Poster Image

Community builds


Item#: 2012SYR10

Purchase Details

11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

You also receive…

An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

Medium- and large-format posters are available by custom order. Contact us for details.

Poem Inspiration Location

Community builds

poster information


Community builds
bridges of thought between us,
hope for the future.

When I saw the image of the bridge, I thought, that's exactly what an academic institution does: bridges minds. For me, OCC also served as a bridge to other institutions. I decided to study there for the first two years of college, then I transferred to SUNY New Paltz, where I earned a Bachelor's degree in creative writing, and then went on to get a Master's degree in English at SUNY Binghamton.

I liked that OCC was part of the community. It was comfortable for me. I was still living with my parents, and it was affordable. I liked the size of my classes. I had some very good professors, some of whom I knew from my family, so it truly was a community college.

I'm an adjunct professor teaching art at OCC. I was asked by the college to make a picture the Syracuse Poster Project would print celebrating OCC's 50th anniversary. I enjoy painting landscapes, but because I was designing a poster, this was different from a painting I would do myself.

The vertical format was important, so I began by looking for something that would fit that format. OCC has plenty of beautiful views, but they're mostly wide panoramic orientation. So I kept walking around campus and finally came upon the bridge that spans the stream and the gorge. The bridge itself became a vertical element and helped me describe a unique feature to the OCC campus.