Connie Zehr Bio

Born in Evanston, Illinois, Connie Zehr received a BFA in sculpture at Ohio State University in 1960. She has created on-site ephemeral installations in museums and galleries nationally and internationally including: The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City, NY); The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL); Pasadena Art Museum (Pasadena, CA); Taipei Fine Art Museum (Taipei, Taiwan); Salvatori Ala Galeria (Milan, Italy); Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford, CT); Newspace Gallery (Los Angeles, CA); and numerous university galleries.

In 1987, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park (Los Angeles, CA) mounted an 18 year retrospective exhibition where she recreated scaled down versions of six major sand installations in the 10,000 sq. ft. space. Ten years later, in the same space, she participated in an exhibition, “SENSUALITY IN THE ABSTRACT,” where she created three new installations (consecutively) over a three month period and exhibited the first “iris” prints relating to those installations.

She is included in “Sunshine Muse,” by Peter Plagens; “Originals,” by Eleanor Munro; and “L.A. Rising,” by Lynn Kienholz. Connie is an Emeritus Professor of Art at Claremont Graduate University where she taught in the art department from 1982-2009 and was Chairperson from 2001-2008. She now resides in New York.

Imagine-David Watkins

“IMAGINE,” new photographic work by David Watkins, Jr., will feature abstracts, botanicals, landscapes and, in the words of the photographer, other stuff at the gallery during June.  He says,   “It would be difficult for me to pursue a single theme, or become so technically involved that only f-stops and shutter speeds were important.   I am singularly interested in what an image can become.”  

Imagine copy for web site


A reception will be held Friday, June 6, from 5-8pm. In addition, the artist will be at the gallery from noon-5pm on the following days:  Sunday, June 8; Saturday, June 14; Sunday, June 22 and Sunday, June 29.  Show dates:  June 4-29, 2014. 

Call for Entries: 24th Annual Photo Show


Exhibit Dates: Wednesday, February 27 through Sunday, March 31, 2013

Up to $600 may be awarded at the discretion of the prize judge.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 10, 2013, by 5p.m.



• Each entrant may submit up to two (2) works.

• All work should be reasonably current and original.

• If accepted into the show, the work must be delivered ready to hang (matted, framed with glass 

or plexiglass in front and with a wire or suitable hardware for hanging in the back).

• A photographic process must have been used in the production of the work. (Scanned work

is acceptable, digital art that did not originate from a photographic process-is not).

• The work should not have been submitted to SOAG in the past.

• Current SOAG members and their immediate families are not eligible to exhibit in this show.

• The Entry Fee of $35.00 is non-refundable and does not guarantee that your work will

be accepted into the show.

• The Entry Fee can be paid by PayPal


or by check made out to:  State of the Art Gallery , postmarked by February 10,2013 and mailed to:

David Watkins Jr.

201 Hillview Place

Ithaca, New York 14850


• Work will not be accepted after the stated deadlines.



Please mail/e-mail your entries to: David Watkins Jr. at:

Contact Information: List the Artist Name, Address, phone number, and e-mail address in the body of the e-mail.

• Images of up to two (2) works can be submitted.  They must be jpegs at 150 pxi, between

800 and 1200 pixels on the long side and labeled with the artist’s name, followed by the image

number 01 or 02. (example: d.watkins01.jpg, d.watkins02.jpg)

An image list (Filename, Title, Framed Size, Medium, Price) must also be submitted with all entries.

• If submitting by e-mail is problematic, please send a CD with your fee and all information as

outlined above.  CD’s cannot be returned. Do not send prints.


ACCEPTED WORK: Deadline and Notifications

All entries must be received by 5pm Sunday, Feb.10, 2013 and will be jury-reviewed

by Friday, Feb.15th,   E-mail notification of results will be sent Feb. 16-17, 2013.

• The exhibit will be curated by members of the gallery. After installation a Judge from outside      the gallery will determine prizes and how the prize money will be distributed.  Winners may be notified privately prior to the opening reception so that they may plan to attend the award ceremony.  The awards will be presented at 6:30pm during the opening reception Friday,

March 1,2013.



• The work, ready for hanging, must be delivered to the gallery in person or by a

designated substitute on:

Sunday, February 24 between noon and 5 pm; or

Monday, February 25 between noon and 4 pm. 

• Work cannot be accepted after 4pm Monday as installation of the show begins shortly after.

• Work may not be shipped or mailed to the gallery.

• The gallery retains the right to deny access to the show if the images delivered are substantially

different from those submitted to the jury.  



Submissions to the SOAG 23rd Annual Juried Photography Show shall imply an agreement on the part of the artists to all conditions of this prospectus. Permission for SOAG to photograph accepted works for publicity, education, and reference purposes is assumed. 



Sale of the work is encouraged. Work will be offered for sale with the understanding that there is a 30% commission for each sale.  Work that is sold during the show should remain on display until the end of the show.  Exceptions may be made for sales to out of town buyers.



While the State of the Art Gallery, its members and agents will make every effort to protect

your work, we cannot indemnify you against loss or damage to your work. In submitting to

the show you agree that the State of the Art Gallery is not liable and must be held harmless if

your work is damaged or lost.


PICK-UP of ART at the END of the SHOW

• All works must be retrieved personally by artists or designated associates on:

Sunday, March 31st from 1pm-5pm.

• Please understand that the gallery has no facility to store your work.



February 10, 2013, 5pm.         Deadline for all entries.

February 16-17, 2013              Notification of acceptance/rejection.

February  24, 2013                  Delivery of works 12-5 pm

February  25, 2013                  Delivery of works 1-4 pm 

February  27, 2013                  Exhibit opens

March 1,   2013                       Opening Reception 5-8 pm

March 1,   2013                       Awards ceremony 6:30 pm

March 31, 2013                       Exhibit closes

March 31, 2013                       Pick up work 1-5 pm


Call for Entries, FAQs, and Exhibitor Agreement are on the web site:

May Members Show

State of the Art Gallery will host its first Members’ Show of 2011 in May. Members will exhibit paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, sculpture and other three-dimensional work. A reception will be held for the artists on Friday, May 6 from 5-8pm, also Gallery Night in downtown Ithaca. Show dates are May 4 through 29.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Should my entries represent a particular kind of photographic approach?

No.  They may be traditionally or digitally produced and printed. There are no content, size or age specifications either.   Manipulations of the image are acceptable as long as they begin with a photographic process. Scanned images are acceptable.

2.  How much paperwork is there to fill out?

We have two forms.  The first is the Call for Entries that is published on the gallery web site about two months before the deadline for submissions and sent via e-mail to the gallery mailing list.   The second is an Exhibitors Agreement, a two part carbonless form on which the entrant gives us complete contact information, information about the work being submitted, the relevant dates during the show, and the agreement concerning the works between the gallery and the entrant.  That form is filled out when the entrant brings their work to the gallery with payment for their entry fee.  It may be filled out ahead of time but please bring two copies with your work.

3.  Why do you need three labels on each photograph submitted?

We do ask for three labels.  One must be permanently affixed to the back of the photograph and two temporarily affixed with tape to the edge of the frame so that they hang down over the front of the photograph.  The label on the back assures that we know the owner of the photograph when the show comes down. From the front, we take one of the labels to make our standard show wall labels. The second is used to make sure we place the right wall label with the correct photograph, then the second comes off as well.

4.  How many photographs from each entrant do you usually accept into the show?

It varies according to the jury.  There is no set rule.  Sometimes we take two, sometimes one and sometimes the jury decides that neither entry will be chosen for the show.  The jury strives to upgrade the quality of the show each year so there is no guarantee given to any entrant.

5.  Why should the work I submit be recent?

As we noted above, we try to make sure that each year the show represents the best work possible and not simply agree to show anything submitted.  The more current the work is, the more likely it will represent current photographic trends and practice.

6.  How much does presentation count when the jury looks at my work?

A lot!  Poor matting, framing or lack thereof can seriously diminish the chances of an image being chosen for the show.  In general, standard gallery approaches to matting and framing should be followed.  Narrow black,, wood an/ or metal frames are preferred that compliment the photograph while not dominating it.  Mats that are well proportioned in relationship to the photograph and frame help and allow the jury to focus on the photograph.  The photographs 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 1 1/2 to 3 inches from 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, professional looking and complimentary of the work.  The work must be ready to hang which generally means a wire across the back or clearly identified devices from which to hang the work.  Finally, the jury reserves the right to turn down any submission that is not presented in a professional manner, exclusive of the content.

7.  Are your rules and deadlines for submission of work hard and fast?

Absolutely.  We accept no entries after published deadlines.  The jury begins it’s work very soon after the deadline for entries passes so it’s really not fair to those who manage to get their work in on time if we accept late entries.  Also, two entries means two entries.  Every year a few people try to convince us to take more than the allotted two entries.  We don’t.

8.  How does the jury and prize process work?

After all the entries are in, 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 she or he decides how the prize money will be awarded.  The prize judge is different each year. 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.

9.  If my work is rejected an/or accepted does it diminish my chances for being accepted in future shows?

Absolutely not!  We encourage everyone to enter each year.  Being rejected is not an indication that your work will be rejected in future years nor does acceptance or winning a prize in a given year guarantee acceptance the following year or years.  Each year the jury may be different as is the prize judge. For many artists/photographers rejection from a given show can provide insight and creative stimulus to change and/or see a path for improvement in their work.  However, one should not change a direction if the belief in that work is strong and directed.  As we noted, a different jury in all likelihood may have different criteria for judging.

10.  Does it help if my work is for sale?

Yes!  It has no bearing on whether or not the work is accepted into the show but we 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.  That being said, we will not reject a good work if the artist does not want to offer it for sale.

art/REACTion: A Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday, January 29, 2011

State of the Art Gallery

120 W. State Street, Ithaca

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This special event is being held in conjunction with the New Members Show at the State of the Art Gallery, featuring work by Mary Ann Bowman, Ileen Kaplan, Janet Byer Sherman and James Spitznagel. It offers an opportunity for creative collaboration between artists and writers.

Participants will explore intuitive responses, based on memories and associations, as they are recalled in the presence of the art work on exhibit (including work by other gallery members).

There is no charge, but pre-registration is requested and appreciated.

To register, or to ask any questions about the workshop, contact Zee Zahava directly:; 607-273-4675.

Irene (Zee) Zahava, the director of Emma’s Writing Center, has been leading Writing Circles for adults and teens since 1994. She is also the outreach librarian for the Durland Alternatives Library at Cornell University, a project partner of The Center for Transformative Action.

December Invitational

State of the Art will host its biennial Invitational Exhibition featuring the work of forty artists from all over the United States and two from Sweden. Work in this show will include paintings–oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, photography, prints and sculpture.

Show dates are December 1 through January 2, 2010, with a reception for the artists Friday, December 3 from 5-8pm at the gallery.


“November @ State of the Art” will feature prints, photographs, paintings, collage, assemblage, drawings, sculpture, ceramics and video by twenty-one of the gallery’s member artists.  A reception for the artists will be held Friday, November 5, Gallery Night in downtown Ithaca.  The dates of the show are November 3-28.


Gallery hours are Wed. – Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm.  The gallery is located at 120 W. State Street in Ithaca and is ADA accessible with curbside parking.  Contact information:  607-277-1626 and

Greater Ithaca Art Trail Exhibit

Wednesday, September 29th through Sunday, October 31st, 2009
Opening reception: Friday, October 1st, 5-8 pm

During two weekends in October, 55 artists in the Ithaca region open their studios to the public.  As one of the stops on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, State of the Art Gallery (SOAG) will host a preview exhibit.   Beginning on September 29, you can stop by our gallery and see representative work by most of those artists.   In addition, our Salon Gallery will feature work by SOAG members.  A reception for all artists will be held on Friday, October 1st, from 5-8pm; the show will run through October 31st.

State of the Art Gallery 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  For more information 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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