Top 25 ArtPrize Artist donates art to Spectrum Health Foundation United and Kelsey Hospitals

Artist Scott Hoyle, a resident of Portland, Oregon, but a native of Grand Rapids, has donated his artwork to Spectrum Health Foundation United and Kelsey hospitals. The donated work, titled “Blue Ribbon Series,” was among the top 25 two-dimensional entries in ArtPrize 7.

Hoyle’s “Blue Ribbon Series” is a series of photography of farm animals raised by boys and girls participating in a 4-H competition. The photos are printed on aluminum by a special heat-transfer process. The series was also included in Photoville’s “The Fence,” a large-scale traveling photography exhibition, in Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York City, where it was viewed by several million people.

“Creating images has been my passion since childhood,” says Hoyle. “Most boys reply ‘fireman’ or ‘policeman’ when asked what they want to be when they grow up. I thought and saw things differently. When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I answered, ‘artist.’“

Hoyle is a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. In Oregon, he worked for 35 years as an illustrator and graphic designer, but after two successful surgeries for cancer, Hoyle has devoted himself to photography and fine art full-time.

Both Kodak and Polaroid have awarded Hoyle first place in international photography competitions. The 2012 International Conservation Photography Awards awarded Hoyle’s work first place. His photographs were selected for the front covers of the 2014 and 2015 Black & White Magazine Single Image Awards issues, and he has been recognized as a featured artist in American Artist magazine.

“We are extremely appreciative to receive this wonderful gift of artwork. Art in healthcare settings is more than a decoration; it is a positive distraction and contributes to overall health and wellbeing,” says Shelly Westbrook, director, Spectrum Health Foundation United and Kelsey hospitals. “Studies show a direct link between art and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress and anxiety.”

Photos of Scott Hoyle’s artwork may be viewed at http://www.scotthoyle.com/blue-ribbon/.