Work of MAPC Printmaker Butler to be Featured in Art Gallery


2007_Loc_RC-007-X2CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 1, 2012 – Pressing Prints/Pressing Palms: The Entrepreneurial Printmaker, the 2012 Mid America Print Council (MAPC) Biennial Conference, will showcase an accomplished collection of James D. Butler’s work beginning Oct. 15 in the River Campus Art Gallery of Southeast Missouri State University.

A reception for the event is planned for 4-6 p.m. Nov. 1 in the gallery with an artist talk from 6-7 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. A second reception in the gallery will be on First Friday from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 2. The exhibit will remain on display through Nov. 16.

Butler, distinguished professor emeritus at Illinois State University, was selected by MAPC as the 2012 Outstanding Printmaker. He has been an active practicing artist for more than 40 years and works thematically, focusing on subjects that are part of his environment, ranging from interior still life to landscape imagery, and finding beauty in the ordinary.

“James D. Butler was selected by the MAPC nominating committee. It is a fitting selection for our gallery as he has created several bodies of work about various parts of the Mississippi River,” says Kristin Powers Nowlin, Gallery coordinator.

Butler received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He currently lives and works in Bloomington, Ill.

An educational organization, MAPC promotes awareness and appreciation of the art of making original prints, books, hand-made paper and drawings. MAPC is a resource to educational and non-profit organizations, universities and the public at large, and provides for the exchange of technical and critical information on the art of printmaking. Southeast will be hosting the organization’s biennial conference Nov. 1-3, 2012.

The River Campus Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the historic Seminary Building in Room 106.

River Campus Art Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-7 p.m. on First Fridays. All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gallery Coordinator Kristin Powers Nowlin at or (573) 651-5901.