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Past Atrium Events

Past Atrium Events

Back by popular demand, Lunar Arts hosted Artist Market, featuring local artists and craftsmen.

Art in the Atrium hosted the kickoff of the community initiative, "Create a Faery Land" in Central New York. 

 "Futures in Public Space: El Carrito, the Workshop"  was led by Sofia Gutierrez. This participatory design workshop engaged design-minded young adults in conversations about public space and street vending practices

A dynamic, multidisciplinary artist presentation, featuring three synesthetic artists: Robert Sikora, Edgar Paiewonsky-Conde, and Peter Carpenter.

Dr. Scott Samson is an Earth Sciences Professor at Syracuse University. He is also an avid photographer/artist. There is a widely held view that artists and scientists are at very far ends of the intellectual spectrum and have almost no overlap. Dr. Samson disagrees. His view is that science and art are not mutually exclusive; in fact he argues they are intimately linked. He hopes to convince the audience of this by a presentation of photographs that are both artistic yet have a clear scientific component. As Leonardo da Vinci said: “To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; Study the art of science”.

Because Dr. Samson has travelled extensively for his geological research he has had the opportunity to photograph many different regions, in a variety of countries, much of which would not be easily available to the average tourist. Some of his framed artwork from these regions, and discussed in the seminar, will be on display and will be for sale. He can be reached at

In this exhibition, four established professional artists mentored four talented student artists, embarking on a creative journey that explores the history of the 15th Ward's destruction and its lasting impact. 

Through a series of prompt questions, the exhibition encourages viewers to contemplate the consequences of this historical event: What are the enduring effects of the 15th Ward's destruction? How does this impact resonate within the City of Syracuse today? What are our collective aspirations for a reparative future?

"Paired Pieces" presents diverse perspectives, artistic styles, and mediums. Each artist contributed their unique visions, inviting viewers to reflect on the past, engage with the present, and envision a future characterized by inclusivity and restoration. More than just an exhibitions the past and consider the impact of fostering healing and understanding. It serves as a collective call to action, urging us to embrace empathy, initiate meaningful dialogues, and collaborate toward a future where every voice is heard and every story acknowledged.


The Cycle of Desire is the never-ending concept of want, have, and can’t have.

The challenge of desire is not that you can’t have it, it’s that you can’t keep it.

This video exhibit takes viewers beyond the limitations of the human eye, with infrared and thermal imaging on three dedicated screens for a truly immersive experience. Guided by the dynamics of nature & romance, the film becomes a case-study, a sample of what is attainable when chasing the euphoric visions in our head.


After a decade producing videos around North America and Paris, Zach returned to his hometown in the Adirondacks, a place where resourcefulness is the only way to have fun. But could the excitement he experienced elsewhere continue way out in the woods?

The Dry Campus project began with Zach returning to his roots making snowboard videos but also conveniently came about during a moment when he became bored with modern HD video cameras. So he got to filming and what began as a one season thing quickly turned into a trilogy of snowboard videos. The exhibit consists of 4 years of footage from those years on a secluded lakeside canvas.

Artist Statement

Zach Surp is a video artist and musician from the Adirondack region of New York. His video projections have been featured in Paris, Sydney and Budapest. He doesn't just tell stories of his surroundings, he creates them.

“I'm aiming to do the opposite of making people aware of the problems in this world but instead reminding them that life’s beauty is worth chasing.” - Z

Lunar Art's Valentine's Day Downtown Market featured art, jewelry, desserts, and more! 

Come see the work of Alexandra McLelland, showing at Art in the Atrium from Friday, 02/02/2024- Sunday, 02/04/2024. This exhibit showcases views of the beautiful city of Syracuse. From sunrises to nightlife, these paintings show how special this place is. 

To learn more about McLelland's process, consider attending her Artist Talk on Friday, 02/02/2024 at 6 pm. 

Always wanted to tell the band what to play, in what style, and what tempo? This is your chance! “Jazz On Demand”, a CNY Jazz combo, performs a unique, audience-interactive show that reveals the framework of songs and demonstrates how improvising musicians rely on that to perform successfully with minimal or no written music on hand. Audiences are empowered to participate by echoing call-and-response figures, and by “ordering” the trio to perform specific titles in tempos and styles chosen by shuffling flash cards. The atmosphere is fun and friendly throughout this enjoyable, welcoming show.

What is the art industry like? What does it take to become an artist? What does being a full-time artist look like? On January 20, 2024 at 2 pm, Art in the Atrium will host an arts panel that engages with these questions and the current challenges in the arts community in Syracuse. This panel  will be moderated by Arts Advisor Devon Vander Voort and features Daniel Nilsen, the Music & Arts Collective Founder; Allison Piedmonte, a product developer and artist; Jillian Hagadorn, a former Own My Own Time participant and freelance illustrator. 

Join us at Art in the Atrium for “Expressive Inclusion,” featuring artists from ARC Herkimer and ARISE. “Expressive Inclusion” draws select work from ARISE’s “Unique” exhibit formerly displayed at the Everson and ARC Herkimer’s “Art without Boundaries” which traveled around the region. 

ARISE for 23 years has published UNIQUE Art and Literary Magazine to showcase the powerful work of people who identify as having a disability. Each artist or writer not only contributes their piece to the magazine but also writes a few sentences about how their experience with disability influences their work. A panel of community judges selects the items to be published each summer. UNIQUE is an integral part of ARISE as an Independent Living Center because we honor the power of people with disabilities, recognize that art and recreation are a vital part of a fully realized life, and advocate for full access and inclusion.

ARC Herkimer's "Art Without Boundaries" allows audiences to view artwork by individuals with disabilities as well as work created by ARC Herkimer staff. ARC Herkimer: empowering people with disabilities and enriching lives throughout the community.  

Draw in community at Art in the Atrium and join Open Figure Drawing for a Rocky Horror Picture Themed Drawing Session on Sunday, January 7, 2024 from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Since 2000, the Midoma platform has been connecting artists of all kinds with their local communities. Join us at Art in the Atrium and hear Marianna Ranieri-Schwarzer and Michael Schwarzer share the Midoma story and their vision for Midoma's future plans.

Dunbar featured a mix poetry, video shots, and performed scenes of the work of Poet Laureates Paul Laurence and Alice Moore Dunbar. 

Our cast included:
Anne Childress as Matilda Dunbar
Herbert A Merrick as Paul Dunbar
Susan Wolstenholme as Kate
Robert Brophy as Huffman, Putnam, Etc.
Sarindi Tas as  Alice Dunbar (part 2)

This work was been compiled by Robert Brophy and presented by Synergy Arts Co. Videos were shot by Eugene JT Lee. This work was supported by City of Syracuse Arts and Recovery Fund. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of On My Own Time, a creative showcase produced by CNY Arts. For a half-century, On My Own Time has offered a unique forum for avocational artists to display their original visual artwork.

Each artist is a member of the local workforce, and businesses are encouraged to participate and celebrate the creative achievement of their employees. On My Own Time was inspired by individuals who make art outside of the hours dedicated to their career. On My Own Time welcomes nonprofessional artists of all levels of expertise and experience who share the joy of creative expression in common. 

This fall, join CNY Arts and participants of On My Own Time - past and present - to celebrate our avocational creative community! The On My Own Time 50th Anniversary Retrospective will run at the new Art in the Atrium gallery and programming space, located right in the heart of downtown! 

Recorder player Teresa Deskur explores more than 500 years of transformation of the recorder and its repertoire.  Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and even music from the year 2020, this program takes the audience on a whirlwind journey through the recorder’s greatest hits.  Deborah Fox, lute, will accompany. 

Teresa Deskur is a Vestal, NY based musician and teacher who holds a BA in Music, Music Education and Horn Performance from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, MD.  She is the director of bands at Owego-Apalachin Middle School in Owego, NY, where she has directed concert and jazz bands. Ms. Deskur is also a co-founder of the Fanfare Youth Recorder Club, a free virtual group for young players.

















Draw in community and join us for an Irish Dancing themed drawing session. All skill levels are welcome. Participants must provide their own supplies.

Fee: $12 for one session or $48 for class punch card that covers 5 sessions. Fee waivers available at the door.



Sunday, October 22: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Join Cuban-born, Syracuse-based artists Richell Castellon Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado as they discuss their work. Topics include a demonstration of Mr. Casellon's painting technique, and the cultural inspiration for Mr. Hurtado's children's book.  


José Miguel Hernández Hurtado

Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado will discuss the origin of his book From Cuba to 'Cuse and the stories behind this project.


José Miguel Hernández is founder of La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino in Syracuse, New York. He works to transform the lives of low income Latino youth and youth with terminal diseases by involving them in Spanish language theatrical performances. His program builds self-confidence and has a high rate of success in getting youth to graduate from high school and continue on to college.







Richell Castellon

Richell Castellon will discuss and demonstrate his technique so people can watch how the acrylic paint is used in cityscape artwork on canvas.


Cuban-born Impressionist Artist based in United State, Richell Castellón Ferreira took his first steps referred to art from an early age. Completing his Art education where he spent four years of effort and dedication which enabled him to overcome and achieve the bases of what would be the beginning of his career as an artist. His style is loose, improvisatory in feel, but there is a strong sense of place in each of his paintings — be it a scene from Cuba or from Syracuse New York. While each scene represents a moment in time, Castellon fills them with an energy and spontaneity

Syracuse Strong 

CNY Arts and Chashama presented "Syracuse Strong." This inaugural exhibit features a multidisciplinary selection of local artists, each of whom received an award from the Arts and Culture Recovery Fund, a grant program administered by CNY Arts. Resources for the Fund were generously provided by the City of Syracuse through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The Fund offered relief to Syracuse artists and art organizations who experienced pandemic-related hardship. 

We invite you to celebrate the artistry and resilience of our Central New York creative community! Together, we are all Syracuse Strong.

 Syracuse Strong Artist List

  • Ellen M. Blalock
  • Richell Castellon
  • Michael Calobrisi
  • Midoma (Michael Schwarzer)
  • David Steinman
  • Tony Washington
  • CNY Jazz Central has some posters exhibited
  • Chicago
    • Covey Theater Company presented the performance
    • Garret Heater was the director
    • Amelia Beamish (AB Photography) took the photos for the event
  • Carrie Valenzuela Amaranth, Company Press & Bindery
  • Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado
  • ArtRage
  • TAPS the Arts Project Syracuse
  • Andrea Kennedy, Photographer for Syracuse Pride
  • Syracuse Poster Project
Join us for our 3rd annual celebration of all things printing and book art! A "Wayzgoose" is a traditional celebration given by a master printer for their workers to mark the end of summer. We will honor this tradition by hosting an ink-tacular party with live printing and bookbinding demonstrations, fine wares by talented artisans available for purchase, exhibition of a wide range of printmaking artwork, educational displays, fun activities and more!

Some of our fantastic participants are your hosts - Salt City Book Arts and the Upstate Chapter of the American Printing History Association (APHA) - along with Hatchet Press, The Naughty Printmaker, Greenleaf Books, Amaranth Press and Bindery, 3Gatos Press, Emily Bender Murphy and more!

Pakistani immigrants residing in the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County & Central New York  celebrated 76th Independence Day Pakistan. Mayor Walsh, Councilmember Rita Paniagua, and State Senator Rachel May each delivered remarks at the City Hall steps. After the flag raising, the crowd relocated to the Atrium to continue the celebration.

Art in the Atrium helped celebrate Festa Italiana by featuring an Italian heritage display.