ArtRage: The Norton Putter Gallery

505 Hawley Avenue Syracuse, NY

ArtRage Events

Bill Ayers at ArtRage

September 12, 20167:00 pmto9:00 pm


Demand the Impossible! Utopian Dreams in This Political Moment
“There is, after all, no basis for education in a democracy
outside of a faith in the enduring capacity for growth in ordinary people
and a faith that ordinary people … can, if they choose, change the world.”
– Bill Ayers

As the kick-off event for the ArtRage exhibition of Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell The Truth portraits, we will host a talk  by Bill Ayers; Educational Theorist, Professor, Writer, Anti-War and Civil Rights Activist.


Artist Talk with Robert Shetterly

September 14, 20167:00 pmto9:00 pm

Rob Shetterley Head Shot

“My work offers a link between the community of people who struggled for justice
in our past and the community of people who are doing it now.
To participate in that struggle can be very hard, but it is also a place to find
deep friendship, shared courage, respect and dignity. And, only by participating
in that struggle will we find hope, or deserve to.”  -Robert Shetterly

For more than ten years, Robert Shetterly has been painting the series of portraits he calls Americans Who Tell the Truth. The exhibit has been traveling around the country since 2003. Venues have included everything from university museums and grade school libraries to sandwich shops, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, and the Superior Court in San Francisco. To date, the exhibits have visited 26 states. In 2005, Dutton published a book of the portraits by the same name. In 2006, the book won the top award of the International Reading Association for Intermediate non-fiction.

The portraits have given Shetterly an opportunity to speak with children and adults all over this country about the necessity of dissent in a democracy, the obligations of citizenship, sustainability, US history, and how democracy cannot function if politicians don’t tell the truth, if the media doesn’t report it, and if the people don’t demand it.

This will be your only chance during this exhibition to spend an evening at ArtRage with the painter and activist, Robert Shetterly. Don’t miss it.

Free to the Public

More about Rob at Americans Who Tell The Truth ~ Robert Shetterly

Oren Lyons at ArtRage

November 12, 20167:00 pmto9:00 pm


Native-American Faithkeeper, Human Rights Advocate, Environmental Activist
“The law says if you poison the water, you’ll die.
The law says that if you poison the air, you’ll suffer.
The law says if you degrade where you live, you’ll suffer…
If you don’t learn that, you can only suffer.
There’s no discussion with this law.” -Oren Lyons

As a closing event for the ArtRage exhibition of Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell The Truth portraits, we will proudly host a presentation by Oren Lyons.

Oren Lyons is a member of the Onondaga and Seneca nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. As an activist for indigenous and environmental justice, Oren works with communities across the globe. As a Faithkeeper, he upholds the history and traditions of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga and Seneca. Oren often addresses modern-day conflicts by sharing traditional views on the law of nature. When he says “You can’t negotiate with a beetle”*, he implies that nature will respond to climate change whether or not humans do.

Oren’s dedication to the cause of Native and environmental rights has garnered him many accolades, including an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from his alma mater, Syracuse University. Awards include the Rosa Parks Institute for Human Rights Elder and Wiser Award, the Earth Day International Award of the United Nations, the National Audubon Society, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Lyons serves on the board of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and is board chairman of Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations. He is also remembered for his time as a lacrosse player and is Honorary Chairman of the Iroquois Nationals. In 1989 he was named Man of the Year in Lacrosse by the NCAA. His legendary performance as goalkeeper for Syracuse University, with Jim Brown on the undefeated 1957 national champion team, led to the induction of Oren R. Lyons, Jr. into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He was most recently invited to speak at the funeral of Muhammad Ali.

Free to the Public

Read more at Americans Who Tell The Truth ~ Oren Lyons