Harlan W. Butt is an artist with over 40 years of experience working in metal and enamel who specializes in creating vessels inspired by the human relationship to wilderness and the natural environment.
Harlan was a Regents Professor of Art at the University of North Texas where he taught jewelry and metalworking from 1976 to 2017. He is past President of the Enamelist Society, past President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and a Fellow of the American Crafts Council.
His work has been exhibited internationally and is represented in the permanent collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Art & Design in New York City , the Mint Museum of Art & Craft in Charlotte, NC, the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Denali National Park Visitor Center in Alaska, the Houston International Airport, the Wichita Center for the Arts, the National Gallery of Australia, the Cloisonné Enamelware Fureai Museum in Ama City, Japan and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Capstone Lecture: The National Parks Project 2003-2018
The historical connection between artists and our National Parks has existed since their inception. In fact, artists were fundamental in the establishment of many of the parks including the first National Park, Yellowstone, in 1872. My presentation will include some history of the parks and the involvement of artists in their formation but I will also talk about AIR, the Artist-in-Residence program, that is open to all artists working in North America and beyond. The program supports artists at specific parks, offering them a place to do their creative work.
I will also show the enameled vessels I have completed reflecting the elements of the parks I have explored, including: Olympic (WA), Organ Pipe (AZ), Big Cypress (FL), Arches (UT), Black Canyon of the Gunnison (CO), Yellowstone (WY), Canyonlands (UT), Denali (AK), Grand Canyon (AZ), Acadia (ME) and Zion (UT).