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Gabrielle Eure, Panelist
Panelist Gabrielle Eure

Chris Capella, Panelist
Panelist Chris Capella

Alice Maggiore, Panelist
Panelist Alice Maggiore

Anthony Pham, Panelist
Panelist Anthony Pham

Elizabeth Judge, Panelist
Panelist Elizabeth Judge

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 Poet-Artist Pairs for the 2022 Poster Series.
Our panelists met in early January to select posters for the 2022 series. Join us in congratulating the selected poet-artist pairs, listed here by poet and artist:

Mary Jane BeVard, of Liverpool & Jill Long, of Syracuse
Emily Buchanan, of Minoa & David Hicock, of Syracuse
Ellen McCauley, of Syracuse & Tommy Lincoln, of Manlius
Timothy Muir, of Marcellus & R. Paul Lilly, of Syracuse
David Pasinski, of Syracuse & Tyler Hill, of Nedrow
Cynthia Perrine, of Fabius & Thomas Harris, of Syracuse
Michele Reed, of Oswego & Patrick Volz, of Liverpool
Evelyn Stemashuck, of Parish & Aletta Ren, of Syracuse
Jane Verostek, of Fayetteville & Meg Stephens, of Syracuse
Amy Zamkoff, of Syracuse & Leah Hennessey, of Baldwinsville

Results of Call for Poetry and Art:
This year's call for poets and artists, soliciting work for our 21st poster series, drew many high-quality submissions. This was the first year that we allowed short poems outside of the tradition of haiku. We also introduced a new prompt by asking poets to write in the vein of "Seven Syracuse Spirits," and gave them a list of spirits to consider. The response was strong. We had 80 returning poets and 29 new poets for a total of 109 participating poets. They submitted a total of 269 poems. From these we selected 136 semi-final poems. We then allocated four poems to each of the 32 participating artists. Each artist selected one poem to illustrate.

Art Selection Process:
Selection took place in early January. Of the 32 artists who signed up, 23 completed posters. We planned to select seven posters for production. But since there were many strong submissions, we bumped the selection to 10. First, our guest panelists presided over a blind selection of eight posters and awarded first-, second-, and third-place posters.

First place:Thomas Harris and Cynthia Perrine.
Second place: Leah Hennessey and Amy Zamkoff.
Third place: Tyler Hill and David Pasinski.

The panelists were:
Alice Maggiore: Director of communications for the Downtown Committee of Syracuse.
Anthony Pham: Marketing assistant for the Downtown Committee.
Elizabeth Judge: Marketing manager for Visit Syracuse.
Chris Capella: Art teacher at the Onondaga Nation School.
Gabrielle Eure: Architectural designer at C&S Companies.

Finally, our board selected two additional “board picks” to bring the total to 10 posters.

Annual Unveiling:
We will release the posters through an in-person unveiling celebration, tentatively set for April 21, if circumstances allow.

Memorial Poster for Thea St. Omer
We were saddened by the death of one of our partSicipating 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.

Interns: Where Are They Now?
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 flat screen with a rotating display of posters spends November at Epicuse, a downtown market at 334 South Salina Street.

New Stores
We're now selling our products at two new venues: cards and select poster prints at Syracuse Soapworks in the Hawley Green neighborhood; and prints, note cards and postcards at Wildflowers Armory, downtown. Know a store that would like to carry our products? 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.

Incorporation
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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