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

Convergence in Landscape: Art and Geology Collaborations

January 17 - March 24, 2017
Opening Reception: January 20, 6-8 pm

Last June, students from the Art and the Geology, Geography and Environment (GG&E) Departments traveled to the Badlands National Park in South Dakota to conduct field research and hone artistic skills in a collaborative effort to synthesize research and the communication of ideas through creative work. Dr. Patrick Burkhart (GG&E) had been taking his students to the Badlands for multiple years before he invited fellow faculty member Katherine Mickle (Art) to participate in 2006.

Results have been presented at conferences and symposiums ever since. The ideas shared and the impressions gathered from the 2015 trip formed an exhibition that will be on display in the Ballroom Gallery, January 17-March 24, 2017.  Work includes photography, mixed media, ceramics and more.  A public reception will be held on January 20, 6-8 pm.