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Exterminator: A Horse Celebrated in the Arts

May 1, 2018 by imc-editor

‘Exterminator Extravaganza Month’ Begins in Binghamton

BCAC, County Executive Garnar & Mayor David Announce Events Commemorating Kentucky Derby Winner

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Broome County Arts Council Executive Director Nancy Barno Reynolds joined the Broome County Historical Society, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, Mayor Richard C. David and local officials at the Jeffrey P. Kraham Broome County Public Library today to kick off Exterminator Extravaganza Month, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the famous Kentucky Derby win by the Binghamton racehorse Exterminator.

“This year, our community will host a slate of fun events to celebrate the centennial of Exterminator’s legendary upset at the 1918 Kentucky Derby,” Reynolds said. “Not only was the racehorse beloved by the Binghamton community, his story is one of the most exciting pieces of local history, and we’re eager to bring the community together to celebrate with a series of great events.”

Exterminator belonged to Willis Sharpe Kilmer, the wealthy Binghamton newspaperman, who bought the horse in early 1918 to help his more-prized racehorse, Sun Briar, during workouts. When Sun Briar faced a medical issue ahead of the 1918 Kentucky Derby, Kilmer agreed to race Exterminator in his place. Regarded by Kilmer then simply as a workhorse, Exterminator “shocked the world” on May 11, 1918 when he overcame 30-1 odds to win the Kentucky Derby, according to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Exterminator competed in 99 races in his career, winning 50 of them and earning the title of American Horse of the Year in 1922. Nicknamed “Old Bones” for his scrawny appearance, Exterminator was eventually elected into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. He was moved to the Kilmers’ Riverside Drive stable in Binghamton after his retirement and came to be adored by the community. Kilmer’s wife held a party for community members each May to celebrate the horse’s birthday.

“Binghamton’s history is full of fascinating characters and interesting stories, and Exterminator’s story gives us a reason to celebrate,” said Mayor David. “We are grateful to the Broome County Arts Council, the Broome County Historical Society and the other partners involved in the centennial celebrations. Their events in the weeks ahead are part of what makes Binghamton such a great place to live and visit.”

“Thank you to the Broome County Arts Council and Broome County Historical Society for commemorating this anniversary and the legendary racehorse Exterminator. Broome County is proud to be a part of this historical celebration and share this story with the community,” said County Executive Garnar.

Weekdays  9 am to 5 p.m. all month long at Broome County Arts Council, 81 State St. in Binghamton: Exterminator Exhibition with work from local artists and Kentucky Derby- themed activities for children (make-your-own Kentucky Derby hats)

Open Year Round: Exterminator burial/marker; Whispering Pines Pet Cemetery; Gardner Rd, Binghamton, 13903

Exterminator: A Horse Celebrated in the Arts

06/04/2018 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Broome Co Arts Council Stephen Sq 81 State ST 5th fl.

Exterminator Exhibit in the month of June when the Arts Council is Open 9-5

Celebrate a proud moment in Binghamton's history with your art. This year is the 100th anniversary of Willis Sharpe Kilmer's wonder horse Exterminator winning the Kentucky Derby. The Broome County Arts Council with its Exterminator Extravaganza is encouraging an artistic celebration of his victory and his life by calling on all visual artists, literary artists and musicians to create work inspired by Exterminator's history. All work will be displayed for the month of June beginning with an artists' reception open to the public on June's First Friday Arts Walk. A few pieces will be selected to hang in the Legislative Chambers of the Broome County Office Building.

“Veterans’ Photography Show”

11/03/2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Broome Co Arts Council Stephen Sq 81 State ST 5th fl.

Featured Artists: Local Veterans   “Veterans’ Photography Show”

The Broome County Arts Council proudly salutes our local veterans with a showing of their photography.

As part of a cooperative effort to involve our veterans in the arts, the Josephine Herrick Project, Department of Veteran Affairs and the Broome County Arts Council collaborated in this project.  Local Photographers, JW Johnston and William Bay conducted classes with local veterans to teach some of the finer points of photography.  The results of the veterans’ work is the subject of the show.

BC ARTS COUNCIL First Friday Events

06/02/2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Broome Co Arts Council Stephen Sq 81 State ST 5th fl.

Exciting happenings on
First Friday, June 2nd at the Broome County Arts Council
Local Artists Work Exhibited, Boys & Girls Club Photography Recognition Ceremony
Live Music: Folk, Barbershop Quartet, and Pop/Rock
Opening Reception (open and free to the public) from 6-9pm
81 State Street, 5th Floor, Binghamton,, 607.723.4620
The Broome County Arts Council displays its 8th Annual "Collectors Items: Leading by Example" art exhibit opening Friday, June 2nd as well as the Binghamton Boys & Girls Club’s “Exploring Documentary Photography” Exhibit.  

The Annual daVinci Festival Student Art Show 2017

05/06/2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Broome Co Arts Council Stephen Sq 81 State ST 5th fl.

The annual daVinci Festival Student Art Show will hold its opening gala reception at the Broome County Library on Saturday, May 6th, from 10am-2pm.  The show will be on display during regular library hours from May 6th – May 26th.  This is a non-competitive show that exhibits artwork from Kindergarten – 12th grade.  Over 50 art teachers from 15 school districts will be displaying their student’s finest works.

About Face at Arts Council

05/05/2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Broome Co Arts Council Stephen Sq 81 State ST 5th fl.

“ABOUT FACE” digital photography art exhibit by JUDITH PRESENT opens First Friday May 5th at the Broome County Arts Council
(81 State St., 5th Fl, Suite 501, Binghamton)
Opening Reception to be held May 5, 6-9PM, with the exhibit open thru May 26, 2017, M-F, 11-5

Guided Walking Tour of Public Sculpture & Architecture

April 20, 2016 by pegjohnston

Broome County Arts Council and the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier present:
Downtown Binghamton Public Sculpture & Architecture
Guided Walking Tours ~FREE~ First Fridays, May-October 4pm & 6pm
Discover downtown Binghamton’s notable outdoor sculpture and beautiful historic architecture. You’ll hear about early and modern Binghamton as your guide shows you an enlightened city rich with artwork, theaters, businesses, and churches. Even locals are amazed and entertained by what they learn.

Tours begin at Kennedy Park with the Seven Seals of Silence (Henry Street/Chenango Street). The walk meanders through the most fascinating portions of one of the city’s historic districts, leading to three internationally proclaimed sculptures at Government Plaza on Hawley Street. Come and see!
Sculpture Outdoors in Broome County began in 2013 as a partnership between the Broome County Arts Council and Binghamton University’s Art History Professor Kevin Hatch. His students chose to research 14 often mysteriously unidentified public sculptures with major artistic and historic significance. The students’ research resulted in a catalog of public sculpture that can be found at This catalog will continue to grow, providing information for labels, which in most cases are not present on the sculptures.
The Broome County Arts Council has partnered with the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier (PAST), who has been offering architectural guided tours for over 10 years. The goal of this collaborative effort is to provide a memorable and historic walking tour of the fascinating sculpture and architecture in downtown Binghamton.

Tour Guides for Binghamton Sculpture Tours

April 1, 2016 by pegjohnston

Photo by Bob Johnston

PAST is collaborating with the Broome County Arts Council on an outdoor sculpture/architectural walking tour in downtown Binghamton.  The walking tour will be conducted on First Fridays from May through October.

A Tour Guide Training is being offered by the two organizations on April 12th at 2 PM at the Binghamton University Museum in the Fine Arts Building.  On April 30th, the Tour Guides will meet at 10AM at the Seven Seals of Silence at Chenango & Henry Streets to walk through the actual Tour route.
PAST invites anyone interested in becoming a tour guide for this exciting new project to call the PAST office between 10AM and 2PM, Monday-Friday at 237-0887 or call Marcia Ward at 725-3535, anytime. We will be glad to provide more information and answer questions. Please let us know by Friday April 8th of your interest in participating in the Tour Guide training.

United Cultural Funds Available

November 3, 2015 by pegjohnston

Broome County Arts Council is accepting grant applications for its 2016 United Cultural Fund (UCF) Project Grants and will hold free seminars on eligibility and how to apply.  Hosted by executive director Sharon Ball, the seminars are scheduled throughout Broome County and will also offer information on the UCF and other potential funding sources for Broome County artists and arts organizations.  There is no cost to attend a seminar, but reservations are strongly advised.  Call 607-723-4620 or e-mail to reserve a seat at any of the following seminars:
• Wednesday, November 4
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Windsor Whip Works Art Center
98 Main Street, Windsor
• Tuesday, December 8
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
George F. Johnson Library
1001 Park St, Endicott
• Wednesday, December 9
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Broome County Arts Council
81 State St, Suite 501, Binghamton
• Wednesday, December 16
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mary Wilcox Memorial Library
2630 Main St, Whitney Point
BCAC’s United Cultural Fund (UCF) Project Grants are intended to promote cultural development and expand the public impact of the arts in Broome County. The maximum grant request is $1,000. To download eligibility guidelines and application forms, visit .  For more information, contact Broome County Art Council at 723-4620.

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