Join us for a Museum Circle reception prior to the first Scholl Lecture of the year featuring renowned American fiber artist Bisa Butler. Butler uses her work to both celebrate Black life and to tell unknown stories of the lives of African Americans. Butler invites a reimagining of and a contemporary dialogue around age-old issues that are still problematic in our culture through the comforting and embracing medium of the quilt. She uses her work to express and emphasize what she believes—the equal value of all humans.
Bisa Butler was born in Orange, NJ, the daughter of a college president and a French teacher. She was raised in South Orange and is the youngest of four siblings. Formally trained, Butler graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor's in Fine Art degree. She began to experiment with fabric as a medium and became interested in collage techniques.
Butler earned a Masters in Art from Montclair State University in 2005 and was a high school art teacher for 10 years at Newark Public Schools and 3 years at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey.
In February 2021, Butler was awarded a United States Artist fellowship. Butler's work was recently the focus of a solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, the second stop of a traveling exhibit that began at the Katonah Museum of Art. Many institutions and museums have acquired Butler's work including Pérez Art Museum Miami, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Nelson-Adkins Museum, 21cMuseum Hotels, Kemper Museum of Art, Orlando Museum of Art, Newark Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Hunter Museum of American Art, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.