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!
Can you believe the PKX Festival is only 100 days away! The PKX Youth Committee is excited and you should be too. Prepare to enter an otherworlldly empire of art, illusion, and surprise! There will be art, music, food, and performances from throughout the community.
Mark your calendar! September 15-17, 2022 at the Trolley Barn Gallery!
Posted May 13th, 2022 — Filed under Bloggin
The PKX Festival Committee and the Trolley Barn Curatorial Team spent spring break creating public art mockups and work alongside featured artists BoogieRez to begin the piece for this year’s PKX Festival.
They started the week with a trip to NYC to visit BoogieRez’s studio at the World Trade Center.
The rest of the week, the youth created plushies with sewing machines in the Poughkeepsie Underwear factory studio.
Students had insightful conversations with Boogie and Rez about pursuing their independent careers in the arts. All of the plushies that were created during the intensive, will be unveiled officially at the PKX Festival in September!
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 your art help us reimagine our reality and create positive change in our community?
Posted May 13th, 2022 — Filed under Spotlight
Reel Exposure Film & Photo Festival features photography and youth-produced short films – animations, documentaries, dramas, horror, and comedies – created by talented young artists from across the world.
Reel Exposure encompasses all of The Art Effect’s goals: to encourage youth creativity, to invigorate our local community through the arts, and to showcase the incredible work done by this next generation of media-makers.
The Art Effect’s annual event encourages youth creativity, invigorates the local community through the arts, and showcases the incredible work done by the next generation of artists from around the globe and right here in Poughkeepsie!
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.