Butler acquires Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sculpture

The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio will display Martin Luther King, Jr. sculpture.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Butler Institute of American Art has acquired a 300-pound bronze sculpture of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The three-dimensional portrait was created by sculptor John Wilson in 1982 as a prototype for an 8-foot bronze sculpture installed in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Buffalo, New York.

On Sunday, February 1, the Butler will host a Black History Month program to dedicate the new work and to call attention to the museum’s preeminent collection of works by African American artists.

The public is invited to attend the free afternoon program, which will begin at 2:30 pm in the Butler’s Beecher Court.

The newly acquired bronze maquette is now on permanent view at the Butler in Youngstown; it is numbered four of twelve editioned works of this series of sculptures by Wilson. Accompanying the sculpture are drawings of Dr. Martin Luther King by Wilson.

“What a thrill for the Butler to have this magnificent sculpture of Dr.King by such an important American sculptor. The only way to describe this work is that it is breathtaking and inspiring,” said Butler Director Louis Zona.

John Wilson is best known for his powerful portraits of African American men.

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