Sculpture Space is unique in North America for its support of sculptors, both those who come to Utica, New York, as residency participants and those who continue after their residencies as working artists. The organization selects 20 artists each year for two-month residencies and has helped to advance the careers of more than 500 national and international artists since 1976. A non-profit organization with a 40-year record of success, Sculpture Space also offers the public a valuable opportunity to meet innovative artists and to learn about contemporary sculpture. As a unique cultural resource, Sculpture Space promotes interaction between national and international visiting artists and the local community throughout Utica and the surrounding region. The organization places works in the public domain, hosts studio tours, welcomes school groups to meet and watch working artists, collaborates with other organizations to exhibit artists' projects, and arranges lectures at area educational institutions including Colgate University, Hamilton College, Syracuse University, Pratt at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Mohawk Valley and Onondaga Community Colleges and Utica College.
Artists-in-residence are provided with the space, equipment, expert technical assistance, and specialized resources available in the Mohawk Valley to make sculpture on a scale that they otherwise might not be able to afford and in an environment conducive to experimentation. Periodically the public is invited to work-in-progress receptions at which the artists discuss their work and careers. Art that is made and first seen in Utica is often exhibited in galleries, museums and sculpture parks worldwide.
The Sculpture Space facilities comprise a 5,500 sq.ft. open space designed for flexible use, equipped with concrete floors, five enclosed private studios, a two-ton system of hoists for lifting and moving large and heavy materials, extra-wide overhead doors for easy access, and nearly three [3/4] acres of land to supplement indoor studio space.
Sculpture Space is supported by state and federal public funds, corporate contributions, foundation grants, and a growing circle of loyal community supporters. It consistently receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. A five-year capital improvement plan, made possible by generous local support and a one-time John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Institutional Advancement Grant, transformed the building into an open studio that retains its industrial character. A grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts supported the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment. The Community Foundation also manages a growing endowment fund for long-term support of this unique institution. Sculpture Space, a founding member of the NYS Artists Workspace Consortium and the Alliance of Artists Communities, is distinguished as a national leader in its field.