Charlie Fisher, November 18, 2023


Charlie Fisher, November 18, 2023
Charlie Fisher
Henry Luitjens
Community Change
Family Business
Prospect Mountain Art Show
Sculpture Space
Utica Steam Engine and Boiler Works
Charlie Fisher is a prominent member of the Utica area’s art community. Born and raised in the Utica area, his family owned the Utica Steam Engine and Boiler Works, a key business in Utica’s manufacturing history. After graduating from Marietta College, in Ohio during the Vietnam era, Charlie spent time in Europe. He returned home and was one of the founding members of Utica’s Sculpture Space, which started in a building at his family’s boiler works and remains there today. Charlie has seen Utica change as the manufacturing industry left the region. Beyond the insight he shared about Sculpture Space, Charlie also provided first-hand accounts regarding Utica’s history.

This interview was conducted as part of a series of interviews done for a planned documentary for Sculpture Space. It was conducted early on the morning of November 18, 2023, at the Fisher family home in Clinton, New York. I cleaned up much of the text, removing filler words like “um,” “ah,” and “you know.” For clarity, I also added words in brackets. My questions focused on the history of his family business, the evolution of Sculpture Space, and the ways Sculpture Space has impacted him.
Time Summary
Track 1, 0:34 - Early Life & Family History
Track 1, 12:37 - Sculpture Space
Track 2, 00:00 - Prospect Mountain Show
Track 2, 25:54 - Closing Remarks
Henry Luitjens
Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York at Oneonta
Cooperstown Graduate Association, Cooperstown, NY
Sculpture Space, Utica, NY