HopeCAT Student Exhibit

Hope Center for Arts & Technology Student Exhibit

January 9 - March 29

Opening Reception, Friday January 12, 6-8 pm

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Arts & Education at the Hoyt is pleased to host the first student exhibition of Hope Center for Arts & Technology‘s ceramics program in Sharon, PA. While the facility officially only opened its doors a few weeks ago, the ceramics program has been operating in collaboration with Penn State Shenango since the fall of 2015.   Head ceramics instructor, Christian Kuharik, organized the display, representing the work of the 15 students featured at the December 7 ribbon cutting.

The Hope Center for Arts & Technology, or HopeCAT, is a replication of Bill Strickland’s Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) in Pittsburgh, an educational model blending the principles of art, music and environment with career training to produce productive members of society. Replication programs are not intended to just mentor students, but to break cycles of poverty and drive economic growth in the region.  Thus they work with the region’s employers and educators to continue identifying needs to expand programs.

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Stickland’s vision has always been rooted in clay – or rather the ability to create.  Thus most center’s begin with a ceramics program. Clay transformed Strickland’s own path as a teen under the guidance of high school art teacher, Frank Ross.  He feels that same perseverance that turns a lump of earth into art on a potter’s wheel can transform a life into something beautiful, too.   

The Hope Center for Arts & Technology Student Show will be on display in the Hoyt’s Ballroom Gallery through March 29. Kuharik and friends will coincidentally be exhibiting in the Walkway Gallery, alongside the work of Kirk Mangus and Eva Kwong in the Main Galleries.  A free Public Reception will be held on Friday, January 12, 6-8 pm.