Mohawk Valley Community College will host a book release and signing event for the art project-turned book “Faces of the Mohawk Valley” on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. in the lobbies of the Information Technology Building on the Utica Campus, where many photos from the project are on display.
The book features striking images – taken by MVCC students and faculty – of people who make up the diverse fabric of our region. Many of the subjects and photographers will be on hand to sign copies of the book and talk about their experiences. Refreshments will be served.
“Faces of the Mohawk Valley” began as an art project to celebrate diversity, inspired by the hope that every individual who visits MVCC will find something relatable on the walls – a sense of community and history, and a feeling of belonging. With the help of MVCC students and faculty, the walls of the College’s campuses in Utica and Rome came alive with images of people who call the Mohawk Valley home. Students and faculty from MVCC’s Center for Arts and Humanities became the artists, telling stories through photographs and other media. The images decorate the walls of the IT Building lobby on the Utica Campus, and the Plumley Atrium on the Rome Campus.
The project evolved further when Center for Arts and Humanities Dean Lewis Kahler suggested the images be cataloged in book form. Professor of Art 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 Barnes & Noble in New Hartford and at North Country Books Store, 220 Lafayette St., Utica, and online at www.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.