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ArtRage, PO Box 6865, Syracuse, New York, 13217
Dear Friend of ArtRage,
I’m writing you today as an artist, veteran and progressive citizen who believes that the arts communicate and enlighten in ways that other forms of outreach can’t. I feel very proud to say that I belong, I support, and have shown my work at ArtRage Gallery and I am grateful that it provides a much needed voice for social justice.
Central New York is well known for its rich history of peace and justice institutions and movements. In spite of growing up here, I was not aware of them until I came home from Vietnam. I came home from combat duty with a mission to do whatever I could to stop that war. Armed with my new camera, I attended and documented anti-war rallies. That led to a connection with the Syracuse Peace Council where I provided photographs for their newsletter along with technical support to the Peace Council’s printshop, SPC Press. I eventually joined their staff, participating in their mission while managing the printshop.
Returning to school at SUNY Oswego, I received degrees in Art, concentrating in photography and printmaking. In Oswego I was a board member of an Oswego arts organization and worked in the campus art gallery. Much later I taught art at SUNY Oswego and also Cazenovia College.
In the early 1990s I became involved in Altered Space, an artist run collective. They provided artist working space and community involvement through issue-oriented, open call shows. This was also a time when Syracuse Cultural Workers merged art & activism and laid the groundwork for using art to address a wide spectrum of issues.
These organizations played a role in supporting and amplifying the work we see at ArtRage. I believe that ArtRage embodies the activism of the peace movement, the artistic outreach of the Cultural Workers and the community spirit of Altered Space.
I have worked in and visited many art venues and there is nothing like ArtRage. The commitment of staff and board, their professionalism, and the quality of its programming and exhibitions are extraordinary. Every show is rewarding and inspiring, which is evident in its history of the amazing quality and diversity of its shows.
I am so proud that I have exhibited several times at ArtRage starting with the TONY 2012 community-wide biennial with the Everson Museum, and especially of my solo show “Proof Through the Night “in 2014.
Times are tough, challenges remain, and ArtRage is there to raise our spirits and bolster our beliefs. It is surviving because it has to. We need it.
I encourage you to join me in doing your part to make ArtRage thrive, not merely survive.
We cannot be vaccinated for peace and justice. We must work for it and support those who do it for us in our name.
Please find a way to support this community treasure. We will all be better for it.
A Proud supporter of ArtRage,
Paul W. Pearce
PS – I have enclosed a contribution form you can mail in, or you can visit the “donate” page at artragegallery.org to contribute. Thank you in advance for your generosity.