We welcome applications from artists in all media, in the local Finger Lakes region.

We accept and review applications every month, detailed below. Please note that the gallery is open to visitors during the pandemic, though hours have been slightly shortened, and our online presence has been increased considerably, offering multiple opportunities for the display and sale of art.


  • Show work in duo or solo shows periodically every two to four years.

  • Show work annually in group shows, and monthly in the Salon up to 8 times per year (the Salon is currently closed due to social distancing restrictions).

  • Exhibit in other venues as opportunities arise. Recent other-venue exhibits, for example, have been at the Hilton Garden Inn and at Moosewood Restaurant.

  • In past years State of the Art has rented one of the larger booths at the Artist’s Market (held at the Farmers’ Market in July) for all interested members.

  • Expand your marketing with continuous listings and artwork images on the Gallery website, rack cards stocked at hotels & tourist information centers, targeted announcements of shows to local media & the monthly gallery e-newsletter, and social media announcements and updates.

  • Discuss work monthly, enjoy collegial support with fellow artists, and work collaboratively.


  • Staff the gallery each month for 5-6 hours, and sign up for gallery cleaning once a year.

  • To support fellow members, attend gallery openings, new member reviews, and other special events.

  • Pay annual membership dues of $364 annually, a 13% commission to gallery for artwork sold, and exhibition fees of $350 for solo shows, split among exhibitors for multi-person shows.

  • Attend monthly membership meetings to discuss and vote on gallery events and procedures.

  • Participate in running the gallery by working regularly on at least one gallery management committee, and helping out with ad hoc committees and special events from time to time.

What are we looking for?

  • Original vision.

  • A portfolio of recent work (8-12 pieces created in the last three years).

  • Clear presentation of what a show would look like.

  • Quality craftsmanship and presentation of work..

  • Record of creative accomplishment

  • Presentation of work to gallery standards, properly framed, ready to hang.

  • Commitment to the cooperative vision of the gallery

Application Process

The gallery maintains a roster of up to 30 members. Applications are being reviewed now on a rolling basis, as they come in. Application is a two-part process, as described below. Deadlines for sending applications are the first Monday of each month. Members will have the rest of that month to review artists images, bio and statements, prior to an interview.

Digital Application

  • 8–12 jpegs or png (1200 px long edge, no PDFs) with list of title, medium, size and date for each image.

  • Resume and record of exhibitions (Word doc or RTF, absolutely no PDFs)

  • Artist statement (250 words or less in Word doc or RTF, absolutely no PDFs)

  • Email all application materials to Membership@soagithaca.org

Interview & Portfolio Presentation

Applicants will be scheduled for portfolio presentation and interview with the current gallery membership, usually on the 2nd Monday of the month following receipt of your application. Interviews, lasting 20–30 minutes, will be via Zoom while we are under social distancing rules. Final determination of new members will be made by a vote of the membership.

For more information

Visit the gallery and talk to current members.  Or call the gallery at 607 277 1626 during business hours.  Or email the membership committee.

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