BoxHeart Brings Forth Burgeoning Artist Talents for Annual Exhibition

Published On January 12, 2016 | By Leah Kennedy | The Arts

boxheartWell over a decade ago, husband and wife Nicole Capozzi and Joshua Hogan set out to create an outlet for burgeoning artists in multiple career stages and facets.

Their mission was to make connections through mutual love and understanding–“the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and man, and all the interrelations of these”–and to expose these artists’ raw talent, drive and diversity to the local community and beyond.

Now, over 14 years later, the couple has curated and hosted 200+ exhibitions for citywide, nationwide and international artists at their studio, BoxHeart Gallery.

This winter, BoxHeart will host their annual Inter/National exhibition from January to March, highlighting an ambitious selection of local and global works that’ll challenge our thoughts and perspectives upon the cusp of the new year.

Preview a few of our artist picks below, and be sure to read up on the remaining talent you can catch at this year’s BoxHeart exhibit.

Boyd Payne (Pittsburgh)

boydpaynePA native, Boyd Payne Jr., grew up colorbind, but it did not hinder his desire to create. His introduction to watercolors allowed him practice and hone his craft, and create beautiful works ranging from watercolor to oil mediums for years to come. As Pittsburgh’s rustic history fades into the corners of time, Payne strives to capture its relics and expose its beauty, piece by piece. His painting of the late Garden Theater sign aided in sparking a renovation by capturing a moment in history longtime residents wouldn’t soon forget. Plans to tear down the theater are no longer in place; the building is slated to be renovated, and the sign remains in storage until the Garden Theater makes its return.

Barb Matz (Wisconsin)


Wisconsin artist Barb Matz challenges her viewers’ introspection through each of her works. She encourages those who study her pieces to consider their personal responses and reactions to them, as well as the purposes depicted. Clues of the paintings’ origins, history and culture are given through mixed medias and materials–such as stitch, feathers, beads and ribbons–but it is ultimately up to the viewer to piece together the elements of their story. Through her work, Matz implies that we can change the world by changing our perspectives and reactions toward each individual we encounter.

Marie Rioux (Canada)

marie riouxBalancing between borders of realism and abstraction, Canadian artist Marie Rioux dabbles in monochromatic mediums with slighter elements of light to illuminate the modest spaces we occupy amongst our physical world. Her paintings capture the inevitable life force that draws us through dark, uncertain times as we strive to move towards the light that guides us to promising grounds.

Kadiani Veligrantaki (Crete)


Artist Kadiani Veligrantaki discovered a new motif to build her work upon after tapping into her personal growth and changes made from her former self. She depicts the concept of finding purpose on our life journey through trials and tribulations we all must face–from truth and emotions; to poverty and economic struggles; to the wars we face within and among ourselves. Mediums such as newspapers, glues, canvas, charcoal, oil and pastel guide viewers through her works–an army of “angels trying to fly without wings” who ultimately portray the “escape from darkness” into the light.

The 15th annual Inter/National Exhibition will be open from January 19-March 4 at BoxHeart.

An opening reception will also be held from 5-8PM on January 23; it is free and open to the public.

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