The contemporary flavor of the 45th Annual Hoyt Regional should come as no surprise considering Cleveland’s Reto Thuring served as juror. Thuring’s primary focus has been working with contemporary art and artists as a curator, editor, and art critic since 2004. He joined the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2012 as Curator of Contemporary Art, overseeing the museum’s collection of contemporary artwork and the programming of exhibitions at the museum and the Transformer Station.
While more than 425 works were submitted by artists within a 150 mile radius of the museum, only 73 were selected for the show. A show that clearly reflects Thuring’s appreciation for contemporary visions in our region.
First place was awarded to Angela Biederman of Pittsburgh, PA for a ceramic entitled “Your Arm Around Me”. According to Biederman, her work often recognizes human endeavors such as growth, relationships, and existence. She has exhibited nationally at NCECA’s Providence and Philadelphia conferences, locally where she resides in Pittsburgh, and regionally in Kent, Cleveland, Columbus, Milwaukee, and the John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Many of Thuring’s selections favored photography including the second place award for “Hold Up in the Hood I & II” by Francis Crisafio (Pittsburgh, PA) and the third place award for “Rodeo Hardware” by Charles Mintz (Cleveland, OH). This is not the first time Crisafio’s black and white portraits have found themselves on Hoyt gallery walls. He won 1st place for “Hold Up in the Hood” at the 40th Hoyt Regional in 2013, followed by a solo exhibition in 2014.
Honorable mentions were also awarded to Marcia Corner (Pittsburgh, PA) for “Curtain”, ink on canvas; LeeAnn Lewis (Boardman, OH) for “Strokes”, mixed media acrylic and resin; Joseph Ryznar (Lower Burrell, PA) for “Monks Dream”, acrylic; John Schuman (Allison Park, PA) for “Magazine Stand”, digital print; and Martha Skarlinski (Cranberry, PA) for “Crosswalk”, photograph.
A public reception will be held Saturday, April 7, 2-4 pm. The show will remain on display through May 24. Concurring exhibitions include the Annual New Castle Camera Club show in the Blair Sculpture Walkway and works from the After School Arts program in the Ballroom Gallery.