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CAP was founded in 1990 to act as an advocate for the arts, serve the public by providing services and resources for county artists and arts organizations, and encourage collaboration among arts, education, business, civic and government organizations.Learn more

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CAP ArtSpace

The CAP ArtSpace is a multi-use space for the exhibit of works by local artists. A new exhibit hangs monthly throughout the year. For Artists interested in exhibiting, e-mail

Receptions are on First Friday Gallery Nights! For more information about all Gallery Night locations, visit

Location: 171 The Commons (171 E. State/MLK Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY 14850) Enter "Center Ithaca" via the Visitor Center on the Commons.
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6:00pm, Sunday, noon to 5:00pm


Gallery Night: Friday, April 4, 5pm to 8pm

Kristen Tordella-Williams

Grave revolves around a performance I did this past summer solstice. I dug a grave suited to the size of my body, removed the dirt and brought it to a barn. With the aid of an assistant, Jenny Hillenbrand, we laid a bed of dirt out in the barn and I was buried in it for 5.5 hours. The exhibit will feature video: a two-channel depiction of the burial and emergence. On the left hand side, viewers see the burial occur in real time. Concurrently, the right hand side of the video shows my emergence edited to be the same length as the burial. An excerpt of the video as well as additional photo-documentation of the performance is on my website here:

Also included in the show are digital prints of the performance, along with cast bronze miniature shovels and a description of cast metal processes.



Gallery Night: Friday May 2, 5pm to 8pm
Closing Reception: (during Ithaca Festival) Friday, May 30, 5pm to 7:30pm

Rhythm and Rhyme
Ithaca Festival Group Show

The Ithaca Festival takes place on May 30 to June 1. Their theme for 2014 is Rhythm & Rhyme. The Festival defines the theme as a universal lens to explore the patterns and pulse of life through the arts!

The Community Arts Partnership, which runs the CAP ArtSpace (located in Center Ithaca on the Ithaca Commons), is organizing an exhibit based on the theme. The exhibit will be publicized as part of the Ithaca Festival and will have both an opening reception on the First Friday Gallery Night in May and a Closing Reception in May during the Ithaca Festival. If you would like to apply to be in the show, visit this page.
(Image by Carol Spence)



Gallery Night: Friday, June 6. 5pm to 8pm
                           Friday July 11, 5pm to 8pm

Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts
Group Show, Current & Alumni Resident Artists

The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, located in Ellis Hollow, supports the visual and literary artists of New York State through juried, month-long summer residencies. The CAP Artspace will showcase a combination of current artists-in-residence (painters, photographers, mixed media), and alumni. Learn more about Saltonstall at their website.

(Image: Courtney "scrapworm" Wrenn creates large-scale photographic collage works with a time-developed, distinctive paper layering technique.)




Gallery Night: Friday, August 1, 5pm to 8pm

Standard Art Supply & Souvenir
Screen Print Group Show

Standard Supply is dedicated to artists. In both store and studio they strive to inspire ingenuity and produce artworks that result from good ideas equipped with the right tools. Kaleb Hunkle, founder, will curate an exhibit featuring local screen prints made at Stardard Art.



Gallery Night: Friday, September 5, 5pm to 8pm

RWH Grant
The Colours of Water

"I am a self-taught artist - painter, photographer, graphic designer - resulting into my own style and reflected in my creations. My paintings are full of vibrant and dynamic colors and, on closer inspection, reveal subterranean levels of emotions, introspection and expression. They are the windows into my psyche, soul, dreams, and imagination. They capture all the construction, de-construction, and re-construction of an idea, vision and process as they evolve, change and direct me to their inevitability. I employ a mix of inspiration, motivation, and determination in capturing just a bit of the magic of painting." These paintings celebrate the vitality, versatility, and necessity of water and of art. They capture aquatic scenes above, below, in between our watery worlds. These are the many Colours of Water." (acrylics on canvas/linen)



Gallery Night: Friday, October 3, 5pm to 8pm

Clarissa Plank

"This series of reduction woodcut prints investigate the fear and fascination we feel when faced with the natural environment.  Insects epitomize this complicated relationship because of their duality; they can induce nightmares, and function as fashionable, pleasing designs at the same time. I choose to depict insect pests that I am familiar with from growing up in the northeast: these insects are known to farmers, gardeners and residents in this region."



Gallery Night: Friday, November 7, 5pm to 8pm

Cornell University Student Show
Identity and Global Lens

Cornell students taking Professor Jean Locey's class "Photography: Identity and the Global Lens" will exhibit recent work. The class Investigates visual representation of identity in contemporary culture while considering the impact of global perspectives on the understanding and interpretation of self through the lens of race, gender, geography.
(Work by Natani Notah)


Gallery Night: Friday, December 5, 5pm to 8pm

Don Ellis
Outdoor mobiles

"A mobile needs to be neither a weathervane nor a whirligig. It needs to be ambiguous relative to the wind. Then it will be interesting to watch and it will be involved in its venue. The movement of each piece relative to the other pieces should be unpredictable. Then its encounter with shadows, its screening of objects behind, and its color variations will be unpredictable."