About 601 Tully

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601 Tully is a center for engaged practice in Syracuse, NY developed by artist and professor Marion Wilson with a rotating collaborative team of 54 students and neighbors and Anda French of French 2Design. It's a site for meaningful exchange between artists, community members, and scholars in the co-production of culture.

601 Tully includes a contemporary art space, a public events space, a bookstore, a teaching garden, and Recess Cafe West.

In 2009, Wilson purchased the condemned two-story home and local drug hub, and throughout five semesters, Wilson's design/build class re-zoned, designed, renovated and now sustains the physical and programmatic aspects of 601 Tully. The collaborative team has consisted of artists, architects, environmentalists, Fowler High School students, Green Train Workforce, neighbors, and the occasional passerby.

601 Tully is made possible by the generous support of the Syracuse University School of Education, The Kauffman Foundation, The Near West Side Initiative, Imagining America, Home HeadQuarters Inc., Say Yes to Education, and National Grid.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Another semester of social sculpture is underway at 601! A transdisciplinary group of students from the realms of sculpture, photography, architecture and landscape architecture are exploring the theme of the butterfly effect.
To date,
this has encompassed an exchange of perspectives, a playful sculptural installation, photographs of neighborhood residents, a photographic map of landmarks that create a visual walking guide from 601 to the Warehouse, and a recipe exchange.

We are now in preparation for 601 Tully's first exhibition, which is titled "The Butterfly Effect". We are creating original pieces for the show, finalizing our invited artists and coordinating the creation of a very special painting by local school children. If you stop by you may get to see the work in progress.

Arriving at the design and installation of our work has led us down many paths. We will also be sharing our background research and conceptual process as part of the exhibition. Through the exploration of the life cycle of the butterfly, and the work of artists who have used it as inspiration, our appreciation for the cultural and ecological role of the butterfly in our world has deeply evolved. Our key inspiration has come from the symmetry of the butterfly's wing, the ephemeral and fragile life of the butterfly, and our interpretation of the butterfly effect theory as the potential that one small act has to create dynamic change.