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Butler Institute director to present lecture on ‘treasures of American art’ at College


Butler Institute director to present lecture on ‘treasures of American art’ at College

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Executive Director of the Butler Institute of American Art Louis Zona, Ph.D., will present “Treasures of American Art: Thoughts on the Collection of The Butler Institute of American Art” at Thiel College at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Zona has led the Butler Institute since 1981. He has expanded its original collection, adding to the museum’s historic and contemporary holdings. The museum’s physical size also has more than doubled under Zona’s leadership. Zona is professor of art history emeritus at Youngstown State University, where he began teaching in 1970.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown, a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a frequent author on art and art history. Zona is a recipient of a Gari Melcher Medal, awarded to Americans who have significantly contributed to American culture, as well as the Ohio Governor’s Award for Arts Administration and the Butler Medal for Life Achievement in American Art.

Founded in 1919, the Butler is the first structure in the United States built specifically to house a collection of American art.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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