Washington Studio School Presents Lee Butler Shape Shifts

By East City Art Editorial Team on May 15, 2023

Fri, May 5 2023 — Fri, June 9 2023

Installation view; images provided by Washington Studio School

Washington Studio School (WSS) is pleased to present Shape Shifts, a solo exhibition featuring work by WSS Master Certificate Program graduate Lee Butler.

Defying clear distinctions between abstraction and representation, Butler’s work instead evolves organically, mark-by-mark, the image dancing between the recognizable and the abstract. The show includes plein air oil paintings, thoughtful interior explorations, and exciting, gestural monotype, drypoint and woodcut prints.

The show is available for online viewing: https://www.washingtonstudioschool.org/lee-butler-shape-shifts

About the Artist
Lee Butler started his formal art study at the Corcoran in 1998, and took his first classes at Washington Studio School in 2005. Since his retirement from a career in nonprofit management in 2016, he has focused more intensively on his artistic practice and joined the WSS Master Certificate Program in 2019. He has also served on the WSS Board and was its president from 2020 through 2022.

About Washington Studio School
Washington Studio School (WSS) is a nonprofit studio arts organization in Washington, DC, whose mission is to teach how to see and create through drawing, painting, and sculpture. We offer classes, workshops, exhibitions, and programs to engage, connect and bring people together with a fresh approach to traditional studio art. To learn more about WSS, visit washingtonstudioschool.org.

About the WSS Master Certificate Program
The Master Certificate Program has been a hallmark of the school’s offerings for over 20 years. As a program for students with both a strong foundation in the visual arts and a commitment to the discipline required for the life of a practicing artist, it functions as a non-degree alternative to a Masters in Fine Arts. With guidance and mentorship from faculty and independent study instructors, Master Certificate students build on the painterly tradition in which the school is rooted, developing a personal and unique visual vocabulary, grounded in direct observation, yet very much their own. The program culminates in a thesis exhibition of work. Graduates have had successful careers as gallery-affiliated artists and as instructors of drawing and painting. For additional program details, visit washingtonstudioschool.org.

Additional Events: All Events are Free and Open to the Public.

First Friday in May: May 5th, 6pm – 8pm, at Washington Studio School. Join us for the Dupont ArtWalk and take in the gallery show.

First Friday in June: June 2nd, 6pm – 8pm.

Washington Studio School and this program are supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 5:30pm

Washington Studio School is located at 2129 S St. NW.