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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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

All of our friends in New York City this week, you are cordially invited to the opening reception of Making Their Mark: Eight Artists From Stone Canoe. Marion is one of the exhibiting artists and she's excited to share her new work!

Thursday, December 13, 2012 
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

RSVP to sulubin@syr.edu or 212-710-5583

Syracuse University Lubin House 
11 East 61st Street
New York City

The exhibition features works by eight artists which, when assembled, takes viewers down a different path from the old and familiar to the new and unknown - marking for the viewer the great range of possibilities along the aesthetic spectrum.

Image courtesy of Lubin House     

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

As some of you, dear readers, may have noticed, less and less of what's happening at 601 has been appearing on this blog.  That is because a lot of our updates, activities and photos are now appearing through our Facebook page and also, because we are busy at work on a new website that will integrate all our posts, updates, news, events, exhibitions, photographs etc. into one online location.   

So, if you haven't liked us on Facebook yet you can find us at http://www.facebook.com/pages/601-Tully/268859963484 and our main website, still under construction, is at 601tully.syr.edu

The 601 Tully team

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

This would have been a little complicated for our pumpkin carving workshop on Saturday, but maybe next year...


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Free Fall Classes

This Fall join us at 601 for free art and ecology classes.  Adult classes on Monday's from 5:30-7pm and childrens classes on Saturday's from 1:30-3pm.  We'll be working with clay and learning about dirt!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

What to do with the empty stairwell...

...maybe add a projector and some colorful seating?

Light House Cinema

Sunday, August 5, 2012

While continuing to unearth and collect stories about food in the Near Westside I discovered this gem.  During the 1930s there were many parties in the neighborhood where people danced the 'Big Apple', drank orange soda and ate pretzels.  (Source: Post Standard, 12.07.82)

 What was the 'Big Apple'?  Press play to find out! 

Note: it was named for a nightclub in Columbia, South Carolina, not New York City.

Friday, August 3, 2012

7th graders from Blodgett School planting tomatoes in a bathtub that they upcycled and transformed into a raised bed.

"Asking someone to plant something is a powerful gesture. That person is entrusted the well being on the plant and it surrounding. This is a small step in community building, as well as character building. As an artist-in-residence at 601 Tully, Syracuse, New York, I'm honored to play a role there."  Tattfoo Tan 

(Video courtesy of Tattfoo)
Kindergardeners from Blodgett School stopping by on their way to Skiddy Park.  We're so lucky to have the school right across the street from us.

"Children do need a lot of exposure to nature. They need to play, plant, harvest and get their hands dirty. You don't need to travel far away, we can do this even in the city." Tattfoo Tan

(Video courtesy of Tattfoo Tan) 

Through July we hosted one of the Say Yes summer camps on Thursdays.  Our curriculum guided the students through an exploration of the plant world via the mediums of poetry, art and horticulture.  We asked them to imagine and draw what they would look like and what 'fruits' they would produce if they were plants.  They wrote poems describing these alter egos.  They concocted Latin names, their genus and species, that best described the features of the plants drawn and described.  The campers then brought all of this creations together into distinct ecosystems that they created, working together to figure out the environmental conditions and the landscapes necessary to support these plants as communities.

Some of the highlights included the responses "Something that you love" when we asked what an ecosystem is, and "A place where everyone helps each other" when we asked what a community is.  Brother Maars (the talented local artist currently on exhibit in the gallery) co-taught an art session with the boys.  When he asked them if any of them had ever worked on a piece of art for five months one eight year old boy immediately replied "Of course.  It was just a collage but it was a complicated piece".  They also grabbed a few minutes to rock out on our 'stair banjo', made by Zeke Leonard.

The creative potential that every child has is incredible and we hope their experience at 601 will be play a part in their development as cultural producers.  All of their work was recorded in notebooks which they personally customized and brought with them at the end of their last session as an artifact and a record of their work.

Many thanks to the Say Yes program for running these summer camps and for collaborating with us!

Friday, July 13, 2012


Found this today:

Friday, June 22, 2012

Hewing Beams for Benches

Winter Garden Idea


Paint the Carts / benches?

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Help us transform the yard at 601 during summer session 1!  We're so excited to have Tattfoo coming and I can't wait to see what everyone creates.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

White House Young America

Follow the White House Young America Series live on their website!


Saturday, April 7, 2012

- INTER - An Art Show with John Cardone and James Redenbaugh

Come to 601 this Friday, April 13th, at 6pm for an experience of Inter-Relation! 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Salt City Found Object Instrument Works Artist Residency Installation

Yesterday morning, a beautiful sunny morning and almost 60 degrees, we installed the pieces at 601 Tully.  It was pretty amazing to step back at the end and to see them all on the wall, to see all of this work finally in the home that I have been trying to get them to for the last month.

On April 5th at 7pm we will present the piece, played by myself and four friends.  Then I will play a few of my other instruments.  After that we will pass out five gallon buckets and bottle cap shakers to everyone and make a little noise, which should be fun.  After that SyraUke, the semi-monthly anti-virtuosic come-one-come-all ukulele jam session, will play a few songs, after which anyone who brings something to play is welcome to do so.  Should be a real hoot.

The pieces sound great in the stairwell.  I am really looking forward to hearing them all go at once.  In the mean time, here is a short video of the install:

Special thanks to Michelle and Katie for helping me get the pieces up and for taking the photos.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012