Past Events

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Works in Progress/ Open Studio Reception

The public is invited to attend a Works in Progress Reception on Wednesday, March 21st from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at the Sculpture Space studio at 12 Gates Street, West Utica. The reception provides an opportunity for the public to meet current artists-in-residence, view their artwork in progress and learn more about their creative process. Many of these artists have been working on these pieces for many weeks and have been experimenting with new techniques and materials. The artists-in-residence come to Utica to work in Sculpture Space’s studio without interruption and create new and groundbreaking work, with support from Sculpture Space. This quarterly event is a rare opportunity to “See Art Happening” by some of today’s most promising contemporary sculptors.

The reception will feature works by current artists-in-residence Anna Mlasowsky (Germany/Seattle, WA), John K. Melvin(Oakland, CA) with funding support provided by the Chenven Foundation, Dana Harper (Columbus, OH) and Nicolas Fleming(Montreal, Canada) with funding support provided by the Canada Council for the Arts.

These receptions are free to the public due to the generosity of Event Sponsor Hand Craft by Cuffe and Presenting Sponsor Bank of Utica. The restaurant sponsor is Bite Bakery and Café.

Sculpture Space is excited to announce "The JAM" to be held on April 21st at the SUNY Poly Utica campus. This real time sculpting event will consist of teams of artists working throughout the day to design and create a series of original works. For more information, or volunteer opportunities, please contact us.

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The 29th Anniversary CHAIRity Art Auction On Saturday, September 29, Sculpture Space hosted its 29th Annual CHAIRity Art Auction at the Sculpture Space Studio, 12 Gates Street, in Utica's historic Brewery District. This special evening featured original works of art and functional objects created by national, international, regional and local artists, presented in both live and silent art auctions. This fundraiser is an important event each year that helps to keep the gates open at Sculpture Space. Many of the contributing artists were alumni of Sculpture Spaces internationally recognized artist-in-residency program. Since 1976, Sculpture Space has hosted over 575 visiting artists from 29 countries and 29 states that are as nearby as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and as far away as Japan, Iran, Australia and China. Artists are invited to come and live in Utica for two months and create new work, explore novel techniques and materials and engage with artists from other states and countries, In turn, local and regional residents, business owners, artists and art lovers not only connects with these artists to gain insight into their creative process and inspiration, but also share their unique and global perspectives. When these artists return home, they become informal ambassadors; work created while in residence in Utica is subsequently exhibited in galleries, museums and sculpture parks around the world. The live auction will included a wide variety of art- including decorative sculpture, paintings, lamps, furniture, jewelry, and ceramics donated by international and local artists and artisans. The always-anticipated Earth Day collection, created from repurposed materials donated by Empire Recycling, was a high point for the auction. To ensure CHAIRity remains a something-for-everyone affair, the silent auction also featured smaller works of art, handmade items, gift certificates, travel opportunities, and other contributions from local businesses and supporters. Support for Sculpture Space programs is made possible in part with support from the New York State Council for the Arts, the Central New York Arts Council, and the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. Our presenting sponsor this year was Bank of Utica.