Art Gallery Past Exhibits

Syracuse poster project

Syracuse Poster Project

November 4 - December 2, 2013
12th floor Gallery

The Syracuse Poster Project brings together community poets and Syracuse University artists to create an annual series of posters for the city’s poster panels.

Each of the 16 posters features an illustrated poem about the downtown, city, or surrounding countryside. To extend its reach, the project also sells 11x17-inch poster prints, note cards, and other poster-based products. It also exhibits a framed set of the prints at public venues downtown, such as the library. For more information, call 424-8099, or visit the Syracuse Poster Project website.

haloween pumpkin

Frightfully Delightful!

Tuesdays in October, 2013 at 2:30

Join us in the 12th floor gallery for a spooktacular storytime, crafts and fun!


I Can...

August 21 - September 30, 2013

Artwork created by Oncare® Youth for National Children's Mental Health Awareness Month. Artists were asked to submit artwork that followed the theme "I can..." and to share their dreams for the future.

Hunter in focus

Hunter in Focus

August 5 - 19, 2013

Former fashion photographer Rick Guidotti and his organization Positive Exposure™ have partnered with Shire to host the first global photography exhibit to raise awareness for Hunter syndrome, a rare and progressive genetic disorder.

photo of Upstate volunteer, Matt Byrne, taken by photographer Chuck Wainwright

Photo of Upstate volunteer, Matt Byrne, taken by photographer Chuck Wainwright, is one of 49 images selected to display in the Children's Hospitals Association 2013 Photo Exhibit.

Children's Hospitals Association 2013 Photo Exhibit

July1 - 31, 2013

The Children's Hospitals Association 2013 Photo Exhibit is a biennial competition comprised of 49 extraordinary images submitted by Children's Hospital Association members. These poignant and powerful images portray the everyday heroes in children's hospitals - brave patients, supportive families and compassionate health care providers. Children are different from adults and they need health care that focuses on their unique needs. The exhibit represents a broad picture of the children's hospital world and how services, medical care and technology at the hospitals help children heal and thrive.

Now in its 20th year, the biennial photo competition and exhibit draws more than 250 entries from photographers worldwide. The exhibit recently displayed on Capitol Hill and will be on tour throughout the U.S. for the next two years.

Eye to eye with a butterfly

Eye to Eye with a Butterfly

May 1 - June 28, 2013

Local wildlife artist Lisa McLaughlin brings selections from her solo artist exhibit, featured at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The original body of work, 78 highly detailed watercolor paintings of butterflies, moths and pollinators can be viewed in its entirety, at McLaughlinWatercolor.

Adding extra special touches to this colorful display of artistry, Lisa created unique mini-exhibits within the exhibit, just for the kids at Upstate Golisano!

Baby teeth matter

Baby Teeth Matter

March 5 - April 30, 2013

Artwork by youth, ages 7 and younger, created in recognition of Children's Dental Health Month.

The artwork here is by Steven, 5, of Dunbar HeadStart and appeared on billboards in February.

On My Own Time

on my own time

January 8 - February 28, 2013

This show features the work of Upstate employees who are dedicated to making art a part of what they do on their own time.

On My Own Time was initiated in 1974 by the Cultural Resources Council in cooperation with the Everson Museum of Art to help local businesses identify, celebrate and promote creativity among their employees. Over the years the program has uncovered thousands of artists, creating countless rewards for the employees and their sponsoring companies.

This unique program is a recipient of the Private Sector Initiative Commendation awarded by The President of the United States.

On My Own Time's popularity and success has spread across the country, to cities where it has been replicated, name and all.

On My Own Time is a program that makes artistic talents that might otherwise go unnoticed visible. It recognizes a most precious gift — creativity.

Masks of Hope and Healing


October 5 - December 1, 2012

Masks of Hope and Healing is the first exhibition of works by young artists who have been patients at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. The exhibition showcases photographs of masks created by 31 patients to express their emotions and tell stories from their journeys of healing and recovery at the children's hospital in 2012 .

The children painted their masks from hospital beds, adding titles to describe the emotions behind each stroke and color. Masks painted in hues of blue carry names like "My World of Blues," while another patient called her colorful mask the "Hope Mask." One patient covered her mask with algebraic formulas to express the numbers running through her mind as she worked to carry on with her studies, while sick. Read more...

Arc of Onondaga's Art Surge

art surge

September 4 - October 4, 2012

Art Surge is a program for teens 13 to 18 years of age who have been diagnosed with Autism or with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Utilizing the arts as an outlet, Art Surge supports the social, creative and sensory needs of the individuals it serves by allowing participants an opportunity to understand the creative process from conception to completion — promoting communication, self-expression, trust and socialization skills.

Arc of Onondaga assists individuals with developmental disabilities achieve their fullest potential.

Heroes of Hope

heroes of hope art

June 15 - August 31, 2012

Artwork created by young people in workshops hosted by OnCare* to recognize "Heroes of Hope," people who support them in their struggles and help them achieve their dreams.

*OnCare is an Onondaga County initiative that improves outcomes for children and youth (ages 5-20) with significant behavioral and emotional challenges.

Creatures of the Sea

artwork, fish painting

April 2-May 31, 2012

Artist Marsha Egan is a school psychologist living near Syracuse, NY. Her original artwork includes watercolor, acrylic, and air brush techniques. A member of the CNY Art Guild, Egan appreciates Picasso's quote, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."

I Did It My Way

artwork from i did it my way exhibit

March 1-30, 2012

A compilation of artwork and sculptures by students from Soule Road Middle, Chestnut Hill Middle and Liverpool Middle Schools in the Liverpool Central School District.

Art Teachers:
Susan Sapareto (Soule Road)
Kristen Iles (Chestnut Hill)
Thomas Hogan (Liverpool Middle)



October 5, 2011 – January 2, 2012

Upstate patients, visitors and staff are invited to get a glimpse of the MOST's Dinomania exhibit.

Art Gone Wild!

art gone wild

August 2 thru September 28, 2011

Dozens of extraordinary works-of-art created by the animals living at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will be on display. The exhibition includes several pieces produced by trunks, paws, feet, hooves, scales, skin and, of course, brushes!

origami cranes

Thousand Paper Cranes

July 11 thru July 29, 2011
Thousand Paper Cranes Poster PDF document
Upstate Press Release

This exhibit displayed St. Mary's Academy, Thousand Paper Cranes project. In February, the 6th grade students of St. Mary's Academy in Baldwinsville listened to the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes during their library class. This is a true story about Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl who develops leukemia after the atomic bomb was dropped in her hometown of Hiroshima. Japanese legend says that if you make a thousand paper cranes, you will be granted a wish. The students are donating 1000 paper cranes that they made and chose to offer the cranes to GCH patients as an offering of peace and hope.

14th century surgeon

Medical Pioneers, Leaders in Pediatrics & the Miracle of Vaccines

May 12 thru July 7, 2011

An historic glimpse at people, literature, tools and science that improved medical care for children. Images and objects on display are from the Historical Collections, Health Sciences Library, Upstate Medical University unless otherwise noted.

Sunny Faces

Sunny Faces

Twenty-one students in Karen Tashkovski's Art-8 course at Chittenango Middle School created these bright sun sculptures! They began with a sketch, then cut a circle from foam board and added aluminum foil or more board for the rays, and newspaper and masking tape to complete the armature. They could make them as big as they wanted. Next, the project was covered in plaster of Paris. Celluclay, a paper pulp, was used to create the faces, which represent a variety of emotions. The suns were finally covered in tissue paper adhered with Mod-Podge. Glitter and jewels were added for a bit of whimsy.

Sunny Faces will be on display through March 31, 2011.

play with your book open

...with your book open

Play with Your Book Open! is a collection of folded books made by a circle of friends in Syracuse, New York.

Odd -Ymph-
(Hemlock, Sycamore, Paper)

This work explores the relationship between written language used to codify nature and the usage of natural resources to imbue it. The concept of a lexis embedded into nature prior to our formulation of it impels us to reinvest in our understanding of this developmental process.

Read more about PpPpPpLlLlLlLAaAaAaYyYyYy...with your book open and Odd -Ymph... PDF document