exhibitions at the gallery


The Art Effect’s newest location at the historic Trolley Barn Gallery on Main Street in Poughkeepsie trains youth as leaders who catalyze the community through the arts and re-energize downtown Poughkeepsie. The Art Effect’s permanent presence at the Trolley Barn will bring together youth and established art professionals to present impactful exhibitions that engage the wider community and acquaint youth with curatorial and exhibition practices.

Re-activating the iconic Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn through an innovative approach to youth empowerment through the arts, The Art Effect is putting youth in the driver seat of this incredible gallery space, empowering them to engage community members and visitors in transformative arts experiences that they curate. Check the calendar for upcoming youth-led exhibitions and performances at the Trolley Barn Gallery, designed to strengthen our community and showcase the positive impacts of arts and arts education.

Current Events

Reel Exposure International Teen Film & Photography Festival

Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 4, 5-7pm
Show Dates: May 4 — June 19, 2022
Wednesday – Friday 2-5pm and Saturday 12-4pm
Virtual Artist Talk: May 18, 7pm

Reel Exposure Guest Jurors:
Film: Samantha Brinkley, Amina Kearney, Steve Miele & Derek White (Good Times Studio), Hezues R, and Lamar Wint
Photography: Jesse Egner and Takeisha Jefferson
Reel Exposure Youth Jurors:
Olivia Barker-Duncan, Kaleceia Douglas, Aleria Gonzalez, Jae Jones, Abiba Na-Aata, Chanel Reed, Nazir Scott, Kishema Spencer, and Maria Soares

View The Virtual Gallery

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

To create 2022’s Reel Exposure film lineup and photo exhibition, groups of professional and youth jurors worked together to select photographs and films from submissions from teens ages 13-19 across the world. The in-person photo exhibition opening kicks off the first night of the festival followed on May 5 & 6 by film screenings and an awards ceremony online. Visit the festival page for links to the film screenings and the Audience Choice Award polls where you can vote for your favorite films & photos. This 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!

Upcoming Events