News from the Arts Center!

SCR applications are open!

The Arts Center of the Capital Region will distribute $510,000 in awards during two application periods to artists and nonprofits based in Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady counties.


In the coming year, the Arts Center will support a range of community programs, arts educators, and individual artists through these SCR grants. Eligible programs and commissions include public arts, performing arts, writing and language programs, fine craft workshops, and more.

Help us thank the New York State Council on the Arts for making this possible!

For more information on the SCR program, please visit or email [email protected]

Join Artist Fern Apfel for a Master Class

Learn how to incorporate text within your artwork with artist Fern Apfel. Participants are asked to bring physical copies of inspiring quotes, a best-loved poem, or just your favorite recipe and incorporate it into your own artwork. It can be part of a still life, a landscape, or a geometric abstraction. The session will begin in the Main Gallery to view the current exhibit by the artist and the second portion of the program will have you dive into creating a unique piece of art on wood panel. 

Email: [email protected] to register!

Class Spotlight: Intro to Papercutting

Cutting paper by hand is an intricate and delicate process that transforms a simple sheet of paper into a beautiful, almost lace-like, creation. In this workshop, students will learn how to create images by cutting away parts of the blank page. This two-evening course is recommended for people who have experience using X-acto knives but is open to everyone.
Wednesday 2/8 and 2/15, 6-8PM

Volunteer with us!

Send resume/inquiry: [email protected]

In the Galleries…

Abide With Me
Paintings by
Fern T. Apfel

a·bide (ə-bīd′)
1. To dwell or reside; to follow

Main Gallery: Jan 19, 2023- Feb 25, 2023

Opening Reception: Jan 27, 2023 during Troy Night Out

Artist Talk: Feb 9, 2023 7-8pm

Master Class 2/16/23

Fern Apfel finds beauty in old papers and old things. Layers of paint and hand-written details present an intimate view of archived moments that are recurring in time and memory. Come follow her artistic journey where space, color and words intersect.

Fern Apfel received the best in show award for The Art Center of the Capital Region’s 2020 Annual Fence Show. 

Critical Forum Artists Exhibition

Wallace Gallery: January 27 – April 1, 2023
Opening reception: 6-8pm | Friday, January 27th | Troy Night Out

We are pleased to present the inaugural Critical Forum Artist Exhibition to showcase artist work. Since the founding of this program in 2019, Critical Forum has welcomed forty-one artists, and thirty-five of those artists are represented in the exhibition (including one artist-duo).

This diverse showcase of work includes mixed media, collage, drawing, sculpture, installation, fiber, painting, and photography.

Critical Forum is an intensive professional development opportunity for emerging and mid-career artists. Each year a maximum of twelve participants are chosen through an open-call application process (details for this year will be announced in February). The cohort meets monthly over a 6-month period at the Arts Center. These focused group critiques are led by the Critical Forum director plus invited colleagues from the field, including arts professionals from the Hudson Valley region and beyond.

The aim of the Critical Forum is to foster a mature and engaging dialogue among artists who maintain a regular studio practice while encouraging a critical review of their work in a supportive community environment. The Critical Forum program also includes two separate one-day immersive trips to New York City to explore diverse aspects of the contemporary art world. The Critical Forum program is offered by the Arts Center in conjunction with funding from the Visual Arts program at New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

Exhibiting artists include: (CF 2019); Fern Apfel, Mary Pat Wager, Susan Stuart, Ali Herrmann, Cheryl Horning, Victoria van der Laan, Yeachin Tsai; (CF 2020) Anthony Ruscitto, Jill Burks, Michele Bowen, Andrea LaRose, Elizabeth Maloney, Philip Palmieri, Sarah Smith-Bachinger, Susan Story, Kathryn Velis Turan; (CF 2021) Patrice Malatestinic, Emily Tironi, Tom Brisson, Jenny Hutchinson, Royal Brown, Andrew Pellettieri, Daniel Schroeder, Jeff Wigman; (CF 2022) Matt Chinian, Kristin Locashio, ORT Project (Oona Nelson & Anna Rockwell), Robert Cooper, Katherine Bierman, Kerry Dayton, Christie-Rose Olson, Dorothea Osborne, Kim Tateo, Adrian Lee, and Carol Barre.

Spring Classes Are Online!