Becoming a Member of the State of the Art Gallery

                    Benefits and responsibilities of being a SOAG artist member:

  • 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
  • Collegial 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 artist members?

  • Original vision
  • A portfolio of recent work (8-12 pieces created in last three years)
  • Clear presentation of what a show would look like.
  • Quality craftsmanship
  • Record of creative accomplishment
  • Presentation of work
  • Commitment to the cooperative vision of the gallery


SOAG Membership Application Process:

The gallery maintains a roster of 30 members.  Applications are reviewed once a year in early spring, when vacancies are available. In March 2018, there are openings for up to three new artist members.


Digital Application: Due March 1, 2018.

  • 8 -12 digital images with list including title, medium, size and date for each image.
  • Resume, record of exhibitions
  • Artist statement  (250 words or less)


Interview/Portfolio Presentation: April 2, 2018

Upon review, applicants will be invited for portfolio presentation and interview with the current gallery membership.   Final determination of new members will be made by May 2018 by a vote of the membership.


Questions?  Visit the gallery and talk to current members.  Call the gallery at 607 277 1626 during business hours.  Email the membership committee at


State of the Art Gallery Ithaca

120 West State Street, downtown Ithaca

607 277 1626

Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday noon-6:00pm,

 Saturday and Sunday noon-5:00pm



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