Cornell Council for the Arts

Located on the Ithaca, New York, campus of Cornell University, the Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) is a university-wide cultural organization that provides a platform for the creation of and public discourse on the contemporary arts on campus.

Through an annual grant competition in April, the CCA selects 15-20 Cornell faculty and students to receive funding for creative projects that are distinctly outside of their academic responsibilities. Funding is capped at $2,500 per faculty member and $1,000 per student. The next competition is happening right now! Applications are due January 25, 2023.

Every other year, the CCA curates the Cornell Biennial, a semester-long arts festival on campus that features the work of international and Cornell artists. The CCA hosts a Biennial grant competition every other January and selects 10-12 Cornell faculty and students to receive funding for creative projects that fit the Biennial theme. Funding is capped at $8,000 per application. The next competition will be in January 2024.


Cornell Biennial

The 2022 Cornell Biennial focus is on Futurities, Uncertain, and will feature artistic environments that provoke University-wide conversation about singular utopic models, colonial visions, and socio-cultural sameness.

Cornell Biennial

BFA Thesis Gallery

When the University closed in response to COVID-19, CCA turned its attention to assisting senior undergraduate artists left stranded away from their departmental studios at the end of their Cornell careers. CCA has collaborated with the Department of Art on mounting the 2020 and 2021 BFA Thesis Galleries.

2020 BFA Thesis Gallery
2021 BFA Thesis Gallery

CCA Grant Program

The CCA provides financial support through our annual grant program, promoting interdisciplinary, collaborative, and experimental artistic ideas. We aim to inspire innovative and challenging projects.

Grant Program
Gayogo̱hó:nǫ' Land Acknowledgment

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫ’ (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó:nǫ’ are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó:nǫ’ dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó:nǫ’ people, past and present, to these lands and waters.

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