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Daniel Buckingham, Childhood Adventure, 2020 paper, welded steel snapping turtle shells, objects, fluorescent, LED, neon text, transformer, electricity, light. Two forms: 6 x 5 x 3 feet. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Mark DiOrio
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Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is a fine arts center in Utica, New York dedicated to serving diverse audiences by advancing the appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of the arts.

The art institute aims to promote interest and participation in the arts and stimulate artistic self-expression and personal creativity. MWPAI continues to assume a leadership and advocacy role for the arts in Utica, NY.

Founded in 1919, the institute celebrated their 100th Anniversary last year and this – are operating during a pandemic. To tell us more we welcome Institute President and CEO Anna D'Ambrosio.

A color-coded map of New York's economic development regions

New York will begin to open certain regions of the state on Friday. Right now, leaders from each designated region are coming together to plan for Phase 1 of reopening.

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is a fine arts center in Utica, New York dedicated to serving diverse audiences by advancing the appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of the arts.

The art institute aims to promote interest and participation in the arts and stimulate artistic self-expression and personal creativity. MWPAI continues to assume a leadership and advocacy role for the arts in Utica, NY.

Founded in 1919, the institute is celebrating its 100th Anniversary and to tell us more we welcome Institute President and CEO Anna D'Ambrosio.

The exhibit, “Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection,” is now open at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art in Utica and features more than 60 artworks, spanning more than 30 years of Tiffany’s prolific career.

The exhibition focuses on Tiffany’s brilliant stained-glass windows, iridescent floral vases, shimmering lamps, and accessories highlighting masterworks never before presented in a comprehensive exhibition.

Tiffany was one of America’s preeminent designers of decorative arts and interiors. Under his artistic direction and using enamels, metalwork, precious stones, wood, ceramics, and, of course, glass, the artisans employed at Tiffany Studios fashioned beautiful objects for public commissions and private residences.

Institute President and CEO Anna D'Ambrosio joins us.

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An off-duty Albany police officer who fatally shot a man who tried to rob him at a prostitute's home in Utica has resigned and pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired.

The great achievements of North America’s first artists are celebrated in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute exhibition “American Indian Art from Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection.”

The exhibition, on view through December 30, demonstrates the long-standing excellence of the aesthetic traditions of North America’s native peoples. Spanning the continent from the first millennium to the 20th century, the exhibition of more than 35 exceptional objects showcases masterpieces in various media: sculpture, painting, drawing, basketry, textiles, ceramics, and the decorative arts.

Mary Murray is the Department Head for Curatorial and Exhibitions and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

brightly colored kimono - Symphony of Light: The Universe U/ Deep Space (1999) tie-dyeing, ink painting, embroidery and gold leaf on silk crepe (chirimen) with gold wefts 198x139 cm (IKMC-076)

”Kimono! The Artistry of Itchiku Kubota,” a spectacular exhibition of 48 kimono, will be on view at the Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute through September 16.

In this exhibition, kimono are presented as contemporary interpretations of traditional Japanese clothing. MWPAI is the exclusive United States venue for this exhibition, which is accompanied by an illustrated catalog.

“Kimono!” illuminates the immeasurable creative spirit of Itchiku Kubota (Japanese, 1917-2003) who began his textile training as an apprentice and studied numerous fabric-decorating techniques in addition to Japanese-style landscape painting and portraiture.

Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio is the President and CEO of the Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.

Police in Central New York report arresting a woman after her 9-month-old baby was found crawling in a busy roadway.

A beloved Capital Region bakery that closed last year, taking its Italian bread and rolls off supermarket shelves, is back in business.

The New York State Nurses Association is celebrating this week after reaching new contract agreements with hospitals in Utica and Gloversville.

  Retiring Utica-area Congressman Richard Hanna was the first House Republican to announce he is voting for Hillary Clinton. He’s also said he won’t endorse the Republican running to replace him in Congress.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with that Republican —state Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney.


A landmark theater in Utica is headed to the auction block.

Authorities have filed charges against a central New York man who was shot by a police officer while brandishing a gun during a foot chase.

Redeemer Cup Showcases Utica's Diversity

Jun 12, 2016
Teams play soccer at Redeemer Cup
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  The sounds of sport filled the air in Utica this past weekend, but despite the time of year, it wasn’t the crack of the bat that was heard. More than 10 percent of the city’s population is made up of refugees, and they were playing a different game.

Police say an explosive device damaged a vehicle in a parking lot in Utica.

This is a list of all the communities who won 2016 Levitt AMP concert series awards.
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North Adams, Mass. is one of 15 communities across the country awarded thousands of dollars to host a free summer concert series.

New York's attorney general has accused an upstate school district of discriminating against older immigrant students by steering them into dead-end programs.

  The exhibit - Monet to Matisse at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica features more than 60 paintings and pastel drawings from the renowned collection of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee.

The exhibition includes landscapes, portraits, interiors, and still-lifes by leaders of French Impressionism. Monet to Matisse is an expansive view of nineteenth-century French painting and its influences. It is a story of artistic freedom and the shift from stilted academic historicism to near abstraction.

The exhibit runs through November 29th. Anna D'Ambrosio, Director of the MWPAI Museum of Art joins us.

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A curious child may have exposed a common railroad practice that lawmen fear could be exploited by terrorists.

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With September primaries and November elections in their sights, elected officials are strategizing as they begin to encounter challengers.

City of Utica

  Utica's mayor says he'll run for another term. 

Federal authorities say the co-owner of a dog food plant in upstate New York has admitted hiring four unauthorized workers from Guatemala.


Efforts to save A historic Central New York hotel are in limbo.

Hotel Utica had been in financial trouble for years – now the Utica Observer-Dispatch says a potential buyer apparently has backed away. City officials told the paper they don’t believe that Corning-based hotel developer Visions Hotels will follow through with plans to purchase the historic building at 102 Lafayette Street.  

This study hall in Thomas R. Proctor High School in Utica, New York is like many others across the state. Students do their homework in here and receive help from teachers and aides working in the room.

Seeing Utica Through A Different Lens

Feb 13, 2015
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A Rochester wedding photographer recently trained his lens on a different kind of subject. Now he finds himself one of the most talked about people in central New York.

The Capital Region has remade itself as an important a high-tech hub, and much has been made of Buffalo’s revitalization. But what about the Mohawk Valley? News this week of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Plan — a competition among seven upstate regions for $1.5 billion in economic development, with three ultimate $500 million winners — has Utica-area Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi cautiously optimistic. The 119th District Democrat spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.


Utica police are investigating the deaths of three family members in a home on Whitesboro Street.

WKTV-TV in Utica reports police officials said during a news conference that a man and two women, all related,  were found dead after officers answered a call to 1908 Whitesboro Street just before 1 a.m Wednesday.  The names and ages of the victims and how they were killed haven't been released.

Police have a suspect in custody.

Authorities are not saying who made the phone call that brought police to the scene.

The Cuomo Administration has announced a construction milestone at the so-called Nano Utica initiative.

On Thursday, New York Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy visited the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica to announce that construction is ahead of schedule on the Computer Chip Commercialization Center. Also known as Quad-C, the $125 million project is part of the Cuomo Administration’s Nano Utica initiative, led by the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany and SUNY IT.

"I Am Unspoken" Addresses Refugee Concerns In Utica

Oct 15, 2013
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Utica and many other upstate New York cities have become home to a large numbers of refugees from around the world.  The refugee resettlement agency in the Mohawk Valley has started an annual conference called “I am Unspoken” to address concerns common among that population.

The conference is being held this week at the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica. It will focus on helping people recover from torture and trauma.

The speakers include a specialist in the psychosocial effects of war on children and the director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma.