Light Work Celebrates Artists with Billboards Around Syracuse

Light Work is excited to unveil a series of billboards around the city of Syracuse!

In conjunction with our current exhibition 40 Artists / 40 Years: Selections from the Light Work Collection, we have placed seven billboard locations across the city. Each billboard celebrates the work of an artist that had an integral experience as an Artist-In-Residence with Light Work. Additionally, many of the works highlighted are currently being exhibited as part of the current exhibition in the Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery at Light Work.

The forty pictures in this exhibition represent each year that Light Work has been supporting artists from 1973-2013. They stand in for the hundreds of other artists who have participated in our Artist-in-Residence, exhibition, publishing, and grant programs and stand out as the reason we do what we do.

Light Work always has been, and continues to be, an alternative arts organization run by artists for the benefit and support of other artists. Working in collaboration with Community Darkrooms at Syracuse University, Light Work has concentrated on supporting emerging and under-recognized artists, giving them the opportunity to create new work, and then making that work part of the ongoing dialogue about contemporary art.

Alessandra Sanguinetti

John Gossage

Carrie Mae Weems

Lucas Foglia

If you haven’t seen the billboards already, here is where you can find them:

Click here to view a handy Google Map with the locations and featured artists.

If you visit or encounter any of the installations, please snap a photo and share it with us via Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #lightworkbillboard for a chance to win a subscription to our publication Contact Sheet.

Light Work extends a special thanks to CNY Arts for their partnership and support on this project.

Join us for a reception for 40 Artists / 40 Years on Thursday, September 26th from 5-7pm at Light Work. More information at

Fall 2013 Workshops

Sign up for Fall 2013 workshops at Light Work / Community Darkrooms.

Each semester Light Work / Community Darkrooms offers a series of workshops and classes to help you build your photographic skill set.

Firm Foundations: 5 Week Workshops

Studio Lighting
Tuesdays, September 17-October 15, 6-9 pm.
This fast-paced, hands-on course will show you how to work in the studio using the equipment available at Community Darkrooms. Aside from the technical aspects of studio work, you will be encouraged to express your own creativity and use lighting to further enhance your work. You only need to bring your camera; all necessary equipment will be provided.

Introduction to Lightroom 5

Tuesdays, September 17-October 15, 6-9 pm.
This course will provide an introduction to the basic layout, tools, and modules of the program, giving you a foundation to build on, as well as the knowledge to export and publish your work.

Alternative Processes

Thursdays, October 3-31, 6-9 pm.
Learn how to make cyanotype prints, salt prints, and photograms in this hands-on workshop that explores simple yet effective alternative processes. This includes historic and contemporary work, as well as the traditional black and white development process.

Introduction to InDesign
Thursdays, October 3-31, 6-9 pm.
New to InDesign? This class will teach you the basics of creating engaging print designs and page layouts that output professionally, letting you design with confidence. Learn to navigate the program, understand the tools, create, edit, and save files.

Introduction to Photoshop
Tuesdays, October 29-November 26, 6-9pm.
If you are new to Photoshop, or just need a refresher course on the basics, this is the foundation for you. Whether you want to size files, import, export, or read a histogram, this course covers the basics.

Understanding Your Digital Camera
Thursdays, November 14-December 12, 6-9 pm.
This course will help you understand how digital cameras work, and what features and settings will enhance your images. You will need to bring your digital SLR (or advanced point-and-shoot) as well as your camera instruction manual.

Single Session Classes

Using Flash Effectively
Sunday, September 22, 1-4pm.
Your flash can be your best friend or your worst enemy, depending on how you use it. Learn flash techniques that will help you flesh out, rather than flatten, your subjects. Bring your camera and plenty of extra batteries.

Camera Basics
Sunday, October 6, 1-4 pm.
This will be a simple overview of how to use your digital camera. There will be a few short lectures before heading outside to the beautiful Syracuse University campus where you will be free to photograph an array of subject matter, practice learned techniques, and ask questions as you go.

Making the Most of Your Scanner
Sunday, November 10, 1-4 pm.
Learn how to use your camera to make the best possible images. You will review file types and sizes, learn the difference between the Imacon and flatbed scanner, discover the 3F format, and make adjustments to create a final scan. Bring a hard drive and your film.


To guarantee your place in the class, payment must be received at least three days prior to the start of the workshop.

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