The State of the Art Gallery presents

promoting our beautiful and diverse city and the artists who love it
For the entire month of August, ten local galleries will exhibit their artists’ unique interpretations of seeing Ithaca.
East Hill Expansion 2017  by Patty Porter

SOAG is a cooperative fine arts gallery operated by our members from the Finger Lakes region of New York. We have two juried shows each year, an invited guests show, and many shows by our members. For Seeing Ithaca, members and their guests will creatively interpret that theme. Opening night: August 4th, 5–8pm

Members Vince Joseph, Ileen Kaplan, and Nancy Ridenour organized Seeing Ithaca.

Vince: “Ithaca is an amazing cultural hub, with a huge music scene and vibrant art scene and community. Not much happened during the pandemic, and so once the world reopened, I said to myself, ‘Wow! It’s really time to see Ithaca!’”

Ileen: “We are in collaboration with ten local galleries and we are hoping to have at least 50 artists show work on the theme of Seeing Ithaca. While we expect to see depictions of the beautiful landscapes of the area, we also expect to see the artists’ personal visions of the city.”

Nancy: “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate artists and art enthusiasts.”

This exhibit, A Season of Ithaca, will feature portraits of locations in and around the city of Ithaca by Carlton Manzano. Carlton works outdoors, creating representational work predominantly of urban settings in oils on board or canvas. Opening night: August 4th, 5–8pm

This exhibition celebrates a pioneering group of queer artists who left the disparaging metropolis for Danby to build a commune, plant gardens, and party. Along with art made by members of the collective, we are also showing some contemporary pieces that channel the Lavender Hill legacy. Opening night: August 4th, 5–7pm 

Island Coastline 4 by Jennifer Gibson

We warmly invite you to the annual Faculty Exhibition 2023 at the Community School of Music and Arts. View the diverse creative styles of CSMA’s talented teaching artists—and get inspired to take a class this fall!

The exhibition will be on view August 4 through September 29. Click on the link above to visit our web site or call (607) 272-1474 for information about CSMA’s upcoming programs or to register.

Opening night: August 4th, 5–8pm

In Observance, featuring work by Jack Elliott, Greg Page and Jari Poulin. All three are established Ithaca artists and educators who work with the theme of the natural environment. Opening night: Saturday August 5th from 4–6pm.

Ben Frank Moss (1936-2019) was a painter and a teacher, with the majority of his teaching career being spent at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. His studio in Washington state is where he spent his summers painting from 1976 to 2017.

The Ink Shop Printmaking Center will show member work, either Ithaca inspired or created here. Our studio has several new members and we are excited to add their unique contributions to the pool of diverse printmaking imagery and techniques that the Ink Shop artists use. This exhibit is in conjunction with our annual Member Exhibit which provides the opportunity to see the creative and skilled work coming out of Ithaca’s own community print studio.

Opening night: August 4th, 5–8pm


The Mink Gallery will be featuring Gorge Walks. Gorge Walks are impressions of Ithaca through every season, in various abstractions of what makes Ithaca and Tompkins County unique. Opening night: August 4th, 5–8pm

Maro Kariya and Werner Sun present a multimedia installation with projection mapping and geometric paper forms incorporating images of the natural beauty around Ithaca. Opening night: August 4th, 5–8pm

Unfortunately, Rest Gallery has closed.

For further information about Seeing Ithaca, contact the State of the Art Gallery.