Michael Hoyt was born in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1970. He received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1994 and currently resides in Minneapolis, where he is an independent artist and an arts administrator. For over twenty years Hoyt has been producing, managing, and directing arts-based community development projects and youth development programs, while making art in and with his South Minneapolis community. Although his formal training is in painting and drawing, his work has evolved to take the form of interactive sculptural installations and situations in which public participation is a key component. Creating and facilitating unique shared experiences that connect diverse and often nontraditional art audiences drive his art practice. Hoyt’s work has been exhibited locally and abroad at the Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Arts At Marks Garage in Honolulu, University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery, Asian Arts Initiative, Pillsbury House + Theatre, Soap Factory, Soo Visual Arts Center, Intermedia Arts, Franconia Sculpture Park, Art Shanty Projects, and the Walker Art Center. He has received awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a Northern Lights.mn Art(ists) on the Verge Fellowship, a Jerome Visual Artist Fellowship, and a McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship. Hoyt’s artist residencies include the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia PA, the Intersections Visiting Artist and Scholar Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, the Visiting Artist Exhibition Program at Roanoke College, the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary, and Kulture Klub Collaborative.