Sponsored by The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties
Galvanized and powder coated steel, leather, copper
56 x 23 x 26
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The functional work of art — complete with a cushy leather seat — was created by Albany-based award-winning Sculpture Space alumnus Abraham Ferraro, renowned for his superlative craftsmanship and imaginative designs.
The chair is made of welded steel, galvanized and powder coated with a richly polished metallic flake finish in dark bronze hues, and embellished with decorative copper rivets. The black leather seat, armrests and back provide luxurious seating. Ferraro noted that the design of the chair symbolizes how the Community Foundation connects philanthropy with worthy causes and outreach. Delighted to have been commissioned to create the chair , he said “Sculpture Space was a really important place for me and a good step, so I really wanted to give back to them.” Ferraro credits the architecture of the Eiffel Tower, which he visited when he was 9, as a major influence in the design of The Endowed Chair. The Brooklyn Bridge also plays a role.
Ferraro, who has exhibited internationally as well as extensively in New York State, is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia (BFA) and SUNY Albany (MA & MFA). A recipient of grants from NYFA and SUNY Fredonia and a winner of numerous jury prizes, Ferraro recently won Best in Show at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center’s Made in NY exhibition. Ferraro was a resident Artist at Sculpture Space in 2006.
The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties sponsored Ferraro’s Chair of Philanthropy, the “Bridge Chair”. The Community Foundation has been a force in promoting philanthropy throughout Herkimer and Oneida counties since 1952 and has made more than 4,300 grants in support of causes ranging from education to health care, the arts to the environment.
A unique cultural resource within the City of Utica, the Mohawk Valley and Upstate New York, Sculpture Space promotes interaction between international visiting artists and the local community by placing works in the public domain, hosting studio tours, and collaborating with other organizations to exhibit artists’ projects. Several hundred artists apply annually. Twenty national and international artists are accepted each year to enjoy two-month residencies. They receive stipends, subsidized housing, 24-hour access to the studio and technical assistance. The program is in part made possible with support from the NYS Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, The Community Foundation and generous local residents, businesses and corporations.