SUNY Oswego's Syracuse campus in the Atrium on Clinton Square presents group work guided by artists-in-residence working from 2002-12 with children at Jowonio, an inclusive Syracuse preschool.
A free public artists' reception will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at SUNY Oswego's downtown gallery at 2 Clinton Square in Syracuse. The exhibition will run through June 15.
Each project in the exhibition presents examples of group work, some with as few as 16 contributors and others as many as 48 individuals. For a decade, Jowonio found grant funding for artists-in-residence projects.
The annual projects -- funded only for K-12 schools after 2012 -- provided semester-long interaction between artists and Jowonio students, enriching the curriculum and providing a lasting impact on the visual culture of the school, located at 3049 E. Genesee St.
Artists-in-residence have included Barbara Furlong Drosse, Beth Abbott, Dan Reader, Karen Kearney (twice), J.P. Crangle, Kate Woodle, Maggie Church, Mary Faith Decker, Pam Johnson, Erin Murphy (twice) and Elizabeth Mauldenhower. Projects carry such titles as "Cycles in Nature," "Thinking Outside the Box," "Environmental Space" and "The Owl Project."
Jowonio's mission is to provide inclusive programs for young children, where diversity is celebrated and all are free to learn and grow. It began in 1969 as an alternative school for children whose families wanted a more open and individualized approach than they felt they could find in a public setting.
The name "Jowonio" comes from the word in the Onondaga nation
language that means "to set free." The school’s founders chose this name
because they believed that education should free minds and emotions to
learn and grow, also freeing individuals from stereotypes and
prejudices. From the beginning, Jowonio accepted a wide range of
children, where typical children and children with special needs could
learn in the same classrooms.
For variable evening and weekend hours, call 315-399-4100.