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Guthrie Medical Center and McNeil Building Gallery

Cortland Arts Connect manages two galleries in our community: Guthrie Medical Center and the McNeil Building at 19 Main St., Cortland.  


The Guthrie gallery is located in their staff cafeteria.  There are approximately 31 feet of wall space.  Currently, exhibits are rotated on a 6 month basis.  Guthrie personnel participate in reviewing artworks submitted for consideration.  Sale prices are not permitted in the display but the artist’s contact information can be included with the biographical information that is displayed with the artworks.


The McNeil Gallery is located in the first floor entry passageway at 19 Main Street.  (Cortland Arts Connect maintains office space in that building.)  Artworks can be displayed on both sides of the gallery; each side is approximately 40 feet long.  Generally the area can hold 30-40 pieces, depending on size.  Options for this space can be for a single artist, two artists (one on each wall), or a group show.  McNeil Gallery shows are rotated on a 2 month basis.  A poster with information about a current show is displayed in the window facing Main Street.  The Cortland Standard publishes a Community Living article for each opening.   Artists may include sale prices with their works.

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First Friday

DEADLINE : The 20th of the month prior

Cortland Arts Connect hosts First Friday each month. We welcome both virtual and in person events. 

Artists, musicians, venues, please reach out and tell us what you have in mind. New work to post? An opening to promote? A concert to stream?



"Where Are the Artists?"

Cortland Arts Connect is highlighting the breadth of arts and culture in our area by developing a county-wide Cortland Arts Trail (CAT) that will feature artists, studios (art, dance, music), art installations (murals, statues, etc.), art venues, music venues, galleries and businesses that support the arts.


We are implementing a hybrid model for online and in-person map that will identify these locations and contact information. We’re asking for Cortland County artists of all genres to register their information and give permission for listing on the CAT map



Regional Photography Show Seeks Entries

Cortland Arts Connect (CAC) is seeking entries for the 12th Annual Regional Photography Show exhibit. The Regional Photography Exhibit is always an extremely popular event and gives Cortland County residents at all levels of experience an opportunity to share their art with other photography enthusiasts.


CAC presents several categories for entries every year to challenge photographers and offer the public interesting ways of viewing images of the world around them. This year’s specific categories are Shadows, Angles, and Motion. In addition, two other categories will be included, Open and Daydream.

The photographs will be exhibited in the Cortland Free Library Gallery during the month of October 2022 and in a virtual gallery on our website. Cash awards will be presented for each category.




Thirteenth Annual Community Arts Challenge

It is time to get out your art supplies, your dancing shoes, your musical instruments, your cameras, your computers and pens. The thirteenth annual Cortland County’s Community Arts Challenge is underway. All Cortland County artists, dancers, musicians, photographers, and writers are encouraged to participate.

What is the Community Arts Challenge? It is a juried competition, co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts in Homer and Cortland Arts Connect (formerly the Cultural Council of Cortland County.) Cash prizes will be awarded in six major categories: Fine Arts, Artisan Crafts, Choreography, Musical Composition, Photography, and Writing.

The “challenge” is to use one’s art to depict or express a specific theme. The artistic theme for the 2022 Arts Challenge is “BEND”. Submitted works will be judged on how creatively and skillfully they communicate this theme. Participants are encouraged to think about all the uses and meanings of “BEND” when planning their creations. All of the Arts Challenge artists will be celebrated in January 2023.

Anyone 16 years of age or older who lives or works in or around Cortland County is eligible to participate in the Arts Challenge.  There is still plenty of time to plan and produce your entry. Submissions are due by November 1, 2022. So, start planning ways to use your talents to be part of this community-wide event.

Full details about how to enter the Community Arts Challenge can be found at You may also call (607) 753-1188 to have a prospectus and an application form mailed to you.


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CNY Artist Grants

Covid-19 Arts Impact Fund for Artists

Unrestricted grants to provide relief for artists in the region that experienced financial loss due to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Awards may range from $250 to $2,500. Location: Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, or Oswego counties. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Other places around Cortland 

Center for the Arts of Homer - Art Gallery

Cinch Art Space

Cortland Corset Building

The Cortland Free Library

Experience Cortland

Dowd Gallery at SUNY Cortland 

Local Food Market