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Work With Us! Apply for Summer Arts Camp Staff Positions

The Art Effect is seeking engaging and upbeat Teaching Artists, Counselors, and Counselors-In-Training for our Dutchess and Ulster Arts Camps, located in Poughkeepsie, Red Hook and New Paltz this July-August. Dutchess and Ulster Arts Camps offer a variety of programming that allow children ages 5-10 to imagine, discover, create, and have fun.

Positions Available:

Teaching Artists
Teaching Artists work directly with several groups of around ten children over the course of the day to create visual and media arts projects. Teaching Artists will create lessons plans and supplies lists, coordinate with the Camp Director on implementation and support project management and organization. Half days (4 hours) or full days (8 hours) available. $25/hr.
To Apply: Submit a resume, cover letter and three references to Director of Programs Mary Ellen Iatropoulos at maryellen@thearteffect.org

Counselors
Counselors (age 16 and up) work directly with a single group of around ten children. They are responsible for supervising CITs, supporting Teaching Artists and overseeing morning drop offs and afternoon pickups. Mon-Fri, 8 hours a day, plus about 10 hours for move in and 10 hours for move out. $14/hr.
To Apply: Complete this form here, and submit a resume, cover letter and three references to Director of Programs Mary Ellen Iatropoulos at maryellen@thearteffect.org

Counselors-In-Training (C.I.T)
Counselors-In-Training (age 14 and up) help counselors with supervising a group of around ten campers. They will assist with camp preparation and clean up, and create a supportive camp community. Mon-Fri, 8 hours a day. Weekly $100 stipend.
To Apply: Complete this form here, and submit a resume, cover letter and three references to Director of Programs Mary Ellen Iatropoulos at maryellen@thearteffect.org

Reel Exposure Photo Exhibition up at the Trolley Barn

Snag a digital program to learn more about all the amazing work in the festival!

Visit to see the winning pieces and juried show in person or check out our virtual gallery and screenings below to watch the show online.

Reel Exposure Winners

Photography:
First Place: “Audiophile” Risa Darlington-Horta
Second Place: “Frozen Over” Aaliyah Loverso
Third Place: “684” Andres Perez
Audience Choice Award: “Frozen Over” Aaliyah Loverso

Film:
First Place: Think Like A Filmmaker — by Eli Berliner
Second Place: Beth — by Ava Bounds
Third Place: Take heart! — by Lillith Jörg
Audience Choice Award: Cry About It – by Amani Jamal

Boyan Chen - Untitled, Reel Exposure Selection

Reel Exposure Opening Reception – Wednesday, May 4
@ The Trolley Barn Gallery, 5-7pm

Join us in person at 489 Main Street in Poughkeepsie for the first night of Reel Exposure. Kicking off with an opening reception for the photography exhibition side of Reel Exposure, we’ll celebrate live while live-streaming parts the event on Facebook and YouTube as well. The photography exhibition will remain on display in the gallery through June 19 and there is also a virtual gallery component for anyone who isn’t able to come view the work in person. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from 2-5pm and Saturdays from 12-4pm at The Trolley Barn.

Short Films Screening – Thursday, May 5 @ 7pm
Online here and on Facebook Live & YouTube

The first night of Reel Exposure’s virtual film screenings. Watch along with us as we see a collection of films from the jury-selected short film showcase. Featuring:
Beth — by Ava Bounds
Eidolon — by Zev Marinoff
It’s Getting Bad Again — by Sarah Reyes
DON’T OPEN THAT BOX! — by Mason Jones
The Girl Who Cried Sick — by Ruby Taylor
She Can’t Control Herself — by WVN Productions


Short Films Screening, Q&A, and Awards Ceremony
Friday, May 6 @ 7pm
Online here and on Facebook Live & YouTube

Don’t miss the the final night of the Reel Exposure International Teen Film and Photo Festival featuring a final screening, an awards ceremony, and a Q&A with some of the filmmakers and photographers whose work was featured in Reel Exposure. Featuring:
Think Like A Filmmaker — by Eli Berliner
Cry About It — by Amani Jamal
Hook, Line, and Sinker — by Hudson Price
She— by Eva Li
Take heart! — by Lillith Jörg

Reel Exposure is supported in part by monies received from the New York State Council On The Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Vassar Brothers Institute Donor Advisor Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

New Location for Summer Art Institute

Poughkeepsie Day School – Kenyon House Location

Summer Art Institute (and Junior Art Institute) is coming to the beautiful Poughkeepsie Day School Campus!
Poughkeepsie Day School, 260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie 12603

The Summer Art Programs are designed to help develop students’ ideas and build skills in the visual and digital arts. Multi-week classes allow young artists ages 11-19 to develop a stunning portfolio this summer.

Summer Art Institute | Ages 14-19

The Summer Art Institute (SAI) is a pre-college art portfolio development program for motivated teens. SAI hosts several college visits throughout the summer, allowing students to talk with admissions representatives and get feedback on their portfolios.

Students may select one of three majors to focus on:

Drawing & Painting Major
Session 1: July 4 – July 22
Session 2: July 25 – August 12

Digital Art & Illustration Major
Session 1: July 4 – July 22
Session 2: July 25 – August 12

Advanced Drawing & Painting Major
Session 1: July 4 – July 22
Session 2: July 25 – August 12


Junior Art Institute | Ages 11-14

The Junior Art Institute (JAI) allows middle school students to take their love of art to the next level. Young artists explore a variety of mediums to help define their creative direction in preparation for more advanced instruction in high school and beyond.

Students may select one of two majors to focus on:

Fine Arts Major
Session 1: July 4 – July 15
Session 2: July 18 – July 29
Session 3: August 1 – August 12

Digital Arts Major
Session 1: July 4 – July 15
Session 2: July 18 – July 29
Session 3: August 1 – August 12

Claudine Farley will be returning as Director of DAC Poughkeepsie!

Claudine Farley has been an art teacher for 20 years for Beacon City School District, and has been the District Art Department Coordinator for the last 15 years. She teaches a variety of classes at the high school, including Ceramics, Fashion, Studio Art, Drawing and Painting, and has recently developed a Contemporary Art Class with Dia Beacon. The class is the first of its kind, blending a major museum and high school students, exposing the students to a higher level of thinking about the art process. She has worked for The Art Effect for the last 14 years, where she has taught the Junior Art Institute in the summer and younger age groups during the school year. This is her third year as director, and she looks forward to many more years as director of Dutchess Art Camp!

Learn More & Register

Spark Students Featured in Black Girlhood Exhibition

The Art Effect is proud to share that three of Spark Studios students are featured in the Picturing Black Girlhood: Moments of Possibility exhibition at Rutgers University from February 17 to July 2, 2022. Leila Zachary, Kalecia Douglas, and Olivia Barker-Duncan will be three of over eighty photographers and filmmakers featured in the exhibit.

Screenshot from Leila Zachary’s accepted video

Exhibition Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 12-5 pm, Thursday 12-8 pm, Saturday 12-5 pm. Admission is free.

The exhibition features over 150 works by Black women, girls, and genderqueer artists, ranging in age from 8 to 94, and focuses on exploring the common theme of Black girlhood. The exhibition will span across all three of the main exhibition floors of Express Newark at Rutgers University-Newark and put the work of Black girls alongside that of Black women, centering Black girls as the subjects, artists, and agents of their own lives. Learn more about the exhibition here.

“The Art Effect could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication of its students, teachers, and staff,” said Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Executive Director at The Art Effect, “To be featured in such an incredible, transformative artistic experience goes to show the sheer amount of potential that our students harness. The Art Effect believes that art can truly impact not only the lives of its students, but also inspire positive social change by conveying to others the importance and power of art.”

Spark Studios allows students to hone their professional skills and gain real-world experiences to excel in film and media arts. Spark Studios goes beyond simple instruction by teaching students how to use art as a way to learn more about their past, their present, and their future. They learn how to take the experiences that have shaped them into who they are and transform them into impactful works. Leila Zachary, Kalecia Douglas, and Olivia Barker-Duncan are three great examples of how Spark Studios has helped teach students to embrace their histories and shape them into significant works. Learn more about Spark Studios here.

Sign Up For Summer Programs!

It’s time to think about warmer weather, outdoor play, and messy art – Summer Camp Sign-ups are NOW OPEN! A variety of programming for youth ages 5-19 are Led by professional artists and certified teachers, young artists will explore and excel in their artistic abilities this summer.

2022 Summer dates
Summer Art Institute dates
Dutchess Arts Camp

Click on any of the camps below for more information and sign up:

Dutchess Arts Camp in Poughkeepsie
For ages 5-10
Creativity thrives as campers explore thier artistic abilities, games and play. Enjoy individual and collaborative art making experiences based on an engaging weekly camp. Experienced and friendly staff support hands-on art experimentation with a wide variety of artistic mediums including painting, sculpture, collage, animation, performance, and more. The pieces created at camp will portray original narratives connecting to each campers’ interests and lives

Dutchess Arts Camp in Red Hook
For ages 5-10
Creativity thrives as campers explore their artistic abilities, games and play. Enjoy both individual and collaborative art making based on an engaging weekly camp theme. Experienced and friendly staff support hands-on art experimentation with a wide variety of artistic mediums including painting, sculpture, collage, animation, performance, and more. The pieces created at camp will portray original narratives connecting to each campers’ interests and lives.

Summer Art Program

Ulster Arts Camp in New Paltz
For ages 5-10
Creativity thrives as campers explore their artistic abilities, games and play. Enjoy both individual and collaborative art making based on an engaging weekly camp theme. Experienced and friendly staff support hands-on art experimentation with a wide variety of artistic mediums including painting, sculpture, collage, animation, performance, and more. Unique to Ulster Arts Camp, campers adventure into the Dorkey Museum through guided tours gaining museum knowledge and inspiration for their own artistic process. The pieces created at camp will portray original narratives connecting to each campers’ interests and lives.

Summer Art Institute

The Summer Art Institute is designed to help develop students’ ideas and build skills in the visual and digital arts. These intensive multi-week sessions allow young artists ages 11-19 to develop their portfolios. Students can select a major of study to focus on.

Click on any of the programs below for more information and sign up:

Junior Art Institute
For ages 11-14

Learn new skills in drawing, painting, digital art, mixed media and more to turn your ideas into impressive finished work. Supportive instructors guide you on advancing your studio practices and developing a strong art making process to pursue your artistic goals. You will learn the basics of composition, color schemes, proportions, perspective, depth, and more through a combination of observational & conceptual art making.

Students can choose between two majors:

  1. Fine Arts majors focus on introducing studio practices and developing techniques using various paints, pastels, charcoal, ink, and more during most of their day. Fine Arts majors will minor in Digital Art 
  2. Digital Arts Majors learn the foundations of photo manipulation, photography, animation, and digital illustration & painting while exploring different forms of technology and proper equipment usage. Digital Art majors will minor in Fine Art
Summer art program

Summer Art Institute
For ages 14-19

Excel your artistic knowledge, techniques, and studio practices by learning from a supportive and knowledgeable team of Teaching Artists. Share this experience with other like minded individuals who have their sights set on pursuing a career in the arts. Emerge with an impressive portfolio including both digital and fine art that highlight a strengthened understanding of color theory, composition, narrative, creative intention, and more. Create a balance between an observational and conceptual style with a strong focus on how to design pieces to include your personal voice. Develop an advanced artistic vocabulary and receive constructive critique on your work from peers and teaching artists. You will have a hand in curating, hanging, and presenting your sessions’ artwork for the Final Showcase art exhibition where your family and friends are invited to celebrate your work. One of your pieces may be chosen for The Art Effect’s Teen Visions exhibition in September!

Students can choose between three majors:

  1. Drawing & Painting – Intermediate artists ready to begin their journey in portfolio development will receive guidance in what colleges look for in a strong portfolio and how to begin to develop pieces with foundational techniques using various paints, inks, charcoals, pastels, and more. 
  2.  Digital Art & Illustration – Intermediate and advanced digital artists will focus on broadening your knowledge about digital tools, resources, and programs to take your work to the next level. Utilize these skills to create stunning original digital illustrations, paintings, animations, and photo manipulations. 
  3. Advanced Drawing & Painting – Advanced level, dedicated students ready to strengthen their artistic knowledge will dive deeper into advanced artistic techniques, practices, and principals. Expand your skills and portray how you see the world using various paints, ink, charcoals, pastels, and more. Advanced Drawing and Painting students will receive a portfolio review from esteemed colleges and learn about the programs they offer. 

Double Take Exhibition

Youth Curated with Guest Juror: Rachel Seligman Head curator of The Tang teaching museum 

January 21-February 24, 2022

Gallery Hours
Wed-Fri 2-5 PM • Sat 12–4 PM
(during exhibitions only)

Double Take, this exhibition’s title and theme, is both enduringly engaging, and particularly timely, with its suggestion of second chances, opportunities to see anew, and encouragement to review that which we have passed over or passed by the first time around. Our world has changed dramatically in the last few years, and we are all being required to reconsider and reflect, in effect, to see with new eyes and question our assumptions.


Being a part of the youth curatorial team changed my relationship with the show, in the fact that I have a better appreciation for artworks than before working with The Art Effect as a juror. — Olivia Barker-Duncan 

The team has given me constant perceptions of art that explores and offers a diverse experience while keeping the art and artist identities intimate. — Karla Zarate 

Embracing compromise when making decisions as a team, creates an unbiased understanding for me as both an artist and juror. — Harrison Brison-McKinnon 

Click here to learn more about current and upcoming exhibitions!

Reel Exposure Film and Photo Festival

We are still looking for imaginative and original short films and photos made by young people around the world to be screened at the 2022 Reel Exposure Festival in Poughkeepsie, NY! Submit to Reel Exposure International Teen Film and Photo Festival before February 6.

Learn more about the festival and register here.

About Reel Exposure

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!

Prizes include up to $500 in cash! 

– Films must be under 10 minutes in length 
– 3-5 photos may be submitted per category 
– The showcase will be held on May 6, 2022

Register For Spring Courses

Senior Project Virtual Gallery

Senior Project Students

Senior Project is the most rigorous course currently offered at the Art Institute, the capstone of The Art Effect’s portfolio development programming.

Modeled after a senior thesis college course, students work on a personal theme for 12 weeks with an artist/mentor in their chosen art medium. Students present a new work each week along with touch-ups made to the work from the previous week, completing the program with a strong body of work around a chosen theme. Mainly focusing on developing a cohesive body of work, how to prepare for an exhibition, and how the gallery viewer will interact with the work. The Senior Project exhibition is a celebration of the accomplishments of these young artists.

All works are on display at the Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn from December 17, 2021 – January 7, 2022.

Inquiries regarding the purchase of art works should email lauren@thearteffect.org

About the Instructor:

Rick Price has an MFA from Savannah College of Art & Design, is the chair of the fine art department at the Harvey School, and has extensive teaching experience at Buck’s Rock in CT, mural painting in San Francisco and Beacon, illustration commissions, and has exhibited his fine art work nationwide.

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