Artist Talk: Bisa Butler

Textile featuring seven realistic human figures
Bisa Bulter, "The Warmth Of Other Sons" (detail), 2020.


We are co-hosting a talk by American fiber artist Bisa Butler in partnership with the James Renwick Alliance and the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Trained as a painter at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Butler shifted to a textile-based practice to add vibrancy and dimension she found lacking in her paintings. In turning to textiles, Butler also connected with her family history: She had learned to sew at a young age from her mother and grandmother. In revisiting these early lessons and joining them with her formal studies, Butler found her artistic path.

About Bisa Butler

Bisa Butler’s composite characters are inspired by historical photography. The resulting images are rendered life-sized and vibrantly colored with viewers often engaging with the subject’s eye to eye. Her artwork has been included in solo and group exhibitions across the country. Butler’s works are included in museum collections at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago and many others, with a work in progress for the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery.

How to Participate

This program will be hosted by the James Renwick Alliance. Please register with them to receive links and information to join the program.

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