Call for Artists

New York Foundation for the Arts - 2020 Artist Fellowships

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is a nonprofit service organization that empowers working artists and emerging arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional/organizational development.

To that end, NYFA is inviting applications for its 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program. Through the program, unrestricted cash grant of $7,000 will be awarded to artists living in New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located therein. Fellowship categories in 2020 include craft/sculpture, digital/electronic arts, nonfiction literature, poetry, and printmaking/drawing/book arts. The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship is not a project grant but instead is intended to fund an artist's vision or voice at any stage of his/her artistic development.

To be eligible, applicants must be at least 25 years of age, a current resident of New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located in New York State, and have maintained residency in the state for the last two consecutive years. Candidates may not be enrolled in a degree-seeking program of any kind.

See the New York Foundation for the Arts website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

January 22

Auditions for Summer 2020 Productions at Cortland Repertory Theatre

Cortland Repertory Theatre is announcing auditions for adults (ages 19 and up) including Performing Intern Candidates for its 2020 summer season. Auditions, by appointment, will be held locally on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 24 – 26, at CRT Downtown, 24 Port Watson Street, Cortland. Visit their website for more information, including instructions for scheduling an interview and a full list of character descriptions.

For Youth Auditionees, ages 10 – 18,  auditions to be held Thursday, January 23. CRT is seeking disciplined and confident boys and girls of all races and nationalities to play primarily ensemble roles in two summer musicals: “Big River” (dates are May 25 – June 20, including rehearsals); and “Finian’s Rainbow” (dates are June 23 – July 18, including rehearsals). Auditions will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at CRT Downtown, 24 Port Watson Street, Cortland. At 7:00 PM, a movement/dance callback will be held, at which a dance combination will be taught to those individuals asked to stay. To schedule a Youth Audition appointment time, please call 607-753-6161. These are the only local auditions to be held; CRT does not hold private auditions.

For more information about both opportunities, please visit the Cortland Repertory Theatre website.

Youth - January 23
Adult - January 24-26

Regatta Row 2020

The Jericho Arts Council (JAC) of Bainbridge is looking to sponsor 20 juried Artists for a month long, sidewalk exhibition of art.  For the 6th year, Artists will express their creativity, on unique Adirondack “Canoe Paddle Chairs” or upon petite child sized versions of the chairs.  This year the theme is “Sunrise/Sunset” and diverse interpretations are welcome!  

JAC will provide artists with the chairs, paint (donated by Golden Artist Colors) and a stipend of $125 for the adult chairs and $75 for the Children’s chairs.  Cash awards of $50 to $100 will be granted in 5 categories.  Artists will be promoted with bio’s on the JAC website as well as in a media conference, regional press releases, posters, social media and on maps of the Art Trail.  For a month, photos of each piece of art will be posted on the website along with the opportunity for bidding in advance of the Live Auction to take place on Sat, May 23 at the General Clinton Canoe Regatta.

The art will be displayed on Bainbridge sidewalks from April 22 till Memorial Day weekend.  Proceeds from the May 23 Art Auction will go to the Jericho Arts Council to support our Artists & Musicians and to create future events. While the artist’s finished work will be on display for a month, the Regatta Row Street Art Fest is ONE afternoon only, Sat. May 16 from noon to 3.  


Apply today! Applications received by Jan. 20 may be reviewed and be eligible for early receipt of a chair.  For more information, visit the Jericho Arts Council Call for Artists page.

Application deadline
February 8, 2020

2020 Light Work Grants in Photography

Three $3,000 grants will be awarded to photographers who reside within an approximate 50-mile radius of Syracuse, New York.  The recipients of these grants are invited to display their work in a special exhibition at Light Work, and their work will also be reproduced in Light Work’s award-winning publication, Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.

Applicants must reside in of one of the following Central New York counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Tioga or Tompkins.

For more information, visit the Light Works Grants in Photography page.

Entries due
April 1, 2020

Other Places that Regularly Display Artwork in Cortland County

Cinch Art Space

Cortland Corset Building

The Cortland Free Library

Dowd Gallery at SUNY Cortland 

Guthrie Cortland Regional Medical Center

Homer Center for the Arts Art Gallery 

Local Food Market

McNeil Building Gallery



Please let us know if you have other Gallery Spaces to add to this list!


Cultural Council of Cortland County

PO Box 5133

Cortland, NY 13045


T: 607-753-1188

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