Interior of facility with Ray Neufeld, Dessicant, 2006, found objects, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Sculpture Space.

Sculpture Space: Celebrating 30 Years

Although Utica, New York, seems an unlikely place for a utopian-style artist residency, it is nonetheless home to Sculpture Space, a unique urban retreat for those interested in working in three dimensions. While most residencies are founded in the belief that a rural setting far from the din and distractions of city life provides the ideal environment in which to be creative, Sculpture Space has offered a welcome alternative for 30 years. Here, in this small industrial city, artists find the tools, equipment, resources, technical support, and space they need “to create works on a scale which they could not otherwise afford,” in “an environment conducive to experimentation,” according to Sylvia de Swaan’s comments in one of the first issues of this magazine.