Syracuse Poster Project is proud to announce the unveiling of its 2016 collection on Thursday, April 14. Our festivities will be a gathering of poets, artists, friends and other supporters of public art. Food, drink, music and of course, a display and haiku reading of each of the 16 new posters will be served! This year’s merriment begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Atrium of City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington Street, Syracuse. Click here and here to see photos from a few of our past openings and recent kiosk displays.
We hope you will join our celebration of this year’s series! In addition to our “traditional method” of creating posters from contributed haiku, this year’s collection includes another poster created by what we like to refer to as a “reverse process” poster–meaning, we solicited haiku to complement an illustration. We added this unique process to our annual call for haiku in 2009. Two of our many favorites created by “reverse process” are:
From the 2009 collection: Keely Bowman, poet and Donald Kilpatrick, artist—
Branches reach for you / A forest of decisions / Which tree will you climb?
And, from the 2012 collection: Sara Parrott, poet and Skip Frost, artist–
Community builds / bridges of thought between us, / hope for the future.
Our 2016 reverse process poster was created by artist and Syracuse University adjunct professor, Tim Coolbaugh. His captivating poster was spotlighted last August on our blog post: Meet the Illustrator of Our Dog Rescue Poster. In response to Tim’s poster, we received over 70 haiku submissions; five semi-final haiku were selected and then passed along to the artist for his decision. Of these five, Aubrey Joy Cooper’s (Auburn) haiku was selected to accompany Tim’s poster.
Dare I hope again? / Human eyes reveal few truths. / Still, I hope once more.
Here are the other four (4) semi-final haiku:
Roaming the streets, lost / Looking for love, a fiend, warmth / Today…a new home. Michael Brigandi, Syracuse
…and we have a cat. / So, that’s the whole family. / Let’s go home–my friend. Karl Krohl, Syracuse
Driving through the ‘Cuse / A shelter dog by my side. / A life worth saving. Justin Blok, East Syracuse
A neglectful past / A hopeful future awaits / Rescued, loved again Philip Andon-McLane, Syracuse
Our thanks to the many poets who submitted haiku for the 2016 poster series. We had an excellent response: approximately 100 of you submitting a total of 168 fresh haiku! Combined with submissions from past years, we had a total of 371 poems to pass along to our Syracuse Univeristy Illustration students whose efforts this year–as you will see–were outstanding! Our thanks to these talented student artists and their faculty members who have worked closely with Syracuse Poster Project since our very beginnings–we are fortunate and blessed to have you! Finally, our thanks to our wonderful volunteers without whom this event would not have been possible!
See you Thursday night!