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CAP ArtSpace 2021

Live And Virtual! The CAP ArtSpace is located within the "Ithaca College Gallery" at 110 N. Tioga Street, on the Commons (also home to the History Center and Downtown Visitor Center.)

ArtSpace Hours: Thursday - Saturday, 10am to 5pm

Past 2021 Virtual Exhibits

We thank the Tompkins Trust Company for their generous annual ArtSpace sponsorship.



May 2021 Exhibits 

Virtual Only:
Virtual Ceramic Exhibit Tompkins

A Juried Group Show

Virtual Exhibit - See it HERE

This clay exhibit features the sculpture and functional work of 23 local and regional ceramicists. 


Virtual AND Live:
Democracy And The Arts
Rejoice The Vote

Live on Gallery Night! Friday, May 7, 5pm to 7pm
Show is up through May - See building hours and address above.

Virtual Exhibit- See it HERE

Rejoice the Vote, is a local organization that also works state wide.  As John Lewis taught us “The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy.”

This exhibit features artwork from the Rejoice the Vote Art Contest, which was created to engage artists and the public around voting rights and history. Rejoice the Vote asked for original designs that inspired people, especially young people to vote, and highlight activists and heroes (historical or contemporary) who fought or continue to fight for voting rights. like Representative John C. Lewis (1940-2020). The majority of the pieces are by young people from Tompkins County and include drawings from Lehman Alternative School high school students. "This exhibit couldn’t be more timely as we witness a resurgence of voter suppression laws in more than 40 states."

In addition the live exhibit will include the trophy to be awarded during the summer to the VOTINGESTCITY in New York State. It will be awarded to the city that achieved the highest percent of actual voters as a percentage of eligible voters.

"We believe that in spite of continued efforts at voter suppression, casting your ballot remains a powerful tool, a tool that we must embrace and celebrate if we want our country to one day fulfill its promise of justice and freedom for all."


June 2021 Exhibit - Live and Virtual

Transitions and Reflections:
Abstract Art During a Pandemic

During 2020, many artists had to adapt to life during a pandemic. Galleries closed, exhibits were postponed indefinitely, workshops were cancelled, and a strong shift occurred to viewing art virtually.

Two Ithaca artists reflect on staying energized and optimistic during this surreal time. Abstract artists Barbara Mink and Ivy Stevens-Gupta’s exhibit “Transitions and Reflections” highlights paintings created during COVID-19.

Social distancing and long hours in the studio are typical behavior for many artists. But, how does an artist create art not knowing when or if their work will be exhibited, and when anxiety about the future can often be debilitating? Also weighing heavily on their minds were thoughts of people losing their jobs, food insecurities, racial injustice, political unrest and oh so many shuttered businesses.

Organizing one’s studio, exploring new painting techniques, honing websites and social media presence, while learning to navigate Zoom interviews and teach virtually were all ways they choose to move forward. Both artists poured their hearts into creating emotional pieces that infused color, texture and intuition, that healed their hearts and lifted their spirits. Giving back to your community is a great way to heal and a portion of proceeds from this exhibit will go to support Foodnet Meals on Wheels. Visit their websites at  and


July 2021 Exhibit - Live and Virtual

Hawaii After the War
Paintings by Suzanne Onodera

"Hawaii after the War is a project that began in 2017 but was not fully realized until 2018 when, after the death of my father, I was given a large envelope of photographs taken by my grandmother during and after the war."

This exhibit of paintings by Suzanne Onodera is based on those photos of the paternal side of her Japanese American family who lived in Hawaii for many years before and after WW II.

“When Executive Order 9066 was set in place after the US entered WWII, it interned over 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans in the United States. My paternal Japanese American family in Hawaii was not interned. Yet in contrast, my Los Angeles-based family was relocated and interned for the duration of the war.

Both sides of my family suffered life long emotional trauma, but their scars were manifested in starkly different ways.

Through this project I explore issues of family, loyalty, and exclusion. I am interested in humankind’s emotional connection to the environment, whether by stewardship or by destruction. By doing so, I address notions of transcendence, the sublime, isolation and restitution in these works, and in the process, I seek to provide insight into finding balance and solace.”  Visit Suzanne's website at


August 2021 Exhibit  - Live and Virtual

Spirit of Tompkins
Discovery Trail, Robyn Wisha, and the Town of Ithaca

The Spirit of Tompkins exhibit is a collection of stories, portraits and videos of people and their places that highlight our diverse population, and their relationships with multiple environments to foster a strong sense of community. "Our mission is to capture and celebrate the Spirit of Tompkins County  – highlighting our rich culture of people and the places that are meaningful to them."

Portraits by local photographer Robyn Wishna are  portraits of people, individually or as groups, in their homes, work, farms, or other meaningful places. Participants chose their own place to be photographed and each participant was asked to provide a short explanation of why they chose that place. Their words are used alongside their portraits to help tell their stories.

The project is a collaboration of The Discovery Trail, the Town of Ithaca (celebrating its bicentennial in 2021) and Photographer/project director Robyn Wishna.


September 2021 Exhibit - Live and Virtual

Ithaca College (TBA)

This exhibit will showcase art from Ithaca College students who attended a summer program, designed to help them create a cohesive body of work. 


October 2021 Group Exhibit - Live and Virtual

Greater Ithaca Art Trail Group Show

This annual exhibit features artists on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail.





November 2021 Exhibit - Live and Virtual

Native American Heritage Month Display

The History Center in Tompkins County will host an artistic exhibit exploring Haudenosaunee history and culture in our region in recognition of Native American Heritage Month.



December 2021 Sale - Live!

CAP-a-Palooza Art Sale 

CAP's annual CAP-a-Palooza Art Sale is a vast sale of donated art from community member's attics, closets, and basements. The mix  is often vintage, funky, and fun. Art is priced to sell in one weekend. The event is a CAP FundraiserDonations are accepted in November.


Past 2021 Exhibit Virtual Exhibits:

February 2021 Exhibit - Virtual

Ithaca College Art Faculty 
See Virtual Group Exhibit Here!

This exhibit includes one or two pieces of the faculty of the Ithaca College Department of Art, and highlights many diverse perspectives and media.





March 2021 Exhibit

Warmth & Hues
Work by Yen Ospina
See Virtual Exhibit Here!

This exhibit highlights the the work of local artist Yen Ospina. All are created digitally on her iPad using the procreate app. She scans textile fabric and textured paper, and collages images together to create her final pieces.

Yen is a Queer Colombian-American self-taught artist, illustrator and muralist. Her work depicts her own interpretation of folk and art nouveau. Through earth tone colors, ornamental layouts, and meticulous detail, the work challenges viewers to delve beyond aesthetic allure and allow mysticism to guide their interpretation.

Her work is influenced by years of exposing herself to antique art (such as Gustav Klimt & Alphonse Mucha), furniture, and literature.

In addition to creating gallery pieces, Yen is a local muralist.
Read an Ithaca Times article about this exhibit by Arthur Whitman!

WORK FOR SALE: These pieces are available at, Thanks you for  supporting BIPOC ART.



April 2021 Exhibit

Virtual Only:
Portraits and Illustrations
by Emily Sanders Hopkins

See Virtual Exhibit HERE

Emily Sanders Hopkins is a writer, editor, and artist who writes and illustrates a popular weekly advice column newsletter called Emily Writes Back. Her cartoons have appeared in the New Yorker magazine and elsewhere, and her essay “Exotic” is included in the New York Times 2020 Notable Book Pretty Bitches, edited by Lizzie Skurnick.
In 2015, Emily began drawing portraits of individuals and families. She has since drawn nearly 100.
All of her portraits and many of her cartoons and illustrations are drawn in pen and ink on paper before being colored digitally.
Emily helps raise money for the Cornell Prison Education Program and serves as President of the TCPL Library Foundation Board of Directors.
Prints of Emily Sanders Hopkins’s portraits and illustrations are available for $40 each.