Kyle Butler is an artist from Michigan currently living in Buffalo. Butler’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo Arts Studio, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Exhibit A (Corning, NY), and Lost Coast Culture Machine (Fort Bragg, CA). In 2014, Butler was commissioned to execute a large performance piece for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto, curated by Heather Pesanti of The Contemporary Austin. He has also been featured in New American Paintings (2010), and is in collections including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Butler co-curated the Amid/In WNY exhibition series at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (2015/16) and currently curates at Starlight Studio and Art Gallery, an art center that facilitates adults with learning disabilities in realizing creative projects. He received his BFA with a focus in painting from Central Michigan University in 2008 and his MFA in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo in 2010. He is represented by Nina Freudenheim Gallery, in Buffalo.

Selected Exhibitions (*solo)

2017    Map of Dead Ends, Buffalo, NY, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY
          *Roil, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
           Drawing: The Beginning of Everything, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2016    Summer Selections, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
           *Posture Alternatives, Box Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2015    *Lilt, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
            CSA Group Exhibition , organized by CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2014    Phrases toward rephrase, part of Performance Anxiety, performance at Nuit Blanche, Toronto, ON
           *Mortality Tantrums, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
            Gallery Selections, Nina Freudenheim Gallery
2013    *Dead in the eye, straight in the face, square in the jaw, Nina Freudenheim Gallery
            Marked and Manifest, Exhibit A, Corning, NY
            Regional Artist Access Residency Exhibition, Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, NY
            Drawing More, New Image Gallery at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
            Echo Art Fair, Buffalo, NY
            Vascular Modes, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
2012    Decades: Contemporary Collecting 2002-2012, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
            Echo Art Fair, Buffalo, NY
            The Big Mix, Exhibit A, Corning, NY
            Artists and Models (collaborative performance), organized by Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
2011    Evolution/Revolution: 20th Anniversary exhibition, Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo, NY
            Buffalo on the Bowery, Benefit for PUSH Buffalo and Hallwalls, Charles Bank Gallery, New York, NY
            Echo Art Fair, Central Terminal, Buffalo, NY
            *Cull, Nina Fruedenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
            Peepshow, Dnipro Ukranian Center (performance with group Mommy Daddy Baby), Buffalo, NY, organized by Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center
            *A Wall is a Fence is a Highway, Exhibit A, Corning, NY
2010    Beyond/In Western New York, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY
            *Aggregate, Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo, NY
            Culture?, Lost Coast Culture Machine, Fort Bragg, CA
            Signal Scavengers, Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
2009    Big Night, Just Buffalo Literary Center (performance), Buffalo, NY
            *Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
            Interstices, CEPA, Buffalo, NY
            Peepshow, Dnipro Ukranian Center (performance), Buffalo, NY, organized by Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center
            Northern Kentucky University Art Gallery, Highland Heights, KY
2008    Our Gallery, Detroit, MI
            *National Conference on Sexual Assault in Our Schools, Orlando, FL
            K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX
            MacKenzie Fine Arts, Dearborn,MI
            Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, Dearborn, MI
            University Art Gallery, Mt. Pleasant, MI
            *Central Michigan University Multicultural Center, Mt. Pleasant, MI
            Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham MI
2007     Flora Kirsch Beckner Gallery, Alma MI


2010     MFA in Visual Studies, University at Buffalo
2008     BFA, Central Michigan University
2006     Summer Course, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Professional Experience

2014 - present     Adjunct Professor in Art, Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY
                         Instructor, New York State Summer School for the Arts, School of Media Arts, Oswego, NY
2015 - present     Curator, Starlight Studio and Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2015 - 17            co-curator for Amid/In Western New York series, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY
2015 - 16            Instructor, Buffalo Center for Art and Technology
                         Assisted in the fabrication of Sol LeWitts Wall Drawing #53 for the exhibitionLooking at Tomorrow, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
                         Assisted in the fabrication of Kaarina Kaikkonen's We Share a Dream, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2013                  Instructor, Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
                         Adjunct Instructor, University at Buffalo
                         Mural painter contracted under Augustina Droze, Buffalo, NY
2012                  performer in John Bock performance, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY link
2010                  Sol Lewitt Apprentice for wall drawing #1268, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY link
                         Instructor, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY
2008-10              Instructor of record, University at Buffalo


2017    Butler at Nina Freudenheim , Buffalo Spree Magazine
            Amid/In WNY Part Seven, Buffalo Rising link
      Amid/In WNY at Hallwalls, The Public link
2015    Amid/In WNY is an Embarrassment of Riches , Buffalo News link
            Amid/In WNY Part Five, The Public link
2014    Behavior and Disorder: Kyle William Butler , Traffic East Magazine
            Art in WNY: Artists to Watch, Buffalo Spree link
            Installations by Chantal Rousseau and Kyle Butler , exhibition review in Artvoice, Buffalo, NY link
            Mortality and memory come alive in shows at Hallwalls, Indigo, exhibiton review in the Buffalo News
            Artist/chef collaboration makes Hallwalls' studio visit a win win, Buffalo Spree link
2013    The year in art: my 13 favorite exhibitions , The Buffalo News link
           At Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Kyle Butler pulls chaos from order, The Buffalo News
            Kyle Butler looks gallerygoers ‘Dead in the eye’ at Freudenheim Gallery,The Buffalo News
            Kyle Butler's purposeful abstractions, Buffalo Spree link
2012    Shepherd native wins Art Walk juried prize, Morning Sun, Mount Pleasant, MI link
            A closer look at ten from 'Decade', The Buffalo News
2011    Unreal Estate, exhibition review in Artvoice link
            Tuned into 2011, The Buffalo News
2010    New American Paintings, 2010 MFA Thesis Edition, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA
            The City in Ruins , exhibition review in Artvoice link
            Interview with Artist Kyle Butler, Buffalo Rising link
            Beyond/In Western New York: BurchField Penney Art Center, video interview with the Buffalo News, 2010
2008    Hot Metal Bridge, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
            Studio Visit: Volume II, Open Studios Press
            All Things Considered on CMU Public Radio

Honors and Awards

2016     Franklin Furnace Fund Grant (in collaboration with Dietmar Krumrey)
2012     Artwalk Central Juried Prize, Mount Pleasant, MI


            Albright Knox Art Gallery
            Burchfield Penney Art Center
            First Niagara Financial Group
            Hodgson Russ LLP
            Alma College