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 1989. Her photographs have been collected by museums including The Carnegie Museum of Art; The Cleveland Museum of Art; The Rias Ark Museum, Miyagi-ken, Japan; The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Linda lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband, Steve Nissen, in a near-zero-energy passive-solar house.

The Cuyahoga River and Downtown Cleveland

Linda Butler is known for her carefully composed black-and-white images, so these color photographs of Lake Erie are a surprising departure. Between 2014 – 2017, Butler circumnavigated Lake Erie multiple times and also flew in several small planes to take aerial photographs.

            In addition to bucolic landscapes, she photographed gatherings of people as well as industrial sites, mines, nuclear power plants, and refineries. During the fall of 2018, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History hosted a 50-print exhibition of this work titled, Lake Erie: On the Edge. Through the photographs, she hopes to inspire people to protect this “gem of a lake” at our doorstep.             Most of Butler’s recent photographs focus on environmental themes. Currently she is using a digital camera rather than a 4” x 5” view camera, and she makes her own color prints. The exhibit, Lake Erie: On the Edge, will travel to other museums in 2019 and 2020.

Luminance, Ashtabula, Ohio

See Linda Butler’s work in our current show, Engaging Women at The Bonfoey Galley, 1710 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115. For more information, visit our website. For questions, call (216) 621-0178 or send us an email.

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