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CAP ArtSpace 2022

Our CAP ArtSpace gallery monthly exhibits are both live and virtual.

Location: CAP ArtSpace, 110 N. Tioga Street, on the Commons (also home to the History Center and Visitor Center) 

Hours: Mondays - Saturdays, 10am to 5pm

Virtual Exhibit Links  for each exhibit will be created at the beginning of each month and posted below.

First Friday Gallery Night Events:



January 2022

Hugo Medina, "Portraits"

Up through January 30th

Hugo Medina: "Paintings portraits of individuals from my travels and day-to-day encounters, I intentially connect with the "others" of society. Through visualized investigations, I strive to depict their inner struggles as a form of artistic anthropology. Observing and recording the purposefully overlooked members of society has facilitated my growth not only as an artist but as an immigrant striving to overcome my own history of trauma."

Learn more about Hugo Medina and his art at

See Hugo Medina's Exhibit Online!








February 2022

Leanna Yatcilla, "2002"

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

This exhibit will be in the CAP ArtSpace in February. Hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 to 5pm. There will be an online version of this exhibit at by January 25th!

Leanna Yatcilla, an artist and illustrator, is currently a student at Ithaca College pursing double BFAs in Art and Theatre Production + Design.

"This body of work is titled 2002, in reference to the year I was born. Each piece is a reflection on a memorable location of my childhood. A sense of place is very impactful and present in my work. I express the vastness of the world as seen through a child’s eyes by painting on a large scale. In addition, each painting is compositionally oriented to be inviting to the viewer. However, the viewer cannot actually access these scenes in three dimensions, just as one cannot fully walk into a memory again.

"The question I begged was: How can I connect with these places again, even though they are now only preserved in my mind? As part of my 'immersion' into these past memories of locations, I am wearing clothes created in a similar fashion to those I donned as a child. These clothes are painted to mimic the piece which they are covering up as a way of literally putting myself into the scene. "

Learn more about the artist at


March 2022

Michael Busch, "Female Icons of 1930's Hollywood"

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

An exhibit of mixed media drawings (pencil, colored pencil, water color, and gouache, mainly) of iconic women of the films of the 1930s', displayed along with annotated information about each film star, along with images of some of his memorabilia.

"I like to say that I grew up at the movies.  I remember watching on the Late Show the films of the Golden Age of Hollywood from an early age. Of course, this was before the age of videotape and DVDs, all there was was television; three channels, sometimes more if the planets were aligned correctly.  I remember the first time I saw Garbo on film.  It was a Sunday afternoon and a barely visible Canadian station was showing “Grand Hotel”. I was rapt, having read about her but never having actually seen her on film.  I remember nagging my father to take me to Buffalo to the revival house to see “Wings”, “King Kong,” Humphrey Bogart. I read extensively.  In high school, I began collecting autographs.  I have a lovely letter from Lillian Gish, another from Joan Crawford.  Bette Davis.  I learned about the movies.

"During the 1930s anyone going to the movies would be hard-pressed to know that the nation was in the throes of a world-wide Depression.  The product produced by the various Hollywood studios – Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, RKO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and a number of smaller studios – and exported all over the world, was purely escapist.  The Hollywood industry became known as “the dream factory,” a well-deserved title.  At the height of the Great Depression 85 million people a week went to the movies, generally paying an admission fee of twenty five cents (a shiny dime for kids) and most of them went more than once a week.  

"Today, you mention Joan Crawford to anyone born after 1970 and they may associate her with the bio-pic “Mommie Dearest”, but have no idea that once she was one of the most famous, beautiful, talented people in the world; known to everyone.  Bette Davis.  Jean Harlow.  Greta Garbo.  Marlene Dietrich.  Have they ever seen “Grand Hotel”, “A Woman’s Face,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” “The Thin Man,” “Dinner at Eight,” or even more, the great silent films with stars that were equally a famous:  Lillian Gish (who worked with everyone from D.W. Griffith to Robert Altman), John Gilbert, Billie Dove, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks.  The masterpieces of the silent screen, unknown today; “Greed”, “Intolerance,” “Broken Blossoms.”  This is our cultural heritage slipping away."

See Michael's work at and


April 2022

Quilt Divas, "Looking In, Looking Out"

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

“Looking In, Looking Out,” a group textile exhibit by the Quilt Divas, represents a visual response to a period of change and uncertainty.

"A global pandemic has affected our entire planet, but climate change, political chaos and social injustice have vied for our personal and collective anxieties. For many, this has been a time of turmoil and fear, grief and loss.

Yet the pandemic has also offered unexpected gifts. As a group of artists, many of whom have been working together for 20 years, the Quilt Divas needed to find new ways to connect to each other, and individually found opportunities for introspection, sanctuary, and creativity."


May 2022

The Clothesline Project: A Community Anthology of Resilience

Gallery Night: Friday, May 6, 5pm to 8pm

In partnership with The History Center in Tompkins County, the Advocay Center of Tompkins County will showcase 30-40 shirts from the Tompkins County Clothesline Project.

"Curated by the Advocacy Center,  the exhibit will showcase shirts with text and images made by Tompkins County community members from 1979-2021 who, despite their differences in age, gender, sexuality, race, religion, politics, and more, have all been impacted by interpersonal violence. "To us, this collection is a communal anthology of pain, courage, and ultimately hope."" The shirts were originally created by survivors involved with the Battered Women's Task Force, the predecessor of the Advocacy Center from 1970's-1990s, and the collection has been added to annually through public events, support groups, and private creations/donations. 

The Clothesline Project is worldside and remains a powerful way to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence. Survivors of all identities continue to use shirts as a vehicle to exercise their voices, which far too often continue to be disregarded and silenced. The project provides a way for them to share their lived experiences, artwork, and wishes for future generations to be free of the violence they’ve endured.

Alongside the shirts, there will be will local and national historical information to provide a timeline of relevant events.

The exhibit will also offer paper and digital ways for audience members to share their own reflections that, with their permission, will be incorporated into the exhibition throughout the month. 

Residents of Tompkins County are invited anytime to make shirts to add to the Advocacy Center's Clothesline Project collection. There will be a workshop during the month of this exhibit.

"Our vision is that this show will amplify and honor survivors’ voices, celebrate their ongoing resiliency, and inspire audience members to be active in violence prevention efforts."


June 2022

History Center in Tompkins County

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

Stay tuned for details about the History Center's exhibit and fundraiser!


July 2022

Grant’s ‘Colours Out of Chaos”

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

This exhibit by local artist Grant, includes colorful paintings with themes of aquatics, florals, figurative/dance, animals, and abstraction. "I paint to evoke the emotional states through my use of color, composition, subjects, and movement. The arousal of these emotional states has long been associated with the divine and the enlightenment of the human mind and body. The Fine Arts often have goals beyond pure creativity and self-expression. They create a sense of beauty; a reason to explore the nature of perception; serve as a source of pleasure; or to generate strong uplifting emotions. This is my part of those ongoing explorations through my paintings and art."

Learn more about the artist at


August 2022

Reid Palmer, "Black and White"
Gallery Night: Friday, August 5, 5pm to 8pm

"Black and White" represent to opposites side of the most basic diametric comparison.  One is clearly distinct from the other. One the presence of all colors, the other completely devoid of any color.  In esoteric and theological constructs black and white can be attributed to notions of good and evil, right and wrong, or dark and light. Here in the United States we have attached meaning from the color of ones skin to these two distinctly different values. Black has been used to label those of African descent or as having darker skin. While the term White has been attached to those of European decent or as having fairer skin.  Along with these basic designations a multitude of values have been placed on peopled labeled as black or white, good, bad, and in-between.  To simplify someone’s humanness to the simple representation of their tone of their skin is not only limiting it has for centuries created a dangerous climate to live in.

In this show I will explore the dangers of simplistic notions of race that dramatically shape how we see each other.  Although race and the construction of race has again been forced into the national spotlight, we still are failing to see people as the complex beautiful creatures we all are, but rather a member of a homogeneous group that can be either black or white, with no other choices.
To illustrate this I have created multiple diptych and other multi-panel paintings, that are essentially black and white, but attempt through the expression of abstract painting bring to life the complex beautiful creatures we are.

As you look through the work, ask yourself, or state to yourself while standing in front of a “black painting”: “this painting is black”.  Hopefully as you observe a colorful abstract painting while trying to convince yourself that it is only black or white, you can see how we do this to each other every day when we look at people and see only the color of their skin: black or white, and then determine we know much more about based on what we know of the nameless homogeneous group they are a part of.  My hope is that through seeing this work and it’s presentation we can all remind ourselves to not look only at the border, or surface of another person, but to look at all of their colors, and their wild design and we can appreciate them for the beautiful complex creatures we all are.


September 2022

Ithaca College Student Show

Gallery Night: Friday, September 2, 5pm to 8pm

Ithaca College hosts a fall exhibition each year. This exhibit will feature the work of Ithaca College students in the Department of Art.








October 2022

Greater Ithaca Art Trail Annual Group Exhibit

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

The Greater Ithaca Art Trail is a collection of visual artists across Tompkins County. Artists are open year round by appointment, on the First Saturday of most months, and on two Open Studio weekends in mid-October.

Visit to see the work of all 50 Art Trail artists, watch some videos, and download the brochure/map (or e-mail to have one sent to you!).

This group exhibit shows one piece from each artist. You'll see paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photographs, collage, functional art, textile art, etchings, prints, fine furniture and jewelry.



November 2022

Nicole Costa, "Perpetual Validation"

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

This exhibit, by local artist Nicole Costa, is a meditation on mental health during the pandemic and includes paintings, papier-mâché masks and cardboard sculpture.

"My paintings are made using acrylics on glued layers of newspaper. They are ideally displayed like wallpaper or hung like flags. By applying paints to newspapers printed leading up to and during the pandemic, formerly significant headlines and images peer through the brushstrokes — emitting familiarity, fleeting significance and subliminal messages. Each sequence of paintings (denoted by similar compositions, shapes, words or congruous color palettes) is intended to communicate a rhythmic phrase through patterns. By juxtaposing works such as Ssssick and Crisisss, the hiss of a snake is mimicked — serving as a metaphor for the sinister energy and restlessness of the pandemic.

"While the paintings with forms and text are all exercises in abstraction, there are also more traditional abstract paintings included in this body of work.  All the paintings became more and more abstract as the body of work unfolded. The abstraction practice became a tool for maintaining mental health during the pandemic. 


December 2022

CAP-a-Palooza Art Sale

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

This is an annual fundraiser for the Community Arts Partnership of previously owned art donated by community members! Art is donated in November and the sale spans two weeks, starting on December 4th. 



Recent Exhibit - November 2021 

Native American Heritage Month Display
The Art of Wampum is a month long display by the History Center in Tompkins County, showcasing replica wampum belts woven by Rich Hamell of Ganondagan State Historic Site, and wampum inspired prints by Brandon Lazore (Onondaga Nation) exploring the histories and meanings captured in the traditional belt designs and the historic events they symbolize.

This exhibit is part of the History Center's Breaking Barriers: Women's Lives & Livelihoods exhibit series and is sponsored in part by Chloe Capital

The History Center is located in the traditional traditional and contemporary lands of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫ' Nation (often known by the mispronunciation Cayuga), one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Learn more here