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Painting Has Begun on 2019 Alley Art Project Mural: Transcendence

If you’ve been passing through Corning’s Northside, you may have noticed a new Alley Art Project Mural in the works!

The Rockwell Museum, in partnership with the High School Learning Center (HSLC) of the Corning-Painted Post Area School District is excited to finally put paint to wall for Transcendence. This is the 11th mural to be painted in Corning’s downtown community – this year, find us painting on the building façade of Carey’s Brewhouse (58 Bridge Street adjacent to E. William Street).

Everyone in the community is welcome to stop by the mural in progress to see the building wall as it transforms. The project began with a couple layers of blue paint for the design’s background. Last week, HSLC students and artist-in-residence Braid Leiby used the help of a projector during the evening to create the basic outline of the mural. Watch as this mural masterpiece comes to life this summer!

The Rockwell is thrilled to add another public art mural to Corning’s Northside to enhance the vibrant downtown arts scene. The Alley Art Project aims to extend the fine arts outside the museum walls to be enjoyed by everyone in the community and tourists to the region.

Collectively, Transcendence tells the story of all the HSLC students’ future hopes and dreams, and reflects on their place within their community. A bronze sculpture on long term loan to the Museum from James B. Flaws and Marcia D. Weber, titled Harmony by Santa Clara Pueblo artist Tammy Garcia, served as inspiration for the mural design. Garcia highlights traditional Pueblo symbols and incorporates personal symbols reflective of her family and the world around her. Students created symbols and designs that reflect stories of their personal lives connected to their personal identities, representing challenges, choices, protection, fragility, growth, transformation, mental well-being and potential for the future.

“I am so impressed by this dimensional design that I find to have a futuristic vibe and appears to be filled with possibilities. Where do the ladders lead? What is about to emerge from those cracking eggs? How far does the mountain range stretch? Who is living in this world? And how is everything thriving together, harmoniously?”
-Amy Ruza, youth and family programs educator

All of the student artwork was thoughtfully incorporated into one cohesive design conceived by professional and local artist, Brad Leiby. The original student paintings are currently on view in The Rockwell’s Student Gallery through September 8, 2019 and we encourage people to visit to see and better understand the complete vision of each students’ design contribution. Nine student designers received arts credits for their coursework at The Rockwell earlier this year, which are applied towards their high school diploma.

About the Alley Art Project

The Alley Art Project, established in 2008, is a partnership between The Rockwell Museum and the High School Learning Center of the Corning-Painted Post Area School District. Each year, students create murals with professional artists and museum educators using The Rockwell’s own fine art collection as inspiration. The program supports students through the vigorous process of designing and producing public art – while cultivating a sense of pride, ownership and connection to the community.

unveiling the 2019 alley art project design

learn more about the alley art project’s past projects