WXXI Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253

For Immediate Release


(Rochester, NY) April 24, 2014 – WXXI received a bronze Telly Award for its documentary Paley on Park Avenue: New York City, which follows world-renowned sculptor, Albert Paley, as he creates 13 original sculptures for installation on Park Avenue in New York City. The Telly Awards Competition recognizes distinction in local, regional, and cable TV programs and commercials, as well as video and film productions.

WXXI was granted unprecedented access to Paley and his studios to document the creation of these 13 pieces for The Fund for Park Avenue’s Temporary Public Art Collection and their installation along Park Avenue on June 14, 2014. Paley on Park Avenue: New York City follows the project from conception to installation. It also shares personal stories about the sculptor, his work, and the Park Avenue project from Paley, his wife Frances, his staff, and community leaders. The documentary is narrated by Emmy Award-winning journalist, photographer, and artist Jay Schadler.

Before the documentary premiered in December 2013 on WXXI-TV, the station launched a six-part, web-only series that shared Paley’s process. These episodes rolled out weekly straight through the installation of the sculptures on Park Avenue in June. After the installation, WXXI’s production team continued to shoot the sculptures and events surrounding the exhibit.  Capturing the essence of the entire project, from sketch to exhibit, culminated in this one-hour television documentary. 

Paley on Park Avenue: New York City aired on WXXI-TV in December and is now being distributed by American Public Television to public television stations across the country. The documentary was made possible with support from The Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation and The Ames Amzalak Memorial Trust. To learn more about the program and the web series, visit: WXXI.org/paleynyc.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1978 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable TV commercials. Non-broadcast video and TV program categories were soon added. Today, the Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies.


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. The formal affiliation between WXXI and the Little Theatre, established in December 2011, enables the two organizations to work more efficiently by pooling resources and strengths in a number of areas including back-office operation and improved fundraising capabilities.  Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.

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