The Arts Center Announces “Troy Glow,” a Public Art Light Festival in Downtown Troy Opening December 4, 2022
Commissioned Artists, Locations and Partners Announced
TROY, NY (November 2, 2022) — The Arts Center of the Capital Region today announced the
artist commissions for the inaugural presentation of Troy Glow, a five-week public art light
festival in downtown Troy during the time of year when there is the least amount of daylight.
Starting December 4, 2022 the Troy Glow festival will present six site-specific outdoor
installations of light-based art created by regional artists. In addition, eight partner
organizations will be participating in various capacities, for a total of 14 Troy Glow sites in a
walkable route through historic downtown Troy. To see every installation, the entire Troy Glow
walk will take approximately 25 minutes. Running concurrently with the festival, there will be a
Troy Glow exhibition of light art in the Arts Center’s Main Gallery featuring work from the ten
artist finalists who were selected through the regional public call for art that started the
festival’s curatorial process this spring.
Troy Glow projects and exhibition will be on view for five weeks: from Sunday, December 4,
2022 the night of Troy’s 40th Annual Victorian Stroll, through Sunday, January 9, 2023. The
installations will officially be lit on Sunday, December 4 at 5:00pm in coordination with the
lighting of the City of Troy’s Christmas tree in Monument Square. Each art installation will be lit
and on view every night upon sundown at 4:30pm through 10:00pm.
Troy Glow was created by partners at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy Cultural
Alliance, and the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce to bring visitors, shoppers, and
diners back to downtown Troy after two years of pandemic precautions, when many people
moved to online commerce, frequent take out, and virtual events.
“Like all small cities, Troy really took a hit,” says Arts Center CEO Elizabeth Reiss. “We wanted to
invite people, through art, to return to Troy and support the restaurants, businesses, and arts
intuitions that make it such a rich cultural hub in the Capital Region. And bonus, we can do that
by paying artists to make beautiful things.”
Troy Glow was curated by Judie Gilmore, the Director of Special Projects & Partnerships at the
Arts Center who also created the Troy Master Plan for Public Art in 2016. Says Gilmore, “I can
think of no better way to brighten Troy’s streets during the darkest time of year than through
beautiful, thoughtful public art created by some of our region’s most talented artists. Each of
the artists selected wanted their artwork to help heal the emotional trauma we have all
suffered over the past several years. Ultimately this festival has become about the importance
of collective gathering, supporting local businesses and communities, and beautifying the places
we live and love.”
Troy Glow is presented by the Arts Center for the Capital Region in partnership with the Troy
Cultural Alliance and the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce. This project is
supported by a grant awarded to the Arts Center of the Capital Region by Empire State
Development and I LOVE NY/New York State's Division of Tourism through the Regional
Economic Development Council initiative.
The festival is made possible through support from the Opalka Family, Troy Redevelopment
Foundation, City of Troy American Rescue Plan (proposed), Troy Savings Bank Charitable
Foundation, Rifenburg Construction, Inc., National Grid, Siemens, The Rosenblum Companies,
CDTA, Westshore Design Engineers, Nicky Lightz, and many individual friends of the project.
A special “First Look” event for supporters and friends will be held on Saturday, December 3,
2022 with guided tours departing from the Arts Center at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm and a reception
held from 6:00-8:00pm.
More information can be found at TroyGlow.com/news.
DETAILS ABOUT PROJECT COMMISSIONS
“Empty Signs” by artist Adam Frelin
Location: Donna’s Italian Restaurant, Broadway & Franklin Alley
Troy Glow’s signature project was created by artist, Troy resident, and Troy Glow Artistic and
Technical Director, Adam Frelin. His installation, “Empty Signs” will consist of a cluster of
glowing, whimsical signs, intriguingly with no text, in various shapes and colors whose lights will
dance in a choreographed sequence. While most signage individuals encounter in cities are
either trying to sell something or give directions, “Empty Signs” will do the opposite: it will
invite viewers to enjoy the moment and be fully present.
“Our Patterns, Our Architectures” by artist and designer Natan Diacon-Furtado
Location: (back of) Key Bank Building, 33 3rd Street (viewable from Broadway & Franklin Alley)
Troy resident Natan Diacon-Furtado will collaborate with community members and city archives
to create a large projection of colorful patterns. The projected images will be composed of
diverse patterns made from shapes and gestures gathered from his research into Troy’s diverse
history and architecture and through community workshops before the installation.
“Efflorescence (Icon for Blooming)” by artist Lydia Kern
Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 58 3rd Street
Lydia Kern will create a monumental, kaleidoscopic sculpture that uses the language of stained
glass to illuminate natural materials she’s collected in the Capitol Region. “Efflorescence” will be
in conversation with the historic Tiffany windows of St. Paul’s church. While stained glass
traditionally casts light onto the interior of holy spaces through religious imagery,
“Efflorescence” will cast colorful light onto 3rd Street, celebrating ecological life specific to Troy.
“Reflecting on Troy” by light artist and architect Yael Erel and lighting designer Avner
Location: (back of) Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (viewable from Franklin Alley and State Street)
In “Reflecting on Troy,” artist and architect Yael Erel and lighting designer Avner Ben-Natan, both
Troy residents, will project a moving lightscape in the back alley of one of Troy’s most famous
historic buildings, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. By shining high-powered, directional lights
onto rotating metal disks, the artists will create reflected swirls of light on the urban landscape.
The disk’s surfaces will be etched with Troy-inspired geometries that create textured light
drawings as they reflect light.
“The Wind Wheels Project” by designer Julian Goldman and architectural designer Avi Nagel
Location: River Street Stairwell
Troy residents Julian Goldman and Avi Nagel will create a public workshop to test a series of
kinetic lanterns that make visible the hidden power of the environment while connecting the
city’s prosperous past to an optimistic future. Their installation draws inspiration from the
Burden Water Wheel, the most powerful known waterwheel in US history and a driving force
behind Troy’s prosperous past. Reimagining this historic water power, “The Wind Wheels
Project” instead harnesses the wind, making visible a natural force in a novel way.
“Troy Farillon” by artist Adam Tinkle
Location: Upper Windows of the Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street (viewable
from Monument Square)
“Troy Farillon” by Adam Tinkle is a video projection that will illuminate the upper windows of
the Arts Center in Troy’s Monument Square. In digital test pattern colors and staticky-TV black
and white fuzz, abstract shapes and animations will transform the windows into a clock face. On
the hour, chimes will announce a kaleidoscopic display. “Troy Farillon” draws on the tradition of
large clocks in city centers that for centuries have helped residents keep track of, and share,
time and space.
The following organizations and locations will be participating in Troy Glow:
Vicina – Modern Urban Flats. 100 Congress St. (viewable from 4th and Congress Streets)
Will showcase light installations by artists Mollie McKinley and Erika deVries in their large
street-level windows facing 4th Street.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. 30 2nd St.
Will light the sidewalk in front of their entrance with an art installation designed by their
in-house creative team.
TAP, INC. 210 River St.
Will light their storefront windows with an art installation designed by their in-house
architectural and design team.
Tech Valley Center of Gravity. 30 3rd St.
Will be showcasing the work of TVCOG member Jerry Huang, who just completed a term as
their Maker-in-Residence. Huang will adapt the Arduino-controlled LED mirror panel design
used for his residency into a window installation.
Hart Cluett Museum. 57 2nd St.
Will work with local artist and filmmaker Nicole Van Slyke to light their façade or windows.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 58 3rd St.
Will temporarily light two of their famed Tiffany stained glass windows which are usually only
viewable from inside the church.
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Shop owners Yael Erel and Avner Ben-Natan (Troy Glow commissioned artists), will also create a
storefront installation feautring protoypes and technology related to their “Reflecting on Troy”
RPI. Arts Center Foyer and Faculty/Student Gallery 265 River St.
Architecture students in Troy Glow artist, and RPI professor, Yael Erel’s Projecting Light class will
showcase their lighting design installations in the Art Center’s Foyer and Faculty/Student