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Everson Museum of Art to host symposium for competing firms in café-design competition

By Eric Reinhardt



The Everson Museum of Art at 401 Harrison St. in Syracuse will host a public symposium for the firms that are finalists in the competition to receive the commission to design the museum’s new café. The event is set for 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 19. The finalists will present their design proposals the following day. (Eric Reinhardt / BJNN file photo)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The finalists in the competition to design a new café for the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse will participate in a public symposium at the Everson.

The event is set for Sept. 19 at 5:45 p.m. Michael Speaks, dean of the Syracuse University School of Architecture (Syracuse Architecture), will moderate.

The following day, the finalists will present developed proposals to a jury of professionals in architecture, arts administration, ceramics, and the culinary arts. The jury will select one firm to receive a commission to complete the new café.

The Everson Museum of Art and Syracuse Architecture are hosting the international competition to design the Everson’s café.

In May, they named four finalists for the project. The finalists include FreelandBuck, which has offices in Los Angeles and New York City; Millions, which is located near Los Angeles; Naturalbuild of Shanghai, China; and Norman Kelley, which has offices in Chicago and New Orleans.

Voting members of the competition jury will include Everson Museum Director and CEO Elizabeth Dunbar and Garth Johnson, the Everson’s curator of ceramics. The group also includes Sean Anderson, associate curator in the department of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; Aric Chen, curatorial director of Design Miami, an international design fair; Jing Liu, an architect with design firm SO—IL in New York City; Matt Shaw, executive editor of The Architect’s Newspaper

Oana Stănescu, a faculty member at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

The new museum café will also serve as a venue to showcase and put into use the Rosenfield Collection, a more than 3,000 piece functional ceramic art collection gifted to the Everson Museum of Art by Louise Rosenfield, a Dallas, Texas–based ceramic artist and collector

Rosenfield will also serve as an advisor to the jury, along with Kate Nutting, principal and managing member of VIP Architectural Associates of Syracuse; Fouad Dietz, Everson Museum chair of buildings and grounds committee; Karyn Korteling, owner of Pastabilities restaurant in Syracuse, and Britt Thorp, ceramic artist and chef.

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