Porter Butts

Year inducted: 2004
1903-1991

Porter Butts became the first Director of the Wisconsin Union after graduation from UW-Madison in 1924. As author of Art in Wisconsin, he wrote one of the two most important scholarly studies of the development of Wisconsin art, illustrating myriad aspects of early painting, including landscape and portraiture and panorama painting, within the state. This 1936 publication is still considered essential to study Wisconsin art history. Butts founded the Wisconsin Salon of Arts, established the first gallery in any university union in North America, and established the first craftshop in any university union in North America. He also established the Wisconsin Union’s collection of art – currently over 1300 pieces (mostly by Wisconsin artists) and served in leadership positions with the Madison Art Association. In addition to chairing the Arts Committee of the Wisconsin Territorial Centennial celebration and the Milwaukee War Memorial Art Center, Butts was also was very supportive of the Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors group.

Works by Porter Butts

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