The Syracuse Poster Project brings together community poets and Syracuse University illustration students to create an annual series of posters for the city’s poster panels. The 16 posters feature an illustrated poem about downtown, the city, or surrounding countryside. The project enlivens downtown, strengthens the city’s sense of place, and reaches the larger community by selling small prints of the large posters. The Syracuse Poster Project was founded in 2001 by Jim Emmons and Roger DeMuth.
Roger DeMuth, a professor at SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, makes the project a fall assignment for advanced illustration students. Each of some 30 students creates an illustrated poster, using a haiku of the student’s choice. By the September deadline, the project typically has 75 poems by more than 30 contributors. From these posters, the best 16 are selected and are displayed for a year in downtown poster panels along Warren and Salina Streets.
11x17-inch prints of the posters can be purchased online or at the Downtown Copy Center at 131 South Salina Street. All proceeds help the project become self-sustaining.
Poets and Artists for the 2013 Poster Series:
Eric Darby & Amanda Shaffer
Mary Gardner & Elizabeth Latella
Teresa Gilman & Stephanie Boyle
Robin Gross & Dylan Allen
Sally Lloyd & Vicky Shum
Joan L.-Sanbonmatsu & Joel Heath
Ricky Maeweather & Walker K. Lassin
Erin McConnell & Courtney Gilbert
Lynn McDonald & Hansol Kim
Doreen Miori-Merola & Danielle Ceneta
Anna Pyrohanych & Yvonne Buchanan
Tom Rhoads & Katie Hampton
Janice Scully & Carolyn Glavin
Michael Sickler & Alejandro De Jesus
Mary Taitt & Chloe Tran
Stephanie Todero & Heather Ryerson
Visit www.posterproject.org for more information on the Syracuse Poster Project.