Collection Facts

Extent: 
83 items
Dates of Original: 
1871 - 2016
Collection Owner:

View Finding Aid:
artoneida.org

NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

ArtOneida travels across 5 different sections of Oneida county: the Southern, Northwestern, and Northeastern parts of the county, along with the Utica area and the Griffiss International Sculpture Garden in Rome. The ArtOneida team traveled far and wide across the county to find public art. Along the way they talked to the artists, their families, and others who treasure this art as a part of their environment. The stories told in ArtOneida share how the artwork is entwined with the rich history of Oneida County. The main idea of the project is to get Oneida residents and visitors out looking at and discussing the diverse public art throughout the county, promoting tourism to all areas. The artwork ranges from 19th century monuments of local heroes to clever chainsaw carvings, from community created murals to contemporary sculpture at Griffiss International Sculpture Garden, and from intricate stained glass to the “yarn-bombs” a local artist has installed around Utica, encasing lightposts with brightly striped knitted yarn. The works span a range from 1871 to 2016. For those living in or visiting Oneida County, you might just be surprised to find artwork right around the corner! Or perhaps you can find out more about that sculpture or mural that you pass every day on your way to work or school. Don’t take it for granted: stop and take a closer look.

Scope of Collection

The ArtOneida project has documented over 150 works of public art across Oneida County, representing over 130 years of history, from the 1870s to 2010s. The art represented includes a wide variety of both outdoor and indoor sculpture, monuments, murals, stained glass, and even roadside attractions. Just over 50 of these works were also highlighted in a book to commemorate the project, titled ArtOneida, available at local sellers or online. The book's companion website at ArtOneida.org also shares more photographs and information about all the artwork, including an interactive map.