The Butler Institute of American Art Announces A Special Event and Exhibition

PAUL STANLEY: The Other Side – August 13 – October 8, 2023

Special Preview Day and Opening Reception with Paul Stanley on August 12, 2023

The August 12 grand opening reception with Paul Stanley is a very limited private event but reservations are available through the museum. The cost is $1,000 for two admitted guests who will also receive one commemorative artwork hand signed by Paul Stanley. Contact The Butler Institute of American Art for details by email only at This is a major fundraiser to assist the Butler with accessibility.

On display, sixteen one-of-a-kind pieces by the KISS front man, PAUL STANLEY, created recently, include new original acrylic paintings and mixed media originals.

Louis Zona, Executive Director says: “Paul Stanley is a figurative artist whose depictions of the human form are empowered by an explosive use of color. But his paintings move beyond the figure and into imaginary worlds where his KISS persona floats through stars, guitars, flags, hearts, and other background imagery enhancing the many approaches to the figure seen the bulk of the work. Stanley is an artist who encourages both order and dissonance in fields of color and form. His work can be viewed as a celebration of our visual universe.”

Stanley designed and created the iconic KISS emblem which remains universally recognized as one of the greatest logos of the 20th century. His artistic and visual input has been and continues to be seen in his designs of KISS album covers, performance stages and apparel.

Stanley has always had a great passion for painting and channels it by creating portraits and abstracts that are emotionally charged compositions. His tremendous success with his artwork has led to an entirely new fan and media presence for the accomplished musician, actor and artist. He maximizes the direct and powerful impact of his paintings through scale, texture, color and simplicity of imagery.

Stanley’s works have been praised by well-known and distinguished art professionals and acquired by fans, celebrities and art collectors worldwide. His works have been coveted by collectors as evidenced by consecutive sell-out art shows with total sales in the tens of millions. Additionally, the artist has been commissioned to create numerous large works that are on exhibition globally.

Paul Stanley is honored to be exhibited at such a prestigious museum, “For me, it takes my breath away. This is a terrific museum. And the first that really championed American artists. So, it will be a group of some of my favorite and best pieces.”

Anyone interested in acquiring one of the artworks that will be displayed at the museum can contact Wentworth Gallery.

The exhibit is open to the public and admission is free starting August 13.