Onondaga Dedicates Two New Sculptures

Onondaga Community College President Debbie L. Sydow, Ph.D., welcomed to campus artist, sculptor and Syracuse University alumna Carole Eisner ’58 for the dedication of two sculptures: Giunta, 1988, and Ziggurat, 2002. Syracuse University Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor joined President Sydow for the campus and community event dedicating the two sculptures on Sept. 15. 

These sculptures complement Onondaga’s public art collection and bring the total number of outdoor monumental sculptures on the Onondaga Community College campus to eleven.

“Carole Eisner’s magnificent sculptures are beautiful additions to Onondaga Community College’s growing public art collection, a collection that is intended to educate and inspire students, employees, visitors alike,” said President Sydow. “I’m delighted to highlight today’s dedication as one of many significant linkages between the College and Syracuse University,” she added.

Syracuse University Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor said, “I am thrilled to join Debbie Sydow and OCC in this dedication, because it honors the work of one of SU’s own—Carole Eisner— but also demonstrates the power of art to bring us together in common purpose and community. These sculptures are a striking visual reminder of our shared commitment to the arts as public good and to collaborative engagement that transcends institutional boundaries in ways that can enrich the entire community.”

Eisner is a sculptor specializing in monumental metal sculpture crafted from scrap and recycled metal. Her studio is located in Weston, CT, and through the years the artist has moved from tabletop steel pieces to larger-than-life outdoor sculptures that decorate city parks and other public spaces across the Northeast.

Her work is featured in public and corporate collections including the Guggenheim Museum; a commission to Culture and Tourism, Hartford, CT., as part of a six-mile sculpture park; National Associates, Inc.; Southeast Banking Corp.; Northstar Reinsurance Company; Knoll International; FMC Corporation; Skadden; Arps; Meagher & Flom; Orion Bank, Ltd.; Goldmark Partners Inc.; Bill Silver Associates, and W&M Properties.

Eisner earned a bachelor of arts in fine arts from Syracuse University and is also a graduate of the International School of Photography. Her extensive body of work is featured on her website, http://www.caroleeisner.com/.  

Public art is one component of the OCC Arts Across Campus program. A public art master plan for campus has guided sculpture acquisitions and placement. Through partnerships with Sculpture Space and Syracuse University, the College currently has on display eleven sculpture installations located throughout the campus. These sculptures help support Onondaga Community College’s arts and cultural mission to “inspire lifelong learning in, about, and through the arts.”