Ed Brothers on becoming a member.
The State of the Art Gallery is a collective of practicing artists who have worked cooperatively for over 30 years to bring a vibrant fine arts gallery to the Ithaca community. Read below to learn about the benefits and responsibilities of membership, as well as the criteria for membership and how to apply. .
No applications are currently being accepted. You should address any inquiries to the Membership Committee.
Membership carries many benefits, including the following:
Various ways to exhibit artwork:
Solo or duo shows in the main gallery, a solo show every four years or a two-member show every two years.
An annual group show that fills the entire gallery with about 10 feet of wall space for each member.
Members may show one or two pieces six times a year in the Salon.
Members may display original artist books and prints in the gallery racks.
Exhibit in other venues as opportunities arise. Recent examples 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.
Enhanced Marketing and Exposure
Expand your marketing with continuous listings and artwork images on the Gallery website, gallery blog, artist of the month, rack cards stocked at hotels and tourist information centers, targeted announcements of shows to local media and our monthly newsletter, and social media announcements and updates.
Engagement with Fellow Artists
Opportunities to discuss work monthly for current shows and in critique groups, enjoy collegial support and occasional social activities with fellow artists, and work collaboratively.
As a cooperatively run gallery, membership also carries many responsibilities. Please read the following carefully.
Staff the gallery each month for 4–5 hours, and process sales manually with paperwork and digitally with Square.
Support fellow members by attending gallery openings, new member reviews, and other special events.
Pay membership dues of $364 annually, a 13% commission to gallery for artwork sold, and exhibition fees of $400 for solo shows, split among exhibitors for multi-person shows.
Attend membership meetings on the evening of the second Monday each month to discuss and vote on gallery events and procedures.
Be able to photograph and submit accurate digital image files and labels for their artwork meeting monthly deadlines. Members are responsible for digital photography of their own artwork
Participate in running the gallery by working regularly on at least one major committee (listed below) and by helping out with sub tasks from other committees that the gallery needs.
- Financial Committee
responsible for grant writing, accounting, and financial oversight.
- Facilities Committee
responsible for gallery maintenance and improvements, supply inventories, and pandemic management.
- Member Exhibits Committee
responsible for overseeing installation of all gallery shows, processing of member digital artwork files and labels, the online gallery, the online Square store, and reception for openings.
- Special Exhibits Committee
responsible for organizing the annual juried art show, the annual photo show, invitational shows and occasional themed exhibits.
- Membership Staffing Committee
responsible for the processing of new member applications, orientation and mentorship of new members, annual maintenance of members Procedures Manual, and overseeing the gallery sitting calendar.
- Marketing Publicity and Community Outreach Committee
responsible for posting show announcements in local newspapers, public calendars and radio, online media including the gallery website with event announcements, newsletter, blog and online gallery and social media including Facebook, Instagram, and Google Business. This committee produces printed promotions such as rack cards and posters. It organizes special fundraisers and events such as the Ithaca’s annual Artist Market. This committee develops and pursues strategies to increase our visibility in the greater Ithaca community.
- Policies/Procedures/Records Committee
responsible for reviewing our by-laws and policies annually. It also archives the history of our shows, events and promotional materials, and procedural documents.
Criteria for New Member Consideration
Effective use of materials and approaches to composition that communicate the artist’s intent.
A record of accomplishment and commitment to art making and showing.
Professional presentation of work.
Understanding of member responsibilities.
New Member Application Process
We request that applicants submit the following:
A body of recent work of which a substantial portion has been completed within the last two years and which exemplifies your current artistic voice. Please submit JPEG files of 10–15 pieces. Files should be labeled with the applicant’s name and title of the piece. Along with the digital files, a list of the file names, art medium, and dimensions of each work is also required.
An artist statement to give us further insight into understanding your artwork.
A resume that highlights your artistic achievements, history, and related experiences.
Submit your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, please read the member responsibilities and committees information listed above. Identify what committee tasks match your skills and strengths and be prepared to talk about this during the interview process.
State of the Art Gallery does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage all practicing artists to apply for membership.
Application timeline for 2024
|March||15||Last day for applications.|
|24–25||Artists bring work into the gallery for in-person review.|
|25||Applicants' material available for internal online review.|
|28||By 12:00 pm||Applicants remove work from the gallery.|
|April||8||7:30 pm||Zoom interview with applicant.|
|22||Members vote on applications.|
|24||New members notified.|
|May||13||7:30 pm||New members attend SOAG monthly meeting.|
During May, new members will receive orientation. They will be paired with an experienced member for the first year for continued support. They may begin to attend the monthly meetings on June 12.
Eight to ten works that exemplify your artistic voice must be brought into the gallery for members to review them starting Monday, April 3. At least three pieces should be framed, based, or mounted as it would be shown in the gallery.
If you cannot deliver the work on the morning of April 3, you must arrange a different time with the application committee.
Work must be picked up Thursday, April 6.
A 25 minute interview. .
5 minute artist presentation: You will present and talk about your work in a way that works for you and will be able to share your screen with us and show artwork while you talk.
10–15 minutes: We ask questions (see samples below).
5 minutes: You ask questions of us.
Sample Interview Questions
What are you working on right now that is exciting to you?
What or who do you look to for inspiration?
How did this body of work develop?
How does this body of work stand apart from what is already shown by other gallery members?
How does the work shown correspond with the artist’s statement?
What is your working practice like?
What do you consider when developing your compositions?
How does your use of materials affect your process?
How do you know when your work is complete?
- What shows or artistic achievements are you most proud of?
What show or artistic achievement stretched you the most?
Tell us a story of an experience of showing your work.
How do you present your artwork in gallery settings?
What would a showing of your work look like in the State of the Art Gallery? How do you title your work?
What do you consider when putting a show together?
You have read the member benefits and responsibilities. Do you have any questions about how this cooperative gallery runs?
What are you looking for in being a member of State of the Art?
What committee tasks match your skills and strengths?
Are there particular committee tasks that appeal to you?
What skills aside from your art practice could you bring to help run this cooperative gallery?
All members must have the skills necessary to take photographs of their work and manage digital image files. What programs do you use to process images of your artwork?