'Signalcamp,' as the property is nicknamed, is owned by Wylie Schwartz, a native Ithacan and a doctoral student in art history at Binghamton University. In addition to being the coordinator for Ithaca's monthly First Friday Gallery Night, Wylie is an independent curator - one of the cottages at Signalcamp, called 'station923,' becomes a project space for artists from May through October. Wylie lives here with her partner Kevin, who works on the maize genome at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell University and their two very friendly cats named Annie and Fredy.
Wylie purchased the property - a former switchback to the railroad (ca.1830) - from her beloved friend, British visual artist Paul Chambers, who lovingly restored it from a derelict state and turned it into a work of 'living sculpture.' Wylie views herself as simply one of many caretakers along the way who has looked after this special place, and she loves to share it with others.