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!
This unique opportunity allows advanced students in the arts to learn and be mentored by curators, artists, and experts in the field. Youth earn a stipend as the leaders of international juried exhibitions at the Trolley Barn Gallery, and are responsible for every aspect of exhibition curation, including theme generation, artwork selection, art handling, exhibition installation, and interpretation.
Posted September 28th, 2022 — Filed under Current Show
Join us for our first in-person Artist Talk!
We invite the art lovers of Poughkeepsie to join us for the Trolley Barn’s very first in-person Artist Talk on Saturday, Oct. 1st, from 6 – 8pm. The talk will feature a panel of three artists who have been selected by our student curators to speak on the topic of bringing WONDER to the community and POWER to our personage. Though it will not be live-streamed, you’ll be able to watch the recording on the website afterwards. We hope to see you there!
Posted September 6th, 2022 — Filed under PKX Festival
Sign up to volunteer at the PKX Wonderland Festival!
The Art Effect is seeking volunteers of all ages to help with our youth-directed arts festival, PKX:Wonderland! The festival takes places Sept 15-17 and we have opportunities for volunteers on each day.
Posted July 27th, 2022 — Filed under Bloggin
Oaxaca y sus Cultural Hermanas del Mundo invites the community to an opening reception on July 29, 4-6pm for an evening of art, culture and food. Welcoming and opening remarks from Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Executive Director of the Art Effect, Ellie Charwat, Coordinator of Oaxaca Week, Mayor Robert Rolison, Felipe Santos, Coordinator of La Guelaguetza and translations by Gabriela Vega Mathews.
Tlazotl, Weaver’s Wings Trolley Barn Gallery 489 Main St, Poughkeepsie
This collection of textiles and traditional costumes represent the daily lives of the many indigenous groups of (in?) Oaxaca. The huipil, created by the Oaxaca women is a hand-woven cotton tunic using natural dyes and adorned with embroidery. The traditional garments offer a visual language in which the natural wealth of the territory, the history of its people, and the indigenous cosmogony are reflected. The exhibit has been shown in Florence, Italy, Panama, Ecuador, and now Poughkeepsie.
Art in a Suitcase: Women Creators of the World MASS Design Group
Although born in different parts of the world and working with varying artistic media, the six women artists reflect the rich cultural ambiance that Oaxaca offers them through a collection of work that is easily portable throughout the world. Art in a Suitcase: Women Creators of the World has been shown at the Municipal Palace of Santa Cruz Colchagua, Chile as well as throughout Mexico, Europe, and Latin America.
Trolley Barn Youth Curatorial Team
Trolley Barn youth curatorial program trains youth as leaders who catalyze the community through the arts and re-energize downtown Poughkeepsie. Together alongside established art professionals, youth present impactful exhibitions that engage the wider community and acquaint youth with all aspects of the curatorial process including; Museum & Gallery Administration; Project Management; Art Exhibition Curation & Interpretation; Art Handling; Exhibition Design & Installation; Public Speaking; Virtual Exhibition Design; Workshops with curators, artists, and museum professionals. In preparation of the Oaxaca Exhibition opening, youth taking part in this summer’s curatorial workforce program at The Art Effect had the opportunity to work directly with the fabrics and artwork as part of the Tlazotl, Weaver’s Wings exhibition arranging and installing each piece.
Posted July 27th, 2022 — Filed under Spotlight
Wonderland reimagines the Trolley Barn 3,000 square foot gallery as an otherworldly empire of wonder, illusion and surprise. We invite work that disrupts standard notions of reality through sensory excess (texture, color, light, sound) and/or unexpected visual mischief. We ask, and wonder, how can this kind of art help us reimagine our reality and create positive change in our community?
The Wonderland International Juried Exhibition is the point of entry to the PKX Wonderland Festival, September 15-17, 2022. The PKX Wonderland Festival will feature the unveiling of original public art commissions, performances, and creative activities in and around the Trolley Barn Gallery.
The Art Effect is pleased to announce Allison M. Glenn as the guest curator for the international juried exhibition, Wonderland. The exhibition will take place at The Art Effect’s Trolley Barn Gallery at 489 Main Street in Poughkeepsie from September 15 through October 20, 2022.
Glenn worked collaboratively with The Art Effect’s Youth Curatorial Team to curate the Wonderland exhibition, selecting artworks from submissions from around the globe. The Art Effect’s dynamic youth curatorial program brings together established arts professionals and local youth to present high-caliber international art exhibitions and opens pathways for youth to pursue educational opportunities and careers in museums and professional art galleries.
“As a curator and writer deeply invested in working closely with artists to develop ideas, artworks, and exhibitions that respond to and transform our understanding of the world, Allison is a wonderful fit to collaborate with our youth to curate Wonderland,” notes Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, The Art Effect’s Executive Director. “By collaborating with curators like Allison, young people in our curatorial program create exhibitions that bring together vital voices in art and culture from around the globe and present thought-provoking exhibitions for the community in the center of Poughkeepsie.”
Glenn received substantial critical and community praise for her curatorial work in the groundbreaking exhibition at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky titled, Promise, Witness, Remembrance, an exhibition that reflected on the life of Breonna Taylor, centered on her portrait painted by Amy Sherald. The New York Times selected the exhibition as one of the Best Art Exhibitions of 2021.
This year, Glenn was listed as one of the 2022 ArtNews Deciders and on the 2021 Observer Arts Power 50 List. She is one of the curators for the Counterpublic triennial, opening April 2023 in St. Louis.
From 2018-2021, Glenn was Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where she shaped how outdoor sculpture activates and engages Crystal Bridges’ 120-acre campus. Prior to working at Crystal Bridges, Glenn was the Manager of Publications and Curatorial Associate for Prospect New Orleans’ international art triennial Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp.
Oaxaca Week in Poughkeepsie celebrates our city’s connection with traditions from the diverse Mexican region from July 29 – August 5. Click here for more more information and a full lineup of events. At the center is an exhibition of authentic Oaxacan textiles in “Tlazotl, Weaver’s Wings,” showcasing actual indigenous garb, on display at the Trolley Barn (489 Main Street, Poughkeepsie).
It’s sister exhibition, “Art in a Suitcase: Women Creators of the World” at the MASS Design Group (289 Main Street, Poughkeepsie), features six Oaxacan female artists in a variety of media: photography, ceramics, oil and watercolor painting.
The public is invited to the joint opening of these exhibitions at the Trolley Barn on Friday, July 29 from 4 pm to 6 pm, where food will be served that highlights the diverse culinary traditions of the Oaxacan region. The curator, Nora Isela Ortiz Muro, will present a talk at the Trolley Barn on Wednesday, August 3 at 5 pm.
Are you ready to share your gifts with the Poughkeepsie community and beyond? We are looking for creatives of all kinds to perform at the PKX Festival happening September 15-17! Visit @PKXFestival on IG for more info or click here to apply
The festival will feature the unveiling of an original public art commission, food, performances, and creative activities in and around the Trolley Barn Gallery on Main St, Poughkeepsie. In support of local youth, community, and the arts, PKX is expecting over 200 participants. The event is free of charge, open to the public, and will be advertised throughout the Hudson Valley.
We are excited to incorporate a variety of live performances during the duration of the festival, and we need you! Please keep in mind that this is a youth-friendly event and the music played should be appropriate for younger audiences.
Participating performers will receive:
Prominent display in the event program and throughout the event;
Business publicity to 200+ attendees;
Listing in festival emails to 5,700 contacts;
Listing with a link on The Art Effect’s festival website with 38,000 monthly views;
Social media spotlight to more than 10,000 followers across platforms;
Media coverage throughout the Hudson Valley.
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Take a peek behind the scenes into our first annual PKX Festival, Wonderland! Hudson Valley teens “danced through the decades” with a silent disco at the Trolley Barn Gallery hosted by Poughkeepsie Open Studios and the PKX Youth Committee. Catch even more behind the scenes videos leading up to the PKX Festival on September 15-17, 2022 each “Wonderland Wednesday” every other week and learn more about the festival here!
The mission of The Art Effect at the Trolley Barn is to train youth as leaders who catalyze the community through the arts and re-energize downtown Poughkeepsie. The iconic Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn will be re-activated with youth in the drivers seat of this incredible space, empowering them to engage community members and visitors in transformative arts experiences that they curate.