GALLERY HOURS:

Monday-Thursday: 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.


SPRING-SUMMER 2017 EXHIBITIONS:

FENCE SHOW 2017: CALL FOR ENTRIES

All members of the Arts Center are eligible to enter our annual Fence Show, with the chance to win one of 11 cash awards totaling $3,000! For full submission guidelines, visit artscenteronline.org/fence-show.

Fence Salon 2016

 

WHAT IS THE FENCE SHOW?

Now in its 52nd year, the Fence Show got its name when members’ artwork was exhibited on the iron fence surrounding Washington Park in Troy, the original location of the Arts Center. In 2016, we accepted 382 pieces, including paintings, drawing, photography, fiber arts, stained glass, and sculpture. The artwork is displayed salon style (floor-to-ceiling) in our galleries, and all levels of skill and ability are represented, from novice to professional. There is a separate category that welcomes submissions from young artists in grades K-12. We invite you to be part of the tradition!

JUROR

Each year, we invite a juror to choose artwork for the Fence Select, an exhibition curated from the works in the Fence Salon. Michael Oatman, local artist and educator from Troy, NY, will serve as this year’s juror. He will identify approximately 50 pieces from the Fence Salon that will later become the Fence Select, and remain on display for several weeks after the Salon ends.

Michael Oatman has been making and teaching art for over 30 years. After receiving his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, he moved to Troy in 1989 to study at UAlbany for his MFA in painting.  He currently teaches in the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Oatman has exhibited his work internationally and at significant American venues including MASS MoCA, the Tang Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the DeCordova, among others.

AWARDS

We will be awarding a total of $3000 in cash awards, including Best in Show, who will receive $600 and a solo exhibition at the Arts Center in 2018. The awards support artists of all levels of experience, and are made possible through the generous support of Karen & Chet Opalka and the Marcelle Foundation. Fence Awards will be announced at our Gala on May 17th.


EXHIBITION DATES

FENCE SALON
May 18 – July 2, 2017 | First Floor Galleries
Public Reception: Friday, May 26, 5PM–9PM

FENCE SELECT | Juried by Michael Oatman
July 22 – August 26, 2017 | Main Gallery, Foyer Gallery
Public Reception: Friday, July 28, 5PM–9PM


ART QUILT IMMERSION | Barb Allen
July 22 – August 26, 2017 | Wallace Gallery
Public Reception: Friday, July 28, 5PM–9PM

Best in Show winner from the 2016 Fence Show, Barb Allen creates quilts that are pictorial in nature and meant to invoke a personal memory -real or imagined- in the mind of viewers. They are rarely literal; her goal is to delight the eye with surprising use of color and pattern. Working with the tactile nature of fabric, Allen primarily uses lush batiks and hand-dyed cotton, often adding other textural elements to instill a desire to lose oneself in the feel of the art, while contemplating the visual escape.

 

 

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