University Art Museum Opening: Affinities, Dialogues and Divergences

affinitiesArt faculty engage with the Permanent Collection in this exhibition which runs from April 22 through May 24. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the main gallery of the Binghamton University Art Museum.

Eleven faculty members from the Department of Art selected a single work of art from the museum’s permanent collection to serve as an inspiration for an original work of art. The object chosen by the artist is installed alongside the new work. Graduate students from the Department of Art History interviewed the artists and composed labels to accompany each artist’s installation. Participating faculty members include Jim Bohary, Frank Chang, Alexandra Davis, Ronald Gonzalez, Blazo Kovacevic, Natalija Mijatovic, Kathryn M. Niles, Adjunct Lecturer Costa Sakellariou, Jim Stark, John Thomson and Michael Wesko.

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BCAC and Binghamton University Public Sculpture presentation FRIDAY, MAY 2


Reception and presentation at the Broome County Arts Council (BCAC) 81 State Street, 5th Floor, Stephens Square Bldg. 4-6:00pm.

Don’t miss an early First Friday presentation of research by Binghamton University art history students about 14 often mysteriously unidentified public sculptures with major artistic and historic significance.  Artists revealed!  Back stories told!  Questions answered!  This exciting presentation completes a year-long collaboration between the BC Arts Council, Professor Kevin Hatch and his ARTH 496 Theory and Issues students, and the BU Art History Department.

4:00pm Reception and Meet & Greet; 4:30pm Student presentation, followed by Q & A.  Take away a free reference map to the 14 featured sculptures, as you continue your First Friday Art Walk!  For information, visit or call 607-723-4620.

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April First Friday

Featured event for this First Friday: Cabin Fever craft fair @ UDC

The annual Cabin Fever Artistic Celebration on First Friday from 5-9 PM, hosted by Southern Tier Artisans at Binghamton University’s College of Community and Public Affairs at the University Downtown Center/UDC (67 Washington St., across from Arena). Cabin Fever features local artisans with locally produced art and crafted products. Some will be demonstrating their craft during Cabin Fever, including spinning fiber into yarn, felting hats and more, plus live alpacas and angora bunnies to see. Artisan Ann M. Merriwether and one of the Cabin Fever organizers said: “Help the local farm artisan community by purchasing one-of-a-kind locally made pottery, clothing, soaps, dolls, yarn, roving, sculpture and more. A portion of the proceeds will go towards a scholarship fund at the Binghamton University College of Community and Public Affairs.”

Other events on the First Friday Art Walk:

American Civic Association/ACA (131 Front St.),  3rd First Friday International Film Series: Dominican Film Sugar, an introspective sports drama by filmmakers Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden about a talented Dominican baseball player/pitcher, Miguel Santos, who longs to break into the American big league & earn the money needed to support his impoverished family.

Cooperative Gallery 213 (213 State St., Artists Row): Kathryn Niles – New Paintings and Drawings, Apr. 4-26, 2014. Exhibition: Series of Graphite Drawings, an homage to Charles Eldred, & Paintings from Quechee Gorge, VT, among other images. Opening Reception on First Friday, 6-9 PM.

JungleScience Gallery (33 Court St., 2nd Fl.): Apr. 4, 6-9 PM: Closing Night Show for Nick Kushner: “Aceldama” (

PAST/Preservation Association of Southern Tier (89 Court St., corner Chenango St. at roundabout, Perry Bldg.): Apr. 4, 6-9 PM: Little Italy Historic Walking Tour, a web-based cell phone tour on First Friday. See how the Binghamton University Public Archaeology Facility researched seven properties on Endicott, NY’s North Side and did a “genealogy” of each property. The web-based tour is available for use with cell phones or with a printed brochure. Info:

Art Mission & Theater (61 Prospect Ave., off Lewis St.): Gallery: Patrick Branigan and Abigail Burpee-Paradise: Mixed Media. Theater: Independent Films in Two Theaters (schedule online).

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2014 Broome County Artists Fund Grants Opportunity


Attention all Broome County artists!

The Broome County Arts Council (BCAC), in collaboration with the Community Foundation for South Central New York (CFSCNY) announces Artists Fund Grants for 2014. This is a two-year pilot program that began in Broome County in 2012.  In 2014, grant awards will be made only to Broome County artists in the visual arts including: painting, sculpture, print-making, mixed media, collage, graphic design, illustration and fine art photography.

Applications are invited from individual artists. Grants are intended to promote the artist’s professional development, engagement artistically with the community and the public impact of the arts. The minimum grant request is $250, maximum grant request is $750.


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35 million Getty Images are now free for online personal use


Susquehanna River, New York. A railroad bridge crosses through a pastoral landscape. Photographer: Raymond Gehman, National Geographic via gettyimages

Getty just announced free use of a bulk of their image stock, with the caveat that every image must be embedded with the Getty brand. While this move is innovative and accommodating to users, there are several concerns that the embedded Getty Images Content will, among many other issues like tackling the murky definition of Fair Use, “establish a Getty-controlled infrastructure all across the web. That infrastructure, in turn, could be used for … ads. Banner ads. Preroll ads. Ads of many, many varieties.” (via The Atlantic)

From The Verge: If you go to the Getty Images website, you’ll see millions of images, all watermarked. There are more than a hundred years of photography here, from FDR on the campaign trail to last Sunday’s Oscars, all stamped with the same transparent square placard reminding you that you don’t own the rights. If you want Getty to take off the watermark, you’ll have to pay for it.

Starting now, that’s going to change. Getty Images is dropping the watermark for the bulk of its collection, in exchange for an open-embed program that will let users drop in any image they want, as long as the service gets to append a footer at the bottom of the picture with a credit and link to the licensing page. For a small-scale WordPress blog with no photo budget, this looks an awful lot like free stock imagery… more

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First Friday-Tonight!


Be sure to check out some new venues and exhibitions this March!

KMH Photography/Kristen Hrebin (205 State St., 2nd Fl., Artists’ Row): Grand Opening with Photography and Abstract Art featuring KMH’s artist-in-residence, Roberta Dixon.

At Remlik’s Bar & Restaurant (31 Lewis St., in historic Kilmer Bldg.): Robyn Adams: “Meet the Artist AND Her Characters! – ‘Sophisticated Whimsy.’”

American Civic Association/ACA (131 Front St.): First Friday International Film Series: Indian Film Friday featuring My Name Is Khan.  The film series, which debuted in February, is being held in conjunction with the ACA’s year-long 75th Anniversary celebration and open to the public, admission, $7 per person (includes drink & popcorn).  Doors open at 6 PM and the film begins at 8 PM.

Orazio Salati Gallery (204 State St.): Kurdistan artist, Sardar Kestay in his first solo U.S.A. exhibition When the Body Speaks.

First Birthday Party for Triple Cities Carousel (monthly arts/culture newspaper) at Cyber Cafe` West (176 Main St., west side) featuring music by THE BIG MEAN SOUND MACHINE at 9 PM, $10 admission.

JungleScience Gallery (33 Court St.,  2nd Fl.):  Aceldama, a solo exhibition by Nick Kushner & Dedicated to Walter Luckert.

and much more…

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French Revolution Digital Archive


Petite attaque ou la petite Bastille, print, 1789-1790
Huet, Jean-Baptiste, 1772-1840? (Illustrator)
Bonnet, Louis Marin, 1743-1793 (editor)

The new French Revolution Digital Archive, or the FRDA, is a collaboration between the Stanford University Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF).  The FRDA offers us “high-resolution digital images of approximately 12,000 individual visual items, primarily prints, but also illustrations, medals, coins, and other objects, which display aspects of the Revolution. [It is] the most complete searchable digital archive of French Revolution images available.” Browse the Parliamentary archives, and a timeline of the Revolution.

Read more about the archive here.

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First Friday this week

This Friday is downtown Binghamton’s First Friday celebration!
Some highlights from this month:

tearsFirst Friday International Film Series at the American Civic Association/ACA (131 Front St.)  Thai Film Friday featuring “Tears of the Black Tiger.”  The film series is being held in conjunction with the ACA’s year-long 75th Anniversary celebration and open to the public, $7 per person film admission (including small drink & small popcorn).  Doors open at 6 PM and the film begins at 8 PM.

For Black History Month, the Broome County Arts Council/BCAC (81 State St., 5th Fl.) will present for one performance only at 7 PM, “The Talented Professor Cohen:  Ragtime and Vaudeville in Early 20th Century Binghamton*”. It will feature the music of Charles Cohen, a well-known African American composer and musician who lived in Binghamton and made music throughout the Southern Tier, performed by soprano Theresa Lee-Whiting and pianist Pej Reitz.

At Orazio Salati’s Gallery (204 State St., Artists Row between Henry & Lewis Sts.),  Kurdistan artist, Sardar Kestay in his first U.S.A. exhibition:  “When the Body Speaks” – Paintings.

Read more about this Friday’s events here

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New Art History Database – Art Source

ArtSource_Masthead_WebArt Source is a new single comprehensive collection of all of the Art EBSCO databases, including Art Index, Art Abstracts, Art Full Text, and Art Retrospective. Art Source offers over 640 full-text journals — as well as detailed indexing and abstracts—for an array of journals, books and more. International in scope, Art Source includes periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch.

Art Source is accessible via the Databases tab on the Library Homepage, and on the Art & Architectural History Subject Guide

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Spring 2014 Library Exhibitions

Come visit three new exhibitions at Bartle and Science Libraries!

Youarehere_SC_2014_smallYou are here: Exploring the Southern Tier of NY with Special Collections

Using maps, books and artifacts from Local History collections, Special Collections takes the visitor on a journey around the Southern Tier. Highlighted are manufacturing, industry and cultural landmarks.

You Are Here will be on display throughout the Spring 2014 semester and is located in Special Collections on the second floor of the Glenn Bartle Library. Special Collections is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.


LobbyPoster_smallFantastic Voyages: Maps and Cartography in Fiction

Many of us were introduced to maps from the books we read as children. Fantasy worlds, Milne’s Winnie the Pooh or Tolkien’s Hobbit, visually chronicle protagonists’ adventures through detailed maps of expansive mountain ranges, over oceans, or just of the backyard. Maps are not exclusive to children’s books, fantasy, or science fiction novels, however. Many modern novels, such as Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, include maps that are either based loosely on Earth’s cartography, or that resemble a town or land which the novel parallels. These maps serve not only as guides, as a conventional map would serve, but as an additional narrative element that gives us a deeper breadth and depth of understanding. A character’s inward journey is shaped by their physical one, and vice-versa.

The Spring 2014 exhibit Fantastic Voyages: Maps and Cartography in Fiction will be on view in the second floor of Bartle Library beginning in February 2014.



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Maps of Outer Space at the Science Library

Come visit the Science Library and view “Mapping the Stars.” This exhibit features a comparison of sky atlas images through the ages, old and modern methods of stellar and solar system cartography, current exploration of Mars and the Moon, and maps you can use to discover the features of the night sky for yourself.

This exhibit will be on display during the Spring 2014 semester at the Science Library.

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