Art Inspirations

This Spring @ SUNY New Paltz
Create vibrant works in multiple media inspired by the world of the Dorsky Museum and beyond!
Check out the new courses that are kicking off 2022!

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Exploring Puppetry

With Brad Shur
Check out our exciting spring course lineup that is bringing you something new in 2022!

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Register For Spring Courses

Early Bird Discount Available Now
Get 5% off spring classes!

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Of An Era

November 5 – December 10, 2021
Wed-Fri. 2-5pm, Sat. 12–4pm

Artwork Detail from Koon Kan

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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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Who We Are


 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 ( 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

Poughkeepsie City School District Summer Arts Program Math, ELA & The Arts for PCSD Elementary School Children in grades 4&5 August 2 — 27, 2021Monday — Friday, 9am-4pmLocated at The Art Effect, 45 Pershing Ave. Poughkeepsie FREE program for PCSD students to use their imagination, learn new skills and have fun this summer! Children will explore their…

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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

    Liz Riccardi


    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.


  • Domino Bliss

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

    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.

    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.

    Joe Cassanova

Our Works

Fact About Us

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


Students Served


Mil in Awards


Films Made


Cups Consumed

Best Projects


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

  • MADLab

  • Portfolio Development

  • Forge

  • Senior Project

  • Spark Studios

  • Junior Art Instittue


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
Students who stay in school
Graduates who receive scholarships to college
Graduates with art-based careers
Latest News

What's Happening at The Art Effect?

Building Stronger Communities

The Art Effect Releases 2020 Annual Report and End of Year Campaign:  Building Stronger Communities POUGHKEEPSIE (November 18, 2021) – The Art Effect’s 2020 Annual Report gives the community a snapshot into The Art Effect’s diverse programming as well as the impact on the community over the last year. The report showcases how The Art…

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PK in the Know: Community Outreach

PK in the Know: Community OutreachNovember 17, 5:30-7pmTrolley Barn Gallery489 Main St, Poughkeepsie The Trolley Barn is hosting two PK in the Know: Community Outreach events for the PKX Festival this fall. Each event serves to keep the community updated on the festival progress, develop relationships with artists, community members, and organizations.   Are you an artist…

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Teen Visions at The Barns Art Center!

Teen Visions is moving from The Trolley Barn Gallery to The Barns Art Center Oct 9-Dec 10  The Teen Visions show is moving from The Trolley Barn Gallery, to The Barns Art Center in Hopewell Junction, NY! Be sure to check out this artwork presented in this incredible new space. The show will be up…

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