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Artist Will Unveil Mural as Part of 'Black Men' Discussion Series at Ithaca College

 ITHACA, NY — Visual artist and illustrator David Butler will spend October 24–31 serving as an artist in residence hosted by the Ithaca College Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE). In collaboration with the student organization Brothers 4 Brothers (B4B), Butler will design and create a mural on canvas that speaks to the issues of black men at the college.

On Monday, Oct. 31, Butler and members of B4B will unveil the mural and discuss the importance of the piece at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. Titled “Representing Black Men,” the presentation is free and open to the public.

Butler holds a BFA degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design. His work engages the visual essence of urban culture, placing figures in environments and narratives inspired by elements of hip-hop culture and his own life experience. His recent focus is on interpreting music visually and interpreting the movements of figures while listening to music from multiple genres. He has worked as an illustrator and mural painter for clients such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Miami University, illustrated three children’s books and completed spot illustrations for multiple editorial publications.

This year’s CSCRE discussion series is focusing on the topic of “Black Men.” Specifically, it is exploring black men’s complex relationships to self-determination and agency, state surveillance and violence, education, constructions of masculinity, socio-economic factors and cultural representations. For more information, visit