Waterfront First Friday Fest tonight


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Nominations for the Heart of the Arts Awards

HOTA-header-10k-1024x256Broome County Arts Council (BCAC) invites ALL interested parties to nominate candidates for the 2014 Heart of the Arts Awards and for the Heart of the Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement. The awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions to and impact on the arts in Broome County.  The receipt deadline for nominations  5:00pm Friday, June 20, 2014 to the Broome County Arts Council, 81 State Street, Suite 501, Binghamton, NY 13901.  Nominations must arrive at BCAC by the deadline to be considered.


BCAC’s 10th annual

& $10K Challenge


  Join BCAC and friends at the DoubleTree by Hilton®
in Downtown Binghamton for


Ready to nominate someone for Heart of the Arts and Lifetime Achievement Awards? Click here!

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Senior Art Student Exhibition today!



The Department of Art is hosting a senior student exhibition in the Rosefsky Gallery, located inside the Fine Arts building. The closing reception will be held from 5-7 p.m., today, May 9, in the gallery.

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Celebrate May at First Friday

Some highlights during the First Friday art walk, downtown Binghamton, tomorrow!

New venue: La Gia Bella Boutique (134 Gorgeous Washington St.) VIP Launch Party from 6-10 PM with local designer Constance Rose Collections and Live Designer Couture Fashions.

Broome County Arts Council/BCAC will present: Broome Art 3-D: Sculpture Outdoors, an early First Friday presentation from 4-6 PM of research by Binghamton University art history students. Read more about the project here.

Free concert with Italian rock violinist, Andrea DiCesare, performing at Binghamton University’s Downtown Center/UDC (67 Washington St., across from Arena) at 7:30. Watch him on YouTube: youtube.com/user/andreadice76

The Gallery @ 5 Riverside Drive/Towers (5 Riverside Dr.):  Print Exhibit by Danish artist & internationally known printmaker, Viggo Holm Madsen.

American Civic Association/ACA (131 Front St.), for the 4th of their First Friday International Film Series: Kurdish Film Friday featuring the film Bekas, about two homeless brothers, Zana, 7 & Dana, 10, from Kurdistan who live on the edge of survival and dream about coming to America.

….and much more.

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Audio Art Archive at the Tate

08.2-3.a.2_0“Since its inception, by British artist William Furlong in 1972, the seminal sound art magazine, Audio Arts has become one of the most comprehensive and coherently focused aural archive of artists’ voices and sound art in the world.”

In its 33 year run, from 1973 to 2006, Audio Arts magazine explored the possibilities of audio-cassette technology. The Tate acquired the Audio Arts archive back in 2004. Now, the Tate has digitized the sound archive, including volumes and supplements, of over 900 artists that were recorded in Audio Arts cassettes.

“The collection comprises paper records – including correspondence, research files and accounts – rare exhibition catalogues, private view cards, photographs, production equipment and of course the published and original audio recordings in a variety of formats including reel to reel tapes (5, 7 and 10 inch), cassettes, DAT tapes, CDs and MPEGs.”

Read more about the project here.
Access the Archive here:

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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 www.broomearts.org 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” (http://www.nickkushner.com)

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: pastny.org.

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). artmission.org.

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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…..read more

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