UtiCAR … Because we are UtiCANs!

Help us ARTify the UtiCAR!

The UtiCAR is on its way…getting carried away is part of the process!

UtiCAR is making its way through the Mohawk Valley and while on its journey being transformed by the hands of local makers. At ignition just an idea and a blank slate, the UtiCAR’s first upgrade was a stealthy matte-black finish by our friends at BOCES where Frank Frazzitta, Autobody Repair Instructor, helped us out with the paint work. Next, we took a drive out to Frankfort for some strategic planning with the crew at Steve’s Restorations & Hot Rods. Currently, the UtiCAR is getting some seriously custom treatment at Sculpture Space. As the process gains momentum, the UtiCAR project is becoming a truly unique piece of making.

The best part is that YOU can help us ARTify the UtiCAR! The UtiCAR project is about making a collaborative effort. That’s also the idea behind the Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire!

Celebrating what each active artist, entrepreneur, social enterprise, university group, community project, and garage start up idea adds to this diverse collective culture of makers in the Mohawk Valley region.

Be a part of this project;  artify, decorate, tool around, and add your piece of Utica flair at the Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire, Saturday April 16th.

A look at the UtiCAR in the making…

Riding dirtyriding dirty.. to so fresh and so clean ⇑

This is a collaborative effort. One of our supporters, Stacey Smith, wrote:

“The car is supposed to be a symbol within our community to promote things like making, the arts, collaboration, the beauty of process, and it is supposed to encourage the people of Utica to think big, think opportunity. The UtiCAR, Because we are UtiCAN *drives* this notion of possibilities (pun-intended). It starts with a blank slate vehicle and transforms into a collaborative piece of ever-evolving art & effort that showcases what we CAN do in our community.”

The car will rotate from charity venue to venue around Utica over time so it will continue to morph, evolve, and change.

Looking at it
UtiCAR eases the brakes at Steve’s Restorations & Hot Rods

Group Shot

Planning team ⇑

Group Shot 3

UtiCAR is in the hands of a master on faire day. Steve Hale ⇑ of Steve’s Restorations & Hot Rods is leading the team in charge of overseeing UtiCAR creative operations.


⇑ Wylee, American Restoration star and Shop Manager.
Working under
Next stop, UtiCAR rolls up to our supporting partners at  Sculpture Space

Art Car MA

Artist Marc-Anthony Polizzi, delivers custom sculpture work and all around gets-things-done with George Hendrickson at Sculpture Space.

carried away

That’s the maker spirit! ⇑

UtiCAR … Because we are UtiCANs!

Destination: SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Event: Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire

Date: Saturday, April 16th NOON-4PM

Tickets: Register HERE Free Tickets!

Artify uticar

Three Ways to Participate!

Get hands on and ARTify the UtiCAR at the Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire. Whether you’re a casual maker or a master craftsman, we want you to contribute a creative edge to this symbolic piece of mobile art.

There will be  three streams of interaction possible for participants:

  • Light Detailing: use chalk to create designs on the black surface. Leave your mark, give your positive message, share your creative design.
  • Medium Making: paint pre-cut appliques, screw, rivet, get tangible, make your addition.
  • Heavy Transformations: work with master craftspeople at the site to learn how to cut, shape, and apply more complex forms to the car.


Special, yet incomplete thanks to:

Auto Finishers Supply Co.


Ron Marson of Praxair Distribution, Howard Potter of A and P Master Images and Gary Puleo, of Utica Glass Company.

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