Monthly Archives: August 2017

Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships

You are invited to join us!

NYSCA is pleased to announce that on Saturday, September 9, 2017, three decades of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships will be commemorated with the opening of the traveling exhibition Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships at the Dorsky Museum, SUNY-New Paltz. The fellowship program has supported more than 4,000 artists in various fields in the visual arts, literature, and performing arts at critical stages throughout their careers.

NYSCA Chair, Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, said: “We are pleased to acknowledge our fruitful, and long-lasting collaboration with NYFA. NYSCA has invested more than $30 million, to provide cash awards of $650,000 annually to artists, living and working in New York State. These fellowships provide unrestricted support, and have nurtured thousands of diverse, and engaged members of New York State’s creative communities. This outstanding exhibition, which will travel throughout New York State over the next three years, will offer an opportunity for the wider public to enjoy the tangible results of what NYSCA, in concert with NYFA, has initiated and supported.”

Participating artists include: Elia Alba, Ida Applebroog, Dawoud Bey, Sanford Biggers, Ross Bleckner, Wendell Castle, Tara Donovan, Chitra Ganesh, The Guerrilla Girls, Christian Marclay, Marilyn Minter, Lori Nix, Tony Oursler, Faith Ringgold, Martha Rosler, Dread Scott, Andres Serrano, Shinique Smith, Carmelita Tropicana and Fred Wilson. In addition to the visual artists in the exhibition, the roster of NYSCA/NYFA Fellows includes such significant figures as A.M. Homes, David Henry Hwang, Tony Kushner, Lynn Nottage, and Suzan-Lori Parks in theatre and literary arts; Todd Haynes, Spike Lee, and Mira Nair in film; Meredith Monk, Julie Taymor, and Yvonne Rainer in the performing arts; and Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio in architecture.

The opening reception will take place from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, at The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY, where it will remain until November 12, 2017. The exhibition will then travel to SUNY Cortland, Alfred University, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Plattsburgh, Stony Brook University, and Westchester Community College.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact Ronni Reich at; for more information about the NYSCA/NYFA fellowships, please visit:

NYSCA Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel to speak at the Southhampton Historical Museum tomorrow

NYSCA Chair Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel

On Thursday, August 17, at 4 PM, at the Southampton Historical Museum, NYSCA Chair, Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, a leader in the fields of art, architecture, historic preservation and public policy will speak about her book, The Landmarks of New York, considered the definitive resource on the architectural history of New York City. The first director of Cultural Affairs in New York City and the city’s longest serving Landmarks Preservation Commissioner, she has held many other prestigious positions, written 23 books as well as countless articles, and been the recipient of many honors and awards. Her book offers an overview of the city’s architectural history, documenting and illustrating the 1,397 individual landmarks, 120 interior landmarks, 10 scenic landmarks, and 141 historic districts that have been accorded landmark status by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. A reception and book-signing will follow the talk, to be held at 17 Meeting House Lane in Southampton. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Please call the museum at 631-283-2494 for more information.

Art of the Day: From Lens to Eye to Hand at the Parrish Art Museum

Audrey Flack (American, born 1931) Wheel of Fortune, 1977–1978 Acrylic and oil on canvas 96 x 96 Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York, Gift of Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel, 2016.20. © Audrey Flack.

Today’s art comes from the Parrish Art Museum located in Water Mill and features works from the new exhibition, ‘From Eye to Lens to Hand: Photorealism 1969 to Today.

The show, on view from August 6, 2017 through January 21, 2018, investigates the origins and creative processes of photorealism. With roots beginning in the late 1960s in California and New York, photorealism was misunderstood its time, sometimes criticized as too traditional. Today, the use of photography as preliminary study for a painting is common practice, and we recognize artists who developed and excelled at this creative process as truly groundbreaking, with richly varied perspectives. Artists featured in this installation include Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Audrey Flack, John Baeder, and Chuck Close among others.

NYSCA supports the Parrish Art Museum through our Museum and Regional Economic Development Programs.

Ralph Goings (American, born 1928) Miss Albany Diner, 1993 Oil on canvas 48 × 72 Heiskell Family Collection. © Ralph Goings.

Charles Bell (American, 1935-1995) Gum Ball No. 10: “Sugar Daddy,” 1975 Oil on canvas, 66 × 66, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; purchased with funds contributed by Stanley and Sheila Cooper, 1975, 75.2142 © Estate of Charles Bell.

Richard McLean (American, born 1934) Western Tableau with Rhodesian Ridgeback (Trails West), 1993 Oil on linen 48 × 70 inches Meisel Family Collections, New York. © Richard McLean.

NYSCA in the News

This week, NYSCA grantees honor Civil Rights leaders, imagine the year 2020, incorporate motion capture into site-specific ballet, rewrite Robin Hood as an opera, and more.

Freedom Wall: Civil Rights Leaders featured in New Public Art


“The 300 foot retaining wall at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Ferry Street in Buffalo used to be blank and grey. Now, four local artists are adding some color.” The four Buffalo-bred artists have been commissioned by the Albright-Knox gallery to paint the portraits of 28 civil rights leaders along the wall, including Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and local leaders like Frank Merriweather. “Living here and being born here is like the most interesting part is some of these people you know and they’re still with us and I think that’s the most challenging thing to make sure that you really really create something that’s really representative of them,’ John Baker, one of the artists, said. The “Freedom Wall” is scheduled to be completed by Labor Day Weekend. NYSCA supports the Albright-Knox Art Gallery through our Museum Program and Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

A Motion Capture Ballet Is Coming to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Rotunda


“This fall, the Guggenheim Museum’s iconic, spiraling rotunda will play host to more than just art hung from the walls. The museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed entrance hall, which is lit by skylight and comprises a wrap-around ramp that climbs seven stories, will also be the site of a newly commissioned, site-specific work by artist Daniil Simkin, titled Falls the Shadow. The project marks the launch of the museum’s Rotunda Project initiative, a new feature in the long-running Works & Process performing arts series, which commissions new works and introduces performers and creators to the museum’s audiences through shows, talks and events…The American Ballet Theatre principal dancer has brought in soloist Cassandra Trenary, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Ana Lopez and Brett Conway to star in the newly commissioned work, which will be choreographed by Alejandro Cerrudo…The dancers’—who will be wearing custom costumes by Dior—will be recorded using motion capture sensors, and their movements projected back onto the floor of the rotunda.” NYSCA supports the Guggenheim Museum through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.

40 Artists Set Their Sights on 2020

The Creators Project

“Many things come to mind when one thinks of 2020, the year when the United States of America will have its next presidential election. In this deeply divided moment, curators Amanda Hunt and Eric Crosby decided to stage an exhibition: 20/20 takes twenty artists from each of the permanent collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Carnegie Museum of Art, respectively, and organizes an exhibition that amounts to a prospective vision, examining the history of America, what’s at stake now, and what’s in store in the future… The show represents a radical break for both institutions, say both Crosby and Hunt. CMOA’s art is presented canonically, highlighting the march of time, while the Studio Museum’s collection is generally presented in the context of contemporary American life. “People are demanding more of museums,” says Crosby, “as curators we need to take objects out of the march of time and present them differently to see how art created long ago and recently resonate with today.” NYSCA supports The Studio Museum in Harlem through our Museum and Special Arts Service programs.

The World’s 10 Most Beautiful Sculpture Parks

Galerie Magazine

Galerie Magazine singled out NYSCA grantee Storm King Art Center in its roundup of “museums without walls”: “Established in 1960 as a way to showcase the majestic paintings from the Hudson River School movement, Storm King Art Center has evolved into one of today’s leading sculpture parks, with more than 100 contemporary works dotting a dramatic landscape of pastoral hills, breathtaking vistas, and tranquil ponds. An esteemed roster of artists—including Isamu Noguchi, Richard Serra, Maya Lin, Barbara Hepsworth, and Alexander Liberman—all have pieces on the property, which is located an hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley. It’s the perfect day-trip for art and nature lovers alike.” NYSCA supports Storm King through our Visual Arts and Museum Programs.

CNY native Ben Moore updates Robin Hood legend for Glimmerglass world premiere

Syracuse Post-Standard

“Composer-artist Ben Moore’s world view and artistic perspective have been shaped by his roots in Central New York. Born in Syracuse, while his father studied at Upstate University Medical Center, and raised in Clinton, he earned a bachelor’s degree in visual arts at Hamilton College in 1982 and an MFA in painting from Parson’s School of Design. While living and painting in Manhattan, Moore explored performing arts and did some acting for Riverside Shakespeare and “lots of little shows and readings.” But it was a musical theater workshop that got him hooked, or as he puts it, “I became obsessed with musicals.” Now, he’s setting “Robin Hood” for the stage – as a youth opera at the Glimmerglass Festival. ..Simply titled “Robin Hood,” this production’s merry band learns to “share the work and share the rewards,” lyrics to one of the choruses. The outlaws flout danger, avoid capture by outsmarting those in power, and subsist without the aid of government. Robin is still the hero. But characters have evolved. “We have exploded stereotypes,” Moore says. “Robin loves Marion for her strength, not for her helplessness.”  Big decisions in this version are made by consensus of all in the merry band, not handed down from Robin, who, with the help of the Red Bird, Scarlet, learns the best traits of leadership come with courage and justice. NYSCA supports the Glimmerglass Festival through our Music Program.

Art of the Day: Dance Theatre of Harlem Presents “High Above”

Today’s art comes from Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City and features a touching short film with an original song performed by Grammy-award winning artist India Arie.  The performance in this film displays the strength and mission of DTH’s diverse ballet company and the powerful and emotional connections their performances have with audiences.

NYSCA supports Dance Theatre of Harlem through our Special Arts Services and Facilities Programs.

NYSCA Near You: Rochester Arts Administrator Meet Up

Your arts community can be your greatest resource! NYSCA’s State & Local Partnerships Program has partnered with the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Flower City Arts Center Arts to create a social meet up event Wednesday, August 9.

The session will provide opportunities for arts administrators to build and develop a local network. Participants will be able to discuss strengths and challenges of working in arts organizations. NYFA will provide resources from its Emerging Leaders Bootcamp program.

The event begins at 6pm at The Flower City Arts Center in Rochester, NY and is free and open to the public. Guests who plan to attend can RSVP here through Eventbrite.

NYSCA collaborates with NYFA on events that provide career development opportunities and resources throughout New York State. Next up will be a Resources and Services Talk in Olean. Stay tuned for details!

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Webinars

Mark your calendars! We’ve collected information about upcoming webinars from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the New York Council on Nonprofits and the National Endowment for the Arts that provide valuable information for New York State arts organizations.

The Art of Touring and Navigating The Performing Arts Market

Thursday, August 17 at 3pm

This session will discuss the current state of the performing arts market, building a professional team, routing, how to maximize your presence at conferences and getting on presenter’s radars. This webinar will be presented by Rachel Cohen of Cadence Arts Network and Mehmet Dede of Drom/NY Gypsy Festival.



Human Resource Law from A to Z for Your Nonprofit

Thursday, August 24 at 11:30am

This presentation provides an overview of labor laws, and discusses hot-button issues confronting nonprofits and how to best manage and address them. This webinar will be presented by Michael West, Esq., Senior Attorney, NYCON.



Research: Art Works Guidelines Sept 2017 Webinar

Wednesday, September 6 at 3pm

This workshop will go over the guidelines for the National Endowment for the Arts “Arts Works” grant. A presentation by NEA Office of Research & Analysis staff will be followed by a Q&A session. Registration information will be available soon.