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Alley Art Project

The Alley Art Project is a unique educational program designed to connect local high school students to both The Rockwell’s collection and their community at large.

For over a decade, Rockwell Museum educators have been partnering with the High School Learning Center of the Corning-Painted Post Area School District on the Alley Art Project. Together, we create stunning student-designed and painted murals that use The Rockwell’s collection of art and objects as inspiration. Students work under the direction of Rockwell Museum Education staff and guests artists, in the creation and painting of each mural.  

Download the Alley Art Project scavenger hunt. Pick one up at the Corning Information Center or at the Museum. Explore the murals and downtown Corning by visiting each mural site and finding details within each mural design. The Rockwell believes that public art has the power to bring people together, encourage conversation and ignite the imagination. 

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Earth Mother (2020)

Parking lot façade of Carey’s Brew House, 58 Bridge Street (adjacent to E. Pulteney Street)

Earth Mother (2020)

Parking lot façade of Carey’s Brew House, 58 Bridge Street (adjacent to E. Pulteney Street)

Transcendence (2019)

Carey’s Brew House | 58 Bridge Street, adjacent to E. William Street, Corning, NY

Transcendence (2019) | Painting in Progress

Carey’s Brew House | 58 Bridge Street, adjacent to E. William Street, Corning, NY

The Art of Industrious Minds (2018)

High School Learning Center students and staff stand with artists Brad Leiby and David Higgins, and Rockwell educators in front of their mural on the alley façade of 80 E. Market Street, Corning

"Art of Industrious Minds" 10th Anniversary Mural (2018)

Artists-in-residence David Higgins and Bradford Leiby under the creative direction of former Director of Education, Gigi Alvaré. Located in the parking lot façade of 80 E Market Street

"What is Family to You?" Alley Art Mural (2017)

High School Learning Center students and staff stand with artist Brad Leiby in front of their mural on the alley façade of 114 Chestnut Street, Corning

What is Family to You?

Sketch for Alley Art Project 2017 mural by Brad Leiby - coming this Summer 2017 to Alley façade of 114 Chestnut Street, Corning

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"Visibility of Truth" 40th Anniversary Mural (2016)

Created in partnership with native artist Virgil Ortiz. Located at Capn' Morgan's - 36 South Bridge Street, Corning, NY

Flight of Balance (2015)

Alley facade of Safari Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, 100 W. Market Street

Flight of Balance - Detail

Alley facade of Safari Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, 100 W. Market Street

Perfect Imperfection (2014)

Denison Park Vehicle Underpass

Perfect Imperfection - Detail

Denison Park Vehicle Underpass

Wild Grace: The Path of the Deer (2013)

Alley facade of 21-25 E. Market Street

As Above, So Below (2012)

Parking lot facade of Corning Revere Store, 114 Pine Street

Garden of the Spirit (2012)

Alley facade of Connor's Mercantile, 16 E. Market Street. Created by students at he Laura Richardson Houghton Corning Youth Center.

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Garden of the Spirit - Detail

Alley facade of Connor's Mercantile, 16 E. Market Street. Created by students at he Laura Richardson Houghton Corning Youth Center.

Mountain as Metaphor (2011)

Parking lot facade of Corning Revere Store, 114 Pine Street

Mountain As Metaphor - Detail

Parking lot facade of Corning Revere Store, 114 Pine Street

Tree of Life (2010)

Alley Facade of Connor's Mercantile, 16 E. Market Street

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mural of colorful abstracted loom and mandalas

Life as a Tapestry (2021)

Created with Guest Teaching Artist Betsy Z. Casañas. 2021 Alley Art Project supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Triangle Fund. Location: Building facade of Pudgie's Pizza, 61 Bridge Street.

The Alley Art Project embraces start-to-finish, project-based learning initiatives. Students study art in The Rockwell collection, learning about symbolism and art theory. Students then explore aspects of individual and community identity, which acts as a catalyst for creative writing and art-making.

How do you go from an idea to truly making something happen in the world? What is the connection between science, nature, and art? How can you translate your personal emotions, thoughts, identity, frustrations or hopes to a work of art?

Each students’ individual pieces of art translate to elements of a larger design, to be painted in the Corning community as a mural.

Students earn credits toward their high school diploma during the time spent with Rockwell educators, all while cultivating a sense of pride, ownership, and connection to the community.

Alley Art Project Documentation


Life as a Tapestry with Guest Artist Betsy Casañas
Rockwell Blog

The 2021 Alley Art Project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Triangle Fund.

This virtual conversation, with a group of panelists, including this year’s Teaching Mural Artist Betsy Z. Casañas, highlights behind-the-scenes processes and the creation of Alley Art Project murals around Corning. The panelists also discuss what public art representation means in a city, and how art can create an intentional culture of diversity and vibrancy within a community. The discussion is facilitated by Dakota H. Stevens, Alley Art Project Intern, Curatorial Track Ph.D. Student and Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the University of Delaware in Art History.


Earth Mother
Full Photo Album

Video by Noah Goldwyn, student intern


Transcendence
Full Photo Album | Rockwell Blog


The Art of Industrious Minds
Full Photo AlbumRockwell Blog

 


What is Family to You?
Rockwell Blog


Visibility of Truth, 40th Anniversary Alley Art Project with Virgil Ortiz
Full Photo Album | Rockwell Blog


Flight of Balance

 


Perfect Imperfection


As Above, So Below & Garden of the Spirits


Tree of Life


For more information about the Alley Art Project please contact:

Amy Ruza, Youth and Family Programs Educator, 607.974.4707

This project is made possible in part by support from The Triangle Fund, Great Circle Foundation, Inc., William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, The Brand Schweizer Group | Raymond James, Corning Dental Associates, and Terp’s Enterprises.

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