Call for Artists

Display Work at the Guthrie Cortland Medical Center

Area artists are invited to submit four to ten pieces for review for hanging in the lobby at the Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. One to two artists will be selected, and selected works will be hung for a six-month period. 
The total usable space for artwork is 31 feet, separated in increments of 5 feet and 13 feet on one open wall, as well as two other walls at 4 and 5 feet, which also have a counter or tables along them. A hanging system is installed in this space, which can support up to 9 works. Submissions should take into account the available space and be no larger than 3 ft by 4 ft. 
All work must be professionally presented. At least one image showing the finished presentation, whether framed, frameless, gallery wrapped or other, must be included. Selected works must be ready to hang by March 15.  No sawtooth hangers will be accepted. The selected artist(s) must be a resident of Cortland County or one of its contiguous counties, and at the time in which the artwork is hung, be a member of the Cultural Council of Cortland County. 

Jpeg images of the work should be submitted to

Deadline Extended - Apply today

McNeil Building Gallery 

The Cultural Council is seeking exhibit proposals for its new gallery space at the McNeil Building in downtown Cortland.


Both solo and group shows will be considered. Group shows need a point person. At this time only 2D work can be accommodated.


Exhibits will be up for approximately 2 months.


To submit, please send the following to with “McNeil CFA” as the subject line:

  • A brief exhibit proposal

  • 3 to 5 images of work to be considered (title, medium, dimensions)

  • Name, email and phone number of artist or point person

  • Website (optional)

Proposals will be reviewed by our gallery committee. If selected, artists are expected to become Artist Members of the Cultural Council. Each show will have a gallery opening, coordinated with the help of our gallery committee.


Please note the Cultural Council does not take responsibility for insuring artwork.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Blackbird Film Festival

The Blackbird Film Festival is looking for artists to create work themed around the many short films included in their 2020 festival line up. Any artwork created will be displayed at the festival (Brown Auditorium, Oct 1st - 4th) for filmmakers and attendees to purchase. All proceeds will be returned directly to the artist. This collaborative project was a huge success in 2019 and hopes are high for 2020! If interested in participating, please CLICK HERE to sign up. More information about the Blackbird Film Festival can be found at

Completed artwork due
My 1, 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

Rochester Contemporary Art Center's Annual 6x6 Exhibition

The Rochester Contemporary Art Center's annual 6x6 exhibition is an international small art phenomenon with thousands of works from all around the world and they want YOU to be a part of it. It is completely free and participants may enter up to three 6 inch by 6 inch pieces in any medium (except glitter) by April 11, or postmarked by April 10. 6x6 is hosted by Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), a small, non-profit art center in Rochester, NY!


This annual exhibition 6x6, raises critical funds needed to pay artists, maintain their building and administer contemporary art programming to our community this coming year! With just one, simple artwork you can help their mission to provide unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists. Want to learn more and experience past years’ entries? Visit or find it on social media using #RoCo6x6 or @RoCo137!

Entries due
April 11, 2020

Other Places that Regularly Display Artwork in Cortland County

Center for the Arts of Homer - Art Gallery

Cinch Art Space

Cortland Corset Building

The Cortland Free Library

Dowd Gallery at SUNY Cortland 

Local Food Market



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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