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

On behalf of the City of Troy and the Arts Center of the Capital Region, we would like to announce an amazing opportunity in the Arts. First Columbia is seeking a qualified artist with large scale  mural experience to paint a mural on the south side of the building known as  “Hedley Park Place” at 433 River Street, Troy NY.  

The building is located within The Waterfront District, a master planned redevelopment project First Columbia has been working on within  the City of Troy to better enhance the area of the City just north of the Green Island Bridge and just north of Hoosick Street.  www.thewaterfronttroy.com 

The objective of the mural is to represent the history of the building (old Cluett Peabody Manufacturing  Plant) along with the new renovations taking place currently at the building.  One of those amenities is the new River Street Market.  A food hall that opened in late June.  For more information please  visit www.riverstreetmkt.com.  

With current signage on the exterior of the building to represent the River Street  Market, the intention is to use an art mural as a presentation to show people  passing by what is inside of the building, food hall.  Showing that  inside there is quality food, gathering spaces, and friendly faces!

  1. Criteria: Local or regional artist with experience in large scale murals and working with       commercial buildings. 
  2. Budget: $20,000 (price includes supplies, equipment rentals and permits)
  3. Application Deadline: Initial applications are due on or before July 30th at 11:59pm. 
  4. While all concepts are encouraged, the ideas that convey the themes of quality food,       gathering spaces, and friendly faces are required. Artists are encouraged to look at the www.riverstreetmkt.com website for more information on their business. 
  5. The building is concrete and it is envisioned that the mural will be painted directly on       the building exterior. The available space is up to 38’x111’, though the mural design isn’t limited to that exact size and can be any shape. 
  6. Artist will be painting the mural on-site.
  7. Artists are encouraged to visit the site at their convenience. 
  8. Direct any questions about the project and site to VHarris@firstcolumbia.com
  9. Please note that Submittable allows three file uploads, please put your images in a single pdf because a single jpeg will count as one upload. 
  10. Applications should include the following:
  • Artist’s resume (listing all public art projects). 
  • Names and email addresses of three references. 
  • 5 to 10 representative digital images of your work. 
  • A written proposal (up to 250 words). 
  • Initial imagery to illustrate your concept for the space. 
  • Plan for painting on-site.
  • Time frame/duration for completion of mural for October 1, 2019 deadline. 

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 Acceptance

Artists 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. Project amount:  $20,000 (which includes artist fee, supplies, equipment rental, and artist's insurance)

Final selection to be announced in August 13th.  Final project completion date: October 1, 2019.

For more information www.riverstreetmkt.com. Thank you in  advance for your thoughtful submissions. First Columbia is eager to find the right artist for this project.

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).

This Intensive will give you the tools needed to develop your business plan from start to finish with Tiffany Soricelli, Founder of Virtuoso: Advising for Artists. Learn to define your market, define income goals and strategies, and be ready to pitch your plan in the new year.

  • Applications open July 1st - August 30th *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 in order to apply. 
  • Please answer and submit all required documentation. Missing information will be processed as an immediate decline.



Up to 10 artists 

This program is for artists who plan to work in production or fee for service models. All classes in the digital lab. 

Session I: Start with the end in mind

Every business owner needs a clearly defined goal and "why." They provide the foundation and blueprints for your business plan.We will start by defining the work- the "what" and the "why" and identifying the clear goals for your business including revenue targets and long term vision.

Session II: Market and Sales Strategies In this session, you'll explore your industry, ideal client, and market demands. Who are our customers? How can we create products or services to meet our industry’s needs? How do we align these products and services with our core competencies? Our ancillary competencies? Who is our competition? How do they earn income? 

Session III: Organizational Management

Whether you're a soloentrepreneur or managing a team, in this session you will outline your organizational structure and detailed components of how the work gets done. As a creative professional, it is easy to get comfortable with the creative aspects of the work, but defining other areas of your business and implementing systems to support those areas are what will lend to scale-ability and profit. 

Session IV: Investments and Outcomes 

After clearly outlining your revenue goals, you'll learn to forecast income, measure profitability, systematize your  business finances and identify the investments in time, equipment, and/or marketing that you need to support your defined goals. 

Session V: Executive Summary and Audio Logo

In our last class, you'll review all of the components for your business plan and finalize your executive summary for internal use and audio logo for sharing your work and mission with the public.


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. 


The Arts Center of the Capital Region