March 30, 2010 - 4:36pm
Wandering the streets of Florence is as much an education as class.

On an average Wednesday morning, I wake up to the sun pouring through my window. Breakfast is waiting for me on the kitchen table—a bowl of fruit, Nutella, colorful jams, and crackers, which are really more like biscotti. A brisk 15-minute walk and I’m at the Accademia and there it is—larger than life, Michelangelo’s David.

March 3, 2010 - 1:37pm
Clayscapes blends together the experience of a gallery, studio and classroom.

A simple material pulled from the earth -- clay. That’s what it’s all about at Clayscapes. Some galleries focus on paintings, others on sculptures. But at Clayscapes Pottery, the theme of the work centers around using your hands to mold, shape, and create a piece of art. Don’t be frightened by its warehouse-like look, or its off-the-beaten-path location. Clayscapes is a gallery for anyone who appreciates great works, created from raw, native materials.

March 2, 2010 - 11:23pm
Anja Chavez, the curator of the Warehouse Art Gallery, reveals the numerous behind-the-scenes aspects of curating.

Anja Chavez is constantly moving. From her office to the gallery. From the gallery to the entrance desk. From the desk back to her office, and beyond.

It’s all part of a museum curator’s job. 

Chavez has been the curator of the Warehouse Art Gallery since September 2008, and has brought both local and non-local artists to Syracuse to display their work. After getting her start in Europe, she came to Syracuse to bring her passion for art to the community.

March 2, 2010 - 5:01pm
SU Professor displays his 40 year-old Mexican art collection at the Community Folk Arts Center on East Genesee Street.

What began as hobby for Dr. Alejandro Garcia has become an entire gallery full of vibrant photography and Mexican folk art.

Garcia, professor of social work at Syracuse University, has collected Mexican masks, clothing and pottery for the past 40 years. As a child growing up in Texas, he was told that Mexicans lacked culture. Garcia knew that this couldn’t be true. In his youth he made his first trip to Mexico, where he bought his first piece of art while serving in the military.

March 2, 2010 - 5:00pm
A new art studio in the heart of downtown Syracuse engages the local community with the hill.

Tucked inside the heart of Armory Square lies a single art studio. Most students have probably wandered past the large glass windows of XL Projects without realizing it. Settled next to Al’s Wine and Whiskey Lounge, across from Syracuse Suds Factory, this newly christened art space is the baby of Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts.

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.

March 2, 2010 - 4:49pm
Former SU professor, Jan Navales makes and sells textile screenprint art from her studio in the Delavan Center.

Alone in a quaint, cluttered studio at the Delavan Center in downtown Syracuse, Jan Navales crafts fabric art, with a distinct Irish upbringing, and more than 30 years experience. A self-taught artist, Navales returned to her hometown in Syracuse to create and market her work full-time.

December 3, 2009 - 11:25am
'Overcoming the Spectacle' series part of an effort to show edgy films locally.

You’d be hard-pressed to find an art house film buff who thinks Syracuse is a haven for alternative cinema.

There are the three area Regal Cinemas (all located in malls) that offer the general public the top studio releases of the month in less-than-regal atmospheres. Those seeking an alternative to the generic multiplex have to venture 30 minutes by car from Syracuse University's campus to the Manlius Art Cinema, which screens films of a more independent variety in a decrepit environment resembling a grimy tunnel.

October 29, 2009 - 12:35pm
The Windows Project features installations designed and created by artists in the SU community.

Students entering Hinds Hall now will notice a colorful change inside the classrooms and along the main hallway.  Wednesday, the iSchool unveiled eight new commissioned artworks as part of the Window’s Project, created by members of the Syracuse University community after months of preparation.

October 7, 2009 - 3:10pm
Uruguayan artist Marco Maggi brings his white bond paper-based exhibit, "American Ream," to Syracuse's Warehouse Gallery.

To see is to believe, or at least that’s what we’ve always heard.  When viewing Marco Maggi’s American Ream, leave this adage at the door.