The Effect of Electronics on Art

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The SOAG Public Events Committee has invited three people to discuss how
electronics have affected their art making, as well as how electronics have
broadened the definition of what constitutes “art.” In addition the artists
will discuss how they reach their audiences by communicating electronically.
The panel discussion will take place at the State of the Art Gallery on
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 7p.m..

Tammy Renee Brackett , Alfred, N.Y.
Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Animation at Alfred State College

Tammy’s installations are sometimes based on sound, sometimes video, and
often incorporate more traditional materials as well. She is known as a
media artist who relies on the world of technology to create her art.
Brackett has exhibited in Japan, Croatia, Hungary, China and the United
States and was included in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s biennial
exhibition, Beyond/In Western New York in 2005 and 2007.

Rhonda  Morton, Corning, N.Y.
Founder of Alligator Mouth Improv

Rhonda received a NYSCA artist grant last summer to produce “Performance Deli: Art  Made to Order” <> which included “on-line orders” of improvisations that  were videotaped and posted to YouTube. Customers were emailed the link to watch the performance purchased.  She is also developing support for Alligator Bites, a new worldwide educational project, through Kickstarter  She uses  technology in her improvisational pieces, including video screened on a 20-foot fabric scrim

John Criscitello, Ithaca, N. Y.
Founder of Video/Art/Ithaca

John, a mixed media artist whose interests range from sculptural
installation, video art, painting and drawing, is the founder of the
quarterly screening of video and short film called Video/Art/Ithaca. He
began working with video during a residency at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY
1992 and has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions.
Currently his work reflects a continuing exploration of the place of
spirituality in a world filled with loss. He continues to delve into the
endless possibilities that digital media hold for the artist today.

“Private Shadows and Dreamscapes”


Wilson Jay Ong and Daniel McPheeters

February 12 – March 12, 2010


Friday, February 12, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Talk, 5:30 – 6:00/ Reception, 6:00 – 8:00


171 Cedar Arts Center

155 Cedar Street at East 1st St.

Corning, NY 14830


M-Th. 9-7pm, Fri. 9-6pm, Sat. 9-2pm

James Spitznagel

My work merges my curiosity about the world we live in with how curious (or peculiar) this world can be. Through the use of a digital camera, a computer and a television screen I engage in an ultra-modern form of Abstract Expressionism, using pixels, gradients, cropping tools and high resolutions to illustrate the emotions the Action Painters once communicated through paint and canvas. Rhythm is vital to my creative process. It all begins with rhythm and grows from the there, the rhythm and shape of sound, line, light or color is all the same to me. Much of my inspiration lies in exploring the common ground between the experience of creating and appreciating contemporary subjectivity and reality.

Saints & Animals

Andrea King will be exhibiting a solo show, ‘Saints & Animals’, at the State of the Art Gallery from February 3-28, with an artist’s reception on Friday, February 5, from 5-8 pm. She will be showing work in a range of media including collage, pen & ink, paint and video.

Guidelines: Artists applying for membership in SOAG

The points below are stated to help artists applying for membership in the State of the Art Gallery understand how the process works. When reviewing new membership applications, the gallery strives to maintain a balance of styles and media. We also value persons who support the cooperative nature of the gallery and the responsibility of membership. We use the points in A-E as guides for discussion. They are not hard and fast rules. Rather, they give us a framework in which to discuss an applicant’s work. The decision, pro or con, is based on a simple majority of the current membership. It should be noted that a decision not to accept is sometimes accompanied by suggestions for future work with a hope that the applicant will re-apply after an appropriate period. In fact, several successful, current members have been through a similar process of applying more than once.

A. Originality/Vision

Is there something that makes this person’s work unique and/or memorable?

B. High Technical Craftsmanship

Does the work demonstrate skillful use of the media, good composition, use of color where applicable, value and form?

C. Seriousness of Purpose/Maturity/Record of Accomplishment

Is there consistency that distinguishes the work? Is there a record of exhibition/shows or other evidence of serious intent? Has the artist clearly expressed his/her ideas clearly and/or creatively?

D. Presentation of Work

Is the work framed/based/mounted in a professional way?

E. Commitment to the Mission of the gallery.

Has the applicant expressed knowledge of gallery member responsibilities and willingness to perform them? Is there an expectation of long-term membership and financial commitment?

Exhibitor Agreement

State of the Art Gallery

120 West State Street, Ithaca, New York 14850


21st Annual Photo Show Exhibitor Agreement March 3-28, 2010

Please print clearly

Name of Exhibitor_____________________________________________________

Street Address________________________________________________________

City_______________________________ State______________ Zip___________


Work(s) submitted: print clearly

Title Media Date Price



Exhibition Agreement

1. The exhibitor agrees to pay a $30.00 non-refundable fee upon submission of work.

2. The artist/exhibitor agrees to deliver their work(s) to the Gallery at the published date. and time. The exhibitor will abide by the rules of the gallery regarding presentation and suitability for hanging as stated in the Call for Entries. Final approval of the criteria is the responsibility of the Gallery Board of Directors.

3. The Gallery will provide an exhibition opening/reception for the artists with refreshments and an Award Ceremony. Exhibition announcements will be provided by the Gallery and mailed to the Gallery mailing list. Additional cards will be available for the personal use of the exhibitor, but the cost of mailing these additional cards is the responsibility of the exhibitor.

4. While the State of the Art Gallery, its members and agents, will make reasonable efforts to protect the work(s) of an exhibitor, the Gallery cannot indemnify the work(s) against loss or damage. In submitting and agreeing to exhibit the work(s) in the Gallery the exhibitor agrees that the State of the Art Gallery, its members, Board of Directors, or agents will not be held liable and will be held harmless should there be damage or loss of work(s).

5. The exhibitor agrees that the work(s) of the exhibitor may be reproduced for the purpose of advertising the exhibition for a period not to exceed five years.

6. It is agreed that the exhibitor may conduct sale of the work(s) from the exhibition. The Gallery will act as facilitator through it’s members who staff the Gallery during regular gallery hours. For the service, the Gallery receives a 30% commission on the sale of all displayed work.

7. The show ends Sunday, March 28. Work must be picked up between noon and 6 pm that day.

EXHIBITOR SIGNATURE______________________________________________DATE_______

GALLERY REPRESENTATIVE_________________________________________DATE_______

PHOTO Returned signature _____________________________________________DATE_______

What Makes a Marriage?


Ithaca sculptor explores gay and interracial marriage debates

In January 2010 Eva M. Capobianco will present “What Makes a Marriage?” at State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, NY. The show will be a benefit for Marriage Equality New York and the Ithaca Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Task Force (ILGBTTF). Fifty percent of the profits from all sales at the show will be shared equally by these two organizations.

The exhibit dates are January 6-31, 2010. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, January 8th, from 5-8pm. Harpist Myra Kovary has generously agreed to perform at the reception free of charge in support of the fundraiser. State of the Art Gallery is located at 120 W. State Street, Ithaca, NY. Hours are Wed. –Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm. The gallery is ADA accessible, free and open to the public. The artist will be present at the gallery from 12-5pm each Saturday during the exhibit.

The work for this exhibit began during the general election in November, 2004. Ms. Capobianco states: “I found myself deeply upset by how the issue of gay marriage had been used by conservatives as a wedge issue to mobilize their base.” Feeling discouraged, she began to explore ways to use her art to compare today’s struggle for gay marriage equality with the fight for legal interracial marriage that culminated in the historic Loving v. Virginia case in 1967. Reading and researching these two issues has lead to some fascinating comparisons. The artist has incorporated quotes and ideas from these parallel debates into her sculptures in ways that she hopes will foster a healthy discussion about them.

Gay marriage has now become legal in several states, but it has also seen major setbacks in recent months and years. Capobianco says “My partner and I have been together for 27 years. Right now we COULD choose to get married in Canada or Iowa or several other states and that marriage would probably be recognized by our home state of New York. But it would not be recognized by the federal government. That would leave us without most of the benefits and protections that straight couples enjoy. It is important to support organizations that are working to educate the public about the fundamental unfairness of our current system.”

This exhibit is also part of the Light in Winter Festival, There will be a second reception during the festival, on Friday, January 22nd, from 5-7pm.

Juried Show Winners announced

Video of show

The winners of SOAG’s biennial Regional Juried Art Exhibition have been announced:

Best of Show
Linda Andrei   “Conversation”

2nd Place
Allen Crittenden Smith   “Yellow Gray”

3rd Place
Paul McMillan   “Moonlight Over Cornstalks”

Honorable Mentions

John Whiting   “To and Fro”
Barbara Page   “Wind Drift Eight #2”
Edmond Caputo   “Brown Fish”
Gunilla Feigenbaum  “Chinese Red #2”
Ileen Kaplan    “Cafe Days”

Fifty works of art were chosen,  representing thirty-seven artists.  Included in the show are paintings, watercolors, drawings, mixed media, prints, assemblage and sculptures in clay, paper and metal.

Lin Price, a faculty member in the Department of Art at Ithaca College announced the prize-winning works at the reception for the artists Gallery Night, Friday, Dec. 4, 2009.

Event Horizons

On November 6 SOAG opens a new solo show by Barbara Mink. “Event Horizons” features mainly large-scale abstracts in acrylics and oils.

Mink says this body of work is the culmination of her thinking about connections between painting and science.

“Ten years ago I founded an annual winter festival which features performers in both the  arts and sciences, so thinking about creative synergies is often on my mind. Painting has always been a part of my life, but this past year I tried an experiment: framing my work with concepts in physics and math.

At first I veered strongly toward rather literal connections but I soon became uncomfortable with the self consciously didactic results. I ended up naming the works in “Event Horizons” more playfully, so the titles touch only lightly on the paintings.

With a nod to the Romantics and Abstract Expressionism, my work rests on the energy of the gesture, the visible trace of the process, and the coherence of carefully controlled elements, with textures and densities ranging from thickly layered to ephemeral.”

State of the Art is located at 120 W. State Street in Ithaca.  Hours are Wed. – Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm.  The gallery is ADA accessible and there is curbside parking available.  Contact information for the gallery is 607-277-1626 and

Closeups of Paintings

Opening Night of Events Horizon

Art Trail Show

State of the Art Gallery will feature an exhibition of Greater Ithaca Art Trail artists during October, the same month as the Greater Ithaca Art Trail Open Studio weekends.   Beginning on September 30, approximately 40 of the 56 artists on the Art Trail will exhibit one piece each in the main gallery.  In the Salon, the newly renovated and re-named Members’ Gallery, an exhibition of work by gallery artists will be on display.  A reception for all artists will be held Friday, October 2 from 5-8pm and the show runs through November 1.

The Greater Ithaca Art Trail represents the wide spectrum of talented and versatile artists who call Tompkins County their home.  Visitors to the Gallery AND to the Art Trail will not only find painters working in all media, but also sculptors, printmakers, fiber artists, ceramists, jewelers, makers of fine furniture, collage artists, glass artists, mixed media artists, digital artists, a blacksmith and creators of decorative functional art.

Gallery visitors can preview Art Trail artists’ work in one location before embarking on the trail itself, a two weekend self-guided tour of 53 studios spread throughout Tompkins County. All studios are open from 11am to 5pm on October 10, 11 and October 17, 18.  Art Trail brochures with maps to the artists’ studios are available at the gallery.

State of the Art is located at 120 W. State Street in Ithaca.  Hours are Wed. – Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm.  The gallery is ADA accessible and there is curbside parking available.  Contact information for the gallery is 607-277-1626 and and for more on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, visit or call 607-273-5072, ext.20.  The brochure can also be downloaded from the Art Trail web site.

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