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

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