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October 2011  
Art News

Jerome Witkin paintings    

Two exhibits showcase riveting work of Syracuse's Jerome Witkin   

A sweeping retrospective exhibition of Witkin's work opened at the Syracuse University Art Galleries and the XL Gallery, in Armory Square, last month and continues through the middle of October. Titled "Drawn to Paint: The Art of Jerome Witkin," the two-venue show was curated by Edward A. Aiken, senior curator of SUArt Galleries, and draws from galleries, private collections and museums from across the country. It is an impressive exhibition that comes as Witkin celebrates his 40th year of teaching at Syracuse University.

 read the full article by Katherine Rushworth on 



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 Syracusan Carrie Mae Weems among those in D.C. show of leading black artists



Works by leading black artists in the contemporary art realm went on view Saturday at Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art to tackle issues of racial, sexual and historical identity.


Weems' exhibit, "30 Americans," will be on view through Feb. 12. It features 31 artists, including Syracuse based artist Carrie Mae Weems, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hank Willis Thomas, Kehinde Wiley and others. The 76 works come from Miami-based collectors Don and Mera Rubell.


Corcoran Director Fred Bollerer said it marks an effort to undertake more daring exhibitions that examine serious issues and provoke debate. The Corcoran created two companion exhibits featuring 12 new, provocative works by Thomas called "Strange Fruit" that includes images hearkening back to slavery and 25 photographs by Gordon Parks.


"It's a challenging show," Bollerer said. "It's meant to be a challenging show." 


The images from Thomas are particularly striking. They include photographs of athletes playing basketball through a noose, instead of a hoop, and familiar logos like the Nike "swoosh" branded on the side of a black man's head.


The Nike image comes from Thomas' extensive "Branded" series of works. Thomas, who is based in New York and Paris, said he wanted to explore the word "branding" as it relates to advertising and focused in part on Nike because its logo is so often promoted by black men, such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.


"In what other contexts historically would branding exist?" he said. "So thinking about how slaves were branded as a sign of ownership and how today so many of us live in a state of branded consciousness."

 read the full article by The Associated Press on  


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Applications for CRC Arts Grants Now Available! nysca logo white bkgd


The Cultural Resources Council has broadened its role as a funding source for arts activity throughout Central New York.


This fall, the CRC will be accepting applications for three different grant programs - each with a distinct purpose -serving a total of seven Central New York counties. While the geographic reach of the four programs differs, support will be directed to artists and not-for-profit organizations inCayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties. Potential applicants should check the program descriptions to determine geographical eligibility.


Grant programs include: 


Individual Artist Grants (NYSCA)
Application Deadline Oct.20 


Community Arts Project Grants - "DEC" (NYSCA)

Application Deadline Nov. 1


Arts Education Grants - "art$TART" (NYSCA) 

Application Deadline Nov. 15


 Click here for complete details and application procedures.


Now preparing to fly in 2011! 

Save the Date - The Adventures of Rudolph

School Shows:

Wed., Dec. 7, 2011 at 10 AM

Thurs., Dec. 8, 2011 at 10 AM

Fri., Dec. 9, 2011 at 10 AM & 12 PM


Public Performance:

Sat., Dec. 10, 2011 at 11 AM 



A holiday tradition in Central New York, The Adventures of Rudolph is a narrated ballet for the whole family presented by the Cultural


Resources Council, directed by Deborah Boughton, and performed by students from Dance Centre North.



Click here to download the Early Bird School Order Form!   Orders must be placed by October 28th to receive early bird pricing.  

All performances will take place at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse. 


To learn more about The Adventures of Rudolph please visit the CRC website by by clicking here.





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Stephen Butler, executive Director of the Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse and Onondaga County, talks about the state of the arts in Central New York during tough economic times. The CRC has existed since 1975, and its mission is to provide broad-based services to artists, arts organizations and the public that ensure the vitality and diversity of arts and culture in Central New York.


To read the full article please click here.




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SSO Musical Instruments Press Release

Syracuse Symphony Assets Being Donated to Local Organizations


Syracuse, NY; September 29, 2011 - M&T Bank has arranged for the donation of Syracuse Symphony Orchestra assets obtained through bankruptcy court to local not-for-profit organizations, allowing those assets to be preserved and maintained for community use now and into the future.


To read the full article please click here. 

ON MY OWN TIME 2011   On My Own Time Logo
The 38th annual On My Own Time Art Exhibit, presented by the Cultural Resources Council, in cooperation with the Everson Museum of Art, is currently on display at the Everson, with 70 unique pieces from the fourteen participating organizations. The exhibit runs through Sunday, October 16th.


2011 Participating organizations:

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WRVO - Lead Media Sponsor


Upstate Medical University - Gold Level participating company


AXA Advisors LLC
City of Syracuse
County of Onondaga
Liverpool Art   Center
Lockheed Martin
Northland Communications
O'Brien & Gere
L. & J. G. Stickley
Syracuse City School District
Syracuse Stage
Syracuse University  


To learn more about this program please click here. 



Opportunity Listings

Calls for Artists / Auditions

"Where Theater and Visual Arts Meet" A Visual Exhibition of the compelling Syracuse Stage production of "RENT".  Download the Updated Prospectus and Entry Form HERE 


The One-Take Super 8 annual festival Accepting submissions Jan 24 - Mar 4. Download the submission form here.


Honoring Steve Jobs at Syracuse Tech Garden - Call for entries.

Deadline is November 1st, to read more please click here.


Syracuse First We can always use volunteers. Call for more information (315.396.6418)
Westcott Art Gallery is re-organizing and seeking out volunteers and new committee members. Click HERE for a sampling of current committees and their duties. Please contact for more information or to volunteer. 




Resource Listings
Workshops/Classes/Group Meetings      



Community Darkrooms Classes and Workshops
Ongoing.  Visit their website HERE for more information. 

Clayscapes Pottery Adult classes in handbuilding and wheel throwing for all levels of experience.  Find info on current classes on

Wacheva Cultural Arts World Dance & Drum Classes
  in West African dance & drum, Salsa, Samba, NIA, Belly dance, Zumba, Kazoon (afro-modern), Flamenco , Ballroom and women's drumming; Mon. - Sun. Beginners welcome. Go to for the complete schedule, or call 315-396-0748. Classes are $10 adults, $7 students.

Downtown Writers Center
offers creative writing classes  and workshops on a regular basis.  For more information click HERE. 

Y Arts
Register for classes in pottery, drawing, painting, ballroom dance, jazz and ballet. Classes are available to everyone, from preschoolers through adults. Each session lasts for 6 weeks and all art materials are supplied by the Y Arts Studio. Open to YMCA Members and
 Non-members.  Private music lessons also available in guitar, drums, violin, voice, piano and wind instruments. For a complete description of classes and fees visit or contact Kat Kane, Arts Studio Director at 637-2025 ext 216.   

Open Figure Drawing $8 drop in fee, Wednesdays at Westcott Community Center from 7-10 PM, for info call Iver Johnson 315.475.3400

Other A resource sharing website, administered by the Rosamond Gifford Foundation, for Central New York nonprofits and businesses. The Oswego Arts Collaborative, a local service and advocacy organization whose mission is to be a catalyst for the economic development and sustainability of visual and performing arts, is compiling a list of artists and arts organizations interested in strengthening the cultural life of Oswego County. All artists, groups and residents interested in receiving regular information about the Collaborative and its initiatives or in taking part in the mission of the Collaborative are asked to email


How to Submit

If you have information on an opportunity or resource available to the local arts community including calls for entry, grants, job postings, workshops, classes, etc., please email Include basic information and a link to where details can be found online or, if no online presence is available, a contact phone number.  The submission deadline is the 20th of each month prior to publication.

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