Members of the public are invited to attend a free Works-in-Progress Reception on Thursday, May 22 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Sculpture Space studio, 12 Gates Street, Utica. The reception provides an opportunity for local residents and supporters of the organization to meet current artists-in-residence, view their artwork in progress and learn more about their creative process. Current Artists in Residence presenting their work are Jarrod Beck (Brooklyn, NY), Lauren Chipeur (Montreal, Canada) and Jonas Ib F.H. Jensen (Bergen, Norway). The sponsor of the reception is Karam’s Middle East Bakery and Restaurant, 137 Campbell Avenue, Yorkville.
About Sculpture Space – Sculpture Space is an international artist in residence program, one of the only of its kind in North America. Work created at Sculpture Space is subsequently shown in museums, sculpture parks and galleries around the globe. Sculpture Space is a recent recipient of the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award for its non-profit category.
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 through installations in public spaces, studio tours and collaborations with other organizations to realize artists' projects. Eighteen national and international artists are accepted each year to enjoy two-month residencies, receiving stipends to offset materials and travel costs, subsidized housing, 24-hour access to the studio and technical assistance. The program is in part made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts (which believes that a great nation deserves great art), The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties Inc., area foundations, corporations and generous friends. For more information on Sculpture Space, please call 315-724-8381.