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Poughkeepsie Open Studios
JUNE 19 – Trolley Barn Gallery
Have a personal poem written for you by Cathy Schmitz, because
“The Poet Is In”

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Up Close & Personal Gallery Opening

Exhibition Dates: May 28 – July 1
Artist Talk: June 10, 2021

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The Art Effect’s Affiliation with Barrett Art Center

The Art Effect and Barrett Art Center are coming together in an exciting, transformational affiliation

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Summer Programs For All Ages

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Who We Are

About

 The Art Effect empowers young people to develop their creative voice to shape their futures and bring about positive social change. 

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Our Team

Our Services

From in-school residences to art immersion summer programs; from one day workshops to professional apprentice programs; and from diverse summer programs in the arts to year-round art explorations, we have it all. Here are just a few:


Forge Media (www.ForgeMedia.org) is The Art Effect’s production house apprenticeship program, the first of its kind in the Hudson Valley. Forge employs advanced youth apprentices to work alongside experienced producers in creating high quality, unique media products for businesses and organizations. Youth gain client-based work experience, further develop their filmmaking skills using professional-level equipment and…

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The Art Institute is a pre-college portfolio program for artistically motivated and career-minded teens ages 14-19. We help them develop their ideas and master skills in the visual and media arts. Excellence is, after all, built on a firm foundation. Students will strengthen their portfolios by exploring advanced art techniques, presentation, critique, composition, emotionalism, and…

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Residencies For over 25 years, we’ve worked with schools throughout the Hudson Valley. The Art Effect collaborates with faculty and educators on short- and long-term residencies tailored to creatively engage students in diverse subject areas, reinforcing skills and content they are learning in the classroom through media production and artmaking. School Residencies: The Art Effect…

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Dutchess Arts Camp

Dutchess & Ulster Arts Camp At The Art Effect’s summer Dutchess and Ulster arts camps, children ages 5-10 will explore their artistic abilities and have fun working on creative projects in person, socially distanced and outside whenever possible this summer at our Pershing Ave, Poughkeepsie locations or at SUNY New Paltz’s beautiful campus. Dutchess Arts…

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No Starving Artists Here

Our Alumni Excel

  • Liz Riccardi

    Liz is a multi-disciplinary Art Director specializing in boundary-pushing digital creative for gen-z and millennial audiences. Extensive experience defining brands’ visual identities and telling 360-degree stories that engage and empower consumers.

    Currently Art Director @ Sweet

    Clients include: TBS, School of Doodle, The Georges Malaika Foundation, No Big Deal PR, Clover Letter,Time Out Magazine, Hard Candy, Reebok, Smuggler Films, Greencard Pictues, Eyeball Records

    lizriccardi.com

    Liz Riccardi

  • MC WOLFMAN

    MC Wolfman (aka Dan Betro) is a New York born artist  working as an Illustrator and Background Artist, creating work for clients like Red Stylo Media, Print Syndicate, SBC Advertising, Viceland, Thrillist, McGarryBowen, MC CHRIS, and Cartuna.

    mc-wolfman.com

    MC WOLFMAN

  • Domino Bliss

    Domino Bliss is an illustrator and tattoo artist currently working at Revenant Gallery in Hopewell Junction, NY.

    instagram.com/dominotwist

    Domino Bliss

  • Trent Taft

    Currently located in New York, Trent Taft is a sculptor in the special effects industry. Inspired by films with
    credible imaginary characters and nature itself, He brings his creations to life in a public space through artistry.

    trenttaft.com

    Trent Taft

  • Joe Cassanova

    Joe Cassanova graduated from the Art Institute before attending Maryland Institute College of Art for his BFA and then School of Visual Arts for his MFA. He is a digital and traditional illustrator with extensive experience.

    www.joe-casanova.com

    Joe Cassanova

Our Works

Fact About Us

Our students get a lot of incredible work done in our studios.

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Students Served

49

Mil in Awards

2357

Films Made

85953

Cups Consumed

Best Projects

Portfolio

A collection of some of the best work created by our students

  • MADLab

    Portfolio
  • Portfolio Development

    Portfolio
  • Forge

    Portfolio
  • Senior Project

    Portfolio
  • Spark Studios

    Portfolio
  • Junior Art Instittue

    Portfolio

Important Stats

Our students are pretty amazing. Here are just a few things we like to brag about.

Students who improved in giving and receiving constructive criticism
78.5%
Students who stay in school
100%
Graduates who receive scholarships to college
99.9%
Graduates with art-based careers
83%
Latest News

What's Happening at The Art Effect?

Apply to be a Lead for Poughkeepsie Fellow!

Are you a recent college graduate or young professional looking for a transformative work opportunity to make a difference in Poughkeepsie? Apply to be a Lead for Poughkeepsie Fellow! Serve on two-year full-time public service placements with social impact organizations, including The Art Effect in the City of Poughkeepsie! Fellows will join a national network of young leaders from across the…

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Juneteenth and Memorial Celebration

Join The Art Effect’s National Art Honor Society for an afternoon of art at the R.E.A.L Skills Network’s 1st Annual Memorial Event honoring Theodore “Tree” Arrington and the end of slavery in the United States.  Mansion Square Park Saturday, June 19 1-6pm

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National Art Honor Society Fundraises for Hudson Valley Animal Rescue & Sanctuary

The Art Effect’s National Art Honor Society Chapter #2242 is excited to partner with The Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary to raise funds for their no-kill shelter. Members will be collecting donations now through June 4, 2021. Donations of $80 or more placed on or before May 28th can choose to receive an original…

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2021 ANNUAL SPONSORS

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