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 on Monument Square in historic downtown Troy, New York. Occupying 36,000 feet of art studios, classrooms, and galleries, The Arts Center is located within a neighborhood filled with restaurants, shops, and other attractions, including the popular and well attended Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market.

Call for entries available: April 29, 2019
Application deadline: January 28, 2020
Acceptance notification: February 28, 2020
Booth notification contract and Booth fee balance due: March 28, 2020
Failure to meet booth fee deadline will result in loss of your space.

Friday April 24 5-8PM

Saturday April 25 10AM-4PM

Sunday April 26 11AM-3PM

The Collar City Craft Fest Committee seeks applications from outstanding artists/craftspeople who create original works from their own designs in metal, fiber, clay, glass, paper, wood, mixed media, leather and more. A panel of jurors will select participants on the basis of the originality, variety, and quality of work.

Interested participants should complete an online application and upload 5 images no later than January 28th, 2020 at 11:59 PM. The non-refundable application fee must also be paid online at the time of application submission. Five of the images must represent the work that you intend to show, and one must illustrate your booth. Booth appearance will count as part of your overall jury score.
Two or more non-collaborating exhibitors may share a single booth space, provided each applicant separately submits six images and each submits the application fee. Applicants who collaborate on all works are not required to submit separate applications and fees.

Spaces will be available throughout the first and second floors of The Arts Center, including the Main Gallery, Foyer/Wallace Gallery, Black Box Theatre, Faculty Student Gallery, and the Dance, and Drawing Studios. Actual floor plan will be finalized after jurying. Spaces will be assigned by The Arts Center staff and jury panel. Decisions determining space requested by multiple artists will be based upon application filing date with earlier submissions taking precedence. Note to past participants: If you are once again selected to participate, we cannot guarantee the same space assigned in the past. Upon submission, you will rank your top 5 choices. Booth fees will be due after you have been notified of acceptance. All fees are non-refundable. Photos of galleries, studios and theater are available on our website on the event page.

Application Fee:
$25 (non-refundable) due at the time of application submission.
Must be paid online.


 Set ups require free-standing walls or dividers on 3 sides.
All tables must be skirted to the floor.
All food/beverage vendors will be in one "small batch artisanal good" themed room upstairs.
Electricity will be available to all booths. You must bring your own electrical cords.

1st Floor Artists

Main Gallery

  • Booths #1-10, Dimensions Allowed:
  • 10ft by 10ft-  Price: $250.00
  • OR
  • 10ft Wide by 8ft Deep - Price: $200.00

Wallace & Foyer Gallery

  • Booths #13-19, Dimensions Allowed:
  • 8ft Wide by 8ft Deep-  Price: $175.00
  • Notes: Lower Ceilings

Black Box Theater

  • Booths #20-30, Dimensions Allowed:
  • 8ft Wide by 10ft Deep- Price: $175.00
  • Notes: Bring Extra Lighting, Bring Long Extension Cords

2nd Floor Artists

Drawing Studio: Artisanal, Small Batch Food & Beverage Room

  • Booths #31-38, Dimensions Allowed:
  • 8ft Wide by 6ft Deep- Price: $100.00 Booth
  • Notes: Bring Enough Samples to Pass Around Downstairs

Dance Studio

  • Booths #39-45, Dimensions Allowed:
  • 8ft Wide by 6ft Deep- Price: $100.00 Booth

Other Spaces

Gallery: Art’s Bar

Booth #11: Raffles

Booth #12: Art Demos

NEW TO 2020
Please provide one raffle item to be donated to The Arts Center to encourage participant interaction. Help us help you! The more raffles we have, the more attendees we can attract. Minimum value must be $20.00. We will be sure to supply business cards next to your raffle item.


  • Participating artists will get:
  • Digital post cards and flyers to market the show 
  • 12 free passes to the show to distribute to special guests
  • Volunteer assistance with load in/load out
  • Scheduled breaks, booth-sitters provided (if needed) 
  • Networking with fellow crafters/artists
  • Inclusion on promotional marketing and posters
  • Breakfast Saturday


    Our Mission: The Arts Center of the Capital Region engages people in the creative experience. We are the region’s preeminent proponent of the arts and creative education, expression, and appreciation, serving people of all ages, abilities, and economic and cultural backgrounds. We are a multi-arts center located in downtown Troy, NY.
    www.artscenteronline.org 265 River St., Troy, NY 12180

    Please contact Jackie Davis at jackie@artscenteronline.org

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 1st. *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 1, 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