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Syracuse students to poster city

Each year since its founding, in 2001, the Syracuse Poster Project and Syracuse University has produced 16 unique posters for associate professor of illustration Roger DeMuth and the city of Syracuse.

"We've been doing it for seven years and the students get a real kick out of it," DeMuth said.

A resident of Cazenovia, DeMuth has been teaching at S.U. for 29 years.

"The seven years have gone by quick, and so has the 29," he said.

The Syracuse Poster Project will unveil the 2008 poster series, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at in the atrium at City Hall Commons, 201 East Washington St., Syracuse.

"The Poster Project has been trying to establish art in the city for many years," said Jim Emmons, project coordinator. "The kiosks in the city have been underused if used at all. The real challenge is to make the whole effort sustainable."

The project brings together local poets and Syracuse University artists to create an annual series of poetry posters for the poster panels of downtown Syracuse. The project enlivens the downtown, strengthens the city's sense of place, and reaches the greater community by selling small prints of the large posters. Prints can be purchased at Eureka Crafts in Armory Square and at the Copy Centers, at South Salina and Washington streets. All proceeds help the project become self-sustaining.

"It makes for a great university and city relationship and it benefits the students and the community," DeMuth said.

For the project, the student illustrators take a haiku written by another student and use the area to come up with their creation.

"They had to go downtown and take a photograph," DeMuth said. "All the haikus lend themselves to imagery."

Cazenovian poet Jennifer Wielt's haiku was chosen by artist Sheera Rubin. Wielt graduated S.U. and is now a schoolteacher.

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