ETC History 1995 - 1997


 History 1995-96


Artists in Residence include Mara Alper, Kjell Bjorgeengen, Barbara Columbo, Michael Betancourt, Andrew Deutsch, Linda Gibson, John Knecht, Kristin Lucas, Darrin Martin, Diane Nerwen, and Reynold Weidenaar. Works were exhibited at Momenta Art, the Donnell Media Center, the Boswell Museum, the Knitting Factory, Threadwaxing Space and the Whitney Museum. They were included in the 6th International Symposium on Electronic Art in Montreal, the 15th Annual Small Computers in the Arts Festival, the 4th NY Video Festival and Video: The First Decade, curated for Video Data Bank. Finishing Funds recipients chosen by panelists Peer Bode and Ken Jacobs include Alan Berliner, Diane Bertolo, Bill and Mary Buchen, Jane Greenberg, John Knecht, Richard Kostelanetz, and Jeanne Liotta. Exhibition support was provided to American Museum. of the Moving Image, Anthology Film Archives, Artists Space, Cornell Cinema, Crandall Public Library, OffLine, the Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film/Video Festival, Roulette and Visual Studies Workshop.

 History 1996-97


The Residency Program invited the participation of Gretchen Bender, Daniel Cooney, Xiomin Gu, Laura Parnes, Jed Speare, and Charlie Woodman. Works were exhibited in the American Film Institute Video Festival, the 10th Annual MIX Festival in New York, The Knitting Factory, Hallwalls, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at museums and galleries in France, Germany, Canada, Poland and New Zealand. Mary Ann Petit won First Prize at the Thaw 96 Festival. Kristin Lucas' work Host was selected for inclusion in the Whitney Museum Biennial and exhibited at the NY Film and Video Festival at Lincoln Center and at the Museum of Modern Art.
  The system available to artists includes modules designed at the Center as well as commercially available tools. The digital portion of the system was expanded in the Spring to include an Windows-based computer system with a Miro non-linear board.
  The Center provides administrative sevices and project sponsorship to artists. Slawomir Grunberg and Ben Crane received support from the New York State Council on the Arts for School Prayer: A Community Divided, a documentary illuminating the debate over prayer in the public schools. The project received additional support from the Soros Documentary Fund and the Independent Television Service. Barbara Hammer's experimental documentary The Female Closet traces the closeted lesbian histories of three artists. In addition to support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the project was also supported by the Wexner Center.
  Through Presentation Funds we provided partial support to 54 organizations representing 20 counties throughout the State, providing nearly 40,000 people the opportunity to view independently produced work. The organizations contributed well over $300,000 from other sources in support of these exhibitions. This year the American Museum of the Moving Image, Boswell Museum, Downtown Community TV Center, the George Eastman House, the MIX Festival, the Rochester Gay and Lesbian Festival and the Schroon Lake Arts Council all received support for media exhibitions.
  Finishing Funds has provided assistance to independent makers to help with the completion costs of moving-image and sound art projects, providing over $95,000 to nearly 200 media artists from throughout the State. The work is very diverse and encompasses documentary and experimental film and video, animation, interactive digital and Web projects, works for CD ROM, and installations. Artists include Luca Buvoli, Jody LaFond, Uzi Parnes and Keith Sanborn. Serving as panelists were independent artist and educator Pia Cseri-Briones of Rochester and curator and preservation consultant Jim Hubbard of New York.