Upcoming: The Members’ Show: Teen Visions x Barrett Art Center

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Organized and Installed by The Art Effect’s Youth Curatorial Team
Submission Deadline: October 29, 2022

Art Drop Off: Tuesday November 1 – November 6, 2022
Exhibition Dates: November 18 – December 9, 2022

Exhibition is located at the Trolley Barn, 489 Main St., Poughkeepsie, New York
$500 First Prize, $250 Second Prize, $150 Honorable Mention

The Members’ Show features artwork from all members of The Art Effect, featuring the renowned Barrett Art Center Members,  alongside a selection of The Art Effect’s most technically advanced and imaginative student artists as part of the longstanding Teen Visions’ Exhibition. Members are invited to participate in The Art Effect’s Members’ Show 2022, celebrating the talent of The Art Effect. This all media exhibition is open to painting, drawing, photography, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, and more. Not a member yet? Join The Art Effect at https://connect.thearteffect.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=5

The Art Effect and Barrett Art Center came together in 2021 through a transformational merger growing The Art Effect’s mission to empower youth as leaders who catalyze and engage the community through the arts and re-energize downtown Poughkeepsie. The merger opened doors of new opportunities in exhibition and education, creating a space that matches the breadth of our combined entity.

During its nearly century-long lifetime, the Barrett Art Center’s mission was to foster and perpetuate an appreciation of the visual arts in the Hudson Valley region through exhibitions, education and preservation. Barrett’s programming engaged and supported our diverse community. Through the merger and support of Barrett Art Center’s membership, The Art Effect’s youth curatorial training program has successfully hosted, curated and exhibited more than a dozen exhibitions as well as hosted the first PKX Arts Festival establishing the beginning of a Youth Arts Empowerment Zone in Poughkeepsie, NY.

The Members’ show will take place at the Trolley Barn Gallery from November 18 – December 9, 2022 with an opening reception on Friday, November 18, 2022 from 6-8pm.

Wonderland International Juried Exhibition

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Wonderland Exhibition

Wonderland welcomes an array of media, including digital media, painting, collage, textiles, and installations. Wonderland reimagines the Trolley Barn 3,000 square foot gallery as a transcendental empire of cosmic expansion and ephemeral fascination. We find excitement in the curious. We invite work that disrupts standard notions of reality by exploring the Wonderland we create for ourselves. We ask – we recklessly ponder – how can your art help us reimagine our reality and create positive change in our community?  

The Trolley Barn Gallery brings together an international roster of vital voices; presenting thought-provoking artwork and ideas in a renovated industrial space that is the hub for the area’s thriving arts scene. The Wonderland International Juried Exhibition was the point of entry to the PKX Wonderland Festival, September 15-17, 2022. The PKX Wonderland Festival will attracted hundreds of visitors and featured the unveiling of original public art commissions, performances, and creative activities in and around the Trolley Barn Gallery.

The public is invited to the opening to an artist talk at the Trolley Barn Gallery on October 1, 6-9pm

Curator, Allison M. Glenn in collaboration with youth from The Art Effect’s Curatorial Program
Allison Glenn works collaboratively with The Art Effect’s Youth Curatorial Team to curate the Wonderland exhibition, selecting artworks from submissions from around the globe. 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.

Gallery Hours
Exhibition: September 15 – October 20
Wednesday-Friday: 2-5PM • Saturday: 12-4 PM
(during exhibitions only) (Open Saturday, October 1, 6-8pm)

Wonderland Virtual Gallery

Oaxaca Week: July 29 – August 5, 2022

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Oaxaca Week

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. 

“Tlazotl, Weaver’s Wings”
Exhibition opening, July 29 from 4-6pm showcasing actual indigenous garb, on display at the Trolley Barn (489 Main Street, Poughkeepsie)
This collection of textiles and traditional costumes represent the daily lives of the many indigenous groups of 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. 


  • Papaloapan 
  • Mazatec Sierra 
  • Chicahuxtla 
  • Tlahuitoltepec 
  • Ojitlan 
  • Mixteca 
  • San Pedro Amuzgos 
  • Tamazulapam del Espíritu Santo 
  • San Juan Cotzocón 
  • Ejutla Central Valley 

“Art in a Suitcase: Women Creators of the World”
Exhibition opening, July 29 from 3-4pm at the MASS Design Group (289 Main Street, Poughkeepsie)
Featuring six Oaxacan female artists in a variety of media: photography, ceramics, oil and watercolor painting. Although born in different parts of the world and working with varying artistic media, this group of 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. 


  • Cecilia Salcedo 
  • Maria Rosa Astorga 
  • Ines Lara 
  • Nora Muro 
  • Siegrid Wiese 
  • Yari Montes 

High Contrast International Juried Exhibition

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The High Contrast International Juried Exhibition is composed of 29 artworks that make stark contrasts visible and/or draw our attention to radical differences in the world around us. High Contrast welcomes a diverse array of media, including digital media, film, graphic art, painting, illustration, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, video and installation art.

“It was a pleasure to work with the youth curatorial team on this exhibition. They chose high contrast as the driving force behind the show, and their insightful approaches to this generative theme propelled us to explore the idea of duality from many perspectives. As we shifted through the submissions we talked about formal contrast between light and dark, material contrasts between hard and soft, and conceptual contrasts between the intimate and the public. Valuing each of these approaches to the theme equally, together, we developed an exhibition that is itself a study in contrasts.”

-Alexis Lowry