Calling all music lovers and art lovers alike!

Youngstown, Ohio is the place to visit now through April 16th for Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of The Guitar. This traveling exhibit features 40 instruments traversing the history of guitar design from centuries ago to the present day.

You are invited to explore the Butler Institute of American Art for a visual history of the world’s favorite stringed instrument. This touring exhibition is brought to you by the National Guitar Museum. No ticket is required to attend this fascinating display highlighting the evolution of the guitar.

In addition to the physical instruments, photographs of musical icons from the legendary rock photographer Neil Zlozower are also a part of the exhibit. Lastly, artist Gerard Huerta has contributed life-size illustrations of historically significant designs in photorealism style.


A Surprisingly Old Instrument
The guitar has undergone several changes to reach its current state. In the grand scheme of things, the solid-body electric guitar is a relatively new creation. The oldest documentation of a guitar-like instrument comes from a 3,300-year-old stone carving of a bard from the Hittites Empire playing a stringed instrument. Other evidence indicates that the guitar may have Babylonian roots. Clay plaques showing an instrument strongly resembling a guitar have been found in what once was Babylonia. The modern guitar is said to date back to Medieval Spain deriving from the Lute and the Oud. Through many twists and turns it became the modern acoustic guitar, which led to hollow-body electric guitars and finally solid-body electric guitars.

Collections Café is conveniently located inside of The Butler. Soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts and Starbucks coffee are available for museumgoers. The café is open during regular museum hours. Also, be sure to stop by the Butler Museum Gift Shop to check out reproductions of paintings on display at The Butler, as well as pottery, jewelry and other unique gifts. The Butler’s Fine Arts Sales Gallery offers one-of-a-kind works of art fro regional artists.

“Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR”
January 22 – April 16, 2017

The Butler Institute of American Art
524 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44502
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm; Sunday, 12-4pm; Closed Monday

Free admission

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The intersection of Wick Ave. and University Plaza will be closed to vehicular traffic effective Monday 1/30/17.
Visitors to the Butler Institute of American Art are instructed to park (free of charge) in Youngstown State University’s Wick Ave. Parking Deck (M30) via Walnut St. Entrance (GPS address: 100 Wade St. Youngstown, OH 44502). Please refer to this Map. The pedestrian footbridge to cross Wick Avenue can be accessed by the Elevator or stair case at the west end of the Parking Deck. Directional signage is clearly marked within the parking deck.


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