The CAS Arts Center

Lavern Kelley,  1953 International Truck,  1953

Lavern Kelley, 1953 International Truck, 1953

Lavern Kelley never intended to make a living as an artist. He probably never could have explained why he picked up a pocketknife and began carving and recreating the life he saw around him at the family farm in Oneonta, NY; he just felt compelled to do it.  

He had never heard of Thomas Hart Benton, or Grant Wood, or the other artists of his time who were also famously depicting the life of the American worker and farmer. He didn’t know he was part of a Movement. 

Lavern Kelley’s sculptures and drawings are not only a time capsule of farm life in rural New York in the early 20th century. It is also part of a larger arts movement that helped bring a nation out of its Great Depression. 

Gallery hours at the CAS Arts Center are Thursdays – Saturdays 11am–6pm, Sundays 11am-3pm, and Mondays 11am-6pm. The CAS Arts Center is wheelchair accessible.  

July 1, 2017 – Artist Talk and Opening Reception  

CAS will host an Artist Talk with curator Sydney Waller on Saturday, July 1 at 3pm, followed immediately by a free Opening Reception from 4pm to 6pm. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.  

A Retrospective

Lavern Kelley

Annual CAS Invitational Show

Curator Talk and Opening Reception
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Curator Talk - 3-4 pm
Opening Reception - 4-6 pm

The Elevator Gallery

Photograph by Bob Skinner

Photograph by Bob Skinner

American Dreams

Photographs by
Bob Skinner

Opening Reception Saturday, July 1, 2017
Opening Reception - 4-6 pm



Bob Skinner is a social documentary photographer as well as a commercial photographer. He specializes in architectural, environmental portraiture, and lifestyle photography, always been intrigued by people and the environment they live in. He works with both digital and large format film cameras. Bob recently had a one-man show in Montclair, NJ and was interviewed by NPR for his social documentary series “Searching for America,” shot in the Catskills. 

Special Exhibitions

Photograph by Andy Ryan 

Photograph by Andy Ryan 

Bade Stageberg Cox 

June 2016 December 2017

Open during regular hours for guided tours

Come see our upstairs in progress, model and exhibit now on display. Guided private tours are available daily during regular hours for small groups and walk-ins. 

Design in development by architects Bade Stageberg Cox. To learn more about our capital project, visit our Donations page