|Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:|
|Dr. Louis A. Zona has been associated with Youngstown State University
since 1962 when he began his baccalaureate studies, graduating in
1966. Following his earning a master's degree from the University
of Pittsburgh in 1969, Dr. Zona joined the YSU Art Department
faculty. In 1973, Dr. Zona earned his doctoral degree from
Carnegie Mellon University and that same year introduced classes in
museum studies and twentieth-century art at YSU. |
Dr. Zona has been the recipient of two YSU Distinguished Professor
Awards, and in 1976 was elected Chairman of the YSU Art
Department. In 1981, Professor Zona became Executive Director of
The Butler Institute of American Art, devoting his tenure there to
expanding and modernizing the facility, creating two branch museums,
and bringing about professional accreditation for the Institute.
During his directorship of the Butler, Dr. Zona has overseen the
expansion of the museum's collections and outreach initiatives.
Under Dr. Zona's leadership, the Beecher Center, a joint venture of the
Butler and YSU focusing on art and technology, was dedicated in
Dr. Zona has received a number of national honors including the Gari
Melchers Medal, presented in 1996 by the Artist's Fellowship of New
York City, for his outstanding contribution to American art and
For about ten years, he was active as a painter.
He is the author of numerous articles on art and art history including Nassos Daphnis: Color and Form, and A Nation's Legacy: The Mid Twentieth Century in American Art. Dr. Zona is a major contributor to the recent Abrams publication Master Paintings From The Butler Institute of American Art, a catalogue of the Butler permanent collection.
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