Made in NY 2023  March 25 to May 28

Schweinfurth Art Center
Insidious Invasion by Paul W Pearce

Made in NY

Made in NY is the Schweinfurth Art Center’s annual juried exhibit of work made by artists who live in New York State.

This year, there were 561 entries. Jurors selected 81 pieces from 79 artists to be featured in the exhibition. The opening is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2023. The exhibit features artworks of all media including painting, photography, fiber art, ceramics, sculpture, and more. This is the 27th year the Art Center has held the exhibit.

My piece was created as part of "The Atlas of Everything" project.
The pages of Russia from this 100 year old atlas were altered to reflect the devastating invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

image: "Infectious Invasion"
100 yr old Atlas, rubber stamps, airbrush, colored pencils, collage

Artist's Statement

Over 100 years ago the "Great World War" ended. It was so brutal it was declared "The War to End All Wars".

Now we are witnessing a brutal war in real time and are powerless to stop it.

Soldiers are sent to pillage, destroy and be slaughtered. We watch as whole towns and cities are decimated. Soldiers commit atrocities while other young men flee their country before they are conscripted and forced to fight an illegal war in a foreign country. I was conscripted and forced to fight an illegal war in a foreign country.

Here we are fighting a civil war - families are split apart, neighbors are the enemy. The battlefield is the screen in your hand or on your wall.

Children are doomed to live in an inhospitable world, where everything and everybody is suspicious.

I question the very nature of civilization. We are slipping backward and are creating more sophisticated ways to be barbaric and inhumane. War is made into games, Games are turned into war.Children are turned into soldiers.

Participating Artists

This year, there were 561 entries.  Jurors selected 81 pieces from 79 artists.

Jim Allen of Millbrook, NY

Anne Auld of Ithaca, NY

Cyndy Barbone of Greenwich, NY

Amanda Besl of Buffalo, NY

Lydia Boddie-Rice of Rochester, NY

Jessica Bottalico of Beacon, NY

Paul Brandwein of Rochester, NY

Pennie Brantley of Petersburg, NY

Susan Byrnes of Brooklyn, NY

Nancy Callahan of Gilbertsville, NY

Stephen Carlson of Syracuse, NY

Fernando Carpaneda of Freeport, NY

Robin Caster-Howard of Alfred, NY

Daniel Chadwick of Scottsville, NY

Maureen Church of Rochester, NY

Stephen Clark of Plymouth, NY

Rachel Ivy Clarke of Syracuse, NY

Willson Cummer of Fayetteville, NY

Sherry Davis of Riverhead, NY

David Dorsey of Pittsford, NY

Sharon Draghi of Harrison, NY

Henry J. Drexler of Norwich, NY

Leonard Eichler of Tully, NY

Deborah Florentino of Blossvale, NY

Angela Gaffney-Smith of Saugerties, NY

John Gardner of Sauquoit, NY

Alan Garry of Sleepy Hollow, NY

Bret Garwood of Rochester, NY

Julia Graziano of Manlius, NY

Wenda Habenicht of South Worcester, NY

Rich Harrington of Endwell, NY

Barbara Hart of Buffalo, NY

Laural Hartman of Pittsford, NY

Bill Hastings of Ithaca, NY

Jennifer Hecker of Brockport, NY

Joyce Hertzson of Pittsford, NY

Lee Hoag of Rochester, NY

Susan Hoffer of Lake Placid, NY

Joyce Homan of Syracuse, NY

Shawn Hull of Lansing, NY

Jenny Hutchinson of Glens Falls, NY

Beth Lee of New York, NY

Debbie PC Lee of Ithaca, NY

Barry Lobdell of Saranac Lake, NY

Elizabeth McAlpin of New York, NY

Pam McLaughlin of Syracuse, NY

Kathleen Miles of New York, NY

Gabriella Mirabelli of Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Denise Moody of Skaneateles, NY

Robert Morgan of Petersburg, NY

Kyle Mort of North Syracuse, NY

Joy Muller-McCoola of Glens Falls, NY

Connie Noftsier of Croghan, NY

Rob O’Neil of Albany, NY

Jina Park of Rochester, NY

Pat Pauly of Rochester, NY

Paul Pearce of Mattydale, NY

Margery Pearl Gurnett of Pittsford, NY

Judith Plotner of Gloversville, NY

Kari Ganoung Ruiz of Interlaken, NY

Nicholas Ruth of Rochester, NY

Matthew Sairio of Brooklyn, NY

Vicki Schneider of Hamburg, NY

Karen Sienk of Colden, NY

Sara Tack of Troy, NY

Rich Tomasello of Buffalo, NY

Kurt Treeby of Buffalo, NY

James Van Hoven of West Monroe, NY

Jane Verostek of Syracuse, NY

James Via of Rochester, NY

Lorraine Walsh of Stony Brook, NY

Mnetha Warren of Aurora, NY

Donalee Wesley of Marcellus, NY

Aron Winter of Hannacroix, NY

Gary L. Wolfe of Kenmore, NY

Carol Wood of Wallkill, NY

Hong Wu of Brooklyn, NY

David Zeggert of Binghamton, NY

Stefan Zoller of Henrietta, NY