2017 Photo Show FAQ

December 13th, 2016

SOAG Photo Show Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Should my entries represent a particular kind of photographic approach?


No.  They may be traditionally or digitally produced and printed. There are no content, size or age specifications either.   Manipulations of the image are acceptable as long as they begin with a photographic process. Scanned images are acceptable.


  1. How much paperwork is there to fill out?


We have two forms.  The first is the Call for Entries that is published on the gallery web site about two months before the deadline for submissions and sent via e-mail to the gallery mailing list.   The second is an Exhibitors Agreement, a form on which the entrant gives us complete contact information, information about the work being submitted, the relevant dates during the show, and the agreement concerning the works between the gallery and the entrant.  That form is filled out when the entrant brings their work to the gallery.   It may be filled out ahead of time but please bring two copies with your work.


  1. Why do you need two labels on each photograph submitted?


We do ask for two (2) labels.  One must be permanently affixed to the back of the photograph and one temporarily affixed with tape to the edge of the frame so that they hang down over the front of the photograph.  The label on the back assures that we know the owner of the photograph when the show comes down. The label affixed to the front is used to make sure we place the right wall label with the correct photograph.  The gallery produces the wall labels for the show in order to be consistent and look professionally created.

Each label from the entrant should include: name, title, medium  (ex: archival inkjet print, or silver gelatin print etc. etc.), and price or NFS if not for sale.


  1. How many photographs from each entrant do you usually accept into the show?


It varies according to each jury.  There is no set rule.  Sometimes we take two, sometimes one and sometimes the jury decides that neither entry will be chosen for the show.  The jury strives to upgrade the quality of the show each year so there is no guarantee given to any entrant.


  1. Why should the work I submit be recent?


As we noted above, we try to make sure that each year the show represents the best work possible and not simply agree to show anything submitted.  The more current the work is, the more likely it will represent current photographic trends and practice.






  1. If my work is accepted into the show, does presentation still matter?


Yes.  Even though the jury process is done electronically/digitally, how the work appears when it is brought to the gallery for inclusion in the show is important.  In general, standard gallery approaches to matting and framing should be followed.  Narrow, black, wood and/or metal frames are preferred that compliment the photograph while not dominating it.  The photographs should be under glass or plexi-glass.  Non-colored mats are also preferred because they focus the attention on the photograph and not the mat.  Mats should extend on average from 1 1/2 to 3 inches from edge of the photograph to the edge of the frame. This is not a hard and fast rule, just a general acknowledgment of good presentation practice.  Frames need not be expensive, just simple, professional looking and complimentary of the work.


Images today can also be printed on metal, ceramic, wood and glass.  The work must be ready to hang which generally means a wire across the back or clearly identified secure devices from which to hang the work.  Finally, the jury reserves the right to turn down any submission that is not presented in a professional manner, exclusive of the content.



  1. Are your rules and deadlines for submission of work hard and fast?


Absolutely.  We accept no entries after published deadlines.  The jury begins it’s work very soon after the deadline for entries passes so it’s really not fair to those who manage to get their work in on time if we accept late entries.  Also, two entries means two entries.  Every year a few people try to convince us to take more than the allotted two entries.  We don’t.



  1. How does the jury and prize process work?


After all the entries are in, a panel of members from the gallery made up primarily of experienced photographers, decide what will be accepted for the show.  After the show is hung, a prize judge, selected from outside the membership of the gallery, looks at the show and she or he decides how the prize money will be awarded.  The prize judge is different each year. We try to find experienced, respected and successful photographers and/or teachers of photography and imaging arts in order to make the experience for the entrants a meaningful process.



  1. If my work is rejected an/or accepted does it diminish my chances for being accepted in future shows?


Absolutely not!  We encourage everyone to enter each year.  Being rejected is not an indication that your work will be rejected in future years nor does acceptance or winning a prize in a given year guarantee acceptance the following year or years.  Each year the jury may be different as is the prize judge. For many artists/photographers rejection from a given show can provide insight and creative stimulus to change and/or see a path for improvement in their work.  However, one should not change a direction if the belief in that work is strong and directed.  As we noted, a different jury in all likelihood may have different criteria for judging.



  1. Does it help if my work is for sale?


Yes!  It has no bearing on whether or not the work is accepted into the show but we encourage everyone to offer their work for sale.  It enhances the value of the show and helps to promote the idea that it is a relevant, professional offering.  That being said, we will not reject a good work if the artist does not want to offer it for sale.



Juried Show 2016

November 28th, 2016



Awaiting the Ark – Shirley Hogg

October 30th, 2016


“Awaiting the Ark” is an exhibition of recent paintings of endangered animals by Shirley Hogg.  What makes this work so remarkable is the artist has painted the animals life-sized. The show dates are November 2-27, 2016, with a reception for the artist Friday, November 4, 5-8 pm.


In conjunction with her show, there are three special events: 

“Hogg Wild;  Painting Animals in Watercolor,” a children’s workshop with Shirley Hogg and Erin Deneuville, Saturday, November 12, 10-11:45 am for children ages 6-12 (fee, $15, reserve at bristleandturp.com/hoggwild)

“Explore Your Wild Animal Self through Collage,” a workshop with Patty Brown, Tuesday, November 15, 6-8:30 pm (fee $25, reserve at wildspiritstudio@gmail.com)

“Saving Seabirds: Lessons We Have Learned from Puffins,” a talk by Steve Kress, Sunday, November 20, 2pm, followed by a book signing of Kress’s book Project Puffin.


Wizarding Weekend, 2016

October 7th, 2016


Between 4:00PM and 6:00PM on October 27, Wizarding Thursday, children ages six and up (accompanied by an adult) are invited to drop in at the State of the Art Gallery to construct magical amulets and talismans—perfect accompaniments to your wizarding weekend costume! The cost is $5.00 per child.


On October 29, Wizarding Saturday, Photo Booth Ithaca will be taking and printing photos in the (Wizarding) Salon of State of the Art Gallery for just $5.00 a print. See our new members show in the main gallery and then make your way to the Salon where you will have the opportunity for 2 poses. A print with both poses will be produced in less than a minute. We’ll be there from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.

http://www.photoboothithaca.com/  http://wizardingweekend.com/


Art Trail Preview – 2016

September 11th, 2016


For many years State of the Art Gallery has been a supporter of the Greater Ithaca Art Trail

This year, we are hosting the preview exhibit for the October trail weekends in our Salon gallery.  Here in our downtown location, you can stop in to see selections from many of the participating artists.  Trail maps will be available so you can plan your route to the artists’ studios from here.



October 2016

September 11th, 2016



New Members’ Exhibition – 2016

September 1st, 2016



Featuring the work of new members Erin Deneuville, Susan C. Larkin, and Michael Sampson. All three artists venture into different territories in their practice, but hold a similar bond in their observation of form. Deneuville’s realist paintings are modern representational portraits, nudes, the still life, and interiors; Larkin’s photographs look closely at plants, insects, and hands; and Sampson’s abstract paintings are created directly from the figure.


Five Out of Seven – Sheryl Sinkow

August 14th, 2016


Sept web image final

Ms. Sinkow’s Statement

Four Years ago, right after I had my last solo show at State of the Art Gallery, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Needless to say it was quite a shock especially since 4 months prior to the show I had hiked the rigorous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explored some of the Galapagos Islands and traveled down the Peruvian Amazon. Time passes and luckily I healed although the chemo and the medical expenses were far tougher than that trek into the Andes.


I had a much different idea for this exhibit however, …the best laid plans. The images I had planned to make will happen another time. I was in a quandary as to what to show. It was my good friend Diane who had a brilliant idea ~ yes, that’s her on “the phone” telling me the idea. Seriously, though, as Diane suggested, I looked back on some of my work from 5 of the 7 continents I have traveled to and I began to see common themes. Some of them are incorporated within 5 out of 7. Some of the images have never been shown before. The highlight of this current year was having the honor to photograph the image for Ithaca is Love. I’m particularly pleased to show the image because of the powerful feeling and unity that was created at the moment the image was formed. The other images suggest that we are not so very different from one another and in these troubling times, it is important to see and feel that we are all connected.

Click here for more of Sinkow’s images


Dennis, Ozolins, Plater 2016

July 23rd, 2016

August web image

For writers, a through line (or thru-line) is a connecting theme or plot in a movie, play, or book. It is a constant driving force that can take on a new dimension, shed another, or even make a detour all while maintaining a forward-moving trajectory. Applying this concept to art challenges one to articulate, visualize, and even problematize the driving force—the unwavering given – that defines one’s trajectory as an artist.  Whether explicit at the outset of a career, evident incrementally in the details, or apparent only in hindsight, it is there:  a thru-line defines the philosophical and material integrity of an artist’s work over time.

THRU-LINES at State of the Art Gallery offers both artist and viewer the opportunity to engage the creative trajectory in the individual artists included in this show. It also allows the viewer to discover and contemplate cross-references in the totality of the work on view.

Installation views








Never Before Seen at SOAG: An Invitational Show

May 1st, 2016


The exhibition this month comes from a new twist on an invitational: gallery members invited artists who have NEVER shown at State of the Art before.

The resulting group of guest artists come from many disciplines and locations. Some are friends, known for just a few years or for decades. Others are family members. Some are local artists. Others live as far away as California and even the south of France! One member invited her college mentor; another, his young granddaughter. Some members chose to show their own work along with their guest. A few are even doing collaborative work along with their colleagues. But almost half of the participating SOAG members chose to give the whole of their allocated space to their invitees.

The show will include work from virtually every artistic discipline: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, computer generated works, and more!

Show dates are June 1- 26, 2016. There will be an artists’ reception on Friday, June 3, from 5-8pm.