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Panelists Selectin Posters
Panelists Selecting Posters

Tong Zhang Selecting Posters
Panelist Tong Zhang

Nicora Gangi poster
Panelists Tom Huff and
Laurie Selleck

Thea St. Omer Memorial Poster
Thea St.Omer memorial

Michael Moody, Syracuse Artist
The late Michael Moody, a Syracuse artist, cleaning one of our posters for re-use in venues along the South Salina Street Business Corridor.

Victoria Taylor, Syracuse University artist.
Victoria Taylor, 2012 artist.
Photo by Dave Hicock.

Selection of the 2019 Posters:
Please join us in congratulating the 18 poet-artist pairs to be featured in the 2019 series (listed poet first; artist second):

Peter Allen of Syracuse & Aaron Lee of Oswego
Dianne Apter of Syracuse & Kathleen O'Dell of Syracuse
Mary Jane BeVard of Liverpool & Erin Nowak of Syracuse
Laura Braaten of Cazenovia & Dani Pendergast of Syr.
Sherry Chayat of Syracuse & Steven Peters of Syracuse
Aubry Cooper of Auburn & Cayetano Valenzuela of Fulton
David Harper of Cazenovia & Eva Hunter of Clay
Shari Hemsley of Auburn & Alexandra Grant of Sk'ateles
Perri Hogan of Syracuse & Daniel Shanahan of Syracuse
Kyle Johnson of Cazenovia & Hall Groat Sr. of Manlius
Diane Lansing of Syracuse & Jill Pierce Long of Syracuse
Michele Madonna of Cleveland & Alyssa Dearborn of L'pool.
Debra DeSocio of Fayetteville & Anne Lathrop of Fayetteville
Elizabeth Patton of Elbridge & W. Padgett of N. W'dstck.
Carolyn Senft of Syr. & Jamie Santos of Baldwinsville
Marilyn Shelton of Penn. & Marianne Dalton of Caz.
Erin Stepowany of Plattsburgh & Jamie Ashlaw of Syr.
James & Barbara Yonai of Syr. & Paul Lilly of Syr.

Selection Process:
In this first year of reaching out to independent artists, we had 34 participating artists--a record.

In addition to recruiting individual artists, each year we will also engage a local ad firm, starting with a contribution this year from Mower Inc.

Mower’s submission, by artist Steven Peters, was “pre-selected.” A five-member panel then presided over a blind selection of 15 posters and the awarding of first-, second-, and third-place posters.

Finally, because we received such a wealth of good work, our board selected two additional "board picks." This bumps the new series to 18 posters, up from 16.

Prize Winners:
The artists whose posters won prizes are: Erin Nowak, first place; Alyssa Dearborn, second place; and Cayetano Valenzuela, third place.

Selection Panists:
Laurie Reed, marketing director of the Downtown Committee; Ruthnie Angrand, marketing and communications director for the City of Syracuse; Tom Huff, poet and stone carver from the Onondaga Nation; Tong Zhang, adjunct professor of painting at Syracuse University, and Laurie Selleck, professor of visual communications at Cazenovia College.

Annual Unveiling Celebration:
Please mark your calendars for our annual unveiling celebration, tentatively the evening of Thursday, April 18.

Memorial Poster for Thea St. Omer
We were saddened by the death of one of our participating poets, Thea St. Omer, from a heart attack in April, 2015. Thea was a filmmaker and an inspired member of the arts community. We have teamed with Starbucks to install a permanent memorial to Thea at the Armory Square cafe. For more information, go to our donation page.

Xi Chen, our spring, 2017, intern, graduated and landed a job with the Chicago Transit Authority. She helped us re-establish our interactive map of places that have been featured in posters. Yi Ting Huang, our fall semester, 2016, intern, graduated and moved to California. She helped create our website's poster and photo gallery pages and did great work mapping and analyzing poets' parcitipantion. Kalia Zell-Barrow, our summer, 2017, intern, graduated and is now pursuing a patent on an adaptive cushion for the elderly. She helped us reach out to independent artists to sell their civic art through our online store. Fan Wang, our fall, 2015, intern from the Janklow Arts Leadership Program, moved to New York City to pursue arts internships there. Rushi Sun, a fall, 2015, semester intern from Syracuse University's iSchool, found a job in California. Yingxue Xiao, another iSchool intern, landed a job with Bank of New York Mellon in Syracuse. Zhaolu Meng, a year-long intern from the iSchool, moved to Dallas to take a job with an analytics company.

South Side Art Initiative
In the summer of 2013, we selected posters from our archives, and offered them for long-term display to businesses and public venues along the South Salina Street business corridor, from Colvin Street to Brighton Avenue. Marissa Saunders, a board member, and Michael Moody, a Syracuse artist, oversaw a pair of youth workers: Tania Peterson, who helped with outreach, and Rachel McMillian, who helped with poster installation. We got a positive response from more than 10 venues. Read more in this story by Ruthnie Angrand of The Stand The initiative is funded grants from the Gifford Foundation and the New York State Urban Council.

New Products
We recently added two new shopping sections: one for posters by local artists working in a vein similar to ours; another for literary posters from the Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series, autographed by the featured authors. We're also offering a CNY Media Guide, an excellent resource for any individual or organization interested in publicizing programs, activities and accomplishments.

Traveling Exhibit
Our traveling exhibit of framed poster prints spends January at Provisions Bakery and Restaurant, 216 Walton St., in Armory Square.

New Stores
We're now our products at two new venues: cards and select poster prints at Syracuse Soapworks in the Hawley Green neighborhood; and note cards and postcards at the Syracuse University Bookstore. If you know of a store that would like to carry prints or note cards, let us know.

Audience Development
We worked with dozens of arts and culture groups participating in the Initiative to Develop and Engage Audiences in Syracuse (IDEAS). The initiative strengthens arts, culture and heritage groups by building audiences, sharing resources, and developing cooperative activities. Five entities teamed up to make the work happen: the Allyn Foundation, Central New York Community Foundation, Gifford Foundation, Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation and the Trust for Cultural Resources of the County of Onondaga. Participants worked with Surale Phillips, of Bozeman, MT, a demographer specializing arts and culture. Phillips helped us analyze our membership and customer base, correlate it with census information, and find ways to reach new supporters. A grant from IDEA helped us reach new stores; tidy up our mailing lists; and enhance our website.

In April, 2010, the Syracuse Poster Project received New York State incorporation. The Project then completed a lengthy application for federal nonprofit status, and finally received approval in November, 2010. The Project now has nonprofit status under section 501 (c) 3 of the tax code. This exempts us from federal income tax and sales tax, and lets us receive tax deductible bequests and contributions. We owe much of this accomplishment to Jessie Sweetland, class of 2010, Syracuse University College of Law. Through participation in the S.U. Law Clinic, Jessie and a classmate, Akria Ulmer, ushered us into the application process. Jessie and Akira graduated in 2010. A new team of student volunteers, Bobby Rajabi and Jacob Berger, saw us through the final steps of the process.


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