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LEE BUTLER: Shape Shifts

May 5th - June 9th, 2023

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK: Friday, May 5th & June 2nd, 6pm - 8pm

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 12th, 6pm - 8pm


Washington, DCWashington Studio School (WSS) is pleased to present Shape Shifts, a solo exhibition featuring work by WSS Masters Certificate Program graduate Lee Butler.

Defying clear distinctions between abstraction and representation, Butler’s work instead evolves organically, mark-by-mark, the image dancing between the recognizable and the abstract. The show includes plein air oil paintings, thoughtful interior explorations, and exciting, gestural monotype prints.

About the Artist

Lee Butler started his formal art study at the Corcoran in 1998, and took his first classes at Washington Studio School in 2005. Since his retirement from a career in nonprofit management in 2016, he has focused more intensively on his artistic practice and joined the WSS master certificate program in 2019. He has also served on the WSS Board and was its president from 2020 through 2022.

About Washington Studio School

Washington Studio School (WSS) is a nonprofit studio arts organization in Washington, DC whose mission is to teach how to see and create through drawing, painting and sculpture. We offer classes, workshops, exhibitions, and programs to engage, connect and bring people together with a fresh approach to traditional studio art. To learn more about WSS, visit

The Master Certificate Program has been a hallmark of the school’s offerings for over 20 years. As a program for students with both a strong foundation in the visual arts and a commitment to the discipline required for the life of a practicing artist, it functions as a non-degree alternative to a Masters in Fine Arts. With guidance and mentorship from faculty and independent study instructors, Master Certificate students build on the painterly tradition in which the school is rooted, developing a personal and unique visual vocabulary, grounded in direct observation, yet very much their own. The program culminates in a thesis exhibition of work. Graduates have had successful careers as gallery-affiliated artists and as instructors of drawing and painting. For additional program details, visit

For more information, or to request images, please contact WSS Communications Manager, Rachael Bohlander at

WSS and this program are supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities


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