Hoyt art exhibit opens Saturday

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Staff report

NEW CASTLE, PA.

The contemporary flavor of this year’s Hoyt Regional art exhibition 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 works and the programming of exhibitions.

The exhibition will open Saturday with a public reception from 2 to 4 p.m. and run through May 24. The Hoyt Center for the Arts is at 124 E. Leasure Ave.

While more than 425 works were submitted by artists within a 150 mile radius of the museum, only 73 were selected for the show, which reflects Thuring’s appreciation for contemporary visions in our region.

First place was awarded to Angela Biederman of Pittsburgh for a ceramic entitled “Your Arm Around Me.”

Many of Thuring’s selections favored photography, including the second-place award for “Hold Up in the Hood I & II” by Francis Crisafio (Pittsburgh) and the third-place award for “Rodeo Hardware” by Charles Mintz (Cleveland). Crisafio had won first place for “Hold Up in the Hood” at the 2013 Hoyt Regional and had a solo exhibition at the museum in 2014.

Honorable mentions were also awarded to Marcia Corner (Pittsburgh) for “Curtain” (ink on canvas); LeeAnn Lewis (Boardman) 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).

The Hoyt is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.