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Splash poetry installation
Joe Murphy and Jason Evans installing splash poetry.


Syracuse Poster Project Annual Unveiling
Artist Gabriella Silverstein
and her poster from 2017 unveiling.


Improvised drawing of Syracuse

Splash Poetry Installation

When is an invisible poem visible? With our splash poetry installation, the answer is in the weather: when it rains. Or when a savvy passerby spalshes the sidewalk with water.

In May, board members Joe Murphy and Jason Evans stenciled 10 haiku from our archives at select downtown spots, using a special spray paint. The paint remains clear until it gets wet; it then appears light gray.

Take a tour on a rainy day, or try spashing the poems with water. You'll find work by 10 poets: Pearl Baldwin, Ralph Long Jr., Claire Bobrycki, Molly English, Ross Getman, Kali Huff, Thea St. Omer, Tom Huff, Sara Parrott, and Bryan Wilbur.

Download a list and map of selected poems by clicking here.

After a month or two, the poems wash away. We may occasionally refresh them. Meanwhile, enjoy a video of the process by clicking here.


2018 Syracuse Poster Project Annual Unveiling

The opening event of the 2018 poster series will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 in the atrium at City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington St.

The poets and artists of this year's series gather with friends, family, and other supporters of public art for a celebration of the new posters. We'll have food, drink, music, and of course, a display of the new posters. We'll also be selling prints of the new work.

City Hall Commons is located on East Washington Street, between Warren and Montgomery streets. It's the flat iron building just south of the State Tower Building.





See a Video of Improvisational Drawing

This improviational illustration was created in the spring of 2014 as a prelude to a portrait demonstration given by visiting artist Max Ginsberg to the Syracuse University Illustation Program.

For the prelude, Stanislas Martin-Finzo, coordinator of the SU Illustration Abroad Program in Strasbourg, France, arranged a collaborative drawing performance with the SU Jazz Band and several illustration students. Students created music and art based on elements of free jazz.

We are proud to sell a signed sketch made in preparation for the peformance by illustrators Nkiru Sewell, Monica Sofia Rexach Ortiz, Loic Urbaniak, and William Smith. Smith went on be featured in the 2016 poster series; Ortiz, in the 2017 series.

This framed work, 26 x 34 inches, is valued at $500. Inquire about buying it by emailing


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