The Arts Center of the Capital Region is a private, not-for-profit  corporation that began life as the Rensselaer County Council for the  Arts in 1962. In its early years, it was located in a brownstone mansion  on Troy’s Washington Park. Art classes were offered for the first time there in 1965, with the mansion‚ converted ballroom and formal dining rooms serving as an art gallery.

Three decades later, The Arts Center bought 5 adjoining buildings on  Monument Square in downtown Troy and renovated nearly 36,000 square feet  into fully-accessible studio, exhibition, and performing arts space. It  also changed its name to The Arts Center of the Capital Region,  recognizing that its classes, exhibits, and programs serve 48,000 people a year drawn from an 11-county region surrounding Troy.

 Today, The Arts Center is proud to serve as a regional arts center,  known for its wide range of high-quality classes for adults and  children, arts camps for children and teens, highly acclaimed exhibitions and performances, and funding and technical support for arts organizations and artists. We continually are striving to better serve the community in which we live, so please read the submissions below, and take advantage of the opportunities we offer to local artists. 

Thank you for you interest in The Art Center of the Capital Region's Mural Project. The City of Troy requests that all murals on public view (ie on buildings or streets) are pre-approved by the City of Troy, even if you own your building.  Art in the public eye reflects on our community, and we want to help you make your mural the best it can be. 

The Art Center would like to be your guide to a pre-approved project. 

Please answer and submit all required documentation.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region is pleased to announce Critical Forum. 

Critical Forum is an immersive experience designed to develop and support career training for professional artists who are committed to their art form and careers, and want to take their practice to the next level.  Professional artists can benefit from sustained critical review of their work, especially as it relates to the contemporary art world.  The Forum includes critiques by guest curators, artists and gallerists. Lastly, included in the Critical Forum are engaging experiences in New York City to expand our regional dialogue and to look at the work in a greater context. This program is free. All transportation fees are included. 

Critical Forum is offered in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts Visual Arts Program (VAP)  

  • Applications open January 1st through February 28th. *Limited to 10 artists 
  • Submissions will be selected by a committee of arts professionals.
  • All applications must be sent through submittable.com. You will need to create a log-in account with submittable in order to apply.  Deadline for this application is February 28th, 2020 11:59pm
  • Please answer and submit all required documentation. Missing information will be processed as an immediate decline. 

Please email belinda@artscenteronline.org with any questions regarding the application process. No phone calls please. 

Critical Forum Schedule

April 6 - Critique Session I 

May 11 - Critique Session II

June 13 - Immersion in NYC*

September 14 - Critique Session III 

October 19 - Critique Session IV 

November 14 - Immersion in NYC*

All Session will take place in the evening excluding immersive trips.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region