His & Her Stories
May 10 - July 30
Opening Reception: May 13, 6-8 pm
By definition, an illustration is most commonly referred to as pictures illustrating a book. Most people associate them with children’s stories although they are regularly used in magazines, newspapers and the electronic media to help convey a fact or idea. The Hoyt’s upcoming exhibit His-stories and Her-stories explores a little of all of the above, featuring the work of illustrators John Manders and Stacey Hogue, May 10-July 30.
John Manders was educated at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and later took courses at the School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where he studied children’s illustration, animation, and life drawing. His work has been featured in over 30 children’s books and “gazillions” of children’s magazines. He’s a member of the Society of Illustrators, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators. In May, 2006 he was named Outstanding Illustrator/Author by the Pennsylvania School Librarian’s Association.
Stacey Hogue began with a BA in Elementary Education before pursuing her MA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Unlike Manders, her work does not illustrate an author’s work but rather the connections between the simple and the complex on each canvas. The story revealed to each viewer is influenced by what they read into it through their own experience. Illustration offers Hogue an opportunity to be accessible and interesting without the pretension of ‘fine art’. She exhibits regularly throughout the region and across the country.