The Artpark Idea Series

Conversations exploring the past, present & future of Artpark's visual arts legacy

March-April 2021

Artist residencies played a crucial role in establishing Artpark as a pioneering and influential arts organization and are key to our development. To raise awareness and funds for future residency programs, Artpark is launching a series of conversations with eight notable artists.

Hosted by Dr. Anthony Bannon and Artpark’s President, Sofya (Sonia) Clark, attendees will be able to engage with the artists live via Zoom.

Tickets for the remaining two events are available by subscription with a minimum donation of $10, or may be purchased individually for a minimum donation of $5 each. Tax-deductible contributions help non-profit Artpark & Company continue its mission to create, nurture and present the arts.

Founded in 1974, Artpark soon became one of the leading locations for the land art movement, inviting hundreds of artists to build temporary works on site. The "Artpark Idea" was to create a place where visitors became active participants perceiving objects over time -- from shifting perspectives and in relationship to the architecture. A place where art, public, and site become inextricably intertwined.

Artistic creation at Artpark generated immediate social, historical, and ecological implications that artists embraced and incorporated into their processes. The result was art that belonged where it was and where the relationship between creator and receiver was dynamic and alive. How this idea influenced the artists then and what it may be now is in the center of our discussions with the artists and audience.

Artpark is grateful to Stanzi Vaubel and Indeterminacy Consulting Group for putting the idea forward for this series

Planned programs are listed below. Click on the event titles for more info & tickets:

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Florian Idenburg + Omar Khan: March 19 at 7:00PM

Florian Idenburg (Artpark architect 2020/Artpark artist 2021) is Founding Partner of international design and architecture firm SO–IL and Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Idenburg also served as Associate at Pritzker Prize winning SANAA in Tokyo where he was charged with the design and realization of two internationally acclaimed museums (the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York).

Omar Khan (Artpark architect 2020/Artpark artist 2021) is a professor and the head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Khan joined CMU from the Department of Architecture at the University at Buffalo (UB), where he served as department chair for seven years. Khan’s research and creative activities span architecture, installation/performance art, and digital design and fabrication. He is also the co-principal, with Laura Garófalo, of Liminal Projects, an architectural research office, and partner in Gekh, a design consultancy.

As architects, Idenburg and Khan have recently led Artpark’s Master Plan along with the team of SO-IL, West-8, CharcoalBlue and Gekh with artistic residencies placed at the heart of the plan. As artists, both have artworks scheduled for installation at Artpark.

Mary Miss: March 26 at 7:00PM

Mary Miss (Artpark artist in 1976) has reshaped the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, landscape design, and installation, articulating a vision of engagement for the public sphere. In 2009, Miss founded City as Living Laboratory, creating a framework for making issues of sustainability and climate change tangible through the arts. Her work has been shown at the Guggenheim Museum, the Sculpture Center, and the Des Moines Art Center. Miss has been recognized by numerous awards, including a fellowship from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Urban Land Institute's Global Award for Excellence and the 2017 Bedrock of New York City Award.

Mary Miss and her non-profit City as Living Laboratory have developed a plan for Artpark Laboratory which will transform Artpark into a place where artists are offered opportunities to develop strategies that advance environmental awareness, literacy and sustainable development. The plan was launched with an installation curated by Mary Miss currently on display at Artpark: "Bower" by Ellen Driscoll and Joyce Hwang in 2016. Next steps are awaiting funding.

Robert Booth + Diane Bertolo: April 2 at 7:00PM

Sculptor Robert Booth (Artpark artist in 1983) has presented his work in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions over the past 30 years, including two major one-man shows at the Burchfield Penney. Currently a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Booth was in charge of the sculpture curriculum at the State University of NY, Fredonia for 41 years until his retirement in 2019. 

Diane Bertolo (Artpark artist in 1983) works with pixels, paper, sticks and stones to create visually diverse works that mark the passage of time. Most works are informed by the concept of impermanence along with the idea that embedded in every living thing is the algorithm for its demise--a coded time machine ticking from within. Her work has been shown in many exhibitions over the years at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney, San Francisco Art Institute, and more. She has received numerous prestigious fellowships and awards.

While both artists were in residence at Artpark in the same year, they never met and look forward to comparing notes on their experiences.


Owen Morrel: April 9 at 7:00PM

Owen Morrel (Artpark artist in 1980) has been creating prominent site-specific sculpture for over 40 years. He started in the New York art scene during which time he created several major public installations and had work exhibited in galleries and museums across the U.S. and Europe. Since then he has worked in the public sphere, where his large works have been commissioned by colleges and universities, state and city governments and community groups all across the world. His public sculptures include a 110-foot observation deck over the Niagara River (Artpark’s “Omega”), and more. He has been featured in documentaries, books, newspapers and magazines.


Evan Lewis: April 16 at 7:00PM

Evan Lewis (Artpark artist in 1987, 1989, 1991) has been an active artist/sculptor since 1978. Lewis’s interest in kinetic wind-powered art has led him to work primarily in metal. Equally important to his work is the incorporation of sound, which is produced through delicate wind-powered percussive components. In 1988, Lewis was commissioned to create his first large-scale wind/sound sculpture for Expo 88 in Brisbane, Australia. Numerous commissions have followed including site-specific works for universities, municipal institutions, and private collections. In 1995, several of Lewis’ sculptures were commissioned by Warner Bros. Entertainment for the major motion picture “Twister”.


Philip Burke: April 23 at 7:00PM

Internationally renowned artist Philip Burke, has captured the hearts and minds of rock and roll fans, movie aficionados, sports enthusiasts, politicos, and the general public for over 30 years. Burke’s vivid colors, sparing brushstrokes, and sharp lines have set him apart from all other contemporary artists. His work has adorned the pages and covers of Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Slate, Talk, Rolling Stone, and countless other publications. For the past several seasons, Artpark patrons have experienced Burke live-painting during select concert events.

Agnes Denes

While not able to participate in person, Agnes Denes (Artpark artist in 1977-79) has invited you to participate in her latest project -- a time capsule. Click here to complete a questionnaire to be included in a time capsule in London. It will collect the experiences of living through the pandemic and will be opened in the year 3020.

Series Host Dr. Anthony Bannon joined the Artpark Board of Directors in 2020 and was an active artist, photographer and writer with Artpark in its first two decades. Bannon served as the executive director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center in 1985-96 & 2012-2017. Prior to his second appointment at the Burchfield Penney, Dr. Bannon was the seventh, and longest tenured, director of the George Eastman Museum in Rochester. Dr. Bannon has lectured at museums, colleges, and festivals worldwide. He received the J. Dudley Johnson medal for history and criticism from the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. He also was awarded the St. Bonaventure University Gaudete Medal, the university’s highest honor, and has received numerous other awards and recognitions regionally and abroad. He is on the board of national magazine The Photo Review based in Philadelphia, and the FOTOfusion board in Palm Springs. He recently completed a ten-year term with the Lucie Awards/International Photography Awards and was awarded the Golden Career Award in 2007 by the FOTOfusion Festival of Photography & Digital Imaging for his “far-reaching leadership and scholarship in the cultural community.” He has authored or contributed to more than 40 books held in more than 1,500 libraries and in six languages.