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NOVA-Woodbridge to host “Contemplating Candy II” exhibit

Contemplating Candy II

Artist Jackie Hoysted will be exhibiting her work, “Contemplating Candy II,” in The Gallery at the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 2645 College Drive (WAS). The exhibition opens Tuesday, Nov.10 and runs through Thursday, Dec. 10. An artist’s reception is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12.

“Contemplating Candy II,” is Hoysted’s second exhibit with the theme of dietary addictions. After recently being diagnosed with diabetes, Hoysted decided to make drastic changes in her diet and lifestyle, which transferred into her artwork.  Her first exhibit of the series, “The Candy Store,” appeared at VisArts in Rockville, Md. “The Candy Store,” displayed paintings with actual scents recalling popular candy flavors. In addition to VisArts, in her most recent show, “Mix-n-Match,” at the Katzen Arts Center of American University, Hoysted used interactive strategies to engage viewers in the completion of her artwork.  Erin Devine, NOVA-Woodbridge’s gallery director describes Hoysted’s work as interactive, playful and multi-sensory.

“Hoysted projects her work as a discourse on desire and craving,” Devine said. “Viewers are invited to take candy and alter the piece across the span of the exhibition. The non-normative format mimics the commodified experience. The artist’s personal yearnings and struggles become a metaphor for the process of making and consuming works of art.”

“Contemplating Candy II” is described as engaging viewers into considering the relationships between mindfulness, addiction and art.

Hoysted received a computer science degree from Trinity College in her home of Ireland.  After moving to the United States, she sought a new career in art and received a Bachelor’s degree from the Corcoran School of Art and Design.  Over the last decade, she has had numerous solo exhibits throughout the country. 

An artist lecture will be held in the Black Box Theater next to The Gallery immediately following the reception on Nov. 12. The Gallery is located on the first floor of the Arts and Sciences Building. The exhibit, reception and lecture are free and open to the public. The Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For further information, go to http://blogs.nvcc.edu/wogallery/ or contact Gallery Director, Erin Devine, at edevine@nvcc.edu.


Media Contact: Kristina Ogburn | 703.503.6338 | kogburn@nvcc.edu




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