Call for Artists

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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.

Gallery Application

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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

Where are the Artists application

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Painters Painting Painters: A Portrait Exhibit

Are you interested in being part of a group portrait exhibit and meeting other local artists? The idea of this exhibit is for artists to create a portrait of another local artist. A local artist will then create a portrait of of them. Portraits must be able to hang on a gallery wall. The show will be on display at McNeil Building Gallery in early 2023, with the possibility of moving to another location after!

Currently I am gathering names of interested artists. No limit on the medium, but it must be able to hang on a gallery wall. The gallery space cannot currently accommodate 3D works.

Contact organizer Emily at if you are interested!


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Naked Trees

Naked Trees

Artists throughout the ages have been fascinated with the skeletal shape of deciduous trees in winter, each with a unique and expressive design.  The Picture House is sponsoring a group exhibit entitled “Naked Trees” at the McNeil Art Gallery featuring works of art on the theme of trees stripped of their foliage.

This nonjuried exhibit is open for entries from the general public.  Due to limited space, entries will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. All two-dimensional work is eligible.  Your work must be suitably framed for presentation.

Entry Form


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CNY Artist Grants

Next funding round for NYSCA Statewide Community Regrants through CNY Arts for Cortland organizations and artists is Dec 16, 2022

Community Arts Grants

Individual Artist Commissions

Arts Education Grants