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Pat Flowers, basketball poster

Poets and Artists: To see our poets and artists and read comments about their work, go to the Posters page and click on a name. You can also go to the Syracuse Post-Standard to view a video interview with Pat Flowers (pictured here) and Gabe Eng-Goetz, collaborating poet and artist from the 2008 poster series.

Jim Emmons, Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival

Jim Emmons, co-founder of the Syracuse Poster Project, with Prof. Roger DeMuth. Jim conceived of the project in 2000, and with Roger’s help, made it a reality. As project coordinator, he continues to bring people together to make the project happen. He’s pictured selling poster prints at the annual Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival. Photo by Mindy Lee Tarry.

Roger DeMuth, Syracuse University illustration professor

Roger DeMuth, professor in the illustration program at Syracuse University, and co-founder of the Syracuse Poster Project. Roger’s Advanced Illustration Class illustrates the annual poster series. When not teaching, Roger works as an independent designer and illustrator from his home studio in Cazenovia. The work includes: children’s books, puzzles, maps, packaging, garden design, historic preservation, and panoramic photography. View it at www.demuthdesign.com

John Thompson

John Thompson, professor in the illustration department at Syracuse University. Together, John and Roger DeMuth teach the senior students who illustrate our posters. In 2006, he won the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators for the best illustration of the year. He has illustrated stamps for the U.S. Postal Service and documented missions of the Armed Services. He has taught in Florence and taken students to India for painting and drawing classes. To view his work: visit his website.

John Thompson

Marty Blake, professor in the illustration department at Syracuse University. Marty teams up with John Thompson to teach the senior illustration class. She is also an independent graphic designer and illustrator specializing in digital collage. For the digital work, she scans material from her extensive personal library of old books, magazines, ephmera and wall paper swatch books. Her gallery pieces incorporate cut paper, bits of lichen, and an occasional doll limb. Visit her website.

Eric Rogers, Board Member

Eric Rogers, founding board member. Retired from Chase Design in Skaneateles, Eric remains active in civic affairs, travel, and sport. He's a long-standing participant in the civic engagement group, FOCUS Greater Syracuse, and former president and ongoing member of SCORE, an advisory group for small businesses. Next time you see our posters at the airport, think of Eric--he initiated that display. Photo by Caitlyn Bom.

Joe Murphy, board member. Joe first participated in the Poster Project when he was a senior illustration student at SU in 2007. The poster he illustrated for that year's series--an image of Coleman's Pub on Tipp Hill--was among the most popular. After graduatingi, Joe did freelance illustration and worked in the marketing department of Turningstone Resort. Now he's back at SU getting a master's degree in illustration. He lives in Canastota. To view his work: visit his website.

Justin Lynch, board member. A Syracuse native, Justin graduated from Saint Lawrence University, and returned to Syracuse for jobs promoting a variety of community groups. He worked in development for AIDS Community Resources, then as a volunteer coordinator at United Way of Central New York. We were introduced to him there, when he helped us reach out to volunteers. Now he is the Online Relations Manager for the Syracuse Convention and Visitors Burreau.

Marc and Michelle

Marc Maynard and Michelle Tarshus, board members. Marc and Michelle came to us through a leadership program run by the Gifford Foundation and the CNY Community Foundation. Marc, a native of Georgia, came to Syracuse to study engineering at SU. Michelle grew up in Elmira. She's studying at SU for a master's degree in library information science. Aside from serving on our board, they organize poetry and youth events at the Dunbar Center.

Michael Moody, Artist

Michael Moody, artist. With Michael's death, early in 2016, Syracuse lost a long-standing member of its art scene. He joined us over the summer of 2013 to work on the South Salina Street Art Initiative. Michael worked with Rachel McMillian, one of two youth workers, to install posters in venues along the South Salina Street business corridor. You can still enjoy his work in the mural he created at Westcott and Beach streets.

Tania Peterson, Outreach Worker

Tania Peterson, outreach worker. With Rachel McMillian (below), Tania is one of two youth workers who helped us in 2013 with the South Salina Street Art Initiative. Tania reached out to venues along the South Salina Street business corridor, offering a selection of our full format posters for long-term indoor display. At summer's end, she enrolled at SUNY Morrisville to study early childhood education.

Rachel McMillian

Rachel McMillian, poster installer. Rachel teamed up with Michael and Tania (above) to help with the South Salina Street Arts Initiative. After Tania lined up venues to display our posters, Rachel helped install them. She likes art and fashion and working with kids. She attended SUNY Morrisville for a degree in business technology.

Anna Delk

Stephanie Brown-Dougan, manager of the Downtown Copy Center. Stephanie serves walk-in customers and produces prints for shipment. She's also our all around fixer, taking care of problems and, in her spare time, watching on-line tutorials to learn how to fix more things. She's a native of Liverpool and a graduate of West Virginia University, where she studied business. Her favorite TV show? Gilmore Girls.

Ed Feola, Downtown Farmer's Market

Ed Feola, graphic artist and printer at the Downtown Copy Center, the producer of our poster prints. Ed grew up in Solvay, but now enjoys the countryside of southern Onondaga County. He fills orders for poster prints, and keeps the prints sharp and properly colored. In his leisure, he enjoys photography, gardening and golf.

Peter Chan

Peter Chan, information technology specialist for The Copy Centers, the producer of our poster prints. Peter designed our web site from the ground up. A native of New York City, he graduated from Syracuse University, spent a decade or so working as a tech specialist in Syracuse, then moved to Maryland for more work in the tech sector. He enjoys cooking and has an interest in aviation. He’s pictured at his favorite supermarket.

John Paratore, owner of Paratore Signs

John Paratore, owner of Paratore Signs in Mattydale. John uses sophisticated digital printers to print our large-format posters—the ones for the downtown poster kiosks. Paratore Signs was established by John’s dad, back in the day of hand-painted signs. It continues as a family business, with help from John’s wife, Paige, their daughter, Valerie, and son-in-law, Ian.

Chuck McFadden, director of maintenance for the Downtown Committee of Syracuse

Chuck McFadden, director of maintenance for the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. Chuck and his crew change out the poster panels, and do a lot to keep downtown attractive. They also run the long-standing downtown farmer’s market, Tuesdays during the summer, at Salina and Washington Streets. It’s a great market.

Tom Cunningham, Tina Parker, co-owners of Eureka Crafts

Tom Cunningham with Tina Parker, his former business partner at Eureka Crafts, 210 Walton St., in the downtown district of Armory Square. Tom and Tina were among the pioneers of Armory Square. They opened Eureka just as the former warehouse district was reinventing itself. Eureka was an early supporter of the Poster Project, selling poster prints, and has a long tradition of selling and supporting authentic crafts.

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