Sensation of Place

The Paintings of Brain Rutenberg
On Loan from the Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC

October 10 - December 21
Opening Reception: October 20, 6-8 pm

"Boxwood" oil on linen

"Boxwood" oil on linen

The landscape, complex in its layers, has guided abstract painter Brain Rutenberg’s approach to composition and color for the entire development of his career. He draws on the landscape that he remembers from childhood, growing up between Pawleys Island and Charleston, South Carolina, where rivers and lakes join the ocean. He adds to this a strong influence from the music of Glenn Gould and Celtic culture, as well as the painters Joan Mitchel and Hans Hofman. The resulting work elicits a profoundly visceral experience as he reinvests abstraction with a sense of spirituality.

Brian Rutenberg is a Fulbright Scholar, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, a Basil Alkazzi USA Award recipient, an Irish Museum of Modern Art visiting artist program participant, and has had over two hundred exhibitions throughout North America. Rutenberg's paintings are included in such museum collections as Yale University Art Gallery, The Butler Institute of American Art, Bronx Museum of Art, Peabody Essex Museum of Art, Greenville County Museum of Art, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, South Carolina State Museum, and many others. His popular YouTube videos "Brian Rutenberg Studio Visits" are viewed daily by people all over the world.

Brian lives and works in New York City with his wife Kathryn and their two children.

A New Exhibition in Printmaking

"Land's End" Jack Carlton

"Land's End" Jack Carlton

Arts & Education at the Hoyt will present a collaborative exhibition of printmaking, poetry and bookbinding in the Main Galleries August 1-October 5. The exhibit centers around Four Seasons, a new hand-sewn book by Susan Frakes featuring a segmented poem by Philip Terman and work by the artist James Stewart.
    The idea was sparked by a Guggenheim Fellowship Stewart had received in 2007 to interpret Homer’s epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, into a narrative series of large scale paintings. This body of work was exhibited at several prominent venues including The Butler Institute of American Art, the Washington County Museum of Art, Swarthmore College, Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, Gallery 71 in New York and the Hoyt Center for the Arts.  
    The experience ignited an interest in interpreting other art forms through the visual arts, and after seeing Terman perform his poetry with a jazz band, Stewart approached him with the suggestion of illustrating a book of poems, Like a Bird Entering Through A Window and Leaving Through Another Window.  Frakes invitation soon followed. In 2014, Stewart proposed elevating the project from a book of reproduced images to collection of original etchings and letter press type that could be exhibited at universities and galleries alongside a new body of work interpreting Terman’s For Gayna and Isaiah at Rest. Four Seasons debuted at Clarion University of Art earlier this year.

James Stewart

James Stewart


    The public reception will feature poetry readings by Terman and demonstrations by the artists, August 4, 6-8 pm.  Admission is free.  Copies of the books will be available.

Melberg Artists to Visit Hoyt

"Union" oil on panel by Christopher Clamp

"Union" oil on panel by Christopher Clamp

Over the last eleven years, the Hoyt has partnered with the Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, NC to bring the works of Romare Bearden, Wolf Kahn, Oscar Bluemner and other important figures to our galleries in New Castle, PA.   This year, the Hoyt is honored to be presenting two more of Melberg’s artists: Christopher Clamp and Raul Diaz, May 23-July 28. 

While lesser known than say Bearden or Kahn, the artists are no less talented in interpreting their chosen mediums to tell their stories.  Clamp’s often referring to his childhood memories.

A native of Leesville, SC, Clamp studied painting at the Winthrop University, receiving his BFA in 2001.  The commonplace objects featured in his paintings represent the artifacts of his childhood experience with his beloved grandfather, often toys and other “treasures” his grandfather collected.  While deeply meaningful to the artist, their execution invites the viewer to bring his/her own personal history to the story unfolding on each canvas.

"Apilados I" painted bronze by Raul Diaz

"Apilados I" painted bronze by Raul Diaz

Raul Diaz was born in Argentina in 1952 where he continues to live and work as an artist.  His nostalgic paintings and sculpture also “look at the child we once were” in a dream-like environment of texture and tone.  However, his technical innovation and creation of atmosphere greatly differ from Clamp’s precision and fascination with memory. Diaz rather explores the inner parts of the human soul, including his obsession with and the anxieties experienced within his own spiritual adventure.

A public reception is planned for Friday, May 26, 6-8 pm.

2017 Hoyt Regional Juried Exhibition

"Ladder Doing Chair Work", Justin Coleman

"Ladder Doing Chair Work", Justin Coleman

March 28 - April 18
Opening Reception: April 2, 2-4 pm

One of the Hoyt’s longest running traditions, the annual regional juried exhibition recognizes the talent of artists from across the PA-Ohio region.

This year’s juror was Kim Beck, artist, educator and curator from Carnegie Mellon University.

First Place: “Ladder Doing Chair Work” (found object altered) by Justin Coleman, Pittsburgh PA
Second Place: “Insurmountable Wall” (oil on canavas) by Bradley Milligan, Edinboro, PA
Third Place: “Timber” (photograph) by Martha Skarlinski, Cranberry PA

Merit Awards
“The New World” (mixed media monotype) by Maggy Aston, Greensboro PA
“Night Table” (oil on caanvas) by Ben Frederick, Edinboro PA
“Holland” (batik on stretched cotton) by Travis Sallack, Slippery Rock PA
“Lattice Cave” (acrylic on canvas) by Merrill Steiger, NY, NY
“Step Right Up” (found objece assemblage) by Gwen Waight, Peninsula OH
“Winter (M.C.P.)” (weaving) by William Walker, Austintown OH