If you’re traveling in the midwest this summer, later this month Muddy Colors own John Jude Palencar will have a major show at the prestigious Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. From the museum: “John Jude Palencar is the first winner of the Butler’s top Midyear prize of a one-person exhibition. Palencar is an American illustrator and fine artist, renowned for his captivating works in the realms of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. He has left an indelible mark on the world of art and imagination. His ethereal style and conceptualization have garnered global recognition. Palencar’s work is characterized by meticulous detail and a rich language of symbols and archetypes. His pieces invite interpretation by the viewer, leaving room for personal exploration.” Indeed they do.

John’s paintings have been displayed on occasion at the Butler in the past, but this solo exhibition is particularly significant and celebrates the personal artistic journey he’s been on in recent years. For anyone that’s never had the opportunity to see his gorgeous original art in person this show will definitely be a treat.

John was injured in a fall back in February while working on a studio ceiling insulation project and says he is currently recovering from shoulder surgery; still, he hopes to be present for the artist reception at the opening Sunday, June 23rd from 1—3 PM. The exhibition runs from June 23 through August 11, 2024.

Congratulations, John Jude, for this honor—and wishing you a speedy and complete recovery!

Shown, top to bottom: John Jude Palencar sketching in Ireland; the promotional card for the exhibition; “The Far Field.”