SCULPTURE SPACE [the book]

Sculpture Space published the first edition of the much-anticipated tome, Sculpture Space [the book], in May 2007. Printed at Brodock Press, the 100-page publication features over 90 images and four essays by art historians and curators including Charlotta Kotik from the Brooklyn Museum and was conceived to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sculpture Space. Book parties in Utica and in New York at Jason McCoy Inc., Chelsea, launched the publication. The book retails for $35 and is registered with the Library of Congress. Copies are available by mail: payment must include shipping and handling, and sales tax when applicable. Sculpture Space [the book] is made possible in part with support from the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc., the Rosamond G. Childs Fund, Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund and Brodock Press.

Sculpture Space [the book] narrates the compelling story of the 30-year-old international artists’ residency program. The book documents the eventful history and ever-changing cutting-edge contemporary art created at our non-profit studio workspace. Dozens of the artists who attended Sculpture Space are featured in the book, which includes an extensive master list of professional artists who since 1976 have enjoyed residencies in the former Utica Steam Engine & Boiler Works plant. Sculpture Space has provided residencies to upwards of 400 professional artists from around the world since its founding.

“We are very excited about this beautiful book celebrating the 30th anniversary of Sculpture Space,” said Arlene Somer, chair of the two-year program of events that surrounded the anniversary. “The book is a useful addition both to library and art-museum collections as well as to personal art resources. Its documentation of alumni artists’ works, as well as its major essays on aspects of contemporary art can be understood not only in an historical context but also as a source of anticipation for what will be created at Sculpture Space in the future.”

“Sculpture Space is a crucible for the creative process in action,” said Sydney Waller, executive director of Sculpture Space. “This value is one that Sculpture Space supporters have always nurtured. We are overjoyed to be here — and thriving — 30 years after our founding.”

The authors are Thomas Piché, Jr. is director of the Gibson Gallery at the State University of New York at Potsdam and a former senior curator at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY. Piché is a past museum panelist with the New York State Council on the Arts and his essays have been featured in numerous publications and art catalogues. Charlotta Kotik, the John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator and Chair, Contemporary Art, at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, also is an instructor in the department of art history at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She serves on the international advisory board of the Soros Centers for Contemporary Art, New York; and on the board of directors of The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc., New York, the CityArts Workshop, Inc., New York, and The Fund for Arts and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe, Washington, D.C. Margaret Mathews-Berenson, former editor of Drawing magazine, is a New York-based curator, critic and arts manager whose articles and catalogue essays have appeared in Drawing, ARTS and American Artist magazines, among others. A specialist in contemporary art and international cultural policy, she has taught at New York University, the International Center of Photography, Christie’s and the 92nd Street Y, all in New York City. Rand Carter, a Texan by birth, studied at Columbia, Princeton and the Courtauld Institute of the University of London. Before joining the faculty of Hamilton College as a professor of the history of art, he was a fellow of the Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning in Montreal. In addition to his 16 years on the board of Sculpture Space, including two terms as president (1989–1992), he is a past president of the Landmarks Society of Utica and for one year chaired the City of Utica’s Commission on Scenic and Historic Preservation.

DeNicola Design of Cooperstown, NY, designed the oeuvre. The book is edited by Lin Smith Vincent, former editor-in-chief of Art and Auction magazine, with Sydney L. Waller, former executive director of Sculpture Space.

Each year sculptors from around the world apply for a two-month residency. Works created at Sculpture Space are exhibited worldwide in sculpture parks, museums and galleries. The residency is a founding member of the New York State Artists Workspace Consortium and the Alliance of Artists Communities. Its programs are made possible in part with support from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The program provides each artist with technical support, subsidized or free housing, 24-hour access to the studio and a $2,000 stipend for materials and living expenses.

Proceeds from the sale of the book help support the program. For more information and to purchase Sculpture Space [the book] please contact Sculpture Space at (315) 724-8381 or info@sculpturespace.org

 
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An Addendum includes 2007-2009 Artists-in-Residence and is free with book purchase