Aug 26, 2011 — The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, represented by Mary Lyons Bradley, Bob Umidi and Senior Program Officer Jan Squadrito, and The City of Utica, represented by Mayor David Roefaro, joined Sculpture Space, represented by President of the Board, Victoria Mele Zacek and Executive Director Sydney Waller, to cut a celebratory double ribbon for the new Sculpture Space artist’s residence at 508 Wiley Street. The City of Utica contributed $20,000 towards façade improvements through a HUD grant administered by the Department of Urban Economic Development; and the Community Foundation contributed $53,862 towards the purchase and renovations of the house.
The ribbon cutting also celebrated the completion of The 35th Anniversary Fence Project, a collaboration with Kids Oneida Inc. Kids Oneida Inc was represented by Joe DePaul, Networks Manager, Steve Bulger, Director of Operations and Brett Lojewski. The artistic collaboration included Syracuse artist-consultant Mary Giehl, Kids Oneida, Inc. and Sculpture Space volunteers. Young artists dyed and embedded fabric in the chain link fence to create a number of colorful unique tableaux, which are on view for the rest of the year. The fence can also be viewed from the Polish Community Center parking lot.
Sculpture Space’s internationally known 35-year old program allows professional artists from many different parts of the world to come together and create art in a well-equipped studio. The new house ensures a two-month residency where they can stay in safety and comfort one block from the main studio. For information about the ongoing Capital Campaign please contact firstname.lastname@example.org