Creatives Come Out to Celebrate Spring

100 for 100 is a beloved, annual tradition for Barrett Art Center. We take the opportunity to showcase the creative talent of the Hudson Valley in a fundraiser during which the generosity of the communit is also out on display. .

Well over 100 artists donated artwork for this fundraiser, where $100 entry tickets cover entry for two, a full buffet of catered refreshments (including special-label wine from Millbrook Winery), AND  one of the donated artworks. 

We will be posting photos from the event over the coming days, so be on the lookout for photos of the festivities, attendees, and artwork. If you don't see anyone you know, why not stop by Barrett for Tuesday Salons or an opening reception - you'll certainly recognize a friendly face from these photos. 


POWer of 13: Nailing it



The artists from POWer of 13 have been installing their work in the first floor galleries here at Barrett House this week, with works from all 13 artists arranged to rhyme with one another throughout the show. We're looking forward to seeing you here for the opening tomorrow, Saturday April 22, 3-6 p.m.


Digitalia Opening Reception!

This past Saturday saw the opening reception of Digitalia, Barrett's first exhibition dedicated to the digital medium; as well as the opening of Ron Lambert's solo exhibition Standing Room in the Crenson Gallery. Despite the threat of snow during the day, there was a very solid turnout for this event. People from all over the Hudson Valley (and beyond!) came out to support the artists who were selected to be featured in this exhibit. 

With almost 60 pieces of artwork chosen by juror Bruce Wands, this exhibition was an eclectic collection ranging from 2-dimensional to 3-dimensional sculptures to interactive installations. There was something for everyone to enjoy! Unlike past exhibitions, visitors got to explore various interactive installations that were too addictive to pass up, including Reach, Color, Repeat, an artistic program that allows people to use their bodies to create abstract works of art that can be viewed on a large screen and then downloaded from a website to keep forever.

Congratulations to the winners of the Juror's prizes:

First Prize: Monica Tiulescu, Species 0060

Second Prize: Rob Gonsalves, Reach, Color, Repeat

Third Prize: Wobbe Koning, Frozen Motion (2)

The staff at Barrett would like to say THANK YOU to all the artists who participated in this exhibition; and to all their family, friends and loved ones who came out to support them and to support the organization. We would also like to thank Bruce Wands for his amazing selection of artwork; Ron Lambert for his incredible sculpture exhibition. Last but not least, we would like to thank all the volunteers who spent countless hours installing this exhibition and making the opening reception a rousing success!

- Nikki Hung

Kristen M. Watson, three scrolls from her series, TMI:  Digital Immigrant Prints. 

Kristen M. Watson, three scrolls from her series, TMI:  Digital Immigrant Prints. 

Benjamin Samuel, "Kubrick. 13+9+10". 

Benjamin Samuel, "Kubrick. 13+9+10". 

Engaging with LLoyf Konneker's "Event Horizon" 

Engaging with LLoyf Konneker's "Event Horizon" 


Get to know our Photowork 2017 Jurors

 Issac Diggs

Isaac Diggs is a photographer and educator. A native of Cleveland, OH, Diggs received his B.A. in English Literature at Columbia University and his M.F.A. in photography from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. He has received support from the Asian Cultural Council, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Puffin Foundation. His work, which is rooted in a committed exploration of the everyday, has been exhibited in the United States and Japan, and is a part of the collections of the New York Public Library, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, and the Walker Art Center, among others. Diggs has taught at the School of Visual Arts since 2000.


Rebecca Morse

Rebecca Morse is the Associate Curator of The Wallis Annenberg Photography Department for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Morse graduated from SUNY Purchase in 1993 and earned her master’s in art history in 1997 from the University of Arizona. She started working at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art the following year and became an associate curator there in 2009. She left MOCA in 2013 to work for LACMA's Photography Department. Rebecca currently lives in Los Angeles.


Robert Stevens

Robert Stevens is a lecturer of photographic history at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography. He is also the former editor of Life Picture Collection; former international photo editor for Time Magazine, former correspondent for Paris Photo Magazine. He is a trustee of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. Robert Stevens is also the author of Yvon’s Paris (2010).He currently lives in New York City.


- Nikki Hung, Board Member

The Place to Be

This week has been wonderfully busy! All hands on deck for last week's Opening Reception's and Queen City Saturday Poughkeepsie Prints workshop.   Friends and visitors who missed the opening have been stopping by since. At the same time, students in Bill Noonan's Oil Painting Class have been enjoying their time in  creative mode in the studios. As they would tell you, painting is soothing and frustrating. Have no fear, with Bill's expertise and guidance, he tends to lessen the latter. He meets you where you are.

Need help mixing colors? Not sure where to start? What is a good subject? The best tools? How's your dog? (so cute!) Any question or concern you may have, Billy is there with not just an answer, but an explanation and/or a demonstration to give visual meaning for the answer. I highly recommend Bill Noonan's classes in Oil, Watercolor or the upcoming Figure Drawing Study workshop on Thursday afternoons.  He will use screen projections to teach the class about anatomy and help any artist hone their skills.  A plethora of knowledge and expertise are there for the asking at every stroke.  Check the Barrett Art Center calendar for more info. Billy is the man and if you think this is a biased opinion, well yes, yes it is and for the best of reasons. 

-JoAnn Passaro, Volunteer

Opening Receptions

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Photowork 2017 had its big opening this past Saturday at our gallery on Noxon Street to celebrate its thirtieth year. People from throughout the Hudson Valley came out on a  surprisingly mild Mid-January afternoon to see the year's top selections for this exhibition. Unlike past Photowork exhibitions, three jurors(instead of one) were chosen to spearhead the selection process: Issac Diggs (School of Visual Art), Rebecca Morse (LACMA), and Robert Stevens (Time Magazine, School of Visual Art). Each juror's personal tastes and professional opinions set the tone of the exhibition with unique works that gave the entire exhibition not just one general theme or personality. While most of the show included photographers from around the country, local artists also earned recognition. The subject matters for the exhibitions were various; from landscapes to portraits, to outer space and still life. This year's artists tend to bend the medium of photography to their own desires, manipulating techniques to alter images that defy reality itself. Guests were excited to see the array of work in the exhibition, impressed with the caliber of art and installation that Barrett is able to present.

 While Photowork gathered attention downstairs, the Crenson Gallery drew guests to the second floor for the first of three Juried Members' Shows in 2017 Juror Lynn Palumbo, Director of the Washington Gallery at SUNY Dutchess Community College, chose an assembly of member artists whose works came together in a perfect blend of surreal abstraction. Photowork and the Juried Members' Show are open to the public free of charge during regular gallery hours and will close on March 4, 2017.

-      Nikki Hung

XXX Marks the Spot...

Volunteers and staff have been busy getting ready for an exciting Saturday coming up on January 21st - all three floors will be buzzing with activity.  

We're kicking off the year of Poughkeepsie Prints! community printmaking workshops with an opportunity for folks to try their hands at Japanese marbling, or suminagashi.  Participants can create their own bandanna and colorful marbled paper for bookmarks or other crafty projects. 

And from 3-6 p.m., the triple "X" marks the spot at the opening reception for our first two exhibitions of 2017: the Juried Members' Show and Photowork '17, which is celebrating three decades at BAC. (Hence the three roman numeral Xs in our promotional signs.) 

Juror Lynn Palumbo spent hours reviewing the submissions for the Juried Members’ Show earlier this week, finally deciding on 26 works that fit together in a vibrant showcase of our members' artistic  interests and talents. 

On Saturday, we hope you'll stop by to see these great shows for yourself, and to enter drawings for one of an array of photo-centric prizes, including home goods and coffee from Poughkeepsie's own North River Roasters. 

Look for the XXX marking the spot at 55 Noxon Street on Saturday - come celebrate creativity at Barrett! 

-Joanna Frang

In the main galleries, we've taken on some unconventional installations to bring together three jurors' takes on the state of the field of contemporary photography. Artwork: Brooks Dierdorff, Remnant


From the Executive Director - Turning Over New Leaves in 2017

Contrary to what the more botanically-minded might be inclined to think, the phrase "turning over a leaf" has little to do with trees or vegetation. Dating back to the 1600s, the expression actually refers to turning a page – once commonly called a “leaf” – to reveal a new, clean page.  I’ve invoked the helpful idiom in the title of this, the first item in the new blog of musings on art, artists, exhibitions, classes, workshops, and more from Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY.  We’ll be using the blog to keep you up-to-date on all new programs, happenings and personalities that promise to make 2017 another banner year at Barrett. We hope you will find inspiration to turn over a new leaf to energize your own creative endeavors in the coming year.

We greeted the new year here at 55 Noxon Street with a new coat of paint in the galleries, an update made possible through funding from the Dyson Foundation. Special appreciation goes out to Jode Millman for her continuing support of our stewardship of Barrett’s historic building. Likewise, we are grateful to Herzog’s Home Centers. Doug Mosley from the Herzog’s location in Poughkeepsie whipped up a batch of our special Benjamin Moore “Barrett Gold” color for our hallways and generously provided additional paint for the galleries.

We’ve spent the beginning of January receiving 63 photographs selected from over 800 national submissions for Photowork 2017, and on Monday, January 9, accepted submissions for the first of three Juried Members’ Shows planned for 2017.

All are invited to enjoy these two first-rate exhibitions (and take a look at the crisp new interior paint) at the opening reception on Saturday, January 21 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. to help us celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Photowork and launch the new season of Juried Members’ Shows on view in the Crenson Gallery.

We will keep you updated on happenings and events at Barrett throughout 2017 to inspire you in your own creative endeavors and encourage you to get involved in all the goings on in 2017.

- Joanna Frang