Who was Rosie the Riveter?

  In 1942, Westinghouse hired Pittsburgh artist Howard Miller to create posters for the war effort. One called “We Can Do It” features a driven woman in a red bandana, rolling up her sleeve while flexing her muscle. The poster was only used by Westinghouse for a short period of time. It never carried the … Read more

Women at War

Women At War By Robert Presnar, Education Director Let the generations know that women in uniform also guaranteed  their freedom. That our resolve was just as great as the brave men who  stood among us and with victory our hearts were just as full and beat just as fast-that  the tears fell just as hard … Read more

Adolf as an Artist

Adolf as an Artist By Kimberly Koller-Jones, Executive Director Typically when I curate an exhibition at the Hoyt, I will immerse myself in the topic by watching documentaries, videos or movies, listening to podcasts, talking to experts, and reading anything I can get my hands on to develop a good frame of reference for pulling … Read more

The Purple Heart

The Purple Heart is  the oldest U.S. military decoration awarded to those wounded or killed while serving. It replaced the Badge of Military Merit established by General George Washington during the American Revolution, which was a heart made of purple cloth. Army Chief of Staff Charles Pelot Summerall was the first to attempt to revive … Read more

The Art & Objects of World War II 

After Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, a massive war effort was undertaken to prepare the U.S. forces for war.  Thomas Hart Benton was among the American artists assigned to produce a visual record of the mobilization efforts for the United States Navy. He substituted the common tasks of country folks that had … Read more

Dr. Joseph E. Ginsberg and the Bataan Death March

Dr. Joseph E. Ginsberg and the Bataan Death March By Robert Presnar, Education Director The Philippines were defended by a combined American and Philippine military contingency that totaled about 75,000 soldiers under the command of General Douglas MacArthur, who had come out of retirement to head the post. These forces were forced to retreat to … Read more

Hoyt Awards College Scholarships

College Scholarship Winners Earlier this year, Arts and Education at the Hoyt introduced the L. Eugene DeCaprio Undergraduate Art Scholarship program named after the former Director of the Westminster College Celebrity Series and current Hoyt Center for the Arts Trustee, L. Eugene DeCaprio. Mr. DeCaprio has been presenting, performing and advocating for arts and culture … Read more

The Lantern

Romare Bearden Charlotte, NC 1911-1988 The Lantern, 1979 Lithograph 2006 Permanent Collection Purchase from Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC Born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1911, Romare Bearden, by the time of his death in 1988, had achieved a stature known by few artists during their lifetimes. He was, and still is, considered America’s greatest … Read more

Saint-Germain-des-Pres, from Album Paris

Bernard Buffet Paris, France 1928 – 1999 Saint-Germain-des-Pres, from Album Paris, 1962 lithograph in colors, artist proof Born in Paris in 1928, Bernard Buffet was a painter, lithographer, and etcher who studied at the Paris École des Beaux-Arts and gained early critical acclaim and fortune through his prolific output – he painted more than 8,000 … Read more

Cul De Sac

Mark Abrahamson Seattle, WA 1944 Cul De Sac, ca 1998 cibachrome color photograph Born in Seattle, Washington in 1944, Mark Abrahamson received his BA in Chemistry at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and a DDS at University of Washington, Seattle. He is a photographer, speaker and environmental advocate. His aerial photography explores the United … Read more