The Giffuni Gallery of American Pastels
Butler Institute of American Art
Bywater Brian Cobble PSA-MP
The Flora B. Giffuni Gallery of American Pastels is located at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, the first museum to be dedicated to American Art. The gallery was created in 2004, thanks to the generosity of Flora Giffuni, founder of the Pastel Society of America, and is the only museum gallery in the U.S. devoted exclusively to works in the pastel medium. She regarded its creation as a “dream come true” for her. The gallery offers exhibitions of accomplished pastel artists, group shows from the Pastel Society of America, as well as the display of works from the Butler’s prestigious collection.
This exhibition, drawn from The Pastel Society of America’s annual fall exhibition, features works by some of the nation’s premier pastel painters. The Pastel Society of America (PSA) is the oldest organization of its kind in the nation. A primary mandate of the PSA is to provide a forum for the exhibition of works by the most accomplished pastel artists in the United States and abroad. Since 1972, the PSA Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance!, held at the National Arts club in New York City, has been the premier event for pastel artists worldwide.