Past Exhibits

Displayed
September 19 – October 19, 2014 | Faculty Student Gallery
A juried exhibition of photographs by students in The Arts Center’s Photography classes and workshops taught by Katherine Wright of YTK Photography, www.ytkphotography.com.


Points of Entry Through Folkloric Expressions | Armando Soto
September 19 – October 19, 2014 | Foyer Gallery

Armando Soto teaches Abstract Painting, Drawing Studio Concepts, and monitors Figure Drawing Open Studio at The Arts Center. He studied at Pratt Institute in New York, receiving a BFA in painting, drawing, and art history. He also studied bilingual special education at the Bank Street College of Education. Armando is currently a member of the Fulton St. Gallery and works out of his studio at the Ilium Building in downtown Troy.


East Coast National Screenprint Biennial
September 12 – October 11, 2014 | Main Gallery

In September 2014, The Arts Center hosted the first ever East Coast National Screenprint Biennial. There was currently no screenprint biennial in the United States, and this exhibition was an opportunity to begin a dialog that can expand the discipline of screenprinting and its place in the world of art. This exhibition showcased a range of screenprint-based art applications, from framed, editioned prints, to installation, sculpture, video, ephemera, and posters. This invitational exhibition was in no way to act as a survey or “who’s-who” of screenprinting, but assembled an exhibition that is consistent in showcasing artists who utilize adventurous, relevant, and passionate takes on the screenprinted medium. The East Coast National Screenprint Biennial is the curatorial project of Nathan Meltz, printmaker and lecturer in the Art Department of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Learn more at www.screenprintbiennial.com


Malady
July 19 – September 28, 2014 | Wallace Gallery
Fence Show 2013 Best in Show

Philip J Palmieri’s paintings deal mainly with portraiture and figurative work. His exploration in painting often deals with medical images, drawing on his experience as a physician. He often uses medical text books not only as references but for his painting surfaces as well.


Farms, Food + Photography
August 29 – September 14, 2014 | Faculty Student Gallery

The Arts Center partnered with the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) for a unique program focusing on farming, food, and photography with both teens and adults. Students visited local vegetable, dairy, wheat, and animal farms to learn about farm operation and harvest food with their own hands, while teaching artist and cook Ellie Markovitch helped them understand and appreciate the idea of farm-to-table, working with the students on the farm or back here in our kitchen to prepare a meal with the food they’ve harvested. All the while the students documented their time on the farm and in the kitchen while using the Digital Arts Studio at The Arts Center to create a series of photographs, recipes, blog posts, and other media related to their experience. The Arts Center hosted a food tasting and official exhibition featuring the students’ work at the August Troy Night Out to remind the community of the important role farms and food play in our lives.


Fence Select
July 19 – August 29, 2014 | Main Gallery

Robert R. Shane, Ph.D., Art History & Criticism, served as this year’s juror for the Fence Show. He identified 42 adult and 13 student works from various artists from the Fence Show to be later assembled into the Fence Select, an exhibition that runs for several weeks after the salon-style show is dismantled.

Student Fence Select
July 19 – August 29, 2014 | Foyer Gallery

On view are works from several young artists selected from the larger salon-style Fence Show. Robert R. Shane juried this exhibit as well.


Fence Show
May 22 – June 28, 2014 | First floor galleries

The Fence Show is an annual opportunity for all Arts Center members to display their work in our galleries. This year we accepted and displayed 335 pieces, including paintings, drawing, photography, fiber arts, stained glass and sculpture. There is also a separate category for young artists in grades K-12, with a total of 53 student pieces this year. Robert R. Shane, Ph.D., Art History & Criticism, served as this year’s juror. He identified 42 adult and 13 student works from various artists from the Fence Show to be later assembled into the Fence Select, an exhibition that runs for several weeks after the salon-style show is dismantled.


Tech Valley High School
June 15 – June 27, 2014| Faculty Student Gallery

Tech Valley High is a project-based public school with a STEM focus in the east campus of SUNY in Rensselaer, NY. As part of a NYSCA-funded Arts in Education Grant from the Arts Center of the Capital Region, two visiting artists were able to assist the Junior Art and Technology class to create short digital animations using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere.

The Cold War Interpreted: Student Animations and Prints

For this project, the students worked in collaboration with their American History class to interpret and animate the different aspects and events of the cold war era. Finally, as a part of the grant, students went on a field trip to Troy Cloth and Paper, where they used still images from their animations to create screen prints on paper, as posters to promote their films.

Signs of Change: Student Photoshop Compositions

Signs of Change is inspired by an art show of the same name that was exhibited at the Art Center of the Capital Region in April of 2009.  The show, originally curated by the late Dara Greenwald, consisted of archival posters and prints that raised awareness about,  or protested against,  various political and social problems in the 1960′s and 70′s.The 9th graders at Tech Valley High School were challenged to work as a group to come up with a list of problems in the world that they were passionate about, then to create Photoshop compositions that raise awareness or express an opinion about those same problems.


Questar III New Visions Senior Art Exhibit
May 19 – June 1, 2014 | Faculty Student Gallery

Questar III New Visions: Visual and Performing Arts, Class of 2014 presents an exhibition of their artwork that they have created throughout the school year.


25th Anniversary Questar III High School Invitational Art Exhibit
April 5 – April 18, 2014 | Main Gallery

The 25th Anniversary Questar III High School Invitational Art Exhibit is open to all public high school students (9-12). Four pieces from each participating school district were selected for the exhibit, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place award winners chosen at the discretion of this year’s juror. Learn more about Questar III at www.questar.org.


Community Inclusion Project
March 8 – April 18, 2014

The Rensselaer County  ARC’s Community Inclusion Project exhibited artwork that they created in their exploratory art and pottery classes at The Arts Center.


The Architecture Between Us
February 28 – April 18, 2014 | President’s Gallery

Through her installations, photographs, and drawings, artist Kim Faler is able to introduce shifts in context, materials and perspectives, which ultimately allow her to transform the functionality of familiar objects we see and use in our everyday lives. For this exhibit, Faler present a selection of her new work in addition to a collaborative piece created with Massachusetts based artist, Derek Parker.


4th Annual Day2Day Print Exchange
February 28 – April 18, 2014 | Foyer Gallery

The Day2Day Print Exchange is an annual call for printmakers. It gives artists from around the globe an opportunity to create and share work with other artists and their communities. Artists participated by creating an edition of prints under the guidelines and suggested theme of world peace chosen by curator, Danielle Godbout. Godbout asked artists to donate an additional print to be made available for purchase. 100% of proceeds will be donated to help support Syrian refugees. Learn more about this charity at www.unicefusa.org.


Ju money 2014: Sang Wook Lee
January 31 – March 30, 2014 | Main Gallery

Sang Wook Lee’s solo exhibition features two new works which were designed and installed specifically for The Arts Center’s Main Gallery. The title piece Ju money 2014 is inspired by the traditional Korean costume “hanbok” and the small pouches, or “bokjumoney,” associated with it. These small pouches carried by children to collect red beans, and now money, provide a symbol of good will for the New Year.

Lee’s other installation is from his Ramen Noodle Series. This piece  explores the unique qualities of materials.  By using basic materials, the elements of line, shape, and texture, which are often overlooked, are magnified because of simplicity. This unique sculpture is made entirely of small blocks of ramen noodle that build a larger, unified structure. Influenced largely by culture and the environment around us, subtleties of human nature become an important part of the work.


Contemporary Icons
January 31 – March 2, 2014 | Faculty Student Gallery

Master iconographer and faculty member, Christine Simoneau Hales will exhibit her icon paintings along with selected pieces from her past students.  Icon writing is a traditional method of painting that dates back to the ancient Byzantine era of using egg tempera, rare natural pigments and gold leaf gilding to create beautiful works of art. Hales takes the step-by-step method of classical painting and infuses it with contemporary inspirations all while keeping with the spiritual subjects found in these works on panel.


Hudson Valley Seed Packs: Art of the Heirloom
January 31 – February 23, 2014
President’s + Foyer Galleries

Artists are cultural seed savers, selecting which kernels of beauty, color, and form to keep alive and pass on to future generations. Each year, the Hudson Valley Seed Library commissions contemporary artists to interpret a distinctive selection of the heirloom varieties in our seed catalog. Each work of art becomes a unique seed pack that celebrates the beauty, diversity and cultural importance of the heirloom seeds held within each pack. Learn more about this traveling exhibit and the Hudson Valley Seed Library at www.seedlibrary.org.

As part of the 2014 Art of the Heirloom exhibition for The Arts Center of the Capital Region, the Hudson Valley Seed Library is proud to present the beautiful works of pack artist JoAnn Axford.  Among the works on display, there are several versions of JoAnn’s design for the Scented Sweet Pea Mix.


2 x 2 Collective: double consciousness
Curated by Sandra Stephens
October 25-December 21, 2013
Main Gallery

2 x 2 Collective: double consciousness is a collaboration of four artists: Ben Altman, Maria Driscoll McMahon, Sandra Stephens and guest artist Carla Rae Johnson. Working with the gallery space in both traditional and non-traditional ways, the artists find common ground in their uses of the figure at the intersections of the social, political and the personal.

The artists’ uses of the figure have agency. They empower viewers as complicit participants, as centers of process and experience. The artists like to complicate and push against dichotomies and hierarchies: self/other, perpetrator/victim, rural/urban, black/white, male/female, gay/straight, performer/observer.

The collaboration will create environments inside the gallery and virtually on the internet to investigate, to quote W.E.B. Du Bois, “a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others.”

Photography, sculpture, drawings, video, sculptural installations, artists’ talks and a film screening were all part of this exhibition.


Monica Bill Hughes + Joshua Pickens
October 25-December 21, 2013
Faculty Student Gallery

Monica Bill Hughes and Joshua Pickens are both part of The Arts Center’s talented faculty. Together they exhibited their paintings, woodblock prints and sculptures.


Self Reflections Through Nature + Color
October 25-December 21, 2013
Foyer Gallery

Each May since 2007, the Center for Disability Services has sponsored an art exhibit highlighting the creativity and talents of consumers of varying ages and abilities from preschool through senior citizen.  Staff exhibits began in 2008 and were incorporated with consumers for an inclusive exhibit in 2010.

The artworks included in this exhibit were selected from a larger show complete with an awards reception that was held back in May 2013 at the Center’s headquarters on S. Manning Boulevard in Albany.  The pieces were selected by The Arts Center’s Director of Exhibits, Alana Akacki, and Director of Arts in the Community, Royah Ansari.

This year’s exhibit is eclectic but highlights images of nature, self portraits along with color and shape and the use of recycled materials in an effort to preserve nature and our planet.  The Center for Disability Services is proud to partner with The Arts Center of the Capital Region for this exhibit.

The Center for Disability Services works along with The Arts Center of the Capital Region to offer an After-school/After-work program each weekday as well as various classes such as digital photography, ceramics, jewelry, drawing and painting. For more information about The Arts Center’s partnerships within the community, please contact Royah Ansari at royah@artscenteronline.org.


Overgrown
August 10-September 29, 2013
Main Gallery

Overgrown is a group exhibition based on the deterioration and the neglect of the landscape and other objects through various mediums. Sculptor Claire Sherwood will create a site specific installation related to the idea of overgrowth of objects in our everyday lives. Painters Alexis Grabowski and Geoffrey Detrani will have numerous works in the exhibit that will also emulate this theme.


(un)Settled
August 10-September 29, 2013
President’s Gallery

Artists Tasha Depp, Aldo Lira, Kelly Jones and Matthew Shropshire will be exhibiting works based on the figure while exploring the idea of how one defines the human experience. Paintings, drawings and sculpture will inhabit the space.


Farms, Food and Photography
August 10-September 29, 2013
Foyer Gallery

The Arts Center has teamed up with the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) for a unique two week program focusing on farming, food, and photography. Students will have visited local vegetable, dairy, wheat, and sheep farms to learn about farm operation and harvest food with their own hands. Back at The Arts Center, teaching artist and cook Ellie Markovitch has helped students understand the idea of “farm-to-table” with basic cooking skills and work with the student to prepare a meal with the food they’ve harvested while discussing nutrition.

The students will have documented their time on the farm and in the kitchen while using the Digital Arts Studio at The Arts Center to create a series of photographs, recipes, blog posts, and other media related to their experience. The Arts Center will host a food tasting and official exhibition featuring the students’ work at August Troy Night Out to remind the community of the important role farms and food play in our lives.


Associations
June 28 – July 28, 2013
President’s Gallery

Channing Lefebvre will be exhibiting his intuitive, yet minimalistic drawings in this solo exhibition. He will focus on the process of mark marking while keeping to his interest in the Japanese aesthetic. Lefebvre was the recipient of the 2012 President’s Award from the Fence Show.


Fence Select
June 28 – July 28, 2013
Main Gallery

Denise Markonish, curator at MASS MoCA served as this year’s juror for the Fence Show. She identified 50 pieces from 33 artists from the Fence Show to be later assembled into the Fence Select, an exhibition that runs for several weeks after the salon-style show is dismantled.

Student Fence Select
June 28 – July 28, 2013
Foyer Gallery

On view are works from 20 young artists selected from larger salon-style Fence Show. Markonish juried this exhibit as well.


Fence Show
May 18 – June 16, 2013
First Floor Galleries

The Fence Show is an annual opportunity for all Arts Center members to display their work in our galleries. In 2012, we accepted and displayed 511 pieces, including paintings, drawing, photography, fiber arts, stained glass and sculpture. We have surpassed the number of entries to 555 for 2013! There is also a separate category for young artists in grades K-12. Denise Markonish, curator at MASS MoCA served as this year’s juror and has chosen 50 pieces to be exhibited in the Fence Select. The Select will open on Friday, June 28, 2013 at Troy Night Out.


Questar III New Visions Senior Art Show
May 21 – June 2, 2013
Faculty Student Gallery

An exhibition of photography, jewelry, pottery, drawing and painting by the New Visions: Visual & Performing Arts Class of 2013.


20th Congressional Art Competition
May 5 – May 13, 2013
Faculty Student Gallery

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide art competition held annually that accepts entries from students across the United States providing them with an opportunity to showcase their artistic abilities. Each member of congress has the privilege of submitting one piece of artwork to be displayed for 11 months in a tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol. It is an honor to be able to offer this opportunity to the many talented high school students in New York’s 20th Congressional District. The student selected from the 20th Congressional District will be eligible for travel to Washington D.C. to attend a ceremony, honoring winners from across the nation.

Congressman Paul Tonko announced that Shaker High School Senior Mitchell A. was the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition for the 20th Congressional District. His digital photograph of the back of a computer tower, titled “Walk Down Memory Lane,” was judged to be the best out of 40 entries from 19 local school districts. Mitchell’s work will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for the duration of the year alongside the winning entries from other Congressional districts nationwide.

The first runner up was Katelyn A., a senior from Shenendehowa High School. Two students were given an honorable mention for their work: Taylor W. from the Albany Academy and Kirsten G. of Maple Hill High School. The reception and awards ceremony was held on May 13, 2013 from 5-6:30 PM. Judges this year were Sara Boylen and Andrea Hersh.


Synesthesia: Paintings and prints by Willie Marlowe
April 25 – May 5, 2013
Foyer Gallery

Willie Marlowe’s  collection of paintings and prints accompanied the individual dances performed by The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Synesthesia brought together a stellar array of musicianship and visual artistry for an exceptional evening of modern dance, live music and contemporary art. With the sparkling musicianship of Cornelius Dufallo, Brian Melick, Monica Wilson-Roach and Maria Zemantauski, and the prismatic scenes of Willie Marlowe’s fabulously chromatic paintings, we’ll have the makings of a truly outstanding experience.


Community Inclusion Project
March 16 – April 28, 2013
Faculty Student Gallery

As part of the ARC of Rensselaer County, the Community Inclusion Project is designed connect persons with developmental disabilities on an individual basis to local community life based upon their interest. The show highlighted the creative expressions and talents of those who come to The Arts Center on a weekly basis.  Painting, drawing, and collage work were all on display. Influential art heroes such as Kandinsky and Matisse were some of the inspirations behind the wall-based works.


Swissted: Mike Joyce
April 13 – April 21, 2013
Main Gallery

Swissted is an ongoing project by graphic designer Mike Joyce, owner of Stereotype Design in New York City. Drawing from his love of punk rock and Swiss modernism, two movements that have almost nothing to do with one another. Mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, new wave, goth, grunge, and indie rock show flyers into International Typographic Style posters. Each design is set in lowercase Berthold Akzidenz-Grotesk medium. Every single one of the shows actually happened. Joyce was born in Troy, New York.


Text As Art: Curated by Nancy Klepsch
March 16 – April 21, 2013
Foyer Gallery

An exhibition that revealed how the written word can be represented visually. Artists represented were: K.A. Laity, Kaya Phillips, Phoenix Daniel Smith and Mary Pat Wager. Also on exhibit was a collaborative (on-going) drawing based on an instruction piece by Yoko Ono and created by Air Talk, a Yoko Ono appreciation group open to all that meets at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College. The students and staff of Averill Park High School have created an on-going community-based text as art installation that provides students with a voice regarding school budgets.


Corvus Ilium: forceperunit
February 22 – April 21, 2013
President’s Gallery

Though the crows are an ever-present yet seemingly mundane part of Troy life, they help form our daily experience. As residents, we continue to acknowledge the crows, talk about the crows, watch the crows, listen to the crows, complain about the crows, admire the crows. And we should. The collaborative  arts group, called forceperunit created this participatory installation that allowed viewers to contemplate the existence of these moments, however inferior they may seem. We take a moment to identify a seemingly small part of life and contemplate its presence and absence.


So to Speak
January 25 – March 29, 2013
Main Gallery

An exhibition devoted to the reiteration of images in words, in which friction emerges in the process of translation, through a jarring of verbal and visual accounts. So to Speak calls into question the pervasiveness of the still and moving photographic image within our culture’s visual regime, and the dominance of visual media within today’s cultural production. In this exhibition words will act as a prosthetic extension for the image, saying those things that the image cannot say. This exhibition was curated by Emily Berçir Zimmerman.

So to Speak included the work of artists: Leona Christie, Hollis Frampton, Melinda McDaniel, Fernando Orellana, Paula Gaetano Adi and Klub Zwei.


Celebration of the Arts: Susan O’Dell Taylor School
March 13, 2013
Foyer Gallery

Kindergarten through Grade 6 had their artwork on display as well a performance in the Black Box theater for their parents.


Emma Willard Bicentennial Student Art Exhibit
February 16 – March 10, 2013
Foyer Gallery

This exhibition was arranged to kick off the celebration of Emma Willard School’s Bicentennial, which will take place in 2014. In recognition of 200 years of excellence in girls’ education, we are exhibiting the courageous and creative artwork of our current students. The school’s founder, Emma Hart Willard, believed that girls should be taught to best serve the society in which they live. Two hundred years later, Emma Willard girls continue to make great contributions toward that service. Our students view art as enhancing society. The artwork on display was selected by visual arts instructors at Emma Willard. The classes that will be  represented span from the beginning to advanced level and represent the wide array of art study offered at the school. Weaving, design, ceramics, drawing, painting and photography are just a few of the classes that were represented.


day2day print exchange
January 7 – February 24, 2013
Faculty Student Gallery

The day2day print exchange is an annual call for work in the printmaking field. It gives artists who are printmakers an opportunity to create and share their work with others from around the globe.

Each year, artists participate by creating an edition of 11 prints under specific guidelines, an optional theme and then mail them to the curator. Once all of the work is received and recorded, 10 unique prints by 10 different artists are sent back to each participating artist. Lastly, the 11th print is displayed in the Faculty Student Gallery at The Arts Center of the Capital Region. The theme for this year’s exchange was character and was curated by Danielle Godbout, artist and faculty member at The Arts Center.


Hudson Valley Seed Packs: Art of the Heirloom
January 23 – February 10, 2013
President’s + Foyer Gallery

Artists are cultural seed savers, selecting which kernels of beauty, color, and form to keep alive and pass on to future generations.

Each year, the Hudson Valley Seed Library commissions contemporary artists to interpret a distinctive selection of the heirloom varieties in our seed catalog.  Artists range from the undiscovered to the up-and-coming to the world-renowned. Mediums include oil painting, paper, collage, encaustic, colored pencil, printmaking, and more.

Each work of art becomes a unique seed pack. The artwork celebrates the beauty, diversity, and cultural importance of the heirloom seeds held within each pack. The original works, the newest of which are displayed in the galleries, also form a traveling exhibit called Art of the Heirloom.


Sage All Stars
January 7 – January 13, 2013
Foyer Gallery

Sage All Stars is an after school program that concentrates on the arts and works with the Ark Charter School (Grades 5 + 6) in Troy, NY. Their most recent project titled The Story of Us is a large collaborative book created by the students. The colorful, over-sized accordion style book spans the length of The Arts Center’s Foyer Gallery. The program is made possible by the generosity of the Esteves School of Education at the Sage Colleges.

Sage’s M.A.T. in Art Education graduate students, Samantha Brennan, Amanda DeMarco, Kelly Longwitz and Samantha Spalholz  facilitated the project with assistance from supervising faculty, Prof. Kelly Jones and Dr. Ellen Adams.


From Ideas to Impressions
October 26 – December 21, 2012
Faculty Student Gallery

From Ideas to Impressions was an exhibition designed to highlight works created by our Printmaking and Book Arts students and faculty. By joining the two disciplines into one exhibition, it allows viewers to see the versatility and techniques both fields have to offer.

On display were prints from Etching: All Levels, Relief Printmaking, and our Contract Services classes. In 2011, The Arts Center added Book Arts to our offerings with classes in Book Structures, and Printing for Poets, Artists, Travelers and Creative Souls. Works from those classes are also on exhibit. Artists in this exhibit were Jean H. Clark, Myra Darlow, Tamara DeMartino, Danielle Godbout, Tina McGee, Chris Moran, Bill Normadin, Sunghee Park, Julie Radley, Kyle Schmidt and Wendy.


Everyday Will Be Sunday
October 19 – December 21, 2012
Main Gallery

Since 2008, Sean Riley has been creating a series of quilts and works in fabric that memorialize the life and death of his father. Using his father’s clothing, these works commemorate the passing of time that adds up to a life lived. Revolving around the works in fabric are paintings and sculptures related through tactile similarities of material and pattern or through the their memorial intentions. This exhibition will bring all of these works together for the first time. An artist talk with Riley and moderator Michael Oatman took place on Thursday, November 8 in the gallery.


Center Creations from Birds to Furniture and Beyond!
November 9 – December 16, 2012
Foyer Gallery

Each May since 2007 the Center for Disability Services has sponsored an art exhibit highlighting the creativity and talents of consumers of varying ages and abilities from preschool through senior citizen.  The brightly colored artworks included in this exhibit were selected from a larger show complete with an awards reception that was held back in May at the Center’s headquarters in Albany.  The pieces were selected by Arts Center Director of Exhibits, Alana Akacki and former Director of Outreach, Jill Rafferty-Weinisch.

The Center for Disability Services participates in a weekly program at  The Arts Center’s that offers various classes such as digital photography, ceramics, jewelry, drawing and painting. For more information about The Arts Center’s partnerships within the community, please contact Royah Ansari at royah@artscenteronline.org.


Wired Kingdom
September 17 – September 29, 2012
Main Gallery

3rd annual exhibit and showcase of locally made, digital and electronic art. Exhibiting artists included: Jillian Burcar, Ceili Conway, Zephan Conway, Laura Frare, Ellie Markovitch with Denise Delvalle, Greg Darnley, Kira Derocher & Daevon Mitchell, Penny Perkins, Jared Schafer, Shape Shifting Shepherds and Brian Shurtleff.

Artists included in the showcase during Troy Night Out on Friday, September 28, 2012 were Julia Alsarraf, Michael Farley, Rick O’Disko, Shape Shifting Shepherds, Brian Shurtleff and Doug Van Nort.


Get Digital!
September 15 – October 14, 2012
Faculty Student Gallery

Artists and talented faculty members of The Arts Center, Ben Karis-Nix, Taylor Gillis, Jenny McShan and Katherine Wright took part in Get Digital!

Through digital photography, graphic design and various printing techniques these four artists explored the idea of what it means to “go digital”. By continuously experimenting with new age media, they also teach others in the community how to create digital works of their own.

Ben and Taylor own Design it Together, a studio, store, and performance space that focuses on riso and screen printing services along with other design and art direction services. Both Ben and Taylor teach classes in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop at The Arts Center.

Jenny McShan is an artist who delves in many different mediums and teaches digital photography classes for agencies serving people with special needs.

For the past five years, Katherine Wright has been working with photographic mediums and various levels of film and digital manipulation to create alternative imaging effects. Even in the traditional wet lab, she is working to visually articulate her imagination while maintaining her romantic style. Katherine teaches Photography 101, Advanced Photoshop Techniques and various Business of Art classes at The Arts Center.


Naturelogues
September 14 – October 28, 2012
Foyer Gallery

A photography exhibition that depicted scenes of the changing landscape and the animals that inhabit it. Naturelogues is a program run by local photographers Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert Stoner. Together they have birded, explored and photographed North America from Hawaii to Labrador.


Nature Mechanized
September 14 – October 14, 2012
President’s Gallery

Joshua Primmer is a ceramic sculptor from Bennington, Vermont that has focused his efforts on experimenting with different stoneware and porcelain bodies. There was a combination of functional pieces as well as process; much of the inspiration behind the work comes from nature, architecture as well as science fiction and war machines.


Summer Camp Series
August 2012
Faculty Student Gallery

An ongoing display of works and group projects created by our campers.


Playland
July 27 – August 31, 2012
President’s Gallery

Niki Haynes was the 2011 Fence Show President’s Award Recipient. Her solo exhibition incorporate mixed media collage works depicting society, gender roles and humor. Playland is a playful exploration of who we are and what we do; a vision of the way we might perceive each other and present ourselves. It’s an amusement park landscape of perspectives and cultural boundaries, and the stage on which we play our roles in life.

Thanks to The Arts Center’s  interns, Stacy Lyn Plummer, Chelsea Stewart and Talia Stocchetti for the installation of this exhibition.


Fence Select
July 27 – August 31, 2012
Main Gallery

This year’s juror is Jim Richard Wilson, Director of the Opalka Gallery and Art History Lecturer for The Sage Colleges, a position he has held since 1992. Previously, he was with the State University of New York as Assistant Director of University-wide Programs in the Arts. Wilson has been curating and mounting exhibitions since 1975.

A special thanks to The Arts Center’s  interns, Stacy Lyn Plummer, Chelsea Stewart and Talia Stocchetti for the installation of this exhibition.


Student Fence Show
June 16 – August 31, 2012
Foyer Gallery

The Student Fence Show was comprised of 37 student artists ranging from kindergarten to twelfth grade.


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
June 16 – July 29, 2012
Faculty Student Gallery

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? was conceived as an artistic expression of a functional setting – a dining room. The exhibition space transformed into a dining area where all functional objects were produced by faculty, assistants and students of the Ceramics Department.

Artists in the exhibition included: Gary Arndt, Mary Eileen Barret, Michael Beiter, Amie Collins, Christine Colpoys, Bethany de Barros, Patrick Durkin, Theresa Faul, Neil Fryzer, Carol Bollinger Green, Mary Pat Hopper, Kathleen Ide, Beth Joslin, Kazuo Joseph Katagiri, Patty Keelen, Mary Pierce LaFleur, Mary Frances Millet, Fred Miller, David Morrison, Ed O’Connell, Joyce Schreiber, Katherine Tholl and John Visser.

The exhibition was organized by Robert Carreau, Karin Moran and Colleen O’Sullivan. A special thanks to the Ceramics Department for all their hard work and to The Arts Center’s  interns, Stacy Lyn Plummer and Chelsea Stewart.


Fence Salon
June 16 – July 15, 2012
Main and President’s Galleries

The Fence Show got its name 45 years ago, when members’ artwork was exhibited on the iron fence surrounding Washington Park in Troy, the original location of The Arts Center. The exhibition runs every summer and features a cross section of the artistic talent in the community. All levels of skill and ability are represented in this long-standing tradition for members of The Arts Center.

This year’s Fence Salon exhibited over 500 pieces of artwork by 241 artists of the greater Capital Region.

The juror of this year’s Fence Show was Jim Richard Wilson, Director of the Opalka Gallery. This year’s cash award winner’s for the Adult Category were Sandra Dwileski, John Hampshire, Gary Masline and Wendy Ide Williams. The cash award winners for the Student Category were Lily E., Olivia H., Devannie S. and Christopher Q. The President’s Award recipient for the 2012 Fence Show was Channing Lefebvre of Latham, NY.

A special thanks to our volunteers: Gary Arndt, Gail Beckett, Pat Carlson, Jennifer Chung, Grace Tatara, Soumita Sarkar and Patty Williams; our interns from Montserrat College of Art: Stacy Lyn Plummer and Chelsea Stewart; and to Matthew Cassidy, our intern from the Sage College of Albany.



Big Ideas, Images and Distorted Facts
May 4 – June 3, 2012
President’s and Foyer Galleries

Big Ideas, Images and Distorted Facts features artists Brian Cirmo and Michael Van Winkle in a visual dialogue created between places and objects. This exhibition features paintings and works on paper comprised of figurative landscapes derived from the past and present as well as works that show juxtapositions of common, yet mismatched objects brought together through abstraction.


LEVEL: Curated by We Are Architects
April 23 – May 25, 2012
Main Gallery

Level presents works that explore the experience of the human life cycle in an exhibition of independent video games.

Artists and non-artists from the United States, Europe, and Asia created the games in Level, and include Alexítron, Anna Anthropy, Angela Washko, Bennet Foddy, Alexis Bacot, Ian Bogost, MIT Game Lab, Jonata Söderström, Danish National Academy of Digital Entertainment, Jake Elliot, Peter Favaro, Cliff Harris, Stephen Lavelle, Sebastian Janisz, Molleindustria, Tabor Robak, Jason Rohrer, and Lea Schönfelder.


21st Congressional Art Competition
May 7 – May 14, 2012
Faculty Student Gallery

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide art competition held annually that accepts entries from across the United States providing them with an opportunity to showcase their artistic abilities. Each member of congress has the privilege of submitting one piece of artwork to be displayed for 11 months in a tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol. It is an honor to be able to offer this opportunity to the many talented high school students in the 21st Congressional District. The student who is selected from our district will be eligible to travel to Washington, D.C. to attend a ceremony unveiling their artwork.

Judges this year were Alana Akacki, Monica Bill Hughes and Marilee Sousie. This year’s winner was Atiyahna A. from Schenectady, NY. The first runner-up was Erin B. of Latham, NY and the second runner-up was Darian Q. from Niskayuna, NY. The reception and awards presentation took place on May 14, 2012 from 5:30-7 PM.


2012 Junior & Senior EMAC & EART Exhibition
April 25 – April 29, 2012
President’s and Foyer Galleries

Rensselaer’s School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences presented work by students involved in RPI’s Dept. for the Arts and Electronic Media, Arts and Communication.


Community Inclusion Project
April 6 – April 29, 2012
Faculty Student Gallery

A showcase of works from the Rensselaer County ARC, Community Inclusion Project. Works included ceramics, fiber arts, and printmaking.


Flux
January 9 – April 1, 2012
Main Gallery

An exhibition by artists Gina Occhiogrosso, Kathleen Thum and Cein Watson. FLUX illustrates a continuous stream of consciousness that occurs in both interior and exterior structures of our lives through drawings, paintings and mixed media installations.


Allscapes
January 13 – April 1, 2012
President’s Gallery

A contemporary landscapes exhibition by artists Emma Copley, Ginger Ertz,  Ray Felix, Catherine Minnery, Kris Corso Tolmie and Tanya Zal. Allscapes explores all forms of the term, landscape from the imagined to plein air through painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.


Metal Meets Glass
February 24 – April 1, 2012
Faculty Student Gallery

A showcase of works created by our Jewelry and Stained Glass students and faculty. Artists include Michele Bager, Stacey Bridge, Caitlin Butkereit, Steve Condon, John De Rosier, Morgana Fall, Theresa Faul, Chipp Matthews, Jeanne Pangburn, Susan Patti, Melissa Shufon and Erica Veil.


Text as Art
February 17-March 25, 2012
Foyer Gallery

Text as Art is part of the BookMarks Literary Reading series. Artists included in this exhibit are Courtney Carpenter, Aubree Cutkomp, Stephen Honicki, John Neiman, Ron Throop and Jacqueline Weaver.


Icing
March 12-March 30, 2012
A site specific installation in 269 River Street

Together, artists Emma Copley and Claire Sherwood explore the commonalities and differences that come to the surface of their artwork. Texture, color, structure, scale and materials will all be explored on a large scale through this site-specific work, responding to the term: Icing.


Day2Day Print Exchange: Curated by Danielle Godbout
January 9 – February 19, 2012
Faculty Student Gallery

The prints featured in this exhibit explore all forms of printmaking including collograph, intaglio, relief, lithography, serigraphy, monotype, and the combination of hand printed methods with digital print and photography. The theme of this year’s exchange is storytelling.


Joan Monastero: 40 Questions of the Soul
January 6 – February 12, 2012
Foyer Gallery

Inspired by the late 16th Century German mystic, Jacob Bohme, whose metaphysical diagram, 40 Questions of the Soul, connotes the structural synthesis of the world in both its physical and spiritual aspects. There are over 80 mixed media collages on 8 inch square wood panels included in this exhibit.


Fern Apfel | Studio Wall
November 14 – December 18, 2011
Foyer Gallery

Works in this exhibit are collage-based. Each one holds the quality of a printed image through an etching press, although each layer was created by hand, without a press.  The work depicts the everyday, mundane and food stuffs.


Richard Deon | Paradox and Conformity
October 28 – December 18, 2011
Main Gallery

This exhibit includes more than 50 paintings and works on paper by Richard Deon, as well as a site-specific monumental sculpture designed for The Art Center’s signature lobby.


Regional Landscapes by Deborah Bayly
October 28 – December 18, 2011
Faculty Student Gallery

An Arts Center Faculty member exhibited her most recent work that depicts many familiar scenes in Rensselaer County with a focus on the farmlands.


Ben Schwab | You Are Here
August 26 – November 6, 2011
Foyer Gallery

In You Are Here, Ben Schwab exhibits a new series of paintings and drawings that depicts city skylines from all over the world.


Samuel Rowlett: readymade
October 10 – October 17, 2011
Main Gallery

In readymade, Samuel Rowlett explores the particular significance of certain objects in our personal lives.


Dan Wilcox | From the World’s Largest Collection of Photographs of Unknown Poets
September 10 – October 16, 2011
President’s Gallery


John Yost: Relative Velocity
July 29 – August 26, 2011
President’s Gallery

2010 Fence Show President’s Award Recipient


Fence Select
July 29 – August 26, 2011
Main Gallery

Juror: Carrie Haddad, owner and director of Carrie Haddad Gallery and Carrie Haddad Photographs in Hudson, New York.


Fence Salon
June 18 – July 22, 2011
Main Gallery and President’s Gallery


Kids’ Fence
June 18 – August 26, 2011
Foyer Gallery

The Fence Show 2011 was sponsored by Pioneer Bank.


History of the World: Owen Sherwood and Andrew DeGraff
April 4 – June 3, 2011
Main Gallery

History of the World features illustrators and artists Owen Sherwood and Andrew DeGraff in a vibrant exhibition of a collection of drawings, paintings, and site-specific wall-based works that create connections and rivalries between the microcosms of a creative world. Both Sherwood and DeGraff’s work incorporate humor, social commentary, and personal experience into works that come alive.


Spring Holfeldt
May 10 – June 3, 2011
President’s Gallery

The President’s Gallery will feature Brooklyn-based artist Spring Hofeldt in a new series of paintings called “Under Glass.” Through Hofeldt’s richly colorful and realistic rendering, as well as a humorous approach to subject matter, each work immerses the viewer in a metaphor for day-to-day life.



Congressional Art Competition

May 11-May 18, 2011
Foyer Gallery

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide art competition held annually that accepts entries from students across the United States providing them with an opportunity to showcase their artistic abilities. Each member of congress has the privilege of submitting one piece of artwork to be displayed for 11 months in a tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol. It is an honor to be able to offer this opportunity to the many talented high school students in the 21st Congressional District. The student selected from our district will be eligible to travel to Washington, D.C. to attend a ceremony unveiling their artwork in June 2011.


The exhibits program at The Arts Center is sponsored by NYSCA, New York State Council on the Arts.