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Light Work Awarded Grants by New York State Council of the Arts

(SYRACUSE, NY December 6th, 2023) - Light Work announced today grant awards totaling
$59,500 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the nonprofit arts and
culture sector. Light Work received $49,500 for 2023 - 2024 from NYSCA. Urban Video Project
was the organizational sponsor for Lynne Sachs, who received $10,000 from the NYSCA
Support for Artists grant. She will be creating commissioned work for an exhibition with UVP.
Through New York State’s continued investment in arts and culture, NYSCA has awarded over
$80 million since Spring 2023 to over 1,500 artists and organizations across the state.

Governor Kathy Hochul said, “Research confirms what we’ve always known here in New York:
arts and culture are a powerhouse, with a staggering return on investment for our economy and
our communities. Nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences generated $151.7
billion in economic activity nationwide in 2022 and New York’s unparalleled arts and culture
sector is leading the way to benefit our residents, our students and our visitors every day. I
commend these grantees on their achievements and look forward to their contributions in the
coming year."

NYSCA Chair Katherine Nicholls added, “Thanks to the unwavering support of Governor Hochul
and our Legislature, NYSCA is so proud to support the work of organizations and artists from all
across New York. Spanning the entire breadth of the arts and culture sector – from
world-renowned performers to after-school programs, from long established museums to
community arts collectives – these organizations and artists together are a powerful driver of
health, tourism, economy and education for our residents and visitors. On behalf of Council and
staff, congratulations to Light Work, Urban Video Project, and Lynne Sachs, and thank you for
your perseverance, your creativity and your tireless service to New York State.”

To request high-resolution images for press reproduction and interviews, contact Cali Banks,
Light Work Communications Coordinator, at

The mission of the New York State Council on the Arts is to foster and advance the full breadth
of New York State’s arts, culture, and creativity for all. To support the ongoing recovery of the
arts across New York State, the Council on the Arts will award $127 million in FY 2024. The
Council on the Arts further advances New York's creative culture by convening leaders in the
field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational
resources. Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960 and continued with the support of
Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the Council is an agency that is
part of the Executive Branch. For more information on NYSCA, please visit,
and follow NYSCA's Facebook page, Twitter @NYSCArts and
Instagram @NYSCouncilontheArts.

Light Work is a non-profit, artist-run organization dedicated to the support of artists working in
photography and electronic media, located in the Robert B. Menschel Media Center. Light Work
invites groups and individuals to schedule tours of the exhibitions and facility and to attend
gallery talks. Limited metered parking is available on Waverly Avenue and paid parking is
available in Booth Parking Garage. Light Work thanks Syracuse University and Robert B.

Menschel and Vital Projects, as well as the Andy Warhol Foundation, CNY Arts, the Central
New York Community Foundation, JGS (Joy of Giving Something Inc.), the National Endowment
for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the subscribers to Contact Sheet for
their dedicated and ongoing support of our programs. Light Work is a member of CMAC, the
Coalition of Museum and Art Centers at Syracuse University.

Urban Video Project (UVP) is a program of Light Work supporting the public presentation and
creation of film, video and electronic arts. Through a partnership with the Everson Museum of
Art and Onondaga County, Light Work UVP presents media-based work through its year-round
architectural projection onto the facade of the iconic Everson Museum building, using
cutting-edge technology to add a new chapter to Central New York’s legacy as one of the
birthplaces of video art.

Lynne Sachs (sher/her) is an American experimental filmmaker and poet based in Brooklyn,
New York. Strongly committed to a dialogue between cinematic theory and practice, she has
produced over 40 films as well as numerous live performances, installations and web projects.
Embracing archives, letters, portraits, confessions, poetry and music, her films take us on a
critical journey through reality and memory. She has shot on location in Vietnam, Bosnia,
Israel/Palestine, Italy and Germany — sites affected by international war — where she looked at
the space between a community’s collective memory and her own subjective perceptions.

Her films have screened at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), Tate Modern, Image Forum Tokyo,
Wexner Center for the Arts, and festivals such as New York Film Festival, Oberhausen Int’l
Short FF, Sundance, Viennale and Doclisboa. Retrospectives of her work have been presented
at MoMI (Museum of the Moving Image), Sheffield Doc/Fest, Cork Film Festival, Havana Film
Festival, among others. In 2021, both Edison Film Festival and Prismatic Ground Film Festival
at the Maysles Documentary Center gave her awards for her lifetime achievements in the
experimental and documentary fields. In 2014, Lynne received a Guggenheim Fellowship in the
Creative Arts. In 2019, Tender Buttons Press published her first book “Year by Year Poems”. Her
film catalog is represented in North America by Canyon Cinema and the Filmmaker’s
Cooperative with selected features at Cinema Guild and Icarus Films. Her work is distributed
internationally by Kino Rebelde. For more info: