Buffalo, NY–CEPA Gallery (Contemporary Photography and Visual Arts Center) announced the 2017 CEPA Gallery Members’ Exhibition. This year’s exhibition opened on Friday, January 27, 2017. The exhibit runs until March 4, 2017.

CEPA Gallery’s 2017 Members’ Exhibition features the photography and photo-related work of some of Western New York’s most talented artists.

The juror was the new executive director at Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Arts Cenrter’s Maiko Tanaka.

2017 Exhibition Award winner Natalie DiIenno Underground Gallery

2017 Exhibition Award winner Natalie DiIenno
Underground Gallery

2017 Exhibition Award winner Orin Langelle Underground Gallery

2017 Exhibition Award winner Orin Langelle
Underground Gallery

Two photographers, Natalie Dilenno and Orin Langelle received the 2017 Exhibition Awards.

They will both have a solo exhibit at the CEPA Gallery in 2018.

Langelle is the Director of the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art and Langelle Photography in Buffalo, NY.

A full article will be coming soon.

Other Exhibits that Opened January 27

David Jaan: I See People

Lingxiang Wu: A Modern Flaneur’s Possession

Exterior Views: The Richardson Olmsted Complex

Big Orbit – A CEPA Gallery Project Space

In late 2013, Big Orbit Gallery and their programs officially merged with CEPA Gallery. This strategic initiative will safeguard the mission and history of Big Orbit, while ensuring the continued growth of the region’s only program dedicated to the art and artists of Western New York.



Since its inception in 1991, Big Orbit Gallery has been an artist-run arts center dedicated to transcultural, multidisciplinary explorations of contemporary art issues, with its primary focus being the promotion of the art and artists of Western New York.

Through programming that ranges everything from painting and performance art to architectural installations and live sound sculpture, Big Orbit extends the legacy of artistic innovation historically associated with Buffalo, providing a basis for the creation of new boundary-pushing work. The gallery encourages the under-represented, emerging and established artists in the community through solo exhibition opportunities, and curated group exhibits promoting social awareness.

By embracing many artistic disciplines, including visual, performance, and media arts, Big Orbit takes great pride in establishing a creative dialogue between artists and community while raising awareness of the arts developing in Western New York.


An Essay by Elizabeth Licata

There had been an art gallery at 30 Essex Street since the 1970s . . . [I]t played a small but significant role in the Buffalo art scene—with the usual peaks and valleys—until late 1990, when it simply ran out of steam.

In stepped artists Katrin Jurati and Alan Van Every, then renting studio space in the Essex Street Complex. Jurati and Van Every decided to take over . . . revitalizing a mission and identity that up until then had been loosely-defined. In effect, they not only brought the gallery back to life, they gave it a personality.

They called the gallery Big Orbit . . . the astrological metaphor suggested the connectivity of artists and art spaces, big and small, revolving in the same cultural sky.

By the end of their tenure as Big Orbit co-directors, Jurati and Van Every had completed the process for the gallery to become its own 501(c)(3) organization. And another pair of young artists was ready to step in.

Read the complete essay.