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Join the Trolley Barn Gallery Youth Curatorial Team: Spring 2023

Apply today! Applications close January 27.

Want to call the shots on the next big arts exhibition in Poughkeepsie? Ever wonder how galleries or museums choose what’s on the walls? What even IS a curator? Learn to generate a theme, jury a national call for entries, and hang the work as a part of the Trolley Barn Gallery youth curatorial team!

The Trolley Barn Gallery youth curatorial team is the team of youth who will be leading the decision-making around Trolley Barn Gallery exhibitions for Winter/Spring 2023. Successful applicants will be able to commit to attending all sessions (which adds up to about 3 days per month) and will receive a $500 stipend in bi-weekly installments, as well as recognition for their leadership.

Trolley Barn Curatorial Team is responsible for:

  • Theme generation
  • Artwork selection
  • Art handling
  • Exhibition installation
  • Public speaking
  • Project management

Spring 2023 Session: February 6th – June 6th

Applications close January 27 and invitations for accepted students will be sent out Feb 3. The application process will be more competitive than ever before and there are only 5 slots left.

Senior Project Student Feature: Fiona Shanahan

Featuring Fiona Shanahan, a Senior Project Student.


“These past few years I’ve been diving deep into concepts that scare me and emotions that I find difficult to describe. Examples of such things would include my fear of death, judgment, and constant distraction to name a few. I felt it would be right for me to document these experiences through art, as I cannot properly describe them on paper.” – Fiona Shanahan, Senior Project Student

The Senior Project Exhibition is on view until Friday, January 13. To view the rest of Fiona’s statement and works, stop by the Trolley Barn Gallery during gallery hours!

Senior Project Student Feature: Celia Drury

Featuring Celia Drury, a Senior Project Student.


“My theme is memories. In my pieces, these memories range from literal to abstract, from youth to my present state. When I’m able to put my memories down as art, they are untouchable. No spoken words or seeds of doubt can shift my composition or erode my colors.” – Celia Drury, Senior Project Student

The Senior Project Exhibition is on view until Friday, January 13. To view the rest of Celia’s statement and works, stop by the Trolley Barn Gallery during gallery hours!

Senior Project Student Feature: Julie Woods

Featuring Julie Woods, a Senior Project Student.


“In this body of work I explore the unspoken yet deeply connected relationships between the lives of strangers, along with the unique experiences which unite us as a people who believe we are divided. My first pieces are my most literal; the awkwardness of an elevator and mundanity in the supermarket. These began my journey into the human experience and acted as a necessary foundation for how I would later develop as both an artist and creative thinker.” – Julie Woods, Senior Project Student

The Senior Project Exhibition is on view until Friday, January 13. To view the rest of Julie’s statement and works, stop by the Trolley Barn Gallery during gallery hours!

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