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Biography: Jim Butler

Jim Butler

Jim Butler has always looked at the world with a sense of wonder and has found his voice as an artist as a result. Both a painter and a glassblower, Butler produces sculptural work that combines high-fire decals with blown glass forms to create complex reflections on culture, politics, and the future. He considers his process to be “labor intensive, tightly edited, and worked with deliberate carelessness.”

Butler has been using high-fire decals in his work for 10 years, and enjoys the convergence of painting and glassblowing, seeing each unique skill as a flipside to the same coin. Recognizing that his paintings possess the power of imagery and symbolism, Butler has worked to bring that same potential to hot glass. He earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Indiana University.

In March 2019, Butler was an Artist-in-Residence at The Studio. He worked on two projects, Economies of Confusion and I-Pat’s Molecule, which “push the boundaries of how glass is used in a contemporary context.”