Alley Art Project

The Rockwell believes in civic engagement and builds community through partnerships and collaboration by sharing the collection. The Alley Art Project is a unique educational program designed to connect local high school students to both The Rockwell’s fine art 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 to create stunning student-designed and painted murals that use The Rockwell’s own fine-art collection as inspiration.  Students work under the direction of Rockwell Museum Education staff and HSLC graduate and professional artist, Brad Leiby,  in the creation and painting of each mural.  

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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More about the 40th anniversary mural with Virgil Ortiz                   Find Alley Art Projects on the Corning Public Art Map

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 Rockwell educators, all while cultivating a sense of pride, ownership, and connection to the community. Find video documentation of the various Alley Art Projects below.

For more information, please contact:
Gigi Alvaré, Director of Education, 607.937.5386

This project is made possible by grants from The Triangle Fund, Great Circle Foundation, Inc, and William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.

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