Call for Artists

McNeil Building Gallery 

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

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.

Display Work at the Guthrie Cortland Medical Center

Deadline Extended - Apply today

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

Your Poems Wanted for Cortland Standard

Deadline: Monday, December 14

Poetry is important. An idea or experience expressed in image, verse or sound, poetry is powerful. It's therapeutic. It might be helpful to create in a painful time.

The public is invited to send in a poem or two of unpublished work for a special poetry page. The subject is wide open.

Deadline: Monday, Dec 14

Run date: Saturday, Dec 26

include name and town for publication.

Send copies of poems to:


K. Keyser, Cortland Standard

PO Box 5548, Cortland NY 13045


Put in the drop box next to the front door of the 110 Main St office.

Poems will not be returned. Due to space, some poems may not be published.

For further questions, contact Katie Keyser, living and leisure editor 607-591-4037

Veggie & Flower Mural

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Call Summary

Group of community members made up of growers, farmers, food processors and eaters are seeking an artist capable of creating a mural that reflects the diversity and beauty of our local agriculture. The graphics will be heirloom, native and cultivated varieties of vegetables, fruits and flowers grown in the region by farmers and gardeners. Seeking art that is brightly colored, moderately detailed, and whimsical. Varied artistic styles as well as interactive artwork are welcome.


  • Community beautification and engagement

  • Inspire curiosity and joy for vegetables and flowers 

  • Illustrate agricultural activities on South Main Street 

  • Provide a showcase for local artist

  • Highlight local agriculture, past, current and future


Artist Eligibility

Artists who are regionally based in Central New York are especially encouraged to apply. All experience levels will be considered. Artists are allowed to apply in teams, teams must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.


181 ½  Main Street, Cortland, NY

The building houses three local businesses, a fermentery, an organic vegetable farm, and a local flower farm. The warehouse is located in the south end of Cortland, an area of the city that has struggled to thrive since the loss of key industries decades ago. The facade being painted is approximately 600 sq. ft.



$10,000, artist is responsible for basic supplies and paint. Scissor lift and wall prep will be supplied.


Eligibility criteria

  • Experience with large scale murals

  • Demonstrated design/composition skills

  • Submission of project description aligning with call summary


  • Application available: December 15, 2020

  • Deadline to submit application: March 1, 2021

  • Artist selected: March 20, 2021

  • Mural installed: June 2021 (exact installation schedule TBD)




  1. Name and contact information


  1. Short project description


  1. Related experience


  1. 3-5 examples of previous work

Submit questions and application materials to:


Adrianne Traub

165 Main Street, Suite 4, 

Cortland NY 13045



Additional Information

Inspiration for project ideas:

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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