Studio Space available

Posting by request –

Artist Studios for Rent

Old Cigar Factory on The Commons
450 to 850 SF
Large vertical windows overlooking The Commons
Wood floors
Running water in some studios
All with access to restroom
Short-term leases available

For more information, contact David at 607-273-9462 x8800


New sculpture at the library

libraryI just noticed these in front of the library.  Anyone know their story?  Are they part of Art in the Heart of the City?

Mobile Terrorist Video Unit – this weekend


Keep an eye out during Ithaca Festival.  A band of video artists is on the prowl committing drive-by projections on various public facades around town.

For more info and updates, see the facebook page.

If you see something, say something.
Log on and leave a comment.  Let us know what you saw and what you think.

Open Call: Juried Photo Show

It’s time again for the State of the Art Gallery’s Annual Juried Photo Show.  Applications are due in the gallery March 1-2.

For full details, see their website.

Call for Artists: Ithaca Festival Paint-Off

Hey, just passing along this info. Looks like fun!

The Ithaca Festival is looking for visual arts painters to create their masterpiece in one hour before a live crowd at our Third Annual Paint-Off, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, 7:00 p.m. at Center Ithaca on the Ithaca Commons.

Artists must be available from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the day of the event.  All pieces created this date will be raffled to benefit the Ithaca Festival.

We are looking for approximately 30 artists.  Application and details available at Deadline for application is January 31, 2009.  Ithaca-area artists will be given preference.  Eighteen artists have already signed up for the event.

Any questions may be directed to Executive Director, Jes Seaver, at 607-273-3646 or via e-mail at  Any artist desiring to participate is encouraged to call Jes a.s.a.p. so she can hold a spot for you.

Public Art

Just listened online to Tish Pearlman’s interview with Patty Phillips, Chair of the Cornell Art Department.  What struck me most in their half-hour discussion was the exchange about public art.  Patty speaks about the questions that make for good public art and the way that avoiding these questions can result in “disappointing public art.”    Phillips feels that engaging public art is all about the content: does the work address the site (historically, physically, socially) or “what it means to be a public citizen” or how we as individuals relate to public space?  She mentions Creative Time and The Public Art Fund as examples of organizations supporting/creating strong public art.

Work chosen to offend no one also inspires no one.  The most interesting public work poses questions, opens dialog and need not make stark, polarizing declarations in order to do so.  We have nothing to fear from the public examination of the issues we struggle with as a community.  How is Ithaca’s public art serving our community?  Some people may enjoy being photographed with the metal horse on the Commons, but are they talking about it?

Here are some (non-controversial) recent public works that I found charming/whimsical/thought-provoking:

Pulse Park by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer - Madison Square Park, NYC

Pulse Park by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer - Madison Square Park, NYC

More info on this project

More videos of this work