3rd Annual Expressions of Courage

at Jameson Health System North Campus

October 5, 2015 - January 2, 2016
Public Reception: November 5, 5-7 pm

Theodore Roosevelt once said “courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength.” Whether facing illness or disability as a patient, loved one, or caregiver, it is that courage that is celebrated in the Annual Expressions of Courage photography competition presented by Arts & Education at the Hoyt at Jameson Health System in the Hoyt Atrium gallery.  Originally inspired by the New Castle YMCA’s Salute to Courage Dinner, Expressions of Courage recognizes the many untold acts of courage of our friends, family, neighbors and/or co-workers overcoming chronic medical conditions every day.

Approximately 50 entries were received from amateur, student and professional photographers in Lawrence County with a short narrative of the subject’s character.  Prizes were awarded for first, second and third place, as well as six honorable mentions. The selection panel used a variety of criteria to judge the entries including the visual narrative and technical aspects of the composition.

This first place prize was awarded to Emily Matzie for Mason the Train Conductor. Mason is a 14-year-old boy with Autism whose cheery personality and love for those around him shines through his daily struggles.

Second place was awarded to Alexandra Engen for Doug, a portrait of a soldier who was wounded while serving in Afghanistan. Though his injuries have left him unable to speak, there is no mistaking his emotions when he shows off his medals including a Purple Heart. Though he is home from war, the need for courage and bravery is just beginning as he faces physical therapy and treatments.

Third place was awarded to Chelsea Carpenter for Courage, a portrait of a man, Tony Pericelli, who suffered from several strokes leaving his right side paralyzed. Only through perseverance has he overcome his limitations and learned to do daily tasks one-handed.

Honorable mentions were also awarded to Brianna Pilch for Healed, Christopher Medarac for Fighting Cancer with Fire, Franscesca Pucci for Isaiah I, Jody Kind for Enuf is Enuf, Josh Babcanec for Patricia, and Sarah Mandeville for Illusion of Normalcy

All entries are on display in the Hoyt Atrium at Jameson Health System, 1211 Wilmington Road, New Castle.  A public reception will be held at Jameson on Thursday, November 5 from 5-7 p.m.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the photographers and their subjects,” says Hoyt Executive Director, Kimberly B. Koller-Jones, “while gaining an awareness of various conditions and how they can affect one’s well being.  These images will not bring you down, but rather lift you up with their strength and determination.”  Admission is free and refreshments complimentary.

Very Special Arts

Public Reception: September 17 5-7 pm

Inspired by the international nonprofit bearing the same name, Very Special Arts was designed to give special needs people the opportunity to develop and showcase their creative abilities. It is founded on the belief that the arts are a universal language that challenges people to look beyond themselves and celebrate their diversity. 

“It’s a perfect tie to the theme of arts and healing underlying all our Jameson exhibits, “ says Hoyt’s Executive Director, Kimberly Koller-Jones., “as we continue to explore the on-going relationship between art and medicine for patients, caregivers and staff.”

Initiated in 1989, Very Special Arts has brought together students, teachers, and families to celebrate the abilities of special needs students in the tri-county area.  What was once began with 30 some participants twenty years ago has grown to nearly 700 participants today.  The Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, one of 29 IU’s serving schools in Pennsylvania, serves the 27 school districts in Butler, Lawrence and Mercer Counties.