Artspace Utica

Revitalizing a Historic Downtown through the Arts

265 Genesee St. Utica, NY, 13502


The City of Utica is located in the Mohawk Valley region of Upstate New York and is renowned for its historic architecture, abundant arts assets, and welcoming nature as a designated United Nations resettlement community. The downtown corridor includes time-honored establishments such as the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and the Stanley Theatre; while just a few blocks away, thriving community arts activities occur at 4 Elements Studio, Sculpture Space, The Center, and many more places. A group of local leaders invited Artspace to conduct a series of studies in 2015 to quantify demand for artist spaces in Utica, with findings from nearly 600 surveyed indicating a substantial need for space to both live and conduct creative work downtown.

Now in predevelopment, Artspace Utica will be a catalytic project to address critical affordable housing shortages and provide economic development opportunities for the creative workforce, constructed on a lot at the intersection of the Commercial and Arts & Cultural Districts downtown. The four-story building will feature 40 live/work units for artists and their families on the upper floors, and community and commercial spaces on the ground floor. The project represents a significant investment in downtown Utica and will contribute to a strong, multicultural arts community and growing creative sector.


  • The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties
  • National Grid
  • National Endowment for the Arts

To learn more about supporting this project, contact: Dana Mattice at

Expected Completion: 2023

Total Project Cost


Type of Development

Live/Work Artist Housing

Number of Units


Types of Units 

Studios, and one- and two-bedrooms

Community / Commercial Sq. Ft.



Matthew W. Meier, HHL Architects (Buffalo, NY)

For more information contact:

Becky Carlson St. Clair at