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Current Show


December 19, 2014–January 26, 2015

Curated by Rebecca Zayas, Jia Hao & Kayla Coons

This show features more than 100 pieces by local artists, as well as lots of other really neat stuff culled from the PhotoCenter’s acquisitions. Collections  features objets d’art  both high and low (mostly low), including Beanie Babies and bugs (from a natural history museum), Africana, etc. from the mundane to the arcane.
specially notable is the work of more than 90 local artists from the PhotoCenter collection. The gallery is chock-a-block full of interesting stuff. Much is for sale to help the PhotoCenter continue its mission through 2015. The exhibit is ongoing and ever changing for its duration. Artists include:

David Aimone
Jeffrey Altman
Jojo Ans
Christos N. Apostle
Chris Argyros
Deyva Arthur
Mary Baker
Craig Barber
Joan Barker
Martin Benjamin
Seana Biondolillo
David Brickman
Dan Burkholder
David Bruce
Emily Burke
Eileen M. Clynes
Kayla Coons
Ian Creitz
Levi Cruz
Chris Demarco
Bill Demichele
John Dugdale
Courtney Erhardt
Will Faller
Ray Felix
Jessica Fleurent
Christina Florada
Jim Flosdorf
George Forss

Jerry Freedner
Diana Grandi
Wenting Gu
Robert Gullie
David Hall
Norman Hasselriis
Steven Hazard
Theresa Hayes
Wendy Holmes
James Huchenpahler
Connie Frisbee Houde
Charise Isis
Yumiko Izu
William Jaeger
John Keefe
Audrey Grendahl Kuhn
Shannon LaRue
Eric Lindbloom
Harold Lohner
Robert Longley
Glen Marsh
Gregory Martin
Jason Martinez
Mark McCarty
Dan McCormack
Joel Meyerowitz
Stacey Milborn
Susan Myers
Robert Nottke
Bill OConner
Thom O’Connor

Leah Oates
Dion Ogust
Elizabeth Opalenik
Lady Ostapeck
Luis Oyala
Julie Pamkowski
Matthu Placek
Fawn Potash
Joseph Putrock
Lilo Raymond
David Ricci
Luba Ricket
Alison Rossiter
Ernestine Rubin
Thomas Santelli
Martin Schoeller
Joseph Schuyler
Vincent Serbin
Colleen Skiff
Dorothy Stevenson
Harriet Tannen
George A. Tice
Max Tiller
Phillip Toledano
Jacqueline Vincent
Michael Watkins
Bill Wilson
Dale Winsor
Harry Wirtz
Bart Woodstrup

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Future Shows & Events

12-13-14 Call for Entries

January 30–February 22, 2015

Opening Reception: 5–9 p.m. Friday, January 30; coincides with Troy Night Out

Show Closing and Party: noon–6 p.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015;
Lady Ostapeck’s 97th birthday party

Another interesting unique date! The exhibit is similar to the 12-12-12: One Day in the Life show in 2013.

Former Shows

ApostleChristos Apostle:
A Retrospective Exhibition of Portrait Paintings

November 29, 2013–January 26, 2014

In an exception to our photographic tradition, this exhibit features the unique artwork of Christos Apostle. This major retrospective displays selections from his portrait paintings, many made in his singular abstract drip-type style.

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Best of 2013

January 31–March 9, 2014

More than 250 entries were received for the show, and it will be the best ever.

Some of the images which we cannot accommodate in the Gallery will be featured in the forthcoming Exhibit Annex on our website after the opening of the show. (To reduce the temptation of theft of your work, we will use reduced images at 72 dpi.)

Many thanks to the more than 50 artists who sent in their Best of 2013 work.


Member Joseph Schuyler captures vistors to the opening, top left. The event was well attended. (Photos by Ronald K. Ratchford, top left and right; Nicholas Argyros, bottom left, and Schuyler, bottom right.

Best of 2013 Votes

Raw Weighted Artist Title
18 36 Connie Frisbee Houde Virgin Gorda Moon Set
16 36 Katherine Wardle Grand Bazaar Rooftop
11 21 Mary Lifshin Vultures Are Waiting
10 21 Diane Reiner  Discarded, Homer Alaska
10 20 Linda Tommasulo  Shy Tulip
9 20 Cheryl Gowie Churchill Bears
8 18 Stephen Honicki And So It Is
8 17 Katherine Wardle Fish Bouquet
10 16 Fred Neudoerffer  Directional Flow
8 15 Linda Tommasulo Tulip Festival
8 14 Ralph Rio The Green Dragon’s Cup
8 13 Rebecca Moran  Cardinal
8 12 Bert Klinger  Icelandic Horse

More than 150 visitors cast 450 votes. Virtually all photos received some votes. Listed here are the thirteen entries which had eight or more votes. The "weighted" votes counted the first entry on the ballot as three points, second entry two points, third entry as one point. The top six images were the same by either method of scoring.

Congratulations to all selected entrants. It has been a very fine show.

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2014 Student Show

March 14–April 20, 2014

Reception March 28, coinciding with Troy Night Out

The show reception, and announcement of $500 in awards, was on Friday, March 28.

The 2014 annual Student Exhibition is the strongest yet in its sixth year.  Commendations are deserved to all students who entered. We selected more than 60 images from about 200 entries. Excellence and innovation abound in this exhibit. The selection was a joint effort by Director Mary Gordon, Assistant Director Eamonn McBride, David Rozen, and gallery owner Nick Argyros.
Students from ten colleges and two high schools participated in the show.

Cash awards of $550 were presented to students from SUNY New Paltz, Sage Colleges, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, SUNY Albany, and Niskayuna High School. The juror was David Brickman, a photographer widely exhibited over the years in many regional and New York City venues. Awards were made possible by a generous grant from the Christos N. Apostle Charitable Trust.


  • Student Show Awards ReceptionEamonn McBride photos, except as noted
  • First Place WinnerNick congratulates James Senzer for his four stunning portraits
  • Juror David BrickmanRonald K. Ratchford photo
  • Another AwardNick presenting award to Kayla Coons
  • Talking About the ShowNick addresses attendees with Juror Brickman at his side
  • Attentive AudienceAttendees listen to Nick's presentation
  • Standing Room OnlyAttendees filled the gallery to nearly overflowing
  • Taking a Longer LookAs the crowd thinned out, some took a second look
  • Gallery Assistant Eamonn McBrideRonald K. Ratchford photo
Student Show Awards Reception1 First Place Winner2 Juror David Brickman3 Another Award4 Talking About the Show5 Attentive Audience6 Standing Room Only7 Taking a Longer Look8 Gallery Assistant Eamonn McBride9

Prize Winners

1st Prize

James Senzer (SUNY New Paltz) — Body of Work: Jay, Dan, Casey, Emmanuel

2nd Prize

Kayla Coons (Sage) — Body of Work: Mounds, Restraint, Forgiveness

Dakota Rider (Sage) — Body of Work: Schoder Tod, Beauty Within, Flawless, Perseverance

Honorable Mentions

Katie Alden (Niskayuna HS) — Body of Work: Touched by Light, Fair Skinned

Maxwell Decusatis (SUNY Albany): Vines

Francesca Mancinelli (SUNY New Paltz): Body of Work: Rebirth, Pomegranate, Waves

Dana Schmerzler (SUNY New Paltz): Alone

Ashley Smith (Fulton Montgomery Community College): Imperial Baths

Kate Wolford (Sage): Ben

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Of Like Minds

Photographs by Drs. Altman and Perkins

May 2–June 15, 2014

Reception 5–9 p.m. May 30, coinciding with Troy Night Out

From rusted trucks to plaza fireworks, two master photographers — Jeffrey Altman (1947–2012) and Jeffrey Perkins view their worlds with like minds. Both Artists have traveled the world and photographer vastly different locations, but always with a similar eye.

View their online PhotoCenter Gallery exhibits — Altman and Perkins.

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David Hall: Beneath Cold Seas

June 27–August 3, 2014

Reception 5–9 p.m. June 27, coinciding with Troy Night Out —
   The photographer will be present to discuss his work and sign books

Forty underwater photographs by marine life photographer, author, and researcher David Hall, from his 2011 book Beneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, will be on display. This event will mark the first US exhibition of this critically acclaimed and unique body of work. The author or coauthor of eleven books, Hall’s work has won numerous awards.

Hall is one of the world’s leading photographers of marine life. He and his work have been featured in most major publications in North America and Europe, including National Geographic, Smithsonian, National Wildlife, Natural History, Audubon, Sierra, Time, Science, Scientific American, Geo, Terre Sauvage, Macleans, Der Spiegel, and BBC Wildlife. His photographs have received numerous awards in international competition and been widely exhibited in the US and abroad.

There have been numerous books featuring underwater photography from coral reefs and other tropical locations, but very few that focus on cold water ecosystems. The west coast from northern California to Alaska, features some of the most diverse and colorful marine life in the world, much of it found nowhere else. Because of the technical difficulties associated with photographing in cold, murky water, no earlier published work exists that features high quality, artistic photographs from this important area. Beneath Cold Seas has been received enthusiastically around the world, and has already been published in four countries. More information about the book, including selected reviews and a slide show, can be found at


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Eighth Annual Members Show

August 8–September 8, 2014

This popular event features 48 expert photographers exhibiting 80 of their finest works.


The crew that helped mount the show relaxes in the PhotoCenter’s well-organized library. From left: Assistant Director Eamonn McBride, Kayla Coons, Harley Bleitzhofer, and Rebecca Zayas. The frames images await their special place on the gallery wall (right).

Peoples Choice Awards

More than 150 votes were cast for the most popular images. In tribute to the high quality and eclectic nature of the works, most entries received some votes from visitors to the exhibit.

Peoples Choice Votes

Weighted Artist Title
23 Angela Jorczak Bass River Light
17 Katherine Wardle Palouse Grain Elevator
15 Joseph Schuyler Lost Cities
14 Jill PeckVona Power of Lines
11 Max Tiller Bridge in Washington Park
11 Joseph Schuyler Catskill Morning
11 Sean Sullivan Snowy Day Stroll
10 Katherine Wardle Palouse Vista
10 Robert Coppola Narcissus
9 Harvey  Gurien Mono Lake
8 Janet Wolkenstein Troy Alley
8 Michael Yood Waiting for the Moment

The analysis of votes by weighted values yields the following top scoring images.
The weighting procedure assigned three points for the first entered vote, two points for the second, one point for the third.

Biography: James Fossett & Stephen Honicki

September 12–October 26, 2014

James Fossett teaches visual arts at SUNY New Paltz. He and his family recently completed a series of images from trips to their respective regions of birth and maturity, reliving that portion of their life's journey.  Please see his website.

Stephen Honicki teaches at Niskayuna High School. His images are accompanied by written narratives to complement the constructed visual narratives.  Please see his website.

Both photographers have exhibited widely — regionally and nationally.

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Structures: Ian Creitz & Robert Feero

October 31–December 15, 2014

Ian Creitz of Cambridge, New York, primarily a self-taught photographer, has been taking photos in Cambridge for most of his life. His work is influenced his surrounding landscape which includes rolling hills and farmlands, as well as dilapidated and crumbling buildings in areas closer to Albany. In his words, he “captures the contrast between natural and manmade to show how nature will ultimately overtake our own trappings when we leave them alone.”


Robert Feero and Ian Creitz

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The Photography Center Gallery's Exhibition Policies

Liability and Insurance

Artists’ work while on display or in the proper custody of the Photography Center per exhibition agreements will be insured between the designated drop-off and pickup dates against damage or loss for the full value of all materials which can be documented as comprising the artwork, unless the artist can demonstrate that similar artwork by the artist has been previously sold for the listed selling price, in which case the insured value in case of damage or loss will be half of the listed selling price.

The gallery is not responsible for the insurance of the work during transit or after last pickup date. The artist will be responsible for adhering to all deadlines and schedules imposed by the gallery and for the arranging the drop-off and pickup of their work. No work may be removed before the end of the exhibit.


The Gallery's commission on sold work is thirty (30) percent.

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