December 9, 2015 - 11:46pm
Graduate students of all levels share their work, complete or incomplete, with the public to end the semester.

Syracuse graduate students of the College of Visual and Performing Arts showcased their talent, December 9, in the Comstock Art building. A few students organized the event to display the work their peers had been working on over the course of the semester. Various performance pieces, sculptures, jewelry and paintings were curated by students to fill out the show.

November 4, 2015 - 12:02pm
Cindy Schmidt paints colorful, cranky cats for her Cranky Cat Collection.

“I started painting cats, and they have basically taken over my life,” said artist Cindy Schmidt.

Schmidt created the Cranky Cat Collection around 2000, after noticing her cat paintings were more popular compared to her others.

October 13, 2015 - 6:40pm
Students got creative at Paint Nite, a painting party Orange After Dark hosted on Friday.

With “What is Love” blaring over the loudspeakers, Claire McKenney looked around the Sheraton Hotel ballroom, which resembled more of an art studio than a meeting space.

November 2, 2014 - 10:57am
A schoolteacher, landscape designer and painter, Brett Rewakowski creates art that help others cope with loss.

Brett Rewakowski did not have it easy growing up. One by one, everyone who was close to him decided to leave. 

At 10 years old, his father had a heart attack. In college, his best friend died in a car crash. In his twenties, a hunter shot and killed his cousin. Years later after a fine party, his friend’s girlfriend insisted she wanted to drive. She was slightly drunk. On the way back, she flipped the car over, killing them both.

This pattern has continued.

February 4, 2013 - 1:15pm
Visual arts exhibit at the Community Folk Art Center is full of complex thoughts and expressive images.

On January 26th, the Community Folk Art Center opened the Stone Canoe annual exhibition, featuring work from 29 artists with connections to the Upstate New York region. The show is curated by Amy Cheng, professor of art at S.U.N.Y. New Paltz and visual arts editor for the 7th issue of Stone Canoe, a journal of arts, literature and social commentary, published annually by University College of Syracuse University.

April 5, 2010 - 10:38am
Explore the creative efforts aimed at keeping the local arts community thriving.

If the following profiles on artists, galleries and collectors are any indication, the Syracuse-area art scene has support and is quite alive in many respects.

Several participate in Third Thursday, a free event that involves two dozen Syracuse galleries and museums on the third Thursday of every month. The next event is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. on April 15.

March 2, 2010 - 4:58pm
A Syracuse gallery shares the work of a local artist who remained undiscovered for decades.

For 40 years, Fred Fisher put his brush to anything with a flat surface -- canvas, sheetrock, glass and pieces of plywood. He worked constantly, painting for more than 20 hours a day, often through most of the night.

Fisher, a retired WWII veteran, lived in Camillus, N.Y., where most of his paintings were kept unseen by the public until his death in 2008. Though he dedicated countless hours to his craft Fisher rarely sold his art, accumulating about a thousand works that are now in the care of a local gallery.