Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, October 2, 2015

Streetscapes opens during Gallery Opening Night, Friday October 2nd

Streetscapes a collection of work that draws on creativity and inspiration from our urban surroundings.  Using a mixture of diverse media, artists explore the influence of the urban environment through color, energy, movement and personal experience culminating in sincere straight-from-the-gut expressions.  Streetscapes is an inherent appreciation of urban culture, in all its dangerous, poetic, authentic - and sometimes rebellious - glore.

The work of the artists featured in this exhibit can also be senn on buildings, electric boxes and in parking garages in the City and Town of Ithaca.

Streetscapes has been timed in conjunction with Get-Up State and is intend to bring all the power and vibrancy of the art created during this event inside the Library.

The exhibit is made possible with the support of the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation and grant support from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.


Monday, September 28, 2015

TCPL and Cap Matches Color present three days of live street art painting September 25 - 27

Join 50 of the world's best graffiti artists at Get-Up State 2015 as they once again transform Cornell University Press Building at 770 Cascadilla Street Ithaca, with fabulous murals.

This event is sponsored by Ironlak Ink. who are providing all the artists with a selection of Sugar Artists' Acrylic and Yard Master spray paint.  Grant support is provided by Tompkins County Tourism Program with additional support from Cornell University Hip-Hop Collection, Greenstar Natural Food Market, Ithaca Bakery, The West, Ithaca Ace Hardware, FedEx Office, Ithaca Beer Co., LOT 10, Purity Ice Cream and Rick's Rentals.
In action in April 2015
This is the second Street Art painting event to be held in Ithaca.  TCPL was pleased to co-sponsor this event in April 2013 as a part of the community wide celebration of the anniversary of the founding of Hip-Hop and Cornell University's Hip-Hop Collection during Hip-Hop Unbound from the Underground. TCPL is once again please be able to work with Cap Matches Color to share the very best of graffiti with the community.

Artists will start painting round 10 AM on Friday and continue until dusk at 6:00 PM each day.

A very special dedication ceremony with a blessing of the walls by the monks of Nyamgal Monestary and a few words by Ithaca City Mayor Myerick will take place at 1:00 PM on Sunday.

Go to Get-Up State 2015 for up to the minute information about what is going on.

See you there.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Get-Up State Artists move to LOT 10 on Cayuga Street from 5 - 7 pm on Saturday 26 September

A group art show is planned for Saturday September 26 from 7 to 9 PM at LOT 10 on Cayuga Street.  It is open to the public and will feature works bymany of the artists who are painting on the Cornell University Press Building at 770 Cascadilla Street.  This will provide a unique opportunity to purchase original, and portable, works of art from your favorite graffiti artist.

Join us there as three days of spectacular painting continues at one of our event sponsors.

TCPL and Cap Matches Color are getting Ready for Get-Up State 2015

Do you remember Get-Up State in April 2013 during Hip-Hop: Unbound from the Underground, the Ithaca Community's celebration of Hip Hop together with  Cornell University Library Rare and Manuscript Collection?  Well, Get-Up State 2015 returns this year for the weekend of September 25, 26 and 27.

The walls at the Cornell University Press Building at 770 Cascadilla Street are being prepped for over 50 national and international graffiti artists to start painting.

What was your favorite mural in 2013?  Was it the Gorillas, the image by Tat's Cru?  They are all going to allow new incredible work to be created.  Check it out now for a last glimpse before everything is covered up. But be sure to come back the weekend of September 25-26 to join the excitement of Get-Up State 2015.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

TCPL is participating in Gallery Opening Night on Friday, September 5. Please join us.

Stealing Scenes - The Illustrators Look at Shakespeare opens in the Avenue of the Friends on Friday, September 5.  Joins us between 5 and 8 pm and meet some of the artists as they discuss their work.

Rhino Toys created by Rich Tomasello are also on display in the Avenue of the Friends.

Entry to the Library after closing time at 6:00 pm is through the BorgWarner Community Room Door behind the bus shelter on Green Street.

Friday, September 4, 2015

TCPL hosts Stealing Scenes: The Illustrator's Look at Shakespeare September 4 - October 31

Last year, while the world celebrated the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, a group of regional illustrators and artists decided to pay homage to the playwrite by using passages from Shakespeare as the inspiration for a new series of artwork. Unique imagery and personal interpretations of Shakespeare's timeless works are the result. Their varied artistic practices and backgrounds, ranging from lettering to children’s illustration, to fine art landscapes, provide a rich display of work.

Featured artists include:  Wynn Yarrow, Katie Vaz, Annie Zygarowicz, Johanna Van Der Steere, Marie Sanderson and Jennifer Gibson.  

A special opening reception is being held at the Library from 5 - 8 pm during September 4 First Friday Gallery Opening Night when the artists will be available to discuss their work.
After closing at 6 PM access to the Library will be through the BorgWarner Community Room door behind the bus shelter on Green Street.

For more information about this or other TCPL exhibits, contact Exhibit Coordinator Sally Grubb at (607) 275-1532 or

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Street Art returns to Ithaca with Get-Up State 2015 - Sept 25 to 27

Tompkins County Public Library, Ironlak and Cap Matches Color are proud to announce Get-Up State 2015.

You are invited to join 50+ of the world's best graffiti artists hailing from overseas and 10 US States who will display their awesome talents in a live painting event over one incredible weekend, September 25, 26, and 27. Watch the murals develop during the weekend long celebration. Be inspired. Embrace creativity and art within our community.

Painting will start on the Cornell University Press Building at 770 Cascadilla Street, Ithaca, around 10 am on Friday September 25 and finish with a special dedication ceremony at 1 pm on Sunday September 27.  Names of special guests will be announced soon.

A group art show is planned for Saturday September 26 from 7 to 11 pm at Lot 10 on Cayuga Street. It is open to the public and will feature works of many of the participating artists providing a unique opportunity to purchase originals from your favorite artists. An after party will follow.

This event is being made possible by a lot of very generous organizations.
All artists' paint is graciously sponsored by Ironlak's Sugar Artists’ Acrylic and Yard Master. The paint being used now to prep the walls has been donated by Ace Hardware of Ithaca at Triphammer Market Place and an anonymous donor.  All overhead costs are covered by a Celebrations Grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Board, together with funds generously donated by Cornell University Hip-Hop CollectionGreenstar Natural Foods Market, Ithaca Bakeryand The Westy.  Gifts in kind have been donated by FedEx OfficeIthaca Beer Co., Lot 10Purity IceCream and Rick's Rentals.

For more information about the artists check out Get-Up State 2015.