Call for Artists

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The Annual Regional Photography Show

The Annual Regional Photography Show is seeking entries for this year's exhibit. The exhibit will be displayed at the Cortland Free Library during the month of October.

As in the past, the Council is presenting new categories to challenge photographers and offer the public interesting ways of capturing images of the world around them. This year’s three specific categories are Silhouettes, Purple, and Patterns in Nature. In addition, two other categories are included: Collage (using Photoshop or other software), and Open (taken within the past 3 years). Minimum print size is approximately 8 x 10 inches. Framing should be of professional quality, with a minimum size 11 x 14.

The fee is $20 for up to two photos. Entries should be emailed by August 20 as JPG, GIF, or PDF with your first initial and last name, which category you would prefer, and the titles, to The selection will be juried, and applicants will be notified of acceptance by August 31. 

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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.

NYSCA Decentralization Grants: (Deadline July 31, 2021)

Locations: Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, or Oswego counties only. 

Individual Artist Commissions

Project support grants for individual artists to create new work and present it to the community. All artistic disciplines are welcome. Artists in all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply. Awards range from $1,000 to $2,500.

Arts Education Grants

Project support grants for organizations to provide in-school or community-based learning experiences that are sequential and skill-based. Awards range from $500 - $5,000. 

Community Arts Grants

Project support grants for arts, culture, and heritage programs that are accessible to the public. Awards range from $500 - $5,000. 


Groton Virtual Art Show

The Groton Art Class in conjunction with The First National Bank of Groton and The Community Arts Partnership, invite you to submit a photo of one original painting to the Groton Virtual Art Show which will be held in place of our usual show during Groton Old Home Days.

Prizes will be awarded in the following Categories:

Oil/Acrylic, Watercolor, Drawing/Pastel, Senior Citizen, Best in Show

Submit your entry:

1. Take a photo of your painting

2. Email an image to

3. Include you Name, Complete Mailing Address and Category

4. Submit your image by August 5, 2021

View the Show:

1. The Virtual Show can be viewed here after August 10, 2021

2. Winners will be posted here on Thursday, August 26, 2021

3. Prizes and Ribbons will be mailed to the winners.

for more information or questions contact Marian Davie at


Community Arts Challenge

The 12th Annual Community Arts Challenge is a celebration of the creative talent and spirit of Cortland County.

The Artistic Theme for this event is CHANGE.

Calling all local artists, choreographers, composers, photographers and writers to participate.

Submissions are due by November 1, 2021

for info about entry requirements and prizes, call 607-753-1188 or visit


McNeil Building Gallery

The Cultural Council is seeking exhibit proposals for its new gallery space at the McNeil Building in downtown Cortland.


Both solo and group shows will be considered. Group shows need a point person. At this time only 2D work can be accommodated.


Exhibits will be up for approximately 2 months.


To submit, please send the following to with “McNeil CFA” as the subject line:

  • A brief exhibit proposal

  • 3 to 5 images of work to be considered (title, medium, dimensions)

  • Name, email and phone number of artist or point person

  • Website (optional)

Proposals will be reviewed by our gallery committee. If selected, artists are expected to become Artist Members of the Cultural Council. Each show will have a gallery opening, coordinated with the help of our gallery committee.

Please note the Cultural Council does not take responsibility for insuring artwork.

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Guthrie Cortland Medical Center

Area artists are invited to submit four to ten pieces for review for hanging in the lobby at the Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. One to two artists will be selected, and selected works will be hung for a six-month period. 
The total usable space for artwork is 31 feet, separated in increments of 5 feet and 13 feet on one open wall, as well as two other walls at 4 and 5 feet, which also have a counter or tables along them. A hanging system is installed in this space, which can support up to 9 works. Submissions should take into account the available space and be no larger than 3 ft by 4 ft. 
All work must be professionally presented. At least one image showing the finished presentation, whether framed, frameless, gallery wrapped or other, must be included. Selected works must be ready to hang by March 15.  No sawtooth hangers will be accepted. The selected artist(s) must be a resident of Cortland County or one of its contiguous counties, and at the time in which the artwork is hung, be a member of the Cultural Council of Cortland County. 

Jpeg images of the work should be submitted to


Other places around Cortland 

Center for the Arts of Homer - Art Gallery

Cinch Art Space

Cortland Corset Building

The Cortland Free Library

Dowd Gallery at SUNY Cortland 

Local Food Market