ArtRage Gallery announces its 11th season of socially relevant art exhibitions

ArtRage Gallery, in Syracuse’s Hawley-Green neighborhood, has announced its upcoming 2018-2019 season of art exhibitions scheduled to begin in September. The non-profit arts organization, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this October, announced a line-up of visual art exhibitions that feature, local, national and international artists.

ArtRage is unique in the region for exclusively exhibiting art on social justice and environmental themes. Several of the upcoming exhibitions are in partnership with local organizations and institutions.

The gallery’s September exhibition deals with the subject of homelessness and is in partnership with ArtRage’s next door neighbor, In My Father’s Kitchen, a homeless outreach organization.

In November, ArtRage will mount a quilt exhibition by Syracuse artist, Ellen M. Blalock. The exhibit will feature over 20 years of her story quilts.

In February the gallery will exhibit the work of Syracuse photojournalist Mike Greenlar with work from his new book documenting four generations of Algonquins in the bush of Quebec, Canada. Photographs from the project will be exhibited both at ArtRage and Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center.

In April, ArtRage will exhibit work by Indian folk artists who use traditional art forms to comment on society in contemporary India.

Concluding the season, ArtRage will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, seen today my many as the beginning of the modern LGBT rights movement, by exhibiting the work of Hudson Valley artist, Joe Radoccia. His portraits honor LGBT elders and tell the story of the shift in cultural attitudes and acceptance over the last 50 years.

ArtRage is free and open to the public Wednesday-Friday 2-7pm and Saturday 12-4pm. Exhibition related events will accompany each exhibition and will be announced throughout the year.  More details about each exhibition are at ArtRage Gallery’s website.

ArtRage Gallery 2018-2019 Season

Invisible People: The Art of Neil Shigley
September 8 to October 27, 2018

San Diego based artist Neil Shigley’s work explores the subject of homelessness by giving visibility to homeless individuals through large-scale portraits. The exhibition is in partnership with the Syracuse homeless outreach organization, In My Father’s Kitchen.

Stitching Stories: Thread, Needle, Narrative. The Quilts of Ellen M. Blalock
November 10, 2018 to January 12, 2019

This exhibit will include a broad array of Syracuse artist Ellen M. Blalock quilting work from the past 20 years and aims to include two new quilts that she is currently creating as part of new series of work dealing with mental health in the African American community.

Kokom Lena of the First Nation Algonquin: The Photographs of Michael Greenlar February 2 to March 23, 2019

Syracuse photographer Michael Greenlar documented four generations of Algonquins in the bush of Quebec, Canada for almost 20 years. The work focuses on the matriarch Lena Nottaway and the knowledge she passed on through her 15 children. The series is a testament to the cultural survival of the Algonquin people of Barrier Lake, La Vérendrye Park, Quebec, Canada. The exhibition is in partnership with Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center.

From Gods To Social Justice: Indian Folk Artists Challenging Traditions
April 6 to May 18, 2019

The exhibit will feature two painting styles of eastern India; Begali scrolls and Mithila paintings. Both of these art forms have morphed and changed in contemporary India, creating space for artists to comment on topics such as violence against women, female infanticide, political corruption, climate change, and war. From the collections of Geraldine Forbes, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of SUNY Oswego, and Susan Wadley, Ford Maxwell Professor of South Asia at Syracuse University.

 About-Face: 50 years after Stonewall. The Paintings of Joe Radoccia
June 1 to July 12, 2019

Hudson Valley artist, Joe Radoccia’s painted portraits pay homage to LGBTQ elders. Radoccia says his paintings “represent our hard won freedom to be present, to be as out and visible and large as we want to be. The scale of the paintings acknowledges the magnitude of the change in attitudes and acceptance that has unfolded in the 50 years since Stonewall. This exhibition is in collaboration with CNY PrideSAGE Upstate.