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.

 Transport Troy and the Arts Center of the Capital Region present: 

PARK(ing) Day | Park your Art in Troy

Transport Troy is Partnering with the City of Troy to offer up 10 parking spots for temporary  installations to be active from September 21 to October 6.

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat …at least until the meter runs out.

International Parking day 2018 is September 21. To coincide with the Ramble & Troy Night Out we are PARK(ing) Troy-style.

A jury selected by Transport Troy will review the submissions. Selected projects and locations will be awarded to winning submissions on 08/10.  

Awarded teams are responsible for the costs associated with their designs. Multi-organizational collaborations are encouraged. The installation timeline will be between the dates of 09/18 to 09/20. Installations must be complete by end of day September 20.

What are we looking for?

We are inviting artists, designers, architects and Troy business owners to submit plans for a parking space that engages Troy, both its natural and its built environment.   

Sculpture / installation / projects must be available for public interaction for the duration of the project term. (09/21 through 10/06)

Applicants are encouraged to team with fiscal or materials sponsors to help offset the cost of their installation. Parks are for the public benefit. As such, installations will be for general public use and cannot be reserved for exclusive restaurant table service or private events.  

Please Include

An overall sketch of your design concept. Each awarded space will be equipped with base paint, barriers and project partnership and sponsorship signage through Transport Troy and the City of Troy.

Winning proposals will address the following:

  • Materials should be durable and hold up to wind and rain 
  • Ongoing maintain of the installation to address wear and tear 
  • Will the installation need continuous power? Will the installation need power at installation and de-installation? 
  • We cannot promise any particular location. Does your project have any siting requirements or would a particular street or spot influence your design?  

Please Note

  • Think of who will see the space, downtown workers, visitors to Troy,  friends and neighbors. 
  • Think of how your project can promote impromptu conversation. 
  • Be safe! No sharp edges, saw blades or venomous snakes. 
  • All installation materials must be removed and disposed of properly at the end of the project term. 
  • Your project will be insured for general liability but NOT property, so no crown jewels!

Added fun! All projects will participate in a community vote program, with the winners announced on Troy Night Out (09/28). Categories will include: Most Creative Use of Materials, Most Accessible Design and Peoples Choice.

Would you like to learn more! We did! We turned to the PARK(ing) Day Manual, available http://parkingday.org/resources/

Submit Now! For questions contact: rsingleton@tapinc.org 


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.

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