August 31, 2011 — The public is invited to the opening reception of a photography show, “Celebrating Sculpture/ Celebrating Place” Tuesday, September 6, 5-7 p.m. in the 2nd floor gallery at the Utica Public Library. The reception is hosted by the Central New York Conservancy, and will also offer an opportunity for the public to purchase the Landmarks publication by art historian Rand Carter that features sculpture found in the community through the mid-1980s. Admission is free.
The photographs in the show depict carefully placed historical 19th and early 20th century sculpture around town as well as contemporary pieces created and sited only a few years ago. Sculpture Space, the area’s international studio program, organized the show as part of its 35th anniversary celebration, and to encourage a community-wide cultural collaboration that included The Landmarks Society of Greater Utica, Danella Photographic, Downtown Utica Development Association, Utica College, Utica Monday Nite, the Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art, and the Oneida County Historical Society.
“We are thrilled there is such wide interest in this art form,” noted Sydney Waller, Executive Director of Sculpture Space. “We hope this project will increase awareness of the rich, distinguished and still growing collection of outdoor sculpture which enriches urban vistas and park settings in the Greater Utica-Rome region.”
Photographers featured in the exhibition include Michael Bosak, Cynthia Alde, Steven Max, Val de Visser and Larry Pacilio, from Utica; Lynne Browne (Rome), Ann Reichlin (Ithaca) and Jamie Young (Syracuse). Both color and black and white images are on display, as well as historical prints from the Historical Society.
The show will include a free program on Wednesday, September 14 at 6 p.m. to which the public is also invited. Panel participants will offer overviews of different aspects of the topic, and include Michael Bosak, President of the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica; Virginia Kelly, art historian; Mary Rizzo, representing the new Griffiss International Sculpture Garden in Rome, and Sydney Waller, Executive Director of Sculpture Space, as well as several sculptors.
The greater Utica-Rome area includes a wealth of sculpture in public spaces, including but not limited to Utica College campus, Utica Parks system, Memorial Parkway, Utica City Hall, James and Oneida Street Parks, cemeteries, Masonic campus, area around Union Station, and the Oriskany Monument.
The exhibition will be on view during library hours through September 28. Library hours are M-F 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8:30-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. For further information please contact 315-724-8381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.