Press Release – James Pernotto Retrospective Opening at the Tyler History Center


James Pernotto presents a selection of material spanning decades.

The 50 year retrospective of his own work represents a visual study of a civilization at the end of the industrial revolution.


Youngstown, OH – April 11th 2018
27 W Federal
Youngstown OH 44503

This season, visitors to the Tyler History Center will experience a cross section of the history of the American Midwest, focusing on the Valley, from a unique perspective. With materials ranging from his early designs for the Cafaro Co. during their early expansion, to a series of irreverent recreations of the famous “Treasures of Tutankhamun” exhibit, the display is equally as much a reflection of Pernotto himself as it is a reflection of the transition from Steel Belt to Rust Belt, with the seriousness of a statement heavily underscored by a wink and a smile.

“Jim Pernotto’s art is born out of that same curiosity that we experience in childhood. It is all about awe and wonder and helps us recognize why art exists in the first place. One sees in his art a remarkable level of curiosity, yet a sophistication that makes us realize that the artist has been doing this for a very long time. And each time he steps into the studio, we are rewarded. Jim Pernotto is an artist’s artist, a master of his craft and an innovator of the highest order.”Dr. Lou Zona, Director, Butler Institute of American Art

“Aun Abbrendo: I’m Still Learning” will be on display through July 2018 at the Tyler History Center, at 325 W Federal in Downtown Youngstown, with an opening reception on Friday April 13th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. For more information, contact the Tyler at 330-743-2589 or This exhibit is sponsored in part by NEXTBestArt and The Mahoning Valley Historical Society.

James Pernotto is an American contemporary artist; a painter and sculptor, book artist, print-maker, paper-maker, accomplished architectural designer-illustrator, and self-titled “Existential Subliminal Subversive.” Pernotto was founding director of Pacifico Gallery in Greenwich Village. He was most notably affiliated as a curator with The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. As a university educator, he has worked at Youngstown State University and Penn State University. Pernotto is dually known as a canvas painter and paper sculptor. His works have been described as post-post-modern arte povera. He currently resides in Youngstown, Ohio.

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