Faces of the Mohawk Valley
The story behind the ‘Faces’
“Faces of the Mohawk Valley” began as an art project inspired by the diversity of the people who make up the Mohawk Valley. With the help of our students and faculty, the walls of our campuses came alive with striking images of people who make up the distinctive mosaic of our region, faces of those who have lived here their whole lives or who have arrived here to start anew. The project was inspired by the hope that every individual who visits Mohawk Valley Community College will find something relatable on these walls, a sense of community and history, and a feeling of belonging.
Students and faculty from MVCC’s Center for Arts and Humanities became the artists telling the stories through striking photographs and other media. Soon, the walls of the Information Technology Building lobby on the Utica Campus, as well as the Plumley Atrium on the Rome Campus, became a portrait of our community. The project evolved further when Center for Arts and Humanities Dean Lewis Kahler suggested the images be cataloged in book form. Professor Ronald Labuz worked closely with Brigitta Field, a Business Alliance intern from Whitesboro High School, to capture the story of our region with these photos.
The result is a beautiful, full-color photo book celebrating the diversity of the Mohawk Valley. Copies of “Faces of the Mohawk Valley” are now available at the MVCC Bookstore, Barnes & Noble Booksellers in New Hartford, and online at amazon.com. The cost of the book is $20, and proceeds will fund an annual scholarship for an MVCC student who has been assisted by the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees.
A second edition of the book, which will focus on women in the Mohawk Valley, is in the works for 2014.