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.

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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?


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Arts Off Main Festival Vendors

Join Us At The Arts Off Main Festival as a Vendor


We’re pleased to announce the return and reimagining of the Arts & Wine Festival as the Arts Off Main Festival Saturday August 6, 2022. The parking lot behind the McNeil building, nestled between Main, Central and Church Streets will be transformed into a family-friendly celebration of Cortland’s art and creativity in our downtown. Drawing an average of 2,500 individuals in previous years, this free public event is hosted by Cortland Arts Connect. At our previous Arts & Wine Festivals we had an average of 2,000 & 2,500 visitors.


This is an outdoor juried art show with fifty (50) 10 ft x 10 ft spaces available. This is a limited event, once we have accepted 50 artists applications will be closed. All work must be created by the applying artist. Prints of the original works are permitted.


  • All fees are due upon submitting the application.               

  • The $10 application fee is nonrefundable.      

  • 10' x 10'  $50.00    

  • The space fee will be refunded if you are not selected.​

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Arts Off Main Festival Special McNeil Gallery Exhibit: “Cortland County a Great Place to Live”

A special exhibit for the months featuring local artists with the theme “Cortland County a Great Place to Live”

Cortland Arts Connect is inviting local artists and photographers to submit one work for a group show in our McNeil Gallery at 19 Main Street, Cortland.  The theme of the exhibit is “Cortland County - A Great Place To Live!”  This exhibit will be on display from August through September.  Space is limited so it is best to apply early.


The exhibit coincides with our Arts Off Main event - a reimagined version of our former Arts and Wine Festival- which will take place on Saturday, August 6. 


"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

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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