Mon-Thurs: 9AM-7:30PM

Friday: 9AM-4PM
Saturday: 9AM-5PM
Sunday: Noon-4PM

Exhibitions are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by YTK Photography, Karen + Chet Opalka, and the Marcelle Foundation.

All receptions coincide with Troy Night Out, the last Friday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Receptions are sponsored by B-rad’s Bistro & Catering.


Inside Breathing Lights
September 17-October 16, 2016, First Floor Galleries
Public Reception: Friday, September 30, 5-9PM

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Join us for a behind the scenes look at one of the region’s most ambitious public art projects ever, Breathing Lights, which will illuminate hundreds of vacant homes in Albany, Schenectady and Troy in fall 2016. Learn about the technology and concepts behind the lighting effect, how the project was sited and documented, and how it connects with neighborhoods across the region.

This October and November, Breathing Lights will illuminate the windows of hundreds of vacant buildings in Albany, Schenectady and Troy. Warm light will fill each window with a diffuse glow that mimics the gentle rhythm of human breathing. Concentrated in neighborhoods with high levels of vacancy, Breathing Lights will transform abandoned structures from pockets of shadows into places of warmth. The Arts Center’s vacant upper floor windows will also be illuminated as part of the project.

Interiors Recalled | Madison LaVallee, Artist in Residence Summer 2016
September 10-October 16, 2016, Faculty Student Gallery
Artist’s Reception: Friday, September 30, 5-9PM

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Interiors Recalled (detail) by Madison LaVallee

Interiors Recalled
is a new project based on Capital District residents’ memories of domestic spaces they no longer inhabit. Through interviews, participants described the material and objects that existed in the space. Questions such as “what material were the walls?” were asked, and if the reply was “wallpaper”, follow-up questions invited them to describe the specific imagery, patterning, and/or texture of the paper.

Upon completion of the interviews, participants’ memories of objects, textures, and imagery from the space are translated into sculptures and installations in the form of “material composites”. Each piece is titled after the year the spatial memory was from and the location, such as, Bellevue, Schenectady 1974, keeping the participants name, gender, age, etc. anonymous. This project focuses on domestic architecture, materiality, the memory of a lived space, and the translation from a verbal description to sculpture/installation.