SMGA Presents Sharon Butler in Solo Show and Artist Lecture

Sharon Butler, “Among Friends,” 2020-2023, oil on canvas, 52 x 135 inches (3 panels). Image courtesy of the artist.

The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is pleased to present the exhibition, Sharon Butler: March, February 27 through April 5, 2024. Butler will present a lecture about her artwork on Wednesday, March 20, at 3:00 p.m. in the Camellia Room of Gorgas Library (2nd floor). There will be a reception for the artist following the lecture in the SMGA from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Sharon Butler is an American artist and writer on art interested in ideas about contemporary abstraction, especially in a style she identifies as “new casualism.” Butler describes her paintings and drawings as exploring “the tension between exacting, mechanical processes — often digital and screen-based — and the humanism inherent in images and objects made by hand.” And, she writes, “the slippage between the two.”

In 2007, Butler founded “Two Coats of Paint,” an NYC blogazine. The project has expanded to include a small residency program, podcast, small press, and other initiatives. Between 2016 and 2020, she writes that she “became obsessed with drawing on her phone, posting one digital drawing each day on Instagram. The visual language developed in these tiny digital images — the ‘Good Morning Drawings’ — eventually became the basis for the paintings she continues to make today.”

Sharon Butler’s solo exhibitions in New York at Jennifer Baahng Gallery, Theodore Art, and Pocket Utopia have been written about in The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, artcritical, The New Criterion, The James Kalm Report, Time Out New York, Tussle, and New York Magazine. She has received awards and residencies from Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Connecticut State University, Pollock Krasner Foundation, Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, Pocket Utopia and Counterproof Press at the University of Connecticut. She holds an MFA from the University of Connecticut and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art. Butler lives in Queens, NY, and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her website is

Funding for this exhibition is provided by the Farley Moody Galbraith Endowed Exhibition Fund.

The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and the UA Department of Art and Art History, is an essential part of the education and development of UA students and our community. Admission to the gallery is free. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. when school is in session. The gallery is located at 103 Garland Hall in the heart of UA campus in Woods Quad. Information about visitor parking is available on the UA Parking Services website. We invite you to visit us for a class, an opportunity to look at art, or just a quiet, meditative respite from the outside world. Visitors are welcome to wear masks inside the gallery. Have questions or need assistance? Contact the gallery at 348-1891 or visit us online.

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