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Syracuse Poster Project - Annual Unveiling!

Syracuse, NY—The Syracuse Poster Project will unveil its 22nd annual poster series, 6 p.m., Thursday, April 20, at the City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington St, in Downtown Syracuse.

The Syracuse Poster Project brings together community poets and artists to create an annual series of poetry posters for the city’s poster panels. Each year, writers throughout the community submit short poems about downtown, the city, and the nearby countryside. Artists then create posters based on the poems of their choice. The Project selects the top posters and displays them along Salina and Warren streets beginning in April.

For a second year, the Project prompted poets to write in the spirit of “10 Syracuse spirits.” These included the spirit of parks and wild places, spirit of ancestral guidance, and spirit of community friendship, among others.

The Project also created one special “reverse process” poster. For this it commissioned artist Lydia Nichols to create an illustration about the New York State Fair. Writers then submitted poems to compliment Nichols’s illustration.

Since its founding in 2001, the Poster Project has enlivened downtown and strengthened the city’s sense of community. The Project highlights Syracuse’s culture and creativity and reaches beyond the city by selling poster prints, note cards, and poetry booklets.

The open call drew submissions from 96 poets and 23 artists. A five-person panel then selected 10 posters for production: first, second, and third-place posters and seven runners-up.

The panelists were Cheryl Chappell, owner of Edgewood Gallery, Alice Maggiore, director of public information for the New York State Fair; Anthony Pham, marketing assistant for the Downtown Committee of Syracuse; Elizabeth Judge, marketing manager for Visit Syracuse; Chris Capella, art teacher at LaFayette High School; and Gabriele Eure, architectural designer at C&S Companies.

The first-place poster is by poet David Pasinski of Fayetteville and artist Lucie Wellner of Pompey; second-place poster by poet Rick Portine of Fayetteville and artist Kathleen O’Dell of Syracuse; third-place poster by poet Craig Overbeck of Fayetteville and artist Katie Mulligan of Minoa.

The unveiling celebration will include a gallery-style viewing of all 10 large posters, refreshments, commentary from the artists and poets, and a silent auction of posters.

Soon after the unveiling, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse will install the posters along Salina and Warren Streets. The posters remain on display for a year.


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Syracuse, NY 13206

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The annual production of posters is made possible by in-kind support from:

The Downtown Committee and financial support from individual and corporate sponsors. This year’s sponsors and contributors include: Bousquet Holstein LLC; Commonspace Work; Equitable Advisors; Geddes Federal Savings and Loan Association; Syracuse University; Drive Research; Fox Pest Control; Carol Watson Greenhouse; Parker Waichman LLP; Pastabilities; Tony Malavenda and Martine Burat; Sue Drummond; Carol Biesemeyer; John Pzepiora; Mary Ellen Speicher; and Richard Weiskopf.

The Poster Project reaches the larger community by selling poster products, including poster prints, notecards, and poetry booklets. Prints can be purchased at Wildflowers Armory, 217 S. Salina St. and at the Project’s online store: All proceeds help the project become self-sustaining.

For more information, please contact Jim Emmons, project coordinator, at, (315) 937-7123 The 2022 poet-artist pairs include:

Poet                                                              Artist

Mark Calicchia                                      Chloe “Clove” Flores

Shari Hemsley                                           Lydia Nichols

Octavia Miller                                              Barry Lee

Brian Mitchell                                            Mary Vertigan

Craig Overbeck                                         Katie Mulligan

David Pasinski                                           Lucie Wellner 

Rick Portine                                             Kathleen O’Dell 

Rick Portine                                              Susan Murphy

Mark Shevalier                                           Chris Barrett 

Maura Harling Stefl                                 Christian Freeman