Calendar of Exhibits in Cortland NY

First FridayFirst Friday Art Experience

5-8 pm. This event on the First Friday of each month will encourage collaboration among non-profit, university, and commercial venues to showcase the wealth of talent of local potters, painters, artisan crafters, poets and musicians in our community. For more information e-mail, visit, Facebook or call (607) 753-1188.

Cemetery Art Show Submit August 15-29, Opening September 5, 2014

Beard Building Gallery

April 4-May 2014, "Well Worth the Struggle: Recent Work by Hall Groat Sr and Hall Groat II"

Opening Reception: Friday, May 2, 5-8 pm

Hall GroatCentral New York Contemporary artists, Hall Groat Sr. of Manlius and Hall Groat II of Endwell, will be exhibiting a thought-provoking and adventurous cross-section of recent oil paintings in an exhibit which explores the formal and conceptual relationships between the work of father and son artists. The exhibit invites the viewer to examine the duality between Hall Groat II’s mysterious, often satirical mannerist still-life metaphors that blur the boundaries between the familiar and the unconventional, and Hall Groat Sr’s evocative, painterly architectural, landscape and figurative work that melds representation with abstraction, making allusions to 20th century Modernism.

Hall Groat Sr, an American Impressionist painter is a native of Syracuse, New York, where he studied painting; worked towards his Master of Fines Arts degree and began his life long career as an artist. Groat has dedicated his entire full-time professional career, spanning over forty years, to pursuing his passion for art.

Painter Hall Groat II, professor and chair of Art and Design at SUNY Broome Community College, teaches foundation courses in painting, drawing, color theory, and computer graphics. Groat earned a master of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from City University of New York at Brooklyn, a bachelor of arts in art history, minoring in studio art at Binghamton University, and attended graduate and certificate programs at Buffalo State College, Syracuse University, and Savannah College of Art and Design. He also attended summer sessions at Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua, NY, and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt.

The Beard Gallery, located at 9 Main St., is a collaborative effort of SUNY Cortland, the Cortland Downtown Partnership, SUNY Cortland AEA, and the Cultural Council of Cortland County. Gallery hours are 10 am to 6 pm Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, SUNY Cortland (Beard Building, 9 Main Street)

Torie Tiffany: EdenJune 13-July 13, Torie Tiffany Art Solo Show

Reception Friday July 11, 5-8 pm

Torie Tiffany is a self-taught digital artist living in Ithaca, NY. Her work is comprised of photography and photographic based digital collage, a synthesis of photographs and created images which she presents in giclee on canvas. Inspired by all aspects of nature and its inhabitants, each piece signifies the connective energy that exists between all things. She also composes a descriptive vignette for each of her works as an extension of her expression.

The Dowd Fine Arts Gallery manages a collection of over 500 objects, primarily European and American works on paper dating from the 13th to the 20th century. Other important sub-categories are Works Progress Administration paintings, book multiples, contemporary American ceramics, contemporary outdoor sculpture and works by SUNY emeritus and current faculty.

The Dowd Gallery has moved to a downtown location for about two years while the gallery's building on campus is renovated. Their new address is Beard Building, 9 Main Street, 3rd Floor.

Gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm, and Sat 10 am - 2 pm. Closed Sunday - Monday and whenever the university is not in session. For more information, call 753-4216, e-mail or visit their web site. All programs are free and open to the public.

Borg-Warner Morse TEC Art Gallery, Center for the Arts in Homer

Ceramic Works by Russell SpillmannMay 15 - June 30, The Ceramic Works of Russell Spillmann

Opening Reception Friday May 16, 6-9 pm.

A ceramicist by trade, a philosopher and wine connoisseur by volition, Russell has quietly and consistently thrown over 30,000 clay works of art in his lifetime, and has earned the respect of fans, patrons and collectors throughout that time.

"I work with porcelain for its purity and translucence. It allows one to look into and through the pot, not merely at it. In this way, the piece becomes metaphorical. It becomes rich with potentiality, conceiving greater meaning; it transcends itself and becomes an instrument for transformation. Through my work, I attempt to resolve function and beauty into a presence; for it is through presence that beauty suspends the soul in timelessness, and it is here the soul expands to sense more than itself."

Mr. Spillmann has been featured in numerous one-man and group shows and his work is included in many private, corporate and public collections, including the private collection of the estate of Jerry Garcia.

Borg-Warner Morse TEC Art Gallery, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Hours Monday through Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm or by appointment. For more information call (607) 749-4900 or e-mail

CPF Gallery

Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 10 am - 5:30 pm & Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm. The gallery is located at Cortland Picture Frame Co., 9 N. Main St., Cortland. For more information call (607) 756-6499.

Cortland Free Library

February - Adrienne Koesterer

March - Katrina Martin

We feature month-long rotating displays in our art gallery. Please contact the library at 753-1042, if you'd like to display your work in our gallery.

Hope Lake Lodge

The Cultural Council of Cortland County is cosponsoring a continuing exhibit of local art with Hope Lake Lodge in Virgil. Works will be rotated semi-annually. Paintings and photographs are of local scenes, all of which are for sale and framed, ready to hang. All works are on display for six months or until sold and a 20% commission is given to CCCC. The CCCC’s mission is to promote the arts in Cortland County and values collaboration with other local organizations and businesses. For more information call (607) 753-1188, e-mail, or visit