NY State Senator Tom O’Mara announces grant funding

  On October 18th, 2018, NY State Senator Tom O’Mara announced grant funding to Wharton Studio Museum and Friends of Stewart Park and presented WSM Executive Director and Co-Founder Diana Riesman and FSP Executive Director Rick Manning with a check for $450,000 for the Wharton Studio Museum and Park Visitor

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October is Silent Movie Month

October is Silent Movie Month!

  A month-long celebration of silent film and Ithaca’s role in early movie making history, October 2018 is shaping up to be WSM’s best Silent Movie Month yet!  

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WSM and Wharton Studio history were recently featured in the Ithaca Times (8/15/18 issue)

WSM and Wharton Studio history were recently featured in the Ithaca Times (8/15/18 issue): Ithaca’s Cinematic Past: Ithaca spots that were seen, not heard, in film

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WSM to have home in new Tompkins Center for History & Culture on the Commons in ’19!

WSM is excited to be a partner in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture, a new exhibit-based history and culture destination in downtown Ithaca. On June 6th, 2017, the Tompkins County Legislature voted unanimously to approve the purchase of the Tompkins Trust Co. building as a home for The

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Spotlight On a Local Student Film!

WSM is pleased to be in contact with the video production program at New Roots Charter School. As a nonprofit education organization with a provisional museum charter from NYS Education Dept.’s Board of Regents, WSM is committed to engaging with students of all ages and welcomes making new community connections.

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Wharton, Inc. Studio History Featured in Southern Tier Welcome Center on I-81

Ithaca’s movie history is featured in the new Southern Tier Welcome Center in Kirkwood on Interstate 81 which officially re-opened in early October 2017  after a large-scale renovation! Over the summer, WSM was contacted about contributing to the welcome center’s Artifacts Wall and submitted a framed black and white still photograph of the Wharton Studio, as well as

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Wharton Studio Era Headphone Walking-Play

WSM Awarded Tompkins County New Tourism Initiatives Grant!

  On May 1st, 2018, WSM was awarded a New Tourism Initiatives Grant ($5,000) from Tompkins County Tourism Program to develop a Wharton Studio Era Headphone Walking-Play in partnership with The Cherry Artspace. Set against the backdrop of the Wharton Studio era and set in Stewart Park, this new play

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Silents Roar! Film Festival Spring 2018 Postponed

This year’s Silents Roar! Film Festival has been postponed and will come back bigger and better in the spring of 2019. Please stay tuned! A silent film festival celebrating short films by Southern Tier middle and high school students. A panel of jurors will select prize winners in a multitude

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Wharton Studio Building Planning & Design Study to be reviewed by City of Ithaca

Re-Envisioning the Wharton Studio Building: Transforming an Ithaca Landmark, WSM’s recently completed planning & design study for developing the Wharton Studio building in Stewart Park will begin review by the City of Ithaca this spring.  The study proposes a new vision and program —  through text, renderings and drawings, an implementation

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Silent Film Poster

Winner of 2018 Richard Martin Exhibition Award

Wharton Studio Museum is super-excited that The Biggest Little Fashion City: Ithaca and Silent Film Style, the exhibit on which we collaborated with Cornell Costume and Textile Collection in 2016, has received the Richard Martin Exhibition Award from the Costume Society of America!

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