Exhibit Honors Former Political Prisoners, Some Now Living In New York, One Hand At A Time

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo is hosting a visiting exhibit created by a Burmese artist who, along with hundreds of subjects he has met through his project, are former political prisoners in their homeland. His exhibit, a Show of Hands, features plaster casts of each former prisoner’s hand. Some of them are of individuals who have since settled in Buffalo after spending years as refugees. Htein Lin recently appeared at the gallery to create new castings and speak before an audience. As he worked on the latest additions to a collection that exceeds 500 plaster hands, he chatted with each subject, sometimes sharing a laugh, as each revealed their personal story of captivity in Burma, now known as Myanmar.

Handbags — which are not examples of the "Sam" mentioned below — hang on display in the window of a Kate Spade & Co. store in Corte Madera, California, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

This New Yorker’s First (Real) Kate Spade Bag

Weekend Edition editor Barrie Hardymon remembers saving up for her first Kate Spade bag as a young New York music student. Yes, it held her Russian novels — but it also represented something more.

Celebrating the Birthday of a Famous Horse

The Exterminator Extravaganza celebrates the famous racehorse Exterminator, at one time Binghamton’s most famous resident.  Bill Gorman joins us to talk about the First Friday event at Cooperative Gallery 213, and the Sunday, June 3 event at Temple Concord/Kilmer Mansion featuring music and a theatrical reading of ‘Old Bones the Wonder Horse’ by Southern Tier Actors Read. For reservations at the Sunday event, call 607/723-4620.

An Ithaca Filmmaker Tackles a Current Issue

Dehanza Rogers is a filmmaker and assistant professor in the Performing and Media Arts department at Cornell University.  She joins us to talk about her interactive video and sound installation at The Cherry Artspace in Ithaca. She explores the personal side of the plight of undocumented immigrants in a time of crisis.  

Photo credit: The Cherry Artspace

Artist Blazo Kovacevic Uses Virtual Reality for a New Art Exhibit

Blazo Kovacevic, Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Binghamton University, has a new exhibit of his work called ‘Incited’ at the Dowd Gallery on the SUNY Cortland campus. “Incited is a large-scale, multimedia installation featuring digitally modified security X-rays taken by European border patrol forces of vehicles carrying hidden illegal immigrants in their cargo. This exhibition focuses on the acute problems of human trafficking, smuggling and terrorism currently dominating the socio-political sphere. The unobstructed views of trucks, vans and cars harboring stowaways also offer insight into privacy issues and the fragility of the human body.” A virtual reality 360 video will allow the viewer to experience being one of the 54 illegal immigrants transported under inhumane conditions in the cargo van that crashed in Serbia two years ago.

Amy Hoi Ngan Hsiao Exhibits Paintings at First Friday

Hong Kong native Amy Hoi Ngan Hsiao presents ‘Ice and Fire’, an exhibit of her latest work at the Orazio Salati Gallery during November. She joins us to speak about her studies at Alfred University and settling in Montrose, Pennsylvania. http://wskg.org/audio/amy.mp3

 

Photo credit: Amy Hoi Ngan Hsiao

Photographer and Activist LaToya Ruby Frazier Speaks in Corning

The Rockwell Museum welcomes TED Fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier, who will deliver a talk, ‘Art and Empathy: Storytelling for Social Change’. “For LaToya Ruby Frazier, art is a weapon – a catalyst for social justice. Her photographs and videos document today’s America, including her native Braddock, Pennsylvania. Her work amplifies the stories of post-industrial communities– cities and small towns riven by poverty, racism, healthcare inequality, and environmental toxicity. Bridging the personal with the social, her powerful gorgeous work amplifies the voices of the vulnerable and transforms our sense of place and self.”

The Annual Artists Open House is Back

Artists of Susquehanna County, PA open their studios for the annual Artists Open House on October 7, 8, and 9 from 10am to 6pm. Twenty-six artists in 19 locations display paintings, sculpture, pottery, photography, and woodworking. There is also a treasure hunt and a Richard Gere film festival. We meet painter Earl Lehman and photographer Eric Van Tassel. http://wskg.org/audio/17artstour.mp3

 

Photo credit: Joe Weldon

 

 

The LUMA Projection Arts Festival Expands

New events have been added to the LUMA Projection Arts Festival in downtown Binghamton for September’s First Friday. The art galleries will open at 6. The light festival begins at 9 and continues until midnight.  Operations Director Joshua Bernard Ludzki and Conrad Taylor talk about the expansion of the festival throughout downtown Binghamton, and give suggestions on where to park. http://wskg.org/audio/2017luma.mp3

 

Photo credit: Van Zandbergen Photography

Happy Birthday, Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was born on this day in 1907. Whether you’re a teacher looking for classroom resources or just a Frida fan – ‘The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo’ is super cool. Check out this video and support materials illustrate what makes art political, and prompts students to create their own self-portraits! Most appropriate for grades: 9-13+. http://to.pbs.org/2tzWm34

Art, Mystery and Muppets with 'The Cookie Thief'

A brand new museum has opened on Sesame Street, the Museum of Modern Cookie! Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Chris are very excited to check it out. However, when they step inside, all of the cookie art starts to make Cookie Monster hungry for cookies. Chris explains that he needs to control himself and use only his eyes to look at the paintings. Prairie Dawn welcomes them to the museum and gives them a tour.

'Forces of Nature' are on Display at the Cooperative Gallery 213

The Cooperative Gallery 213 presents ‘Forces of Nature’, an exhibit of oil paintings by Glenda Blake and photographs by Chuck Haupt for the month of April. As the title suggests, the subject is nature with paintings that suggest Impressionism paired with black and white photographs. http://wskg.org/audio/hauptblake.mp3

 

Photo credit: Cooperative Gallery 213

Sesame Street: What I Love About Art

Telly learns that by using his imagination and experimenting, he can make art in lots of different ways. Also featuring Murray Has a Little Lamb-Art School and Elmo’s World-Drawing. Brought to you by the letter A and the number 18. This episode features an all-new street story and airs on WSKG TV Monday, April 3, 2017 at 10:30am and 1:00pm. https://youtu.be/QiAPjr1KgvI

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Works by Milton Glaser Come to Binghamton University

The Binghamton University Art Museum presents two exhibits of works by renowned graphic designer Milton Glaser. Museum Director Diane Butler and curator Blazo Kovacevic talk about how these unique exhibits came to be. “Although Glaser might be best known for his commercial work – the ubiquitous I ❤ NY logo or the psychedelic Bob Dylan album cover – the exhibition features work in which Glaser experiments with pattern and perception. He works out his thoughts graphically in a series of prints of landscapes and images that celebrate modern masters such as Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec and Klimt. Milton Glaser: Modulated Patterns is accompanied by a catalogue, published by the Binghamton University Art Museum, which includes an introduction by the curator and an interview with Milton Glaser by Tom McDonough, associate professor of art history at Binghamton University.

'All Manner of Marvels' are on Display in Ithaca

The Corners Gallery in Ithaca is presenting an new exhibit, ‘All Manner of Marvels: Wonders Seldom Seen’, a group exhibition curated by Steve Carver. He joins us to talk about assembling the collection of works by artists from around the country, some whose work has never been seen regionally, and some by local artists, including Lou Beach, Robin Cass, Bill Hastings, Marshall Hyde, Beth Hylen, Wayne Kruse, Gary Panter, Minna Resnick, Robin Whiteman, and Steve Carver himself. He also tells us a little of his journey from Oklahoma to Los Angeles to Ithaca. http://wskg.org/audio/carver.mp3

 

Photo credit: Corners Gallery

'Works On Paper' Are on Display at Binghamton University

The Binghamton University Art Museum is displaying Works on Paper Between the Wars, a collection from Binghamton residents Gil and Deborah Williams.  Gil Williams and Museum Director Diane Butler talk about the exhibition, related exhibits, and the historical value of the included works. http://wskg.org/audio/worksonpaper.mp3

 

Photo credit: Peter Helck via Binghamton University Art Museum

'Modernist Masters' are on Display at the Rockwell Museum

The Rockwell Museum in Corning is presenting ‘Modernist Masters, Contemporary Icons’.  On loan from the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas, ‘Modernist Masters’ includes works by artists including Grant Wood, Alexander Calder, Thomas Hart-Benton, Fritz Scholder, John Marin, Andy Warhol, and John Sloan. Kirsty Buchanan and Willa Vogel talk about the many treasures in the collection and some of the activities around the exhibit, which is on display through April 23.  

 

Photo credit: Andy Warhol, Sam, c. 1954. Ink on paper. Collection of the Old Jail Art Center, Albany TX.

Dolores Elliott Talks about American Indian Art

The Otsiningo American Indian Art Market takes place this weekend in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Riverside Drive next to Lourdes Hospital. Award-winning Haudenosaunee artist Samuel Thomas not only displays his work, but delivers an address on Friday night about reconciling the impact of residential schools on Indian children, their families and their communities. http://wskg.org/audio/doloresmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Samuel Thomas via Otsiningo American Indian Market

 

 

Paintings of Water and Color Field Landscapes are on Display at the Cooperative Gallery

Cooperative Gallery 213 on State Street in downtown Binghamton is presenting ‘Water’ by Carolyn Gilligan and ‘DAY’ by Joanne Thorne Arnold. ”

 

DAY is an exhibition of oil paintings and glass scenes by Joanne Thorne Arnold. Landscape in subject matter, the work is influenced by the beautiful day; the kind you hate to see end because the air, the light and the atmosphere feeds your spirit. The energy of spring, summer and autumn are apparent in this show. Joanne is a colorist whose layering of colors creates a visual energy that pulsates in every painting.

Native American Artist Virgil Ortiz Visits the Corning Museum of Glass

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts that highlight the great artisans that work with the museum. This segment features world renowned Native American artist Virgil Ortiz. From Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, Ortiz strives to use art to blend historic events with futuristic elements in provocative and edgy designs to ignite contemporary interest in the stories of his Pueblo culture. Ceramicist, fashion designer and graphic artist, Ortiz worked with the Museum’s team to experiment with new ideas in glass, furthering his well-known Pueblo Revolt series. Ortiz, along with the Rockwell Museum, has also helped local at-risk students design and paint a mural in downtown Corning that was unveiled in September of 2016.

Susquehanna County Artists Celebrate Twenty Years of the Art Trail

Susquehanna County celebrates its twentieth year of the Columbus Day weekend Artists Tour. More than twenty-five artist will open their studios for the weekend to visitors to display a wide range of work of textiles, prints, photography, and even fieldstone walls. “This is a great chance to observe art being created and chat with your local artists & crafts-people. Some of these studios are only open this one weekend of the year. Others will welcome you to return once you know the way.

Resident Artist Jackie Pancari

WSKG Arts and the Corning Museum of Glass are proud to partner in a series of Arts and Culture Shorts featuring past resident artists of the museum. This segment features 2015 artist and Alfred University graduate Jackie Pancari. Jackie Pancari loves discovering the ways glass and light interact. She thinks of her studio as “a laboratory where curiosity and imagination lead to experimentation and discovery.” With an MFA from Alfred University School of Art, Pancari has exhibited her work across the U.S. and in Japan. Pancari is inspired by the properties of glass and its ability to assume an infinite number of forms. “Creating shapes that exude a quiet beauty, simplicity and sensuality represents the most basic foundation of my work,” she says.

Corning Welcomes Autumn with an Urban Arts Crawl

Urban Corning presents an Urban Arts Crawl on Friday, September 29 in Downtown Corning.  Logan Sweet from Urban Corning talks about the many events and exhibits, including the Rockwell Museum, 171 Cedar Arts Center, the West End Gallery, the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.  It also features the unveiling of the latest Alley Art Project mural – a special Rockwell Museum 40th Anniversary project and collaboration between acclaimed artist Virgil Ortiz and Corning’s own High School Learning Center Students. http://wskg.org/audio/loganmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Urban Corning

 

Corning Museum of Glass Resident Artist Helen Tegeler

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of arts shorts featuring their past resident artists. This segment features 2015 artist Helen Tegeler. Helen is inspired by the transitional properties of plants, and extrapolates upon that in her work. From growth patterns and branching to surface textures and patterns, she feels there are infinite design possibilities when interpreting plants in glass. She loves exploring seeds, and the potential they hold for great change.

Alfred U Artist and Professor Featured in Season Premiere of 'Craft in America'

Spotlight Education week continues with the season premiere of Craft in America. TEACHERS highlights artists committed to sharing the skills and passion for craft with students of all ages. Featuring Navajo weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete at Idyllwild Arts, glass artist Mark Mitsuda at Punahou School, glass artist Therman Statom, and ceramic artist Linda Sikora at Alfred University School of Art and Design. WSKG’s Crystal Sarakas interviewed Linda Sikora for our Artist Cafe program. Ms. Sikora also adds:
Individuals should contact Alfred University to learn about professional studies in Visual Art and for more information about Ceramic art. To see some of the best functional ceramics in the country locally, attend the national ceramics Flower City Pottery Invitational in Rochester, NY on October 14, 15, and 16, 2016. This is held at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education.

LUMA Lights Up Binghamton

In its second year, the LUMA Projection Arts Festival uses high-powered projectors to ‘animate’ the facades of buildings and create dynamic shows. This year also features a juried competition. Organizers Joshua Ludzki and Nick Rubenstein talk about the technique of making buildings move with light. “LUMA, the largest projection fine arts and entertainment festival in the United States, returns on September 2nd. Last year, 25,000 people gathered in Downtown Binghamton, NY, to celebrate a bold confluence of technology and visual arts. LUMA is a festival founded by artists, for artists, with the wholehearted embrace of an entire city.

'Art of Binghamton' Features Binghamton Architecture

‘Art of Binghamton’ is an exhibit of art of various media focusing on Binghamton landmarks, some no longer standing. Artists Matthew Card and Steven Palmer talk about their contributions and the process of gathering this collection.  All of the artists are from the greater Binghamton area. The exhibit is on display at the Roberson Museum and Science Center, and the exhibit will move to the Bundy Museum in October, along with some new pieces. “Each piece is a depiction of, or relating to, Binghamton’s past, present and future. The most impressive aspect of the show is that it is represents a diverse set of media from classical to advanced digital, that will offer an eye opening viewpoint behind the interest and history Binghamton has to offer.

Art, Music, and Poetry Come Together for a Set of Performances and Viewings

SpoolMFG is presenting a set of showing of the art of Don Demauro, combined with the poems ‘Four Quartets’ by T.S. Eliot, and the Suites for Solo Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach played by cellist Hakan Tayga-Hromek.  Spool Mfg. is a contemporary art space committed to the existential, personal, social, and political dimensions of the contemporary moment. Spool Mfg. functions within a large 19th-century industrial site which accommodates exhibitions, installation, and performance at 140 Baldwin Street in Johnson City. http://www.wskg.org/audio/spoolmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Inoyl via Flickr

Dream Landscapes are on Display at Cornell Plantations

Artist Wynn Yarrow opens ‘Genius Loci’ at the Cornell Plantations.  They are mysterious dream landscapes influenced by the artist’s love of literature, and also by her work with the Rockwell Museum’s Great Circle program where she is artist in residence. http://www.wskg.org/audio/yarrowmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Wynn Yarrow

Correspondence Between A. Burr and A. Ham On Display In Cooperstown

Thanks to a little Broadway show, one of the most talked about founding fathers these days is Alexander Hamilton. The Fenimore Art Museum is helping encourage this interest in American history with a new exhibition, Hamilton’s Final Act, which displays the letters between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton that led to their final, fatal encounter. Chris Rossi, curator at the Fenimore, spoke with Crystal Sarakas about the exhibition. The exhibition is on display until December 31 at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY.  

Photo: John Turnbull, National Historical Archives

Apollo 11 Heritage Site

Science Friday airs on WSQX Fridays at 2p.m.

 

by Brandon Echter

On July 20th in 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon. And some day, you might be able to visit that historic site yourself. Recently on Science Friday, we talked with space archaeologist Beth O’Leary and aerospace engineer Ann Darrin about preserving humanity’s history in space. Although space tourism is still a ways off, NASA is already taking steps to preserve significant sites on the moon. In 2011 the agency issued recommendations for protecting the first and last landing sites on the moon, essentially creating a no-landing zone within two kilometers of where Apollos 11 and 17 were located.

Preserved In Glass: The Marine Invertebrates Of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka

At the turn of the 20th century, Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolf, developed a successful business producing glass models of soft-bodied undersea creatures – marine invertebrates. Carefully crafted in their studio in Dresden, Germany, these models were shipped to universities and museums worldwide as study models. When Cornell University acquired its teaching collection in 1885, the Blaschka models could be purchased in North America from Ward’s Natural Science Establishment in Rochester, New York. By 1888, this father and son team offered 700 models that, according to Leopold Blaschka himself, were “universally acknowledged as being perfectly true to nature.”

Now, the exhibition Fragile Legacy presents the marine invertebrate models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka within the context of both marine life and glass conservation. The displayed glass objects tell the story of the history of the Blaschka family, the interest in marine life and dissemination of knowledge in 19th-century Europe, the techniques and methods of creating these beautiful glass models, and finally, the story of the objects themselves as an art form. Researchers at Cornell are using the collection as a time capsule for seeking out and documenting the creatures still living in our oceans today.

'Beauty Flat Out' Displays Paintings of Chinese Ceramics.

The Art Garage, just outside of Cooperstown, is presenting ‘Beauty Flat Out’.  The exhibit features works by Diana Cook, a decorative painter originally from D.C. who creates quilt-like artworks piecing together patinaed copper elements, among others. There is also an elegant new body of work from Gary Bower: works on paper with iconic Chinese vases. Mr. Bower tells us how his exploration of Chinese pottery and his association with a potter led him in a new direction.  We also hear from Sydney Waller, who founded the Art Garage. http://wskg.org/audio/garybowermix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Art Garage

Entries are Invited for a Mural Project in Binghamton

Binghamton’s Department of Public Art is sponsoring a competition to paint a mural on a large flood wall along the Chenango River. Director Mark Bowers explains what Public Art really means, tells about the many examples of public art already evident in Binghamton, and invites artists to submit their designs. http://wskg.org/audio/bowersmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Department of Public Art

 

 

An Award-winning Photographer Displays his Work in Binghamton

The Orazio Salati Studio and Gallery is presenting the work of award-winning photographer Joel Nsadha for two months beginning on July 1. Joel Nsadha won Best Photograph from National Geographic for the photograph you see above.  He tells about winning that prize and his career as a photographer. http://wskg.org/audio/nsadhamix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Joel Nsadha

The Rockwell Museum Presents Paintings of Native American Life

The Rockwell Museum is hosting an exhibition of the work of Howard Terpning from the Eddie Basha Collection in Arizona.  We hear about Terpning’s career that went from creating iconic posters for classic films such as ‘Doctor Zhivago’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ to depictions of the life of Native Americans of the Northern Plains. http://wskg.org/audio/terpningmix.mp3

 

Photo Credit: Howard Terpning, Gathering Sage for the Sun Dance, 2004, oil on canvas. © Terpning Family Limited Partnership, LLLP. All Rights Reserved

Canvas In Curious Condition Launches Investigation At Binghamton University

Sometimes a thing’s value is in its story rather than the thing itself. That might be the case for a remarkable painting now at Binghamton University. On a recent visit to a storage room behind the museum, called “The Vault,” paintings both large and small covered the walls. There were shelves and cabinets obscuring the other side of the room, so the exact size of the room wasn’t clear. To the left was what looked like a big black window.

An Exploration Of Contemporary Aboriginal Art At Cornell

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting is an exhibit showcasing the work of nine Aboriginal artists from the remote northwest region of Australia. The paintings incorporate sacred and ceremonial objects, traditional symbols and themes with a modern interpretation. The exhibit opened this week at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell. Andy Weislogel is a curator at the Johnson Museum and he joined Crystal Sarakas to talk about the exhibition. The nine artists whose work is part of the exhibition are Paddy Bedford, Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Tommy Mitchell, Ngarra, Boxer Milner Tjampitjin, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Tjumpo Tjapanangka, Billy Joongoorra Thomas, and Prince of Wales (Midpul). The exhibition is on display through August 14 at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca.

'Never Before Seen' at the State of the Art Gallery

 

The State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca is present an unusual exhibit.  In addition to work by members of the gallery, members have also invited friends of theirs to to present a wide range of styles and media. http://wskg.org/audio/beforeseen.mp3

 

Photo credit: Judy Barringer from State of the Art Gallery

Sunlit Landscapes are on Display at Roberson

The Roberson Museum in Binghamton has turned over its Sears-Harkness Hall to an exhibit of paintings by Brian Keeler, called Heliodelic Topography. We hear about the meaning of that title and about the landscapes Brian Keeler frequents for his paintings. http://wskg.org/audio/keelermix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Brian Keeler

An Artist Looks at How We Learn and What We Learn

‘This is the Way We Play and Learn’ is an exhibit of works by artist Rich Harrington at the Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts Gallery on State Street in Binghamton. He uses images from reading textbooks from the 50s and 60s.  He uses these evocative images with humor to make a more serious point about that era. http://wskg.org/audio/harringtonmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Rich Harrington

A Binghamton Artist Returns with an Homage to a Family Member

Binghamton-born artist Muffin Ray has moved around the country, most recently to Colorado.  She returns to Binghamton with an exhibit at Orazio Salati’s Gallery. She has been experimenting with new techniques involving found fabrics and polyurethane. The exhibit is also an homage to her brother. http://wskg.org/audio/muffinmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Muffin Ray

 

 

An Art Class Turns into an Arts Festival

It began seventeen years ago as a pottery class that moved outside on a sunny day. Now the Athens ArtsFest is a large juried arts and craft festival.  Art teacher, potter, and festival organizer Dave Webster tells about the those beginnings and how the festival has grown. http://wskg.org/audio/athensarts.mp3

 

Photo credit: Athens ArtsFest

John Lyon Paul, Painter & Sculptor

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications for a series of arts & culture shorts. This piece looks at Ithacan John Lyon Paul, who has been involved with the arts community for over forty years. John’s career began in the Lower Hudson Valley and this segment examines his move to Ithaca and how his daily meditation plays a factor in his work. This segment contains interviews with John and his satisfied customers, as well as footage of John working on his latest colorful pieces. You can visit John and his studio along the Ithaca Art Trail.

'Haudenosaunee Culture: Sharing the River of Life' Series Returns To The Waterman Nature Center

‘Haudenosaunee Culture: Sharing the River of Life’ is a series of presentations at the Waterman Center by speakers from the Onondaga, Mohawk and Cayuga Nations. Karen Kucharski is the project manager for the series and she joined Crystal Sarakas today to talk about the project. On Saturday, Karenlyne Hill of the Snipe Clan will talk about traditional and contemporary-style beadwork on Saturday, April 23rd at 2 p.m. Hickory Edwards of the Turtle Clan will talk about paddling and river journeys on Sunday, April 24th at 2 p.m. Both presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, visit watermancenter.org

 

Photo Credit: Karen Kucharski

 

Steven Ciezki

WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of features profiling their past resident artists. This piece takes a look at artisan Steven Ciezki. Cups and vessel forms are the founding influence on Steven Ciezki’s body of work. Achieving these shapes has led him to experiment and apply theory to his process. His work has been exhibited in select group shows across the United States.

An Area Sculptor Unveils a New Art Installation

Sculptor Terry Slade, art professor at Harwick College, unveils his large installation at the Munson Williams Proctor Museum in Utica.  He describes the process of designing and installing the collection of fused glass discs.  A retrospective of his work is on display in other parts of the museum. http://wskg.org/audio/slademix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Terry Slade

The Early Works Of Ansel Adams Are Highlighted In Cooperstown

Ansel Adams’ black and white photographs captured the American West with a level of sharpness and detail that seems far advanced for his time. Now, a collection of his early works will be shown at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. Michelle Murdock, Director of Exhibitions at the Fenimore Art Museum, spoke with Crystal Sarakas about Ansel Adams and his legacy. Ansel Adams: Early Works opens April 1 at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. It will be on display until September 18.

An Unexpected Find Leads an Artist in a New Direction

Potter Leslie Green Guilbault was in a professional quandary. She had just finished one job, unrelated to her training in art, and was wondering what to do next. She took a winter walk in the woods with her ten year old son.  He spotted the sad remains of a fawn that had been killed by a coyote. They took the bones home and Ms. Guilbault introduced herself to bone carving.  She also uses the ‘sgraffito’ technique in her pottery to create arresting designs on pieces that more than display pieces; they are useful as well. http://wskg.org/audio/guilbaultmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Leslie Green Guilbault

Dede Hatch, Ithaca Rocks

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications for a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This segment looks at Ithaca photographer and artisan Dede Hatch. The photography of Dede Hatch has been part of the local visual landscape for over thirty years. She had her first exhibition, as well as her first commercial advertising shoot, at the age of 16. Throughout her education, art and photography were central and she has exhibited widely.

A Retrospective Of Viggo Holm Madsen Will Be Shown At The Phelps Mansion In Binghamton

Viggo Holm Madsen: A Life of Art: A Retrospective is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work shown together in one show, bringing together some 75 works, the majority made between the 1941 to 1991. The exhibition explores the critical if under-recognized place of Viggo Holm Madsen in the history of 20th-century art, and his extraordinary output across mediums that placed him at the center of international activity during the transformative decades of the 1940s through 1990s.Crystal Sarakas spoke with Kirk Madsen about his father’s work. Viggo Holm Madsen: A Life of Art: A Retrospective will be shown at The Phelps Museum, April 1 – 14, 2016 with an opening reception, Friday April 1st, 6 – 9pm. It is curated by Mr. Madsen’s widow, Lois Madsen and his son, Kirk Holm Madsen, both living in Binghamton.

Corning Invites You to their Monthly Urban Arts Crawl

The Rockwell Museum and the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes present their monthly Urban Arts Crawl in Corning on Friday, March 25.  Arts Council Executive Director Connie Sullivan-Blum and CreAgent’s Logan Sweet talk about the venues and arts. http://wskg.org/audio/artcrawl.mp3

 

Photo credit: CreAgent Marketing

Justin Ginsberg

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass on a series of arts shorts profiling their past resident artists. This segment looks at visual artist Justin Ginsberg. With a material as fragile and unpredictable as glass, artists need to be flexible—and it’s exactly that flexibility that intrigues Justin Ginsberg. A visual artist, Ginsberg investigates the “unusual properties” of glass, and its “extraordinary ability to flex and bend when made very thin.” His work exploits the aesthetic qualities of the material while investigating new ways to think about glass as sculpture. Ginsberg received an MFA in Glass from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he now teaches.

Exhibition of Southwestern Pottery Comes To A Close In Corning

On Fire! The Nancy and Alan Cameros Collection of Southwestern Pottery exhibition at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning is coming to a close. More than 100 pieces of southwestern pottery, primarily from the Pueblos, has been on display for the last two years.  Crystal Sarakas talked with Kirsty Buchanan, Curator of Collections, about the exhibit. The exhibit closes on April 1.

A New Mural Welcomes Visitors to the Tanglewood Nature Center

Artist Chris Longwell has created a ceramic mural that welcomes visitors to the Tanglewood Nature Center in Elmira. The mural depicts pond life in all sizes, from amoebas to largemouth bass.  The artist tells us about his process and his materials.  The dedication of the mural is this weekend. http://wskg.org/audio/longwellmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Subash BGK via Flickr

Ireland and the Finger Lakes Compete for a Photographer's Attention

Photographer John Francis McCarthy is displaying his photographs of Ireland and the Finger Lakes through April in the Orazio Salati Studio and Gallery on State Street in downtown Binghamton.  He talks about his annual trips to Ireland, and the circumstances that led to his taking his well-known picture of sunset over the Finger Lakes. http://wskg.org/audio/mccarthymix.mp3

 

Photo credit: John Francis McCarthy, FingerLakes Photography

Yuka Otani

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass on a series of arts segments that feature past resident artists of the museum. This short features Yuka Otani, a 2015 resident artist at the museum. You might not look at glass and candy and think they have similar properties, but Yuka Otani does. “Those two materials share many characteristics,” she says. “But what if they are made into a unified object?”

A Rhode Island School of Design graduate, Otani has been experimenting with clear materials for quite some time.

The Roberson Museum Presents Art Made with Air

‘Blow Up’ is a traveling exhibit of contemporary inflatable art.  It is on display at the Roberson Museum and Science Center from March 1 until May 1. The exhibition explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is both figurative and abstract.  Roberson is offering related activities during the run of the exhibit. http://wskg.org/audio/blowupmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Jason Fiume for the Roberson Museum and Science Center

Elizabeth McMahon Returns to Painting with 'Dash, Lift, Slide'

Elizabeth McMahon exhibit ‘Dash, Lift, Slide’ is on display in ArtSpace at the Community Arts Partnership in Ithaca. She started out studying to be an artist, but as a young mother she was drawn into a very different career, and was soon well-known as her character Mrs. McPuppet. Now she has retired Mrs. McPuppet and returned to painting full time. http://wskg.org/audio/mcmahonmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Elizabeth McMahon

Alison Lowry

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of features highlighting their past resident artists. This piece profiles artisan Alison Lowry. Irish artist Alison Lowry’s works do not shy away from traumatic situations and memories. From Vessels (of Remembrance), her commentary on a horrific child abuse story in the recent past, to The Others (95% Series), her reference to the 95% of rape victims who will never report their crimes, Lowry uses viewers’ interactions with their personal traumas to explore psychological phenomenon. Lowry is formally trained in textiles, and began working with fused glass in 2008.

Poets and Artists Collaborate in Lyric Visions II

 

Tish Pearlman, former Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, talks with Crystal Sarakas about the upcoming Lyric Visions II exhibit and poetry reading. Pearlman selected 16 poets to submit their work; then artists selected a poem and created a piece of art inspired by that poem. On Sunday, February 14, several of the poets whose work has been turned into visual art, will read and talk about the creative process. The poetry reading and dialogue takes place at 2 p.m. at the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca.  

Photo credit: “Seeking Peace” by Patty Porter; State of the Art Gallery

 

 

Tompkins County Farmer during the Great Depression | #tbt

Jack Delano took today’s throwback Thursday photograph in September 1940. It shows a farmer cutting a field of buckwheat along Route 79, near Ithaca, New York. This photo is just one of 170,000 photographs that were taken by the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression. Between 1935 and 1945, the Farm Security Administrations and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) sent photographers across the country to document the effects of the depression and to help build support for New Deal relief programs. Photographers included Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Arthur Rothstein. The program also produced some of the most iconic images of the era.

Shelley James

WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of features profiling their past resident artists. This story profiles 2013 resident artist Shelley James. Shelley James’ work is the result of practiced technical precision and researched techniques. Over the past six years, she has focused her work on “combining the optical qualities of glass with the graphic range of print to explore the dialogue between eye and brain.”

James studied textiles at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, she received a M.A. in multidisciplinary printmaking from the University of the West of England, Bristol, and will receive her Ph.D. from the Royal College of Art in London in 2013. In 2012, her work was included in exhibitions including Resonant Spaces, a solo exhibition at the Bate Museum of Musical Instruments, and Illusoriamente, a group exhibition at the European Convention on Visual Perception in Sardinia.

The National Geographic photography award goes to a local photographer

It was a complete surprise to photographer Joel Nsadha that his picture of a young man with his bicycle was in the running for an award.  It was an even bigger surprise when he won. He tells the story of taking the picture in Uganda, and the hair-raising tale of the search for the original photograph.  Joel Nsadha will be giving a talk on Thursday, January 21 in the Cooperative Gallery 213 in Binghamton.  

 

Photo courtesy Joel Nsadha

60 years of hand-painted Christmas cards

Artist James Mullen has produced a large body of work, and has been an educator for many years at SUNY-Oneonta. In those years he has also created a Christmas card almost every year, and collected cards from other important artists — some are whimsical, some are abstract, some are mystical, some are unabashedly sentimental. Mullen talks about this and his other work, and a coincidental meeting that took him to Oneonta.  

 

 

Photo courtesy James Mullen

Louis Sherry creates fantastical sculptures with wood

Farmer and Korean War veteran Louis Sherry makes bird houses, but they are much more than bird houses.  Each is a one-of-a-kind free-form explosion of color.  Sherry talks about how his sculptures take shape, and Sydney Waller of the Art Garage describes how exciting it was to discover his work. http://wskg.org/audio/sherrymix.mp3

 

Photo courtesy Richard Walker

 

Anna Mlasowsky

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of features showcasing their past resident artists. Growing up, German artist Anna Mlasowsky wanted to be an archeologist. Instead, she focused her curiosity on studying the traditions and habits of glassmaking. “The way we evaluate a material and use its properties is defined by preconceived opinions and boundaries set by traditions,” says Mlasowsky. Her work seeks to challenge preformed behaviors and “raise questions about reality and projection.”

“I am not concerned with craft and technique, I don’t judge things by how they are made, but how they make use of material,” she says.

Cooperstown hosts a festival of independent films

Glimmerglass Film Days presents a festival of independent films, Sacred Places, at various venues.  Film curator Peggy Parsons talks about the unifying theme of the festival and the many hosting venues where these wide-ranging films can be seen. http://wskg.org/audio/FILMDAYSFINAL.mp3

 

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Maria Bang Espersen

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of features highlighting their past resident artists. Danish artist Maria Bang Espersen seeks to expand the viewer’s perspective through her work in glass. By stretching and bending the molten material, her sculptures show a frozen movement, while the glass retains a soft look. Espersen studied art history at the University of Aarhus, and glass and ceramics at Engelsholm Højskole, both in Denmark. She has completed additional studies at the Kosta School of Glass in Sweden, The Royal Danish Academy of Design, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.

Multi-talented artist Virgil Ortiz visits Corning

The Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum are collaborating with Native American artist Virgil Ortiz for an exhibit of his work.  He will also be experimenting with a new medium to him: glass.  He has been inspired in much of his work by the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. http://www.wskg.org/audio/ortizmix.mp3

 

Photo courtesy Virgil Ortiz

 

Transient Visions celebrates its third year at Spool MFG

Transient Visions is an annual festival of experimental film hosted by Spool MFG in Johnson City.  Short films have been selected from hundreds of entries and curated into four programs.  There will also be musical performances both nights. Organizer David Chirico talks about the exponential growth of the festival and the entries that have arrived from all over the world. http://www.wskg.org/audio/transient.mp3

Photo courtesy David Chirico

Melinda Willis

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of features highlighting their past resident artists. Melinda Willis is a glass artist who works out of the Canberra Glassworks studio in Australia. Her recent work has resulted in a series that examines the materiality of architectural glass through its transparency, reflectivity and optic qualities. Says Willis, “Glass is a material that I investigate conceptually because it compresses, reflects, and reinterprets space.” Her layering of fused and slumped sheet glass with digital imagery results in works that Willis hopes to be “vehicles for experiential and perceptual encounters.”

Willis holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from both the Australian National University and the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia. In 2012, she presented two solo exhibitions, Transference at the Smokestack Gallery of Canberra Glassworks in Canberra, Australia and Space Dissolving at the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre in Canberra, Australia.

Susquehanna County presents its Art Trail

The Susquehanna County Artists Tour takes place this weekend with 23 venues presenting a wide variety of arts and crafts.  We hear from photographer Leslie van Zandbergen and Andrew Gardner, who works in both willow woodworking and ceramics. http://wskg.org/audio/artiststour.mp3

 

Photo courtesy Andrew Gardner

Atomic Tom's hosts the Rude and Bold Women art show

In 1996 the Rude and Bold Women art collective had what was going to be a one-time thing in 1996.  It returned in 2001 and has grown every year.  Pat Raube and Yvonne Lucia talk about the history of the show and the excitement of finding talent among non-professional artists. http://wskg.org/audio/rudebold.mp3

Joanna Manousis

WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass on a series of arts and culture features. This segment features Joanna Manousis, a past resident artist of the museum. Joanna Manousis has worked, studied, and taught in Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and has received a number of scholarships and awards for her blown and kiln-cast sculpture. These include a Bombay Sapphire nomination, the Frabel award for “Best Artist,” and a finalist entry in “E-Merge,” 2010. Manousis’ work captures and animates transitional moments, revealing a world in which objects, being, and places are interconnected and in flux.

Marta Ramirez

WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass for a series of features that showcase their past resident artists. This spot profiles Marta Ramirez. Marta Ramírez is a glass artist and industrial designer who teaches at the Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia. Her work is clearly inspired by water, and she explores the similarities of this element and the material of glass through her art. “Water is movement, transparency, gravity, freefall.

Mathieu Grodet

WSKG is pleased to be partnering with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of segments featuring their past resident artists. Mathieu Grodet is a French-born artist living and working in Canada. He creates thin and elegant glass objects in classic Venetian style, engraved with imagery that addresses modern-day ideas and issues. In his March 2012 Residency at The Studio, Grodet used the Museum’s Rakow Library to research forms and styles for vessels, as well as sketches for his final drawings on the vessels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3gKwxwN5DU

This segment was produced by the Corning Museum of Glass

Colorscape Chenango returns to Norwich

The Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival returns to Norwich with crafts of all kinds, and lots of live music.  Among the groups are favorites the Slambovians and Salsa Libre. http://wskg.org/audio/colorscape15mix.mp3

 

Photo courtesy Colorscape Chenango

Norwood Viviano

WSKG is proud to partner with the Corning Museum of Glass in a series of arts shorts featuring their past resident artists. This segment takes a look at Norwood Viviano. Norwood Viviano uses digital 3D modeling and printing technology in combination with the casting process to create his sculptural works. Two recent bodies of works, Cities: Departure and Deviation and Kohler Pile, address power dynamics between industry and the surrounding communities that are dependent on it. Cities: Departure and Deviation, an installation comprised of 24 blown-glass forms, maps the relationship between industrial growth and decline relative to population expansion and contraction of major cities in the United States.

The West Kortright Center celebrates 40 years with a fair

The West Kortright Center has been a center for arts for forty years, bringing performances of all genres, as well as education.  Charlene Sugihara, a member of the board, describes the fair that will take place at the Center on Sunday, September 6th.  There’s also a members’ art show that begins on Friday. http://wskg.org/audio/westkcfairmix.mp3

Tomas Black

WSKG is proud to partner with the Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications in a series of Arts & Culture shorts. This feature takes a look at potter Tomas Black, who is passionate about his craft and is willing to teach anyone who is interested. As this video shows, Tomas loves to open his shop to young students, giving them a chance to try something new. Since the production of this segment, Tomas has moved from Ithaca to the Boston area to continue his passion for pottery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp664HT8BOw

Produced by: Aisling Brennan, Kayla Dwyer and Sarah Kim

Tatiana Malkin

WSKG Arts is proud to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College for a series of short features that showcase young artists. This segment features IC student Tatiana Malkin, who is looking to start a career in the world of art.  This piece looks at Tatiana’s artwork and what drives her to create it. Her message of following your dream and doing what truly makes you happy will surely inspire. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x_liGz_u54

Produced by: Sarah Chaneles & James Whitlow

The Rockwell Museum offers tours of its Civil War photography exhibit

Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning is offering guided tours of highlights of its current exhibit of Civil War photographs. Beth Manwaring of the Museum explains that many of the photographs in Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War are from the George Eastman Collection.  Tours will also include information about the Museum building and its history.  

Mitchell Visoky displays encaustic paintings at the Salati Gallery

Artist Mitchell Visoky works in many media, including encaustic painting which has an ancient history.  Techniques of encaustic painting have advanced and now this ancient art is being rediscovered by modern artists. Visoky is exhibiting his recent work at Orazio Salati’s Gallery on State Street in downtown Binghamton.  

New Exhibit at Binghamton University Highlights True Costs of the Civil War

The lower gallery of the Binghamton University Art Museum is abuzz with activity. A group of graduate students huddle around a tape measure debating the best way to hang a large picture frame on the wall. Around them on the floor, other frames and labels lay in neat rows. The students are setting up for a new exhibition, entitled The Civil War: Images of Ruin. “This is actually the first exhibition I’ve worked on,” explains Kasia Kieca, an art history student at Binghamton University.

Glass Artist Frank Bocek

Frank Bocek started working making stained glass in 1975 right after his wife told him “he needed to get a hobby”. After watching a fellow stained glass artist cutting glass, he immediately went out and bought $20 worth of supplies, quit his accounting job, and proceded to learn the craft himself. In his technique, Bocek applies the copper foil approach, which is a technique co created by innovators and glass artists Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge. Besides being commissioned in the restoration of the windows of the St. Patricks Church in Owego, NY, other commissions include the building of a piece for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial for which he received great recognition.

Metal Sculptor Amy Tavern

Upstate NY-based artist Amy Tavern’s artistic talent relies on her memories to make exquisite hand-crafted jewelry, turning her memories into wearable objects that carry with them what she refers to as a “universal understanding”.  WSKG’s crew visited Amy’s studio in Richfield Springs, where she explains how her work is autobiographical and enables her to communicate with other people, while revealing the singularities of the objects such as their tradition and history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4XtHXpiX3U
Amy’s talent has been recognized and celebrated by Metalsmith Magazine, and rock star Amy Lee has worn her pieces at the Grammy’s.

Surrealism and Magic at Johnson Museum

n 2014, The Johnson Museum and Cornell Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collectionsexamined the work of Swiss-Amercian surrealist artist Kurt Seligmann. Kurt Seligmann’s work is characterized by possesing imageries of medieval people engaged in macabre and santanical rituals.  He was also an enthusiast and practitioner of magic himself, and was known for organizing ritualistics gatherings in his home in Paris, also frecuented by other famous artists of the era. The exhibition called “Surrelism and Magic” explored his passion and the passion that other surrealists shared for the occult; with over 125 objects in display the exhibition inluded photographs, video art, letters and ephemera, as well as rare books. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXLbiX74ZSY
WSKG’s summer intern Lory Martinez interviews curator Andrew Wieslogel who explains the genesis of this fantastic exhibit.

Drummer, Rocker and Photographer Mike Ricciardi

Local artist Mike Ricciardi has been drumming since the age of nine. This rocker turned photographer knows his way around Photoshop, as well as a drum kit. Lately, while touring with musician Marc Berger, his passion for photography art took a turn of no return. He has been featured by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals for his photo ‘Toast’.  In this arts and culture segment, Christine Lantz brings us the story behind the photo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AebzK2aW_g0

The Catskill Mountains Film Festival is calling for entries

Festival chair Jessica Vecchione speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Catskill Mountains Film Festival.  The deadline for entries is March 21st. The Festival is looking to encourage regional filmmakers to work together, with special emphasis on creativity in young filmmakers. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1031936.mp3

 

Illustration courtesy of the Catskill Mountains Film Festival.  

September 25, 2014 | Rod Serling Video Festival winner update; Manhattan Transfer performs this weekend

Readers’ Theatre of Ithaca is presenting Anna Ziegler’s play Photograph 51. We hear from the playwright who dramatized this historical event. Crystal Sarakas speaks with members of the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier about their tour of mid-20th Century Homes. Bill Snyder speaks with two-time winner of the Rod Serling Video Festival, Zach Mulligan, who is now pursuing his studies in film-making, and Larry Kasson of the Festival tells about the First Friday event in the Forum. The Corning Civic Music Association presents Manhattan Transfer on Saturday, September 27th.

September 18, 2014 | RoberCon; Artist Lynn Capani-Czebiniak; Know Theatre performs 'Vieux Carre'; Rachel Lampert talks about the new season at Kitchen Theatre

Today’s guests:

Jason Fiume from the Roberson Museum and Science Center talks about the upcoming RoberCon SciFi Convention, expanded this year because of last year’s unexpected success. Artist Lynn Capani-Czebiniak talks about how her art ideas spring from her dreams.

Know Theatre is taking their production of Tennessee Williams’ VIEUX CARRE to the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival.  Tim Gleason and Amanda Marsico join Crystal Sarakas to talk about their last weekend of the play in Binghamton and their upcoming trip. Rachel Lampert talks with Bill Snyder about the Kitchen Theatre’s new season.

Works by three artists at the Windsor Whipworks Gallery

Windsor Whip Works owner Bill Pesce and exhibiting artist Orazio Salati speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about a new exhibit opening.  Along with Salati’s work, there will be pieces by Mark Schimsky and Roberto Bertoia. Salati talks about his process of painting with wax and using a blowtorch to spread and mix the colors. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1034714.mp3

 

Photograph courtesy Orazio Salati.

Painter Brian Keeler

Brian Keeler was born in 1953 and he began his art study early in life as his father was a painter as well. More through osmosis than direct teaching he was inspired to paint and encouraged by his father’s example. He continued to have an interest in drawing and painting throughout his youth, which led him to study first at Keystone College near Scranton,PA and then at the York Academy of Arts in York, PA. While in York he studied realistic painting under the auspices of Tom Wise, Ted Fitzkee, Virgil Sova, William Faulkler and others. He has since studied with several other accomplished realist painters including Dan Greene, Everett Kinstler, Jack Beal and Nelson Shanks.

Syndicated Cartoonist Mason Mastroianni

Endicott, NY native Syndicated Cartoonist, Mason Mastroianni acquired a passion for drawing at an early age. He passed the time drawing when he was young. His grandfather, Johnny Hart was an award winning cartoonist noted for creating the comic strip, B. C. and co-creating The Wizard of Id comic strip. More importantly he was Mason’s role model. He and Mason had an ability to understand each other.

Sculptor Momoko Takeshita Keane

Momoko Takeshita Keane was raised in the ancient capital of Kyoto, Japan, and grew up surrounded by the many traditional crafts of that city. One day, when she was young, she found a piece of old roof tile lying on the ground. For what reason she doesn’t know, but it was fascinating to her. Since then she has been interested in clay as a material — its ability to be shaped and fired.

Johnson Museum of Art

Opened in 1973, the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University in Ithaca is home to one of the finest collections of ancient and modern art in Upstate New York. Designed by noted architect I.M. Pei, the building, a work of art itself, won the prestigious American Institute of Architects Honor award in 1975. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3FqzkN5i1Q

The museum’s collection includes over 35,000 works or art that span nearly six millennia of art history from around the world. A variety of exhibitions are held throughout the year. “Cosmos,” an ongoing computer controlled installation in the ceiling of the Mallin Sculpture Court, is a dazzling display of light imagery visible day and night.

Corning Museum of Glass

In 1851, Armory Houghton founded the Bay State Glass Co. in Somerville, Massachusetts. Seventeen years later, the company, now under a new name, relocated to Corning, New York. Corning Glass Works, now Corning Incorporated, has continued to produce high quality glass at this location for over 140 years. In 1951, to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the company created the Corning Museum of Glass; one of the largest museums dedicated solely to telling the history and heritage of one product — glass.