35th Annual Juried Photography Show
Call For Entries

State of the Art Gallery is a cooperative fine art gallery operated by its artist-members from the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. We are open four days per week, and we host a new exhibit each month. As a non-profit organization, we seek to enhance the cultural and economic vitality of the community. The show, once hung in the gallery, will also be available on this web site.

Entries are now being accepted! The deadline is 5pm, Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

  • The exhibit will run from Thursday, June 6 through Saturday, June 29, 2024.
  • Selections for the show will all be judged from the digital images uploaded to EntryThingy.
  • Up to $1,000 will be awarded at the discretion of the prize judge.
  • The prize judge (TBD) will make award selections from the photos hanging in the show.

Entry Requirements

All entries must be original art that has never been exhibited at our gallery. Current members of State of the Art and their family members are not eligible.

The entry fee of $35 covers up to four (4) images per artist and must be paid via PayPal at the time of submission. (A PayPal account is not required.) The fee is non-refundable and does not guarantee that your work will be accepted into the show.

If your work is accepted into the show, it must be hand delivered and retrieved by you, or someone you designate, to the gallery during the times noted in the calendar below.

Submission of Work

All entries will be received through our page at EntryThingy.

All image files entered to the show must have unique titles. Do not label more than one image with the same title. If you have duplicate titles, give each its own number. For instance, “Untitled No. 1”, “Untitled No. 2”, etc. The EntryThingy website assigns its own file labeling for each image entered and we use that system for showing to the jury and for the gallery website.

Image file size requirements. The file size for upload to EntryThingy must be between 750 kb and 2 mb, with a minimum width of 1200 pixels.

Entries will not be considered complete until you have paid the entry fee.

Show Design


The gallery will handle all sales, including sales tax. The gallery will charge a 30% commission on all sales.

Exhibit Promotion

State of the Art Gallery will promote the show widely. It will be featured on the main page of our website for the month of June and then archived. We will post on social media and on-line newspapers, and there will be links to it on the Ithaca Gallery Night website.

A reception for the show will be held on Gallery Night (First Friday, June 7) from 5–8 pm. (However, Covid safety restrictions may still be applied.) Prize winners will be announced that day on our web site, via social media, and at the gallery.

Prize winning art will be prominently featured on our website along with information about the winning artists and links to their websites and social media pages if they so desire.

Terms and Conditions

Submissions to the STATE Of THE ART JURIED PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW shall imply an agreement on the part of each artist to all conditions of this prospectus. Permission for State of the Art Gallery to use images of accepted works for publicity, education, and reference purposes is assumed.


All times are PM.

May15:00Deadline for all entries
5–6Email notification of entry status
June2Noon–5:00Accepted entries hand delivered to gallery
31:00–4:00Accepted entries hand delivered to gallery
6NoonExhibit opens
7Notification of award recipients
295:00Exhibit closes to the public
301:00–5:00Work must be retrieved from the gallery.


The work may be traditionally or digitally produced and printed. There are no restrictions on content, physical size, or creation date. Manipulation of images during a post-production process is acceptable so long as it begins with an original photographic process. Scanned images are acceptable.

Images wholly produced with AI software are not acceptable. The gallery maintains the right to ask for additional information if necessary.

The image file uploaded to EntryThingy must be between 750 kb and 2mb, with a minimum width of 1200 pixels.

The entry fee is $35. This fee is non-refundable and does not guarantee that your work will be accepted into the show.

Each entrant may submit up to four (4) images. All images must be original work created by the artist, and the work should not have been exhibited at State of the Art Gallery in the past.

You may designate someone else to hand deliver your work to the gallery. We do not accept artwork by mail, nor can we store packing material. You must also arrange for the work to be picked up at the end of the show

Yes. Even though the jury process is done online, 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. Photographs printed on paper 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 1½ to 3 inches from the 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 and professional looking.

Images can also be printed on metal, canvas, ceramic, wood, and glass. The work must be ready to hang, which generally means a wire or hanging device across the back or clearly identified secure attachments for hanging. Finally, the jury reserves the right to reject any submission that is not presented in a professional manner, exclusive of the content and readiness to hang when delivered.

The jury will consist of 3–5 artist members of State of the Art Gallery.

The prize judge is To Be Announced and will be an artist or art professional from one of the region’s museums, gallerys, or colleges. Previous prize judges have included art professors from Cornell and Ithaca College, other regional colleges, or staff members from Cornell’s Johnson Museum.

After the entry deadline, 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 decides how the prize money will be awarded. 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.

Yes! But it has no bearing on whether or not the work is accepted into the show. We do 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. However, we will not reject a good work if the artist does not want to offer it for sale.

If you have any questions, please direct them to David Watkins.

Exhibitor Agreement