Resident Auras

– Monologue by Bradley Butler

As the executive director and curator of Main Street Arts, a Clifton Springs, NY-based nonprofit arts organization and gallery that showcases contemporary art and fine craft from emerging and established Upstate New York artists, Bradley Butler has unique access to resident artists. In the following monologue, he reflects on his experiences hosting talented creatives, offering a window into their artistic processes, and their inspirational presence as they develop and showcase new work.



Bradley Butler was born on a cold December morning in 1983 in Upstate New York. He grew up in a small town 30 minutes east of Rochester and most likely, always knew he was an artist. He has been making and exhibiting his work since 2006 and has been featured in solo, group, and juried exhibitions regionally and nationally. Butler received an A.A.S. at Monroe Community College in 2004, B.S. at Nazareth College in 2007, and M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2010. In addition to making art, he is the executive director and curator at Main Street Arts, a nonprofit arts organization and gallery in Clifton Springs, NY. He has been with the gallery since it opened in 2013 and has focused on showcasing artwork by upstate New York artists.