Ms. Butler received a B.A. in Art History from the University of Maryland in 1977 having taken studio courses there from Anne Truitt and Sam Gilliam. In the early 80’s she was awarded art colony fellowships from Yaddo, the Karolyi Foundation, France, MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She received two grants from the D.C. Commission for the Arts, a New Forms Regional Grant administered by the InterArts Program of the NEA, a Rockerfeller Foundation grant, a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Art Interdisciplinary Program , an Andy Warhol Foundation Grant for the Visual Arts, and a Video Grant facilitated by the Fairfax Council of the Arts.
In the late 1980’s she worked with the Marilyn DeReggi Arts Ensemble creating stage set/installations for new music composers working with John Cage and Virgil Thomson among others at such venues as the French Embassy, Strathmore Hall, the International of Experimental Music Festival in Bourges, France, and at the Baltimore and the Walters Museums.
Solo shows since 1986 include these venues: Art Center South Florida, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, George Mason University, the Corcoran Gallery of Art Hemicycle Room, MOCA-DC, Addison Ripely Gallery, McLean Project for the Arts, School 33, Ellipse Gallery, Deluxe Gallery, Florida, Osuna Art, James Madison University, McLean Project for the Arts, Gallery K.
In New York City she participated in 2 group shows: one at the Parsons School of Design and one at the Alternative Museum. Washington, DC group shows jurors included Howard Fox, Al Nodal, Jack Burnam, Ned Rivkin, Judith Zikser, Milena Kalinovska, Michael Walls, Ana Maria Escallon, Dorothy Vallakos, Christopher Brownawell, Andrea Pollan, Tony Podesta, Sam Gilliam and Walter Hopps.
For 10 years (1999-2009) she co-founded, directed and curated the WASHINGTON ARTS MUSEUM which exhibited Washington, D.C artists which were under-recognized. The museum under her aegis also published WASHINGTON ART MATTERS – Fifty Years of Washington Art from 1950 – 1990.
*Renee Butler is scheduled to be featured in the November 2015 issue of SCULPTURE MAGAZINE.