Harlan W. Butt
“I am especially interested in drawing attention to small intimate elements of Nature that can cause unexpected moments of euphoria and that trigger a feeling of belonging.”
Harlan W. Butt is a Regents Professor of Art at the University of North Texas where he has taught since 1976. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally for over thirty years and spent a year studying enameling and metalsmithing in Kyoto, Japan.
Harlan is past President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), is past president of the Enamelist Society, a Fellow of the American Crafts Council and has his work in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London; the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the Shippo Art Museum in Ama-City, Japan; the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the Mint Museum of Art & Craft in Charlotte, NC; the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, TN among others.
Harlan lives with his wife Robin in Denton, Texas. He also maintains a studio in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, where he spends the summer months.
Much of my work continues to focus on the landscape on which we stand, pointing to a place where we, as humans, are an integral part, not objective observers. The horizon, both as natural phenomenon and as metaphor interests me and has revealed itself in my work. From the cell structure of plants and animals to the multiplicity of stars in the night sky to the days in our lives, repetition supplies structure to chaos. I am especially interested in drawing attention to small intimate elements of Nature that can cause unexpected moments of euphoria and that trigger a feeling of belonging.