CORNING, N.Y. (January 4, 2018) – 2018 marks the 125th building anniversary of Corning’s Old City Hall, now home to the Smithsonian affiliated Rockwell Museum. In the spirit of the building’s history as a community center, The Rockwell invites artists and performers from the greater Corning community to use an empty gallery as their laboratory and creative gathering place, April 28 – May 12, 2018. Proposal applications are due February 1, 2018.

Acceptable proposals include (but are not limited to) acoustic music, dance, theatrical performance, poetry reading, spoken word, comedy, vocal performance, artist demonstrations, art talks, book review, local history presentation, film or video screening.

“At the heart of this pop-up gallery is a challenge – how can an artist present their vision with only bare bones staging? The Rockwell provides the space and limited equipment. The artist brings the space to life,” says Program and Events Manager Brett Smith.

Amelia Harnas, local artist and co-founder of The Hours Festival, is volunteering to help plan this new initiative.

"I'm thrilled that the Rockwell is extending such a rare and golden opportunity to creative minds with this challenge to work magic from bare bones. If you think about it, this is precisely what the creative process is: making something from nothing and uplifting the human spirit as a result,” says Harnas.

Bare Bones Café will be a museum experience included with regular admission prices and open to any visitors of the museum. A short-term Rockwell Museum membership may be purchased for those wishing to attend throughout the entire program. Coffee, tea, and refreshments will be available to guests as part of the experience.

Artists interested in participating in Bare Bones Café should submit their proposal by February 1, 2018. Proposal guidelines and applications can be found at

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