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CAP ArtSpace 2022

CAP ArtSpace 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: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 10am to 5pm

Virtual Exhibit Links for each exhibit are created at the beginning of each month.

Click HERE for recent past virtual exhibits

First Friday Gallery Night Events:

Thank you to the Tompkins Trust Company for their annual sponsorship of the CAP ArtSpace!


September 2022

Peter Walz, "Ilusion and Illumination"

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

Exhibit up through September. Hours above.

"This exhibit is the conclusion of my work during The Summer Scholars Program in Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College, which gave me the opportunity to work alongside a dedicated faculty member to collaborate on mutually enriching projects over the course of 8 weeks in the summer.

"When I was very young, maybe 4, I remember my grandfather kept a collection of crystals on his bay window shelf. They were the kind that hang from wooden stands and catch sunlight into rainbows on clear summer days. I would run to the window on a visit and stare at the dancing light, reflecting and refracting in the glass, down to the carpet, and up to the wall and ceiling. I would steal a crystal and run to some private place and spend time looking through the facets, seeing the world multiplied, turning, ephemeral, unreal. The world seen through the glass lens of a camera is often thought of as objective- truthful. For instance, no other artistic media that displayed one’s likeness could convict us for committing a crime. One would expect in a world flooded with film, photographs, and cameras we would be assured of the objective truth of what we see. Ironically, but perhaps predictably, exactly the opposite has occurred. We doubt, due to a tacit, invisible understanding that we cannot trust all that we see. Seeing is engaging with the subjective. My images use both the glass and mirrors of a camera, and the printed “noise” of inkjet technology as subject, to draw attention to how we see, and perceive in our image saturated world. I am investigating the liminal space between the subjective and objective, to find meaning, and illumination.

“I don’t mistrust reality, of which I know next to nothing. I mistrust the picture of reality conveyed to us
by our senses, which is imperfect and circumscribed.”

-Gerhard Richter

“The brain is wider than the Sky-
For-put them side by side-
The one the other will contain

With ease”
-Emily Dickenson

The artist would like to express his thanks to Patti Capaldi, who served as guide and Mentor during his Summer Scholar Program.

Peter T. Walz is currently a Senior BFA Candidate at Ithaca College, with a Minor in Photography at the Park School of Communications.  He strives to produce bodies of work related to perception, cultural ecology, and art works that hope to promote thought about the future of human society. Visit Peter's website at


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 50 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.

This exhibit is a kick-off to the Open Studio weekends on October 8, 9 and October 15, 16 where 32 of the Art Trail artists open their studios to you!

No appointment, no fee, - just collect some art loving friends and family and drive through the beautiful fall foliage of Tompkins County with artists and their studios as your destinations.  

At the exhibit, you can see most of the artist's work in one location before setting off on your visits! Artists will be on hand, along with plenty of food and drink.

You'll see paintings, sculpture, drawings, stone art, graphic art, ceramics, photographs, collage, functional art, textile art, etchings, prints, wood art, and jewelry. The exhibit is up through October.  

Visit to see the work of all 50 Art Trail artists, download the brochure/map (or e-mail to have one sent to you!), and find the PDF listing the artists who will be open on the Open Studio weekends.

See a Virtual version of the Group ExhibitClick Here (image on right)

Thank you to Harris Beach, PLLC for sponsoring our October exhibit! 




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. 

Thank you to Fingerlakes Wealth Management for sponsoring our November exhibit! 



December 2022

CAP-a-Palooza Art Sale

Gallery Night: Friday, Dec. 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.  Learn more here


Recent Exhibits (Some have virtual links!)


thru August 26, 2022

Reid Palmer, "Black and White"
Reid Palmer "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.

"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.



July 2022

Grant’s ‘Colours Out of Chaos”

This exhibit by local artist Grant, includes colorful paintings with themes of aquatics, florals, figurative/dance, animals, and abstraction.





Learn more about the artist at

See Grant's virtual exhibit Here


April 2022

Quilt Divas, "Looking In, Looking Out"

A group textile exhibit by the Quilt Divas, represents a visual response to a period of change and uncertainty.


See Quilt Divas virtual Exhibit Here



March 2022

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

"Female Icons of 1930's Hollywood," by local artist Michael Busch included mixed media drawings (pencil, colored pencil, water color, and gouache, mainly) of iconic women of the films of the 1930s. 


See Michael's Virtual Exhibit Here


February 2022

Leanna Yatcilla, "2002"

Leanna Yatcilla, an artist and illustrator, is currently a student at Ithaca College pursing double BFAs in Art and Theatre Production + Design. "2002 is a body of work referencing 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."

See Leanna's Virtual Exhibit Here


January 2022

Hugo Medina, "Portraits"

Hugo Medina: "Paintings portraits of individuals from my travels and day-to-day encounters, I intentially connect with the 'others' of society."

See Hugo's Virual Exhibit Here!