Barrett Year in Review: 2018

This year has been a busy and exciting one for Barrett! Here's a glimpse of what we accomplished in 2018...

  • BAC was recognized by Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Arts Mid-Hudson as Art Organization of the year!

  • We expanded our staff, bringing on Anna Adler as Outreach and Operations Coordinator through grant support.

  • Our amazing volunteers, including local artists, community members, students, and returning citizens, contributed over $73,000 of volunteer hours.

Historic Preservation... This year BAC was awarded:

  • A Preserve New York Grant for the second phase of a Historic Structures Report through the The Preservation League of NYS, to research and plan the restoration of our historic brick townhouse.

  • The New York State Archives' Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) Implementation Grant, for the creation of a Collections Management Policy for the archive and art collection.

  • BAC also completed a historic paint analysis of exterior and interior surfaces to provide a chronology of the building's appearance since the 1840s.


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Contemporary Art Exhibitions... We organized:

• Over a dozen exhibitions, including four critically acclaimed national exhibitions: Pushing Paper, Fun House '18, Photo Work ‘18, and New Directions ‘18.

• Two on-site open BAC members exhibits, an exhibition exchange with Tivoli Artists Gallery, three juried members exhibits, three solo shows, and the Body Beautiful figure exhibition, showcasing the talent of local and regional artists.

• In 2018, BAC surpassed any previous records for submissions for national juried exhibitions - a total of 3,488 submissions from across the country and the globe, to be part of contemporary art exhibitions in our historic space.

Community Programs... We hosted:

• Our first annual Fall Open House featuring music, exhibition tours, and mask making, in a targeted effort to welcome neighbors and families into our space.

• Several community groups including WMC Health/Turning Point, Abilities First, and River Haven Youth Shelter, for Free Exhibition Tours & Workshops.

• Autism Support Training for BAC Staff & Volunteers with the Anderson Center for Autism.

• POK Prints Global at Adriance Library in collaboration with Teaching Artist Anita Kiewra/PUF Studios.

• Christ Church Summer Camp art programs in our studio.


In 2019, we plan to continue our outstanding exhibition programming, push forward our preservation efforts, and pilot several community based initiatives focused on supporting children and families in our neighborhood.

Our name and reputation are getting noticed and bring attention to Poughkeepsie as a vibrant arts community and desirable destination. We are truly grateful for your support and hope to see you at Barrett soon!