Past Exhibitions

  1. SEEN AND HEARD: Embracing Our Past, Empowering Our Future

    September 9, 2017 to October 21, 2017

    This fall marks the 100th anniversary of New York State signing women’s suffrage into law. As we mark the historic milestone of our ancestors’ activism we recognize that the struggle for gender equality is far from over; and today’s women know it. In January 2017…

  2. CARVING THROUGH BORDERS

    June 10, 2017 to July 7, 2017

    Fifteen artists of diverse immigrant backgrounds were invited to create large-scale woodcuts depicting images and messages inspired by their experiences as documented or undocumented citizens. The themes explored deportation, justice, worker’s rights, the immigrant’s contributions to society and the freedom to move across borders. Artists…

  3. AT ALL COSTS: Photographs of American Workers by Earl Dotter

    April 8, 2017 to May 20, 2017

    Earl Dotter has been photographing American workers on the job for over forty years. Beginning in the Appalachian coalfields in the early 1970’s and continuing to the present, he has put a human face on those who labor, often in dangerous and unhealthy conditions. In…

  4. UNWRAPPING VANESSA: Fiber Memory Art by Vanessa Johnson

    February 11, 2017 to March 25, 2017

      Unwrapping Vanessa, by Syracuse fiber artist and storyteller Vanessa Johnson, highlighted a new body of work that honors the voices of women and girls who continue to influence the artist’s life, and speaks to her own transnational experience through the women who inspire her….

  5. IN GOD’S HOUSE: The Photographs of Robert Knight

    November 19, 2016 to January 21, 2017

    In God’s House examined religious diversity as a reflection of the contemporary immigration crisis and demographic shifts facing Europe. Knight’s photographs of religious services juxtaposed historic Christian churches with contemporary mosques in cities across Europe, and revealed both similarities and differences between faiths. The resulting…

  6. FINDING YOUR POWER: Paintings by Robert Shetterly

    September 10, 2016 to November 12, 2016

    “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…

  7. IN POOR TASTE: The Genetically Modified Foods Kitchen

    June 4, 2016 to July 16, 2016

    Created by Christine Chin, The Genetically Modified Foods Kitchen explored the controversial technology that allows us to transfer genes between species. Part human and part vegetable, Chin’s Vegetable Human Hybrids made visible the usually invisible process of genetic modification.  In the familiar context of a…

  8. PEOPLE WHO CAME TO MY HOUSE: Portraits by Syracuse Area Photographers

    April 9, 2016 to May 21, 2016

    Photographers usually venture out into the world to find their subjects. This time, a group of Syracuse area photographers allowed the world to come to them. Their portraits of service providers, delivery people, and sales people, along with brief biographical details, peer inside the intricate…

  9. BLACKOUT: Through the Veiled Eyes of Others

    February 6, 2016 to March 19, 2016

    Racist Memorabilia from the Collection of William Berry, Jr. Berry’s collection highlights how ordinary household artifacts have distorted how generations of Americans view people of African descent as somehow less than human. Mainstream media may refer to a post-racial 21st century America, but stereotypes and…

  10. BORDERLINES: The Art of Consuelo Jimenez Underwood

    November 14, 2015 to January 16, 2016

    This solo exhibition was, in part, the result of Consuelo Underwood creating a site-specific mixed media installation on an ArtRage gallery wall. It also included a selection of her fiber and woven art from the past thirty years. Underwood says her work “is a reflection of…

  11. THE GLOBAL CITIZEN: Graphic Art of Marlena Buczek Smith

    September 12, 2015 to October 24, 2015

    “As long as we are, we can use our images, text and other tools to build Campaigns of Awareness in defense of human rights and the environment. The voice of the image becomes the open passage for the viewer, only if the viewer is willing…

  12. IMPRESSIONS: South Sudan – The Photographs of Michelle Gabel and Bruce Strong

    June 6, 2015 to July 18, 2015

    Impressions: South Sudan featured photographs by Michelle Gabel, a former photojournalist with the Syracuse Media Group and graduate student at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, and Bruce Strong, a multimedia storyteller and Newhouse School professor. Maureen Sieh’s commentary provided a background for the…

  13. CAPILLARY REACTION: Hydrofracking and Irrevocable Loss – The Paintings of Ron Throop

    April 11, 2015 to May 23, 2015

    Hailing from Oswego, New York, Ron Throop is a prolific expressionist painter. This exhibition was selected from his Fracking Series. Throop began painting on the subject in 2009, concerned that the process of hydraulic fracturing of the Marcellus Shale for natural gas had the potential of…

  14. SELMA to MONTGOMERY MARCH AT 50: Civil Rights Photographs by Matt Herron

    February 7, 2015 to March 28, 2015

    The 1965 Selma marches were pivotal events in the Civil Rights Movement, bringing international attention to the brutality of racist segregation and amplifying Alabama’s denial of voting rights to African Americans. Herron’s powerful photographs conveyed not just the political but the personal impact of this…

  15. TRANS*CENDING GENDER: The Work of Gavin Laurence Rouille and Rhys Harper

    November 8, 2014 to January 17, 2015

    Minneapolis-based Rouille’s conceptual art posed questions about masculinity and femininity, traditional gender norms, and what shapes identity. Be it erroneous assumptions, the hurdles of transitioning, or violence (including murder), Rouille’s art lay bare the challenges that transgender and gender-nonconforming people face daily. But people are…

  16. GLOBALissues. CLIMATEmatters. SocialCHANGE.

    September 6, 2014 to October 18, 2014

      G.C.C. was the first juried exhibition hosted by the ArtRage Gallery! The submission process was open to all contemporary artists, including Central New York artists, who are creating work that fits the ArtRage mission to inspire resistance, promote social awareness, support social justice, challenge…

  17. PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT: The Black & White Work of Paul Pearce

    June 7, 2014 to July 19, 2014

    Proof Through the Night is a retrospective of traditional silver-based photography and lithographs by Paul Pearce, a certified disabled combat veteran who now declares himself to be a “backward observer”. His photography focuses on issues of war and morality and questions the very notion of…

  18. MAX GINSBURG:The Realities of Our Times

    April 12, 2014 to May 24, 2014

    “For nearly 50 years Max Ginsburg has created paintings that explore the human experience, ranging from everyday activities to social injustices.Throughout his career he has maintained a commitment to realism when teachers, galleries, museums and even institutions where he taught often viewed it with contempt.”…

  19. NORMAL: How the Nazis Normalized the Unspeakable

    February 22, 2014 to March 29, 2014

    Vernacular Photographs From the Collection of Dan Lenchner  Curated by Nancy Keefe Rhodes.   Dan Lenchner’s collection of photos of Third Reich life makes the power of the “uncanny” visible.  They are both strange and somehow familiar, these snapshots:Nazi officers at family picnics, weddings and…

  20. SPOKEN THREADS: Craftivist Fiber Art

    November 9, 2013 to December 21, 2013

    “Craftivism is a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper & your quest for justice  more infinite.” ~ Craftivist, Betsy Greer   Spoken Threads was a collection of fiber art that takes its inspiration from…

  21. COMBAT PAPER REDUX: Veterans Reclaiming Their Lives Through Art

    September 7, 2013 to October 19, 2013

    Celebrating our 5th Anniversary, we have brought COMBAT PAPER back to Syracuse! An earlier version of this exhibit featuring images on paper made out of shredded combat uniforms was our Grand Opening exhibition in October 2008. The Combat Paper project began as art therapy utilizing…

  22. REMNANTS OF A SECRET WAR: Photographs by Michael Greenlar

    June 1, 2013 to July 20, 2013

    An award-winning photographer for the Syracuse Post-Standard, Mike Greenlar traveled 10 times to a remote mountain region of Laos to document the effects of cluster bombing on the Hmong people. The US covert bombing campaign, between 1964 and 1973, gave Laos the distinction of being…

  23. RATIONALIZE & PERPETUATE: Video Installation by Sandra Stephens

    March 23, 2013 to May 18, 2013

      Sandra Stephens’ exhibition was an  in-depth look at how culture contributes to our construction of identities. Pieces looked at race, class, gender and sexuality. She explored how war propaganda simplifies and objectifies the view of the “other” – the “enemy”; the effect our visual culture…

  24. SIGNIFICANT SOULS: Paintings by Patrick Fiore

    January 12, 2013 to March 9, 2013

      In collaboration with the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation Utica-native Patrick Fiore has created a series of paintings inspired by Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States 1492 – Present.” ArtRage exhibited all 34 of his original paintings and the Gage Foundation  unveiled…

  25. CUTTING UP CAPITALISM: The Collage Art of Deborah Faye Lawrence

    November 10, 2012 to December 22, 2012

    Blind Execution © Deborah Lawrence A sharp pair of scissors is a powerful tool for Seattle-based artist, Deborah Faye Lawrence. Since the mid 1990’s she has been creating intricately detailed collages that explore themes such as war, nationalism, sexism and corporate globalization, all with great…

  26. TONY: 2012 (The Other New York)

    September 8, 2012 to October 27, 2012

    The Everson Community Biennial at ArtRage   The Everson Biennial, titled THE OTHER NEW YORK:2012, was exhibited in community art galleries across Syracuse. ArtRage was honored to participate by exhibiting the work of four artists chosen in collaboration with the Everson Museum. “Every artist seems…

  27. IN OUR VIEW: A Community Perspective

    June 9, 2012 to July 21, 2012

      Photographs from Hawley-Green and Northside Neighbors This exhibition was the culmination of a community art project in which ArtRage worked with community members and organizations in the Hawley-Green and Northside neighborhoods. ArtRage got cameras into the hands of neighborhood residents and asked them to…

  28. RESOURCED/response: The Art of the Justseeds Artists Cooperative & Syracuse University Fiber Arts

    March 31, 2012 to May 19, 2012

    “For centuries now, industries have been mining the globe in search of raw materials that can be converted into profitable commodities, displacing innumerable communities and leaving in their wake toxic, hazardous, and ecologically devastated environments. While consumers experiment with greener lifestyles, the majority of the…

  29. MEN ONLY: Vernacular Photographs of Male Affection from the Collection of William Knodel

    February 4, 2012 to March 17, 2012

    William Knodel was a college student in the 1970s in New York City when he purchased his first second-hand snapshot, a group of young men in assorted swimming attire whose style dated them back to the turn of the century, posing before a camp tent…

  30. DAUGHTERS OF IXCHEL- WOMEN WEAVERS OF GUATEMALA: The Photography of Mary Lawyer O’Connor  

    November 12, 2011 to January 21, 2012

      DAUGHTERS OF IXCHEL was a collection of images of Maya women and their hand-woven textiles that brought awareness and understanding of vibrant Maya cultures and the challenges they face.  The exhibit was a look into the lives of women weavers from Guatemala and Southern…

  31. THE MACHINE – LA MAQUINA, The Art of Favianna Rodriguez

    September 10, 2011 to October 29, 2011

    The work of Favianna Rodriguez embodies an art and cultural practice that gives voices to disenfranchised people all over the world, transforming it into a tool for agitation, inspiration, and action. The exhibition, THE MACHINE – LA MAQUINA featured some of Favianna’s newest works. Using…

  32. CNY PRIDE FAMILIES: The Art of Ellen M. Blalock

    May 7, 2011 to June 18, 2011

    This exhibit was a portrait of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender  families in Central New York communities. Through it we sought to challenge and change damaging myths and stereotypes about LGBT people and their families. We hoped to contribute to the process of dismantling the…

  33. 100 YEARS OF WOMEN ROCKIN’ THE WORLD: Celebrating International Women’s Day 1911 – 2011

    March 5, 2011 to April 23, 2011

    In March of 2010, ArtRage held a screening of a film about women artists titled, Who Does She Think She Is?.  It was so popular that we screened it two more times for a total of about 170 people! As a result of that screening…

  34. ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!: Graphics of the Black Panther Party USA

    January 8, 2011 to February 19, 2011

      From the collection of the CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF POLITICAL GRAPHICS (CSPG is the largest repository of political posters after World War II in the USA with over 75,000 in their collection) All Power to the People! featured Black Panther Party posters and…

  35. TONTO REVISITED: Native American Stereotypes

    November 6, 2010 to December 18, 2010

    Tom Huff’s collection of portrayals of menacing warriors wielding tomahawks, knives and bows and arrows found in posters, advertisements, toys, sports logos and more were on display. He has been collecting “Indian Kitch” for over 25 years. While many may not think of them individually…

  36. AMERICANS WHO TELL THE TRUTH: The Paintings of Robert Shetterly

    September 11, 2010 to October 23, 2010

    “The rule of law does not do away with the unequal distribution of wealth and power, but reinforces that inequality with the authority of law. It allocates wealth and poverty in such calculated and indirect ways as to leave the victim bewildered.” – Howard Zinn…

  37. IMAGES OF RESISTANCE: The Photographs of Ruth Putter & Mima Cataldo

    June 12, 2010 to July 24, 2010

    This exhibit by two of Central New York’s leading feminist photographers, Ruth Putter and Mima Cataldo, was an inspiration to present social activists, reminding us that it is critical to understand that the freedoms we enjoy in the USA were not given but rather won…

  38. A TENDER RECORD: Marjory Wilkins, Early Black & White Photographs

    May 1, 2010 to May 27, 2010

    Curated by Nancy Keefe Rhodes, this was an exhibit of 35 restored and finished prints of both the now extinct 15th Ward and others of historical relevance to both the African American community and the Syracuse community at large. Marjory Wilkins was an important figure…

  39. BOYS & GIRLS: The Art of Diane Menzies and Mary Giehl

    March 6, 2010 to April 24, 2010

    Each year in America over 3 million children are abused, nearly 2,000 die, some run away, others are abandoned, all have their own challenges with this sojourn through adolescence. Each day in America 6 children die from abuse, 100,000 children are homeless, 8 children die…

  40. BREACH OF PEACE: Eric Etheridge’s Photographs of the Freedom Riders

    January 9, 2010 to February 27, 2010

    In the spring and summer of 1961, several hundred Americans-blacks and whites, men and women-converged on Jackson, Mississippi, to challenge state segregation laws. The Freedom Riders, as they came to be known, were determined to open up the South to civil rights: it was illegal…