Described as New Castle’s “cultural jewel”, the historic four building complex offers an environment of historical interest while housing art galleries, classrooms, studios, collection of fine arts library, and meeting facilities on five manicured acres of the residential North Hill.
Built by architect Frank Foulke between 1914-1917 for the prominent Hoyt siblings, May Emma and Alex Crawford, a tour of the Hoyt tells a rich history of a time, place and culture that once was. You can see striking features such as crystal cut glass doors, carved staircases, and a German suit of armor in addition to family memorabilia and period furnishing. Mrs. Alex Crawford Hoyt’s 1930’s bookbinding equipment may still be seen in her studio on the third floor, as well as lovely collections of vintage hats, purses, and our native Shenango China on levels one and two.
Since its simple beginnings in 1965, the Hoyt has grown from a small group of artists wanting to develop and showcase local talent to the only non-profit community arts center and museum of its kind within a 40 mile radius of Pittsburgh. Supported in part by public and membership contributions, the Hoyt provides continuous opportunities through arts courses and workshops, performances, concerts, lectures, free monthly exhibitions, and annual juried competitions.
The creative potential of youth is especially celebrated in the annual Children’s Summer Art Camp and Children’s Summer Arts Fest in July. Other ongoing children’s activities year round include hands on musical, dance and etiquette workshops, awards competitions in literature and art, and the new Children’s Performing Arts Series featuring interactive concerts and lectures.
Further realizing a museum’s role as Educator and Historian, the Hoyt continues its tradition of teaching, preserving our historic treasures, and community involvement.
The Mission of the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts is to encourage an awareness, understanding, appreciation, and practice of the Arts and Humanities through visual, educational, and enrichment programming for learners of all ages.