Bernard Stanley Hoyes, 1970

Artist
Bernard Stanley Hoyes ’70 career as a professional artist began at an early age in his home town of Kingston, Jamaica. At 15, he moved to New York to live with his father and pursue his art career. He attended evening classes at the Art Students League, where he matured as a painter and a sculptor under the apprenticeship of established artists. He came to Vermont Academy in the summer of 1968 to study with professional artists in a Summer Arts program.

After that summer, he enrolled at Vermont Academy, embracing every aspect of VA with enthusiasm and creativity. He was the first student to have a solo exhibition and was instrumental in the eventual development of a formal Art Department at VA. At graduation, he received the Frederic Stanley Art Award. After graduating from college, he became a full time artist. He formed Caribbean Cultural Institute and Caribbean Arts, Inc. to further expose Caribbean culture to America, and he worked extensively with the Los Angeles Citywide Murals Programs.

In 1982, he returned to Jamaica and became a lecturer and assessor for the Jamaica School of Art under the direction of Cecil Cooper. Bernard’s mural works and other special projects demonstrate his commitment to the public good. Vermont Academy is honored to recognize Bernard Stanley Hoyes as a recipient of the Florence Sabin Award and proud to have been an important part of his remarkable career.
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