“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.

On With The Shows

Everson Museum’s New Executive Director Elizabeth Dunbar wants to fully explore and showcase its permanent collection

Arts writer Carl Mellor reveals executive director Elizabeth Dunbar’s plans to explore the Everson Museum’s vast collection of works

Son will Perform in Museum Exhibiting Father’s Art

The Jon Poussette-Dart band will play Saturday, Dec. 13

The Jon Poussette-Dart band will play Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Museum of Art Root Sculpture Court at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica.

Everson: Combining ‘Every Season’

Everson Museum’s ‘Festival of Trees’ through Dec. 14

In the early 1960's, the internationally renowned architect, I.M. Pei (John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library in Boston, Grand Louvre in Paris), began designs for an art museum to be located in Syracuse, New York (of all places). A big name for a small museum -- this is what matters. The Everson Museum of Art, in my opinion, could be one of the most underutilized places by the community in Central New York.

Metal and Bones Become Art at Edgewood

Beyond The Pale at Edgewood Gallery

The Edgewood Gallery‘s new exhibit showcases work by three veteran artists, all of whom have substantial portfolios. Yet Beyond the Pale is most interested in the creative present, in current developments for Amy Bartell, Linda Bigness and Todd Conover.