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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: Mondays - 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!


August 2022

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

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.

"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

Peter Walz, Ithaca College Student Sho
Gallery Night: Friday, September 2, 5pm to 8pm

" exhibit is the conclusion of my work during The Summer Scholars Program in Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College, which provides students with a full-time opportunity to engage in a research/scholarly/creative project during the summer.  This project is a continuation of study from previous semesters and prompts.

The subject of my work is my interest in human technological adaptations and visual perception, and the history of such manipulation of environment to effect and build physical and ephemeral machines that themselves change and advance knowledge, and how these advances and discoveries drive us forward, but also raise new challenges to our survival both environmentally, and culturally.  “To see” is an oft quoted verbal stand in for understanding.  With this project I hope to build a foundational practice to illuminate, and dialogue with both history and future in our increasingly retinal and distracted world."

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.








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.  

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


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 Virtual Exhibits


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 work at and

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!