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.

We are proud to announce the first of 3 new Business of Art Intensive programs developed in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts Visual Arts Program (NYSCA VAP).

The Art of Marketing is designed to assist artists actively showing work looking to develop a clearer understanding of how to use their language, website and imagery to enhance their practice. Chris Ristau, our Artist Services Coordinator leads the program along with Michael Roach (President of the American Marketing Association New York/Capital Region Chapter) and Pilar Arthur-Snead (Gallery Director/Owner of PH Gallery + Studio). 

Artists will have the opportunity to work on their own websites/social media/etc. in real-time during class while learning essential techniques to elevate your presentation to your community and potential clients.

  • Applications open January 23rd - March 3rd *Limited to 12 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 in order to apply. 
  • Please answer and submit all required documentation. Missing information will be processed as an immediate decline.


Visual artists in all media - painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, video, photography, performance, and mixed media presentations - are invited to submit their work. Artists must live within a 75-mile radius of The Arts Center (265 River Street, Troy, NY) to be considered. Proof of residency will be required if selected. 

Submissions will be selected by a committee of arts professionals. 

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

Art of Marketing (Tentative) Schedule

All sessions to take place at the Arts Center of the Capital Region's Digital Arts Studio from 6pm - 9pm
April 4th - Welcome/Presentation and Marketing Intro
April 11th - Social Media Intro and Best Practices
April 18th - Creating Successful Imagery
April 25th - Manipulating Images
May 2nd - Sharing, Editing and Automating
May 9th - Review, Takeaways

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: February 1st
Application deadline: March 10th @ 11:59 PM
Acceptance notification: March 15th
Booth notification contract and Booth fee balance due: March 28th
Failure to meet booth fee deadline will result in loss of your space.

Friday, April 26th from 5 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, April 27th from 10 AM to 5 PM

Sunday, April 28th from 11 AM to 3 PM

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 March 10th, 2019 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, Conference Room, Faculty Student Gallery, and the Dance, Drawing and Painting 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 three 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.

Booths fees/dimensions:
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.

Main Gallery/Foyer Booths:
8 x 10’...............$200 or 10 x 10’..............$250

Black Box Booths:
8 x 10’...............$175

Conference Room & Second Floor Booths & Food Vendors:
6 x 8’.................$100

NEW TO 2019

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:
Promotional post cards to market the show

10 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 or 518.461.1429 

Art on the Rail Trail (ART), an 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 along the Rail Trail. It will be located on the back wall of Bliss Juice Bar, located at 278 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY. We welcome all artists to apply, but specifically encourage those who work in public art and murals. 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 committee of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is a collaboration between town residents, local nonprofits, with Town, County and Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce representation. This is the fourth mural along the trail and is the first one to be done in collaboration with a local business owner.

Application Deadline: Initial applications are due on or before March 11 th at 11:59pm 


• Town Zoning requires that text should take up no more than 3% of the overall design. 

• The art will be seen by trail users as well as visitors to Bliss. While all concepts are encouraged, we are interested in ideas that convey the themes of community and breathing, two key components of the Bliss mission to promote physical and mental well-being. We encourage artists to check out the Bliss website for more information on their business.

• The building is clad in vinyl siding and it is envisioned that the mural will be painted on hardy board that will be affixed to the building by a contractor designated by Bliss. 

• The available space is up to 10’ x 10’, though the mural design isn’t limited to that exact size and can be any shape. 

• No spray paint is permitted.

• Artist will be given the option of painting the mural off-site (to be installed after completion) or on-site (after panels have been installed). If off-site, our designated contractor will hang the completed mural at the site.

• Artists are encouraged to visit the site at their convenience. Direct any questions about the project and site to art@mohawkhudson.org.

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).

• Initial imagery to illustrate your concept for the space.

• Plan for painting off or on-site.

• Time frame/duration for completion of mural (must be by May 2019, exact date TBD)

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 may be asked to provide a sample of the actual work (not just a digital rendition) planned along with any further details about concept, goals, budget and timeline if requested.

Award amount: $3000 (which includes artist fee, necessary paint and supplies, lift/ladder if needed, and artist's insurance)

Final selection to be announced early April 2019. Final project completion date: May 2019 to be coordinated with the grand opening of Bliss.

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