Carol Ast, Ileen Kaplan, Uncategorized

Luminous Worlds

August 1st, 2017

Work by Ileen Kaplan and Carol Ast

  Carol writes: “Luminous Worlds”  – what latitude that gives me, what ideas it stimulates!  From the very literal interpretation of light and the infinite qualities it bestows, to “light” as understanding resulting from vision.  While most of my paintings in this exhibition portray the former, a few – the buildings – hopefully will foster an understanding of their inherent value as functional and esthetic icons of the past.

From Ileen: In “Luminous Worlds” I am exploring my feelings and reactions to the world around me using abstraction in ways that I have not tried before. Playing with painted and torn paper, collage, printmaking tools, pastels, graphite and oils  has opened my imagination up to new ways of looking at the world and expressing my own inner landscape.


Partnering with the Community Foundation

July 17th, 2017

The CommunityFoundation of Tompkins County is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Tompkins County by inspiring and supporting enduring philanthropy.

Nancy Massicci, Chief development Officer, describes the Community Foundation  this way:

Community Foundation is uniquely focused on creating a learning network to engage residents in assessing and addressing local needs in the arts, children and youth, education, animal welfare, environment, civic engagement, and health and human services. We often hear, “Part of the reason people come to Community Foundation is that they know the issues, challenges, and needs.”

In 16 years, with modest resources, we have conceived, built, and advanced a dynamic foundation engaging in the best professional practices and innovative models of service, and involving donors to empower philanthropic action. Everything we do is made possible by our donors. At this point, the Community Foundation needs to raise additional operating support – both current use and endowment – by engaging others in fundraising to enhance our impact in the community.

We have much to look forward to, and feel good about, when it comes to Tompkins County. Please join us in making a financial commitment to your Community Foundation by visiting For more information please contact:


Community Foundation of Tompkins County

200 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 202

Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 272-9333

George Ferrari, Chief Executive Officer,

Nancy Massicci

Chief Development Officer

Community Foundation of Tompkins County

200 E Buffalo Street, Suite 202, Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 272-9333

members, Special Events

State of the Art Gallery Raffle Coming Up!

July 11th, 2017

In celebration of its connection to the community,  State of the Art Gallery(SOAG) will partner with the Community Foundation of Tompkins County in a fundraising raffle.  State of the Art member artists will donate original artwork for the raffle, and 20% of the money raised will go to the Community Foundation to support its philanthropic work.

The raffle will kick-off at the Artists Market(located at the Farmers Market at 545 3rd St.) on Friday August 11th.  All art pieces will be on display at booth #59. Tickets, $10 each, may be purchased for any particular piece of art, and $2 of every ticket will go to the Community Foundation.  After the kick-off, tickets will be available at the Gallery (120 W. State Street) and the art work will be available for viewing at the gallery starting in September and via photos online at  The drawing will take place at the gallery on November 3, First Friday Gallery Night.

In celebrating 28 successful years as a cooperative gallery in Ithaca, SOAG members see this fundraising partnership as an opportunity not only to raise money for gallery repairs, but to join with the Community Foundation to encourage philanthropy in the community.

Message from Community Foundation


Nancy Ridenour

Light and Texture

July 11th, 2017

“Juxtaposition of Light and Texture” is a photography exhibition in the gallery Salon by new member Nancy Ridenour.  Nancy has many photographic subjects: flowers found in her garden, Florida birds in their natural habitats and abstractions of both the cement sculptures in the Cornell Arboretum and Manhattan City-Scapes. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, August 4, 5-8pm, Gallery Night in downtown Ithaca. Show dates: August 2-27, 2017.


Something Wicked This Way Comes

May 12th, 2017

Connie Zehr, Margy Nelson


April 22nd, 2017

Barbara Mink, members, Patty Brown

Time and Motion

March 12th, 2017


The Joys-and Challenges- of Abstraction

Sunday, April 23
2:00 pm
Join artists Barbara Mink and Patty Brown to discuss their work, technique, and the show’s theme of Time and Motion.

Special Events, State of the Art Gallery Shows

Winners of 2017 Photo Show

March 4th, 2017


Show runs through the end of the month at SOAG

Special Events

Exhibitor Agreement

February 13th, 2017

28th Annual Photo Show Exhibitor Agreement   March 1-Apr. 2, 2017


Please print clearly

Name of Exhibitor_____________________________________________________


Work(s) submitted: print clearly

Title                                                                                        Price






Exhibition Agreement

1 The artist/exhibitor agrees to deliver their work(s) to the Gallery at the published date. and time. The exhibitor will abide by the rules of the gallery regarding presentation and suitability for hanging as stated in the Call for Entries. Final approval of the criteria is the responsibility of the Gallery Board of Directors. 

2 The Gallery will provide an exhibition opening/reception for the artists with refreshments and an Award Ceremony. Exhibition announcements will be provided by the Gallery and sent to the Gallery list.  Show announcements will also be posted on the gallery web site and Facebook.

 3 While the State of the Art Gallery, its members and agents, will make reasonable efforts to protect the work(s) of an exhibitor, the Gallery cannot indemnify the work(s) against loss or damage. In submitting and agreeing to exhibit the work(s) in the Gallery the exhibitor agrees that the State of the Art Gallery, its members, Board of Directors, or agents will not be held liable and will be held harmless should there be damage or loss of work(s).

  1. The exhibitor agrees that the work(s) of the exhibitor may be reproduced for the purpose of advertising the exhibition for a period not to exceed five years.

5 It is agreed that the exhibitor may conduct sale of the work(s) from the exhibition. The Gallery will act as facilitator through it’s members who staff the Gallery during regular gallery hours. For the service, the Gallery receives a 30% commission on the sale of all displayed work.


  1. The show ends Sunday, April 2nd. Work must be picked up between 1 and 5pm that day. The gallery cannot store the works.



EXHIBITOR SIGNATURE______________________________________________DATE_______


                                                            David Watkins Jr                                         2.26.17

GALLERY REPRESENTATIVE_________________________________________DATE_______




PHOTO Returned signature _____________________________________________DATE_______





Becoming a Member of the State of the Art Gallery

January 12th, 2017

 On Sunday, March 5th, applicants my come to the gallery at 11:00am where members will be available to answer questions about the application process.  You may also call the gallery during regular business hours for additional information. W-F, 12-6pm; Sa & Su, 12-5pm.

SOAG gallery members:

  • Show artwork in the main gallery space once every two years in a shared show or a once every four years in a solo show.
  • Show individual artwork in the Salon or group shows at least eight times a year.
  • Collaborate with a creative group of local artists to promote visual arts sales in Ithaca
  • Benefit from the support of fellow artist members
  • Staff the gallery each month for 5-6 hours, and sign up for gallery cleaning once a year.
  • Attend gallery openings and special events.
  • Pay annual membership dues (currently $355 annually), 10% commission to gallery for artwork sold, and exhibition fees.
  • Attend monthly membership meetings.
  • Participate in running the gallery by working on at least one committee including membership, reception, installation, publicity, internship, technical support, special events, gallery operations and/or marketing.

What is SOAG looking for in selecting new artist members?

  • Original vision
  • Quality craftsmanship
  • Record of creative accomplishment
  • Presentation of work
  • Commitment to the cooperative vision of the gallery

 Portfolio Guidelines

SOAG Membership Application Process

The gallery maintains a membership roster of 30 members.  Applications for membership are reviewed once a year in early spring, when vacancies are available. This year there are openings for up to two new artist members.  Applications are due by March 7, 2017.  Upon review, applicants will be invited for portfolio presentation and interview on March 13. You will bring 8-12 pieces of actual work, along with the aforementioned portfolio.  Bring finished artwork that is framed, wired, and ready to hang. Members will ask questions about your technique, method, and motivations; and what skills you would bring to help run the gallery. You can ask us questions about the gallery, tell us why you’re interested in being a member, and any additional information that you would like us to know about you. Final determination of new members will be made in April 2017 by a vote of the membership.

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Applicants submit:

  • 12 – 20 digital images with list of works including title, medium, size and date for each image.
  • Resume, record of exhibitions
  • artist statement
  • Email all application materials to: