Opening reception: Friday, September 10, 7:30pm, Olin & Smoyer Galleries
Barcelo earned her M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Maryland and her B.F.A. from The Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. She teaches ceramics, 3-D design and sculpture at the Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut. Her work in sculpture combines a fascination for the tactile with a lifelong interest in languages and cultures. Her Cuban and Portuguese heritage and her experiences traveling and living abroad influence her use of language and material. Working with words crafted of copper wire and a range of organic and industrial materials, she makes sculptures that connect the sensual and the visceral with her curiosity about languages, cultures, translation, interpretation, travel and memory.
Hoyt earned his B.F.A. from Minneapolis College of Art & Design. As an Asian-American artist, he attempts to illuminate the hyphen and aspires to create work that represents the enormous richness, contradiction and vitality that defines the American experience to stimulate debate, raise awareness and build bridges within and beyond our community. His recent work is a visual investigation of the assimilation of knowledge and values, memory, loss, and personal and cultural identity. Creative processes involving drawing, painting, photography, digital media and installation are his tools for developing significant relationships between diverse cultural values and cumulative personal and cultural experiences.