JUDITH HOYT ARTIST BIO:
Judith Hoyt has been making work with found metal, paper collage, as well as collage with encaustic wax for twenty years. She was born in 1958, in the Catskill Mountains of New York where her growing interest in making art drew her to the Art Awareness program in Lexington, New York at age fifteen, and then to the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she earned a BFA in Printmaking in 1980.
It was in this community that Judith settled, raised her two sons and began her love affair with found metal. Without access to a press, Judith began her work with paper collage and returned to the college to pursue an earlier interest in metal-smithing. Found metals dominated her work from that point. Later, Judith discovered encaustics and added that to her palette. The figures in Judith’s collaged sculpture, encaustics, and jewelry, are interpreted through the materials she uses.
Among the honors and awards that Judith has received are the 2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in crafts, and in 2005, the “Best in Show” award at Craft Boston. Her work has appeared in numerous books and catalogues featuring found art such as Altered Art by Terry Taylor ,500 Brooches by Marthe Le Van and Found Object Art by Dorothy Spencer.
Judith’s solo shows have been at such venues as The Works Galley (Philadelphia, PA), the Signature Shop Gallery (Atlanta, GA) and the Catskill Mountain Foundation Gallery (Hunter, NY). Judith has participated in many group shows in which the focus is on recycled content such as Recycle, Reuse, Recreate, which traveled to several countries in Africa and Recreation/Re-Creation at the Noyes Museum in New Jersey.
My collages are about old material used to create new work depicted in scraps of paper, fabric, and found metal. I rescue metal from alongside the road, pages from old books, and discarded fabrics from another time. This material is discolored, corroded and misshapen by the random process of history- a history that gets passed on to the figures. Each piece evolves through trial and error, the shapes and colors of the materials guiding the development.
MICHAEL LALICKI ARTIST BIO:
Michael Lalicki is an artist/designer with a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania. His corporate clients have included the Formica Corporation, IBM, Ferroxcube, Avon and numerous architectural firms. Artist clients have included Robert Wilson, Martha Graham Dance, Ann Hamilton, Jim Jarmusch and Sara Driver, John Turturro and Robert Ebendorf. His prop work has been seen on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun, On Golden Pond, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Jekyll and Hyde, and Mathilda.
In addition to exhibiting widely throughout the Hudson Valley and metropolitan New York area, Michael has shown in Coral Gables, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, London and Pisa, Italy.
Michael Lalicki is also an educator, who was an in-school artist-in-residence at New Paltz Middle school and currently at Copper Beech Middle School in Westchester. For nearly ten years, he was an Assistant Professor and Set Designer at State University of New York at New Paltz. His set designs have included Sweeney Todd, Antigone, Our Town, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Jacques Brel, Sentimental Journey, Private Wars, The Robber Bridegroom, and Caucasian Chalk Circle.