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.
The Arts Center of the Capital Region is pleased to announce an annual Call for Entries. Submissions will be considered for opportunities including solo exhibitions, small and large group exhibitions, installation possibilities, and more. Visual artists in all media - painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, video, photography, performance, and mixed media presentations - are invited to submit artworks for consideration. Artists must live within a 100 mile radius of Troy, NY to be considered. Proof of residency will be required if selected.

Submissions will be selected by the Arts Center's Curator with the help of a committee of arts professionals. Artists who have exhibited at the Arts Center in the last 2 years (not including the Fence Show) are not eligible. All works must be original and completed within the last five years. Artwork selected from the call will be scheduled from in 2019, and will range from approximately 3-4 weeks in length.

Selected artists must exhibit work consistent with the images shown in their application. Any artists submitting video or digital media must provide their own equipment if selected.

All applications must be sent through submittable.com. You will need to create a log-in account with submittable in order to apply. There is not a deadline for this application.

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

Art on the Rail Trail (ART), a new initiative designed to bring public art installations to the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, is excited to announce a call for artists interested in developing an original public artwork for the piers along the Rail Trail, under the Cherry Avenue Extension bridge. We welcome all artists to apply, but specifically encourage those who work in public art, murals, and mosaic. Artists, designers, studios, and teams may submit multiple concepts for this project, and artists from any location are encouraged to apply. However, preference will be given to Capital Region artists and those from the surrounding area (defined by artists living within a 100-mile radius from the Town of Bethlehem). 

ART was conceived of to enrich the experiences of visitors to the Rail Trail and to encourage usage of the trail by local residents as well as regional visitors. This new committee of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is a collaboration between town residents, local nonprofits, with Town, County and Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce representation. The first Art on the Rail Trail mural, by Andrea Hersh, was dedicated last year at 90 Adams St. Our ideal project would create another iconic mural that becomes a landmark for both locals and visitors enjoying the Rail Trail. 

Application Deadline: Initial applications are due at or before 11:59pm on Monday, June 17, 2018.

Guidelines: Town Zoning requires that text should take up no more than 3% of the overall design. Although this is a public space and work should be suitable for all ages, we are open to creative suggestions for this space—all styles/themes will be considered. Pier measurements: Width varies from 7'-3" at top-of-footing to 5'-3" at bottom-of-cap beam. Each pier total height is approx. 22'. (NOTE: A portion of the columns are buried below grade.) Artists should include in the design how many and how much of the piers they will cover. There are 8 piers in total. There is a photo of the piers on the website: www.mohawkhudson.org/ART

Applications should include: 

· Artist’s resume (listing all public art projects)

· Names and email addresses of two references

· 5 to 10 representative digital images of your work

· A written proposal (up to 750 words) with initial imagery to demonstrate your concept for the space. 

An Open House for interested artists is scheduled at the wall on Tuesday, May 22, from 6:00-7:00pm, on the Albany-Hudson Rail Trail under Cherry Ave. extension, Bethlehem, NY. Applicants are not required to attend, but strongly encouraged. 

Evaluation Process

The selection committee will judge proposals on the following criteria: 

· Quality, originality, and appeal of the concept,

· Concept’s appropriateness for the site, and 

· Artist’s proven capacity for timely completion of the project.

Notification of Award

Finalists will be announced in early July 2018. 

The selection committee will choose up to three finalists to make a public presentation in mid-June that will include the following: 

· Finalized image of your project (ideally shown on the space),

· Explanation of the concepts and goals, and

· Budget and timeline for the completion of the work. 

Fee will be: $5000. This includes artist’s fees, necessary paint/supplies, ladders or lift rental, if required, and artist’s insurance.

There will be two community clean-up days in July. Final selection announced in mid-June. Final project completion date: Aug. 15, 2018; Dedication in late August or early September 2018.

For more information visit www.mohawkhudson.org/ART or email ART@mohawkhudson.org.Thank you in advance for your thoughtful submissions. We are eager to find the right partner for this project. 

The Arts Center of the Capital Region is announcing an open call for performances during Troy Night Out. Performance groups and solo artists as well as demonstration, presentation and workshop programs are encouraged to submit proposals for consideration.

Submissions will be selected by the Arts Center’s Education Department based on originality, feasibility, and community interest. Selected artists/groups must exhibit work consistent with the images and proposals shown in their application.

All applications must be sent through submittable.com. You will need to create a log-in account with submittable in order to apply.

Please contact Chris Ristau at 518.273.0552 x231 or email chrisr@artscenteronline.org with any questions regarding the application process.

Playmakers Space



This group of theatre artists focuses on the support and development of new work for the stage in the Capital Region. In this initial phase we aim to help playwrights with a strong background in theatre to develop new work. The initial sessions are aimed for those who have work they would like to be read for group feedback in order to further the development of the piece. This program will soon expand to include actors and directors and designers, as well as public readings, workshop productions, and collaboration on group pieces and showcases.

The aim is to encourage, stimulate and create a foundation for new plays by local playmakers in a collaborative and supportive setting, while at the same time involving the larger community in the creative process of new plays through readings, talk-backs, and workshops.  We hope to create a vibrant community of artist and audience, and make some great theatre!

Applications will be reviewed by the Artistic Director, Andrea Cunliffe, as well as a selected panel of advisers and Sunny da Silva, playwright and Director of Education at The Arts Center. We are specifically looking for playmakers who are innovative and brave in their willingness to explore the world of the stage and take risks. We welcome submissions from Playmakers involved in any facet of the theatre, as the goal is to create a community of those who desire to create and interpret/support new work. If it looks like you would be a good fit, you will be contacted and asked to take part in our monthly sessions, and other events/perfomances as they arise.

Andrea Cunliffe, Artistic Director  Andrea has worked professionally in theatre and broadcasting on both sides of the Atlantic since she was 12. Obtained her BA from Goodman and for 28 years she has lived and worked in London England.  As an actor she appeared in over 40 theatre productions and numerous radio plays.  As director/producer she has directed modern classics, new writing, and devised theatre pieces, she is a founding member, actor and company manager of John Calder’s’ Godot Company.  She has produced new writing, film festivals, performance art, special events and multimedia productions.  For 4 years she was Artistic Director of 11 Wardour St. Theatre, London focused mainly on new writing.   Andrea is a member of the Young Vic Directors Forum and British Equity.   Since relocating to Upstate New York she recently directed Beckett’s “Endgame”, John West’s “Jarry”, and “Tennessee Williams – the short plays” and has immersed herself in the Hudson Valley independent film industry, with 3 feature and 3 short films.