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Artist Jason E. Butler to display his work at EAC

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Artist Jason E. Butler to display his work at EAC

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Artist and sculptor Jason E. Butler will be on hand next week to open a show displaying his work at Eastern Arizona College. The free, live presentation will be held at 5 p.m. in the College’s Fine Arts Auditorium Lobby and will also be available for public viewing in conjunction with “Spring Sing” on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Butler dreamed of being a professional artist since grade school. His first three-dimensional pieces were made while attending Humboldt State University (HSU) in Arcata, California. After working in the foundry for two years he fabricated his first steel works in 2001, and was immediately intrigued by the physicality of the process and the vast options of the material. Butler graduated from HSU in 2002.

In 2003, he relocated to Tucson to work on his master of fine arts degree at the University of Arizona. There, he taught undergraduate courses and focused on his artwork. In 2004, he began working with Doug Thompson, a professional fabricator and blacksmith. This industry experience affected his art and process immensely. In 2006 he introduced forged steel elements to his sculptural compositions.

After earning his degree, Butler opened his own studio and taught art at the high school level in Tucson. He has also taught numerous metalworking seminars in the Tucson area to both teens and adults. Butler currently teaches art, design, and metalworking courses part-time at Pima Community College. In addition, he runs Special Interest Metalwerks, fabricating creative projects for architectural applications. He recently entered the public art scene with a large commission for the City of Tucson.

Butler draws inspiration from nature. In his work, he juxtaposes organic lines against geometric planes and angles. He is currently painting the surfaces of his sculptures with richly layered and brightly colored marks reminiscent of graffiti. He focuses on displaying his work outdoors where most people will see it. His large sculptures are currently on view in Louisiana, Kansas, Virginia, Oregon, and several sites in California including Los Angeles.

For more information about the show, contact EAC art instructor, Kenny Rhodes at 928-428-8469.