The Art Effect empowers young people to develop their creative voice to shape their futures and bring about positive social change.
Pamela PerryMarketing and Communications ManagerCreative maker, master marketer, concert lover, expressive artist, and mama bear to wild boys.
Paul ThompsonLead Media Teaching Artist/Equipment ManagerVideographer, Media Educator, Photographer, Editor, Vacationist, Foodie, Unofficial Food Inspector
Mary Ellen IatropoulosDirector of EducationEducator, writer, critical theory aficionado, three-time winner of the Mr. Pointy Award.
David WongMADLab Coordinator and Community Relations AssociateJack of all trades and teacher to all.
Nicole Fenichel-HewittExecutive DirectorCreative and innovative leader; master delegator; uber-collaborator, inspiration dropper, and queen of two teens.
Lauren HollickDirector of Explore ProgrammingEnthusiastic Educator, Hudson Valley Explorer, and someone who likes to get her hands dirty!
Anna LangdellDirector of DevelopmentFundraiser, international traveler, yogi, and mom to a goofy baby and spunky Labradoodle.
Sarah TaylorMedia/IT Coordinator & Teaching ArtistExperimental Video Artist, Enthusiastic Project Partner, Exuberant Teacher, and Ebullient Assistant.
Daniel WeintraubDirector of Media Advancement at The Art Effect and Head of Production at Forge MediaHead of Production, writer, director, musician and recording artist.
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…Learn More
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…Learn More
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…Learn More
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…Learn More
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
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 is an illustrator and tattoo artist currently working at Revenant Gallery in Hopewell Junction, NY.
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.
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.
Mil in Awards
Junior Art InstittuePortfolio
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The Art Effect has once again adapted its summer programming for youth ages 4-19 to reclaim their summer fun while adhering to state and local Coronavirus guidelines. Programs for each age group — Arts Camps (ages 5-11), Junior Arts Institute (ages 11-13), and Summer Art Institute (ages 14-19) — will be available in-person with smaller…
The Art Effect has been approved for a $20,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the Art Institute, with a special focus on ArtsBridge, a new program within the Art Institute (piloted for 2 years under the name MAAP). ArtsBridge will engage underserved Poughkeepsie youth in the arts to provide them…
The Art Effect Launches Home Sick: The First International Juried Exhibition at the Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn
The Art Effect announces the launch of its new international juried exhibition series and pilot youth museum studies program in 2021. Home Sick will be The Art Effect’s inaugural national juried exhibition in its new 3,000-sq-ft gallery at the Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn in the heart of the City of Poughkeepsie. This exciting exhibition will be…