The Arts Center of the Capital Region is pleased to announce Did You See That: Artwork by Matt Chinian & Cocoon: A River Street Studio

TROY — Did You See That: Matt Chinian, through – April 5

Did You See That: No, did you? Matt Chinian has. Chinian documents places and scenes that present fascinating color fields. He paints typically overlooked locales asking to be found. Many of his works are recorded in and around the Capital Region, maybe even in your town. Enjoy Chinian’s wandering eye through his painterly hand that depicts the beautiful to the sublime in this lovely exhibition of his works.

“Matt’s work provides a chance for viewers to stop and look at their surroundings and see the beauty in every moment of the day. At first glance you may see an interesting view until you realize that the image you are looking at is the gas station you pass by on your way home from work or a boat dock or a parking lot you frequently use. These paintings demand a moment of the viewers’ attention. Stop, take a second to realize that you have to slow down and enjoy all that our surroundings provide to us. Chinian replicates the light, color and beauty of these urban, rural and everyday settings in his wonderfully masterful and addictive realistic style” says Curator Belinda Colón.

Matt Chinian is a landscape painter who works on site using oil paint on canvas. He earned his B.A. in painting and sculpture at Bennington College and an M.F.A. in sculpture and drawing at SUNY Albany. Chinian lives in Cambridge, NY.

The artist reception for Did You See That will take place in our Wallace & Foyer Galleries on Friday, January 31, 6-8 p.m. during Troy Night Out. An artist talk will take place in our Main Gallery on Thursday, March 12, 6:30 p.m.. Chinian will be teaching a workshop on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. Registration is required. Please see our website for more details.

Cocoon: A River Street Studio, February 10 – April 19, 2019

Cocoon: A River Street Studio. The Arts Center of the Capital Region has curated a residency experience for five regional artists. The artists will have an opportunity to create their own studio environments in the most visible and central location of our building, the Main Gallery. This temporary residency gives artists a venue to create a community of their own where they will have group critiques with each other and guest artists from around our region. Within a twelve-week span, the studio will have monthly artist open houses during Troy Night Out as well as a final exhibition in April. This engaging and interactive space offers the artists a chance to provide a visible and ongoing new experience for both themselves and the viewers.

Artists joining Cocoon are Alison Bachorik, Experimental Artist and Graphic Designer; Emily Prosper, Multi-Media Artist; John Desousa, Visual Artist, Lyndsy Bystroff, Painter; and Trent Stokes, Graphic Design Artist. For more information about our residents, please visit our website at

The public reception for Cocoon will be held in our Main Gallery Friday, February 28, from 6-8pm during Troy Night Out. The Reveal exhibit, a showcase of the artwork created during Cocoon will take place during Collar City Craft Fest Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26.

Critical Forum: Application Deadline Extended to February 28, 2020.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region, in partnership with the NYSCA Visual Arts Program, presents its second year of Critical Forum. Critical Forum is a professional development opportunity for up to ten emerging and mid-career artists. The Forum includes critiques by local and guest curators and gallerists as well as two engaging immersive experiences in New York City. Professional artists can benefit from sustained critical review of their work, especially as it relates to the contemporary art world. Join this interactive experience designed to develop and support career training for professional artists. Program is free and includes all transportation fees. Please see our website for more information and a link to apply.

For more information about our exhibitions, educational opportunities or to become a member, please go to our website:

ABOUT: The Arts Center of the Capital Region, on Monument Square in downtown Troy, is a 36,000 square foot fully accessible studio, exhibition, and performing arts space. The Arts Center offers classes, exhibits, and programs serving 48,000 people a year drawn from an 11-county region surrounding Troy. The Arts Center is proud to serve as a regional arts center, known for its wide range of high-quality classes for adults and children, arts camps for children and teens, highly acclaimed exhibitions, funding, and technical support for arts organizations and artists.

Gallery Hours: Mon-Thurs: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday: Noon-4 p.m.

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