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171’s Houghton Gallery

171 Cedar Arts Center’s Houghton Gallery is one of the area’s premier visual arts venues. The gallery presents engaging work by contemporary artists, primarily from New York State.

Exhibitions, opening receptions, and gallery talks are free of charge. Special lectures and group tours can be arranged.



Current Exhibition: Slow Burn : Paintings by Chris Bell


On view April 21, through June 9, 2023


Slow Burn : Paintings by Chris Bell opens Friday, April 21.

171 Cedar Arts Center is excited to present the 171 Student & Faculty Showcase. The exhibit will be held at 171’s Houghton Gallery at 155 Cedar Street. The reception will be held on Friday, April 21 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. 

The exhibit will run from April 21 through June 9, 2023.

This colorful new body of work by local Horseheads artist Chris Bell explores the way in which man-made objects, once discarded and forgotten, are reclaimed by the natural world. These acrylic works were created exclusively on found materials. Crushed metal, coatings of rust, and a lack of human figures reinforce a sense of abandonment. Here, the scale of Bell’s work has expanded to dominate a large format. His paintings strive to capture the fragility, beauty, and narrative behind each of these vehicles. This universally accessible subject matter is a reminder of the ephemeral nature of man-made objects.

Originally from Horseheads, Bell is a graphic artist who has worked as a professional illustrator for a variety of media outlets and corporations. Ever since he could grasp a crayon, he has been drawing. Bell earned a Bachelors’ Degree in fine art and a Masters’ Degree in education from Elmira College. Having started his professional illustration career in journalism, Bell currently teaches art at Horseheads High School. Bell Graphics has been his creative outlet for more than 20 years and represented a variety of clients including Corning Incorporated, The American Kidney Foundation, Arnot Art Museum, and Under Armour. You can view more of his professional work on Instagram at @bellgfx.

171 Cedar Arts Center is a dynamic organization that enriches the community by offering exceptional arts instruction, contemporary art exhibits, and live performances. The Arts Center is in two historic buildings at 155 and 171 Cedar Street, in the heart of Corning, NY. The Houghton Gallery is located at 155 Cedar Street.

See Slow Burn : Paintings by Chris Bell in 171’s Houghton Gallery at 155 Cedar Street

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Artist Chris Bell | April 21 – June 9

Illuminate: Featured Artists from The CMoG Studio | June 16 – August 25

Opportunities to Exhibit

Exhibitions (General Inquiry)

If interested in being an exhibiting artist at 171, click here and complete the following form.

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