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 - Artwork

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

Blackbird Film Festival - Film Submission Judge

New this year, the Blackbird Film Festival is opening its call for film submission judges to community members.  These individuals help review selections from a pool of over 2,000 entries. Submission judges need to have a sharp eye for production quality, character development, and overarching story themes. Submission judges must also be strong writers with a self-motivated personality. Aside from a weekly group meeting, 90% of this position is completed independently using Youtube and Vimeo. Work schedules are extremely flexible to fit your schedule. If interested in participating, please CLICK HERE to learn more. More information about the Blackbird Film Festival can be found at

Completed artwork due
My 5, 2020

Artistic Discovery Art Competition

Congressman Brindisi is proud to announce his second annual Artistic Discovery Art Competition for high school students. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, they are moving to a virtual competition this year. To enter the competition, a scanned version or picture of the student’s artwork must be submitted to along with a student release form. In the subject line please include the students name and title of the piece. The deadline for entering the competition and submitting artwork is May 6th at Noon. Click here for more information. 

Completed artwork due
noon, May 6, 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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