The mission of the Handwerker Gallery is to enhance the academic offerings of Ithaca College with a diverse range of scholarly exhibitions, lectures, colloquia and events in its role as a pedagogical resource. In exploring the various meanings inherent in art and artifacts, the Gallery collects preserves, protects, displays and interprets objects of aesthetic, cultural and intellectual significance.

Exhibitions are coordinated with attention to the needs of the faculty, students and staff at Ithaca College, as well as the interests of the larger Ithaca and Finger Lakes communities.

The Gallery provides an outlet for creative work and intellectual discourse for students and faculty in diverse programs across campus, including Art, Art History, Cinema and Photography, Theatre Arts, and Writing. In addition, the Gallery directly supports the teaching of Art History at the College through experiential learning, as part of a Gallery-based, interdisciplinary educational experience that strengthens the College’s distinctive Humanities program.


***Note: Class tours can be hosted in-person for Spring 2022. Please contact Gallery Manager Tim Kennedy to arrange with advance notice (tkennedy@ithaca.edu)***

Visits for classes and community members for all Handwerker Gallery exhibitions are free during regular hours of operation. Classes are also welcome to use the Gallery with or without structured activity plans, and consultation with Gallery Manager Tim Kennedy is generally available for faculty seeking enriching opportunities to work visits into existing curricula.  We require all classes and groups to reserve the Gallery in advance as we can only accommodate one group at a time. 

Please book your tour or group as far in advance as possible.  With two weeks' notice the Gallery can usually accommodate classes that meet on Tuesdays or outside of our regular hours.  Please contact Tim Kennedy (tkennedy@ithaca.edu) to schedule a tour or reserve a the Gallery for your group visit. While campus is remote, these visits will be conducted over Zoom.

Get Involved!

Student employment, Volunteer, and Internship Opportunities

A wide range of paid positions and credited internships are available for enthusiastic students at the Handwerker Gallery. Possibilities include developing exhibitions and events, managing collections, leading tours and educational programs, marketing the Gallery and its activities, and photographing events.  All of these opportunities provide important professional experience not only in gallery and museum work, but also in the fields of business, education, administration, and public relations.  

The Handwerker Gallery accepts applications for student monitors and assistants in April and November of each year for the next academic semester. For more information about jobs and/or credited internships email Gallery Manager Tim Kennedy (tkennedy@ithaca.edu) for more information.