About the Director, Rose Viviano.
Rose has a background in art and community work that began in the early 1970’s in Boston, Massachusetts. A native of Syracuse, New York, she received a Fine Arts diploma from the Art Institute of Boston with post-graduate courses in glass painting and structural stained glass from the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. During that time she also worked in various political and community organizations in Boston.
In 1987 Rose returned to Syracuse as a glass studio manager where she developed her restoration skills. In 1994 Rose opened her own studio, ROSE COLORED GLASS, specializing in painted restorations of damaged and aging church windows creating original designs for clients, architectural firms and gallery exhibition. In 1998 she was commissioned to create work for the Syracuse Stage theater season brochure. In 2001 Rose began volunteer work with the Syracuse Peace Council and presently serves on three active committees including the Steering Committee.
Rose is a recipient of the 1999 Cultural Resources Council’s Individual Artists’ grant; was invited to show her work at the 1999 Contemporary Crafts Exhibit at the New York State Museum in Albany and received the Harley J. McKee Award in 2004 from the Preservation Society of Central New York. In 2010 Rose was honored by Peace Action of Central New York with their Peacemaker Award.
Her work with ArtRage is the culmination of years of passion for art and social change.
About the Community Engagement Organizer, Kimberley McCoy
Kimberley McCoy, originally from Boston, Massachusetts, earned her BFA in Art History from Syracuse University. During her time at SU she became involved in several campus-based activist groups and so began her passion for art and activism. During college and after, she was an active member of Syracuse’s radical cheerleading squad, the Syracuse System Shakers. After college she became a member of the Syracuse Peace Council and the Bread and Roses Collective House. She served for two years as an Americorps VISTA Volunteer working in Syracuse at a youth development after-school program as the Community Arts and Culture Organizer. She then returned to Boston to attend Boston University and earned a master’s degree in Arts Administration. While in Boston she continued working with youth by teaching art classes at several community art centers. Excited about ArtRage Gallery’s mission to combine arts and activism she returned to Syracuse in 2009 and in 2010 was hired as the Community Engagement Organizer.
About The CORA Foundation
The Community Outreach & Resources for the Arts (CORA) Foundation is an all volunteer organization with members of the community serving on its Board of Directors with no financial compensation. It began in 2008 and achieved federal non-profit 501(c) (3) status in June 2009. Dik Cool and Rose Viviano co-founded the ArtRage Gallery (which became the first project of the CORA Foundation) as a space devoted to exhibiting activist art and offering programming on the social issues related to each exhibition.
The mission statement of the CORA Foundation is as follows:
To support and encourage educational cultural activities and events in the greater Syracuse Community.
To support and encourage artists within a wide range of disciplines.
To work with Central New York arts organizations to enhance the availability and quality of cultural presentations for the diverse communities of greater Syracuse.
To bring to diverse audiences exhibits of works from outside Central New York that otherwise might not be available to Syracuse area people.
CORA Foundation Board of Directors
Our dynamic Board of Directors is comprised of professional artists, long time social activists, educators and community planners of diverse experience, ages and ethnicities. All are committed individuals who share our desire to bring this unique gallery experience to Syracuse, joining the handful of progressive art galleries which currently exist nationwide.
Annemarie Deegan, President
Annemarie Deegan has been interested in creating art since childhood and believes every being has some degree of creativity. She has an affinity for social justice art and is excited to have a socially minded gallery on the Northside. Currently, her passion comes with her experiences, which she draws upon to create art through various media. She is involved in various activities and volunteers when she can. She currently works for the City of Syracuse.
Walter Putter, Vice-President
Walter Putter is the son of our namesake Norton Putter, and our founding donor Ruth Putter. As a “red diaper baby” social justice has always been at his core. A father and son of artists, art is in his blood. His background is in law and property management (retired), and he’s an avid DIYer who can fix just about anything. As an avid cyclist, he has raised over $50,000, for a number of causes, including ArtRage.
Jeff Unaitis, Treasurer
Jeff Unaitis has served on many community boards and committees over the past few decades, but has had the most fun working with ArtRage, its wonderful staff and dedicated Board and volunteers. He works with lawyers by day, and with musicians and actors by night. He has two cats, Zach and Cassie.
Mary Kuhn, Secretary
Mary Kuhn is a returning Board member, a retired clinical social worker, a wife, mother, feminist, friend and activist, a member of CNY Solidarity, the Syracuse Peace Council, the Dewitt Democratic Committee and the League of Women Voters, a progressive Roman Catholic and a fierce lover of ArtRage.
Bronwyn Adam recently retired from Syracuse University where she taught writing and coordinated professional development opportunities for faculty. She was part of two multi year initiatives that brought faculty and NGO leaders from the Middle East to SU for study of civic education. She looks forward to engaging in human rights’ and environmental advocacy in her retirement years and is happy to be joining the Art Rage Board.
Chris Flynn worked in Onondaga County government, primarily in youth development and budgeting fields for over 29 years. She retired in 2015 as Director of the Syracuse/Onondaga County Youth Bureau. Chris has a long term interest in art and architecture. While no longer participating in formal education in these areas, she continues informal studies and remains an avid consumer of many art forms. Since retirement, Chris is focusing her volunteer efforts working with children/youth and in the arts. Chris looks forward to working with the ArtRage board and to help create ways to encourage young people to become actively engaged in social justice and art.
Bob Gates is a photographer and a former Professor of English at Syracuse University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Iowa and studied photography at the University of Iowa School of Art and the Santa Fe Photography Workshops. His photographs have appeared in group, individual, and juried exhibitions, including the TONY 2012 exhibition at ArtRage, and have been published internationally. He has a long time commitment to the arts and social justice.
Laurie Gilmore Selleck has served on the ArtRage board since 2009. She directs the Visual Communications Program and is the Associate Dean of Assessment of Student Learning at Cazenovia College. Prior to joining the faculty, she was the Art Director at Stickley, Audi, & Co. Laurie earned an MFA in Illustration at Syracuse University and is a practicing artist and graphic designer. In addition to her work with ArtRage, she has done volunteer design work for various non-profits including HOPE for Ariang (a town in South Sudan) and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Robert Sarason grew up in Syracuse, completed a 4-year union printing apprenticeship, and graduated from JD, Yale and Northeastern Law School. Robert spent over 20 years in the labor movement as a lawyer and union organizer, including work on the creative “Justice for Janitors” campaign. After returning to Syracuse, Robert fundraised for Planned Parenthood for 12 years. Now retired, Robert works on economic and social justice campaigns and serves on the board of Syracuse Stage.
Vince Sgambati is a long-time queer activist, former teacher in the Syracuse City School District, and a writer. His creative nonfiction and fiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and received several awards. His forthcoming novel, Most Precious Blood, will be published by Guernica World Editions––early 2018. He makes his home in Syracuse and New York City.
Amy Zamkoff migrated to Syracuse where she began her thirty year career in public school education with a focus on the needs of gifted students. She went on to work with organizations that promote arts in education and to serve on the boards of state and local arts organizations, including the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival and the Community Writers’ Project. Currently Amy spends her time writing poetry and essays and working with political groups in an effort to improve government.