Creating a City of Art

Testing boundaries and expanding creative limits

The Connective Corridor is teaming with Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) on an exciting $650,000 call for public art along the Corridor.

Area Artists React to Local Scenery in New Show

“Winter Recipe” now at the Tech Garden

Syracuse Tech Garden's new exhibit presents artworks reflecting a range of interests. Winter Recipe travels from Tipperary Hill to North Salina Street, from a tranquil country locale to a swamp full of dread. The pieces include oils, acrylics, photos and mixed-media works.

Steve Nyland is Raising the Garden

Meet Steve Nyland, the new curator/artist-in-residence at Syracuse Tech Garden

Steve Nyland, the new curator/artist-in-residence at Syracuse Tech Garden, 235 Harrison St., has a full slate of exhibits planned for his yearlong tenure. Nyland’s goal is to “bring the art off the walls” and plans to incorporate a variety of unconventional elements, such as performance art and projected images, in an effort to transform the exhibits into interactive experiences. He wants to make the artwork “less traditional and more populist, and to create a lasting impression on visitors.”

A Call for Public Art Seen Around the World

Connective Corridor Closes Call for Public Art

It’s a wrap. Our call for public art closed this week and it was a call seen round the world. The Connective Corridor, in partnership with the Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts, received 276 applications from five continents, 17 countries, and 36 U.S. states. Of those, 85 are New York State-based, with more than 30 regional artists. Applications are very high quality, with an impressive portfolio of work by both established and emerging artists. The results are truly world-class.

“Illuminating” a City Through Public Art

The jury is in for the Connective Corridor’s call for public art.

Last week’s blog post in our Syracuse New Times series focused on the Connective Corridor’s outreach to artists as part of a $650,000 call for public art – one of the largest in the country. We’re pleased to report that as the deadline approaches, we’ve already received more than 100 entries before the on-line application closes at 11:59 p.m., March 1. The call has made it around the country and across Europe, attracting very high quality artists. Now the challenge is to evaluate entries and develop a short list of semi-finalists. To do that, we’ve assembled a talented jury.

Every Picture Tells a Story: Selma to Montgomery March at 50

Art writer Carl Mellor visits ArtRage’s display of photographs documenting the civil rights movement

The ArtRage Gallery photography exhibit Selma to Montgomery March at 50 pivots on three 1965 civil rights marches that played a key role in influencing Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act. Matt Herron's images not only discuss that larger narrative but also tell stories of everyday people demonstrating for political and human rights.

What is Good Public Art?

The process that goes into selecting public art

What is good public art? Who decides? Questions like these spark debate in communities around the world when it comes to spending public funds on public art. This week’s blog focuses on the process that goes into selecting public art. The process is what leads to the end product – either good or bad, so, it’s really important to get it right, be transparent about it, and to invite conversation. Thanks again to our partners at the Syracuse New Times for this blog series to generate dialogue about these topics.

Salt City Rock: The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Syracuse

Exhibit opening at the OHA on Friday, February 20

Syracuse is a city full of surprises.

Curating the Corridor

$650,000 Call for Public Art

This month, Syracuse University, through the Connective Corridor and the College of Visual and Performing Arts, is launching one of the largest calls for public art in the country. It’s a project that is gaining national attention and also focusing on ways that the arts can help build the creative economy and be a catalyst for community revitalization.  We’re sure it will also prompt some provocative conversations: What is the return on investment on public art? What role does public art play in a city? Can public art help transform a community? How important is the aesthetic of place?

Collage Education at Light Work: Xaviera Simmons

Xaviera Simmons’ one-woman show Accumulations, now at the Light Work Gallery

Xaviera Simmons' one-woman show Accumulations, now at the Light Work Gallery, doesn't offer straight-on narratives or develop conclusions in a linear fashion. Instead, seven large photos, selected from the artist's "Index/Composition" series, explore and investigate notions of culture, self-awareness, and the influence of art and media portrayals.