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Syracuse Poster Project Announces 2022 Poster Series

 

The Syracuse Poster Project, now in its 21st year, recently announced the 10 poet-artists selected for the 2022 poster series. 

The Syracuse Poster Project, established in 2001, brings together community poets and artists to create an annual series of poetry posters for the city’s poster panels. Each year they produce art posters, each featuring an illustrated poem about downtown Syracuse, the city or nearby countryside. The Project enlivens the city, builds community, and spreads its value by selling poster prints and poster-related products.

Results of Call for Poetry and Art:
This year's call for poets and artists drew a large number of high-quality submissions. This was the first year that short poems outside of the tradition of haiku. The Syracuse Poster Project also introduced a new prompt by asking poets to write in the vein of "Seven Syracuse Spirits," and gave them a list of spirits to consider. The response was strong with 80 returning poets and 29 new poets for a total of 109 participating poets. A total of 269 poems were submitted with 136 semi-final poems being selected. Four poems were allocated to each of the 32 participating artists. Each artist selected one poem to illustrate.

Art Selection Process:
Of the 32 artists who signed up, 23 completed posters. Guest panelists presided over a blind selection of eight posters and awarded first-, second-, and third-place posters.

First place went to the poster by Thomas Harris and Cynthia Perrine.
Second place went to Leah Hennessey and Amy Zamkoff.
Third place went to Tyler Hill and David Pasinski.

The panelists included:
Alice Maggiore: Director of communications for the Downtown Committee of Syracuse
Anthony Pham: Marketing assistant for the Downtown Committee
Elizabeth Judge: Marketing manager for Visit Syracuse
Chris Capella: Art teacher at the Onondaga Nation School
Gabrielle Eure: Architectural designer at C&S Companies

Two additional “board picks” to brought the total to 10 posters.

The Syracuse Poster Project will release the posters through an in-person unveiling celebration, tentatively set for April 21.

Visit https://www.posterproject.org/index.php for more information and updates about their unveiling celebration this spring.