The Poughkeepsie Gateway Beautification Project calls for an artist to propose a design that will be painted on the underpass on Main Street, Poughkeepsie. The area painted will include two aprons directly under Rt. 9 on each side and a total of 12 columns (6 on each side of Main St). The most competitive designs will reflect the local Poughkeepsie community.  

Five preliminary designs will be selected by a panel of jurors comprised of the Poughkeepsie Arts Commission, business owners, and community members to present at a public meeting – the artists must attend the meeting to hear feedback on designs and work towards presenting their final proposal.

From the final proposals, the panel of jurors will select one design and the awarded artist will sign a contract to complete the work.

The project’s budget must include all costs for labor, prep-work, paint, equipment, and rentals.  The paint selected must be high-quality mural paint and a coat of transparent sealer must be used on all painted surfaces. The budget may not exceed $12,000 – artists will submit a preliminary budget through Submittable.


June – July 17: Proposals received from interested artists

June 21: Mural information session at Arts Mid-Hudson office, 5:00 p.m.

July 21: Five finalists notified of selection

July 31: Public meeting for presentation and feedback of designs

August 7: Artists submit their final designs and budgets

August 11: Final artist selected and contract signed

September 30: Work completed  

In addition to submitting the contract and other documents stated in the funding notification letter, the following information is also required of all organization. Please submit all materials by June 30, 2017

Download: Program Information Sheet (use if applicable)

Ends in 3 days, 5 hours $15.00

About the program: 

The Under-Recognized Artist Awards Program was created specifically to help struggling artists survive the process of establishing themselves in the art market and allow them to focus on their art. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation generously provided seed funding to establish this program, which will provide five winning artists each with a $3000 cash award that can be used for art material and equipment expenses, or approved living expenses.

The funding will provide five artists with market visibility, public exhibits, and a financial award to allow them the runway needed to create new work. An “Online Art Gallery” will also be created featuring up to 100 selected applicant artists, thereby increasing interest in regional artists.

The Initiative

The Under-Recognized Artists Award program ( recognizes that the Hudson Valley is fast becoming a springboard for a leading edge community of emerging and under-recognized artists. This fact is borne out of the reality that many artists are unable to live and work in the NYC/Brooklyn area and are migrating upstate. The Hudson Valley has traditionally been the home of both world-famous and under-recognized artists for over a century, but the reality is that outside the dense urban area there are fewer opportunities to earn a living and exhibit work while establishing a career as an artist. This artistic talent will only survive and prosper if supported with financial help, increased awareness, and visibility that will allow them the freedom and time to create their work.


The mission of Arts Mid-Hudson is to provide vision and leadership to support thriving and diverse arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley. We value the abundant presence of art in the Mid-Hudson Valley and its ability to uplift, empower and engage. We honor diversity and celebrate creativity. We are committed to playing a central role in supporting and promoting all of the arts in the communities we serve. 

Arts Mid-Hudson was established in 1964 as the Dutchess County Arts Council, a private, nonprofit arts service organization to promote cultural activity and development in Dutchess County. Over 20 years ago, Arts Mid-Hudson began administering New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) funding in Dutchess and Ulster Counties, and in 2006 was invited to administer Ulster County Cultural Services and Promotion Fund. In 2014 the region expanded to include Orange County NYSCA fund administration. Arts Mid-Hudson engages and promotes the arts across the Mid-Hudson region through four initiatives: Cultural Development and Arts Services, Resource Development and Grant Making, Advocacy and Public Awareness, and Folk Arts Programs, providing best practices in the arts to ensure that our region retains its artists and arts organizations. Through our arts partners, a diverse offering of arts and cultural programs, many free, attract a range of age groups, and are produced across a broad geographic area. 

Through our work across the Hudson River Valley Region, focused primarily on Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange Counties, our staff has been aware of a growing number of artists arriving in the region, as well as artists that have decided to live and work in the region after college graduation. These artists contact Arts Mid-Hudson for a variety of services, such as assistance in securing funding for their work, writing proposals, professional development, and exhibition spaces.

After the staff and board confirmed a new strategic plan in late 2016, one of the key initiatives that came out of this plan was establishment of the AMH 360° Artist Support program. This work builds on Arts Mid-Hudson’s decades of work with artists including grantmaking, technical assistance for proposal writing tips, and career guidance. Adding the Under-Recognized Artist Award filled an essential missing piece to this program.

Mission of the Under-Recognized Artist Award Program:

  • To directly support individual artists residing and working in the Hudson Valley, who have shown that they are highly talented, producing ground-breaking art, gaining visibility, serious about their art, and are dedicated to long-term career development.
  • To establish an ongoing program to assist under-recognized and emerging artists to gain visibility by providing awards that allow them to continue creating work and relieving their financial burden.
  • To showcase new work by artists, through gallery exhibitions and an online gallery.
  • To support the artists for an extended period, providing continued connections to show their work, find opportunities and funding; this pilot program will track results for three years.   

Award Application Begins:

Submissions accepted June 1 through June 30, 2017 (11:59 pm Eastern Time Zone). Submissions must be received through this online submittable system. 

Artist Jury review and selection-

Each submission will be reviewed by curator, Susan Sayre Batton, Interim Director, San Jose Museum of Art.  

Initial Artist Selection Criteria-

This award program supports visual artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media, installation, and sculpture. The most successful applicants will fit the following criteria:
  • Has a body of high-quality visual artwork sufficient for a one-person show
  • 25 years or older
  • Some experience exhibiting their work, with at least 3 gallery showings
  • Must reside in or have a studio in the following Counties: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, or Ulster.


  • Five artists will each receive awards of $3,000 during an awards ceremony in the Hudson Valley. 
  • Final selections made by Susan Sayre Batton will be confirmed by the Arts Mid-Hudson Board 

Exhibition of Artworks:

The five awarded artists will exhibit their new work created during their fellowship in the Arts Mid-Hudson Gallery and an artist open studio opportunity in the Hudson Valley region will be offered.

Online Art Gallery:

An online gallery will be promoted and maintained  - the five selected fellows and up to 100 additional applicant artists’ work will be displayed on the site to assist in ongoing promotion of the program.

Arts Mid-Hudson will promote the Under-Recognized Artists Program through multiple channels: print news, radio, social media, blogs, and articles. 

Program Follow-up:

The five awarded artists will be contacted 6 months and 1 year out from award notification to document and promote upcoming exhibits, and to quantify interest in the artists’ work, such as studio visits, awards, residencies, and sales. During the first three years, Arts Mid-Hudson will continue to support the artists through referrals, promotion, and the online artist gallery that will feature individual artists and their work.

After the first year, a brief survey will provide information on the artist’ perception of career growth, and feedback to inform us about additional connections that would be useful. Because Arts Mid-Hudson views this as a long-term commitment to developing an artist’s career, we will continue to formally track the artists’ career for 3 years through an annual feedback page.

Artists that apply but do not receive the $3000 financial award can participate through having their work on the Artist Registry that will be featured on the Arts Mid-Hudson webpage. Artists featured on the online registry must submit a simple online report annually in order to continue to have their work featured on the site. The report will provide information to Arts Mid-Hudson in further shaping and improving the program to promote Hudson Valley artists’ work.

Continue below to begin your application


Arts Mid-Hudson Gallery and Pop-Up Galleries

You may use this form to submit your work to Arts Mid-Hudson's gallery, one of our Pop-Up Galleries, or both.

Arts Mid-Hudson Gallery:

Arts Mid-Hudson's gallery invites mid-Hudson artists and curators to share their work. Arts Mid-Hudson members will be given preference when curating and planning two-month exhibits with a focus on group shows and exhibits that include work of members, grantees, funded organizations, and artists throughout Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange Counties. Artists or curators can also propose shorter times for performances or multi-media installations. The gallery space is 400 sq feet with professional lighting and located in a visible location along Dutchess Turnpike (Rt. 44) in the town of Poughkeepsie, NY. 

Arts Mid-Hudson Pop-Up Galleries:

Arts Mid-Hudson curates pop-up art exhibits in office buildings, restaurants, and other venues.  This is a great opportunity for artists to display and sell their work, and we invite all artists to submit artworks. There is no entry fee, but we encourage artists to become a member of Arts Mid-Hudson. This is a rolling review process with no deadline. 

Our Pop-Up Gallery locations include:
  • Steinberg Symer & Platt Law office – 27 Garden Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Assembly Member Didi Barrett's office – 12 Raymond Ave Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
  • Artist's Palate restaurant – 307 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Poughkeepsie Common Council Meeting Room – Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Main Printing – 272 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Hudson Valley News Network offices – 263 New Hackensack Rd Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
  • Ulster County Habitat for Humanity ReStore – 406 NY-28 Kingston, NY 12401
  • Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory - 8 N Cherry Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Additional considerations for all gallery locations:

  • Work must be suitable for the gallery
  • All visual artistic mediums are eligible, 2-D and 3-D
  • You may propose performances or multi-media installations for Arts Mid-Hudson's gallery space.
  • Artists are responsible for delivering/shipping work to specified locations.
  • Arts Mid-Hudson will take every caution with the artwork, however, artists must provide their own insurance if desired.
  • Arts Mid-Hudson commission on work sold as a result of the exhibition will be 25%.
  • If hanging work, the works must have wires securely fastened on back. If work is unframed, work will be hung with binder clips
Questions? Please contact Lilia:
Phone: (845) 454-3222 | Email:

Ends on January 31, 2018
Complete the questions on the final report form, upload required attachments, and submit by the deadline chosen by the applicant on the grantee information form (submitted on Submittable). If this date is unknown, please reach out to Arts Mid-Hudson. This date must be within 60 days of the completion of your project or by Jan. 31 of the year following your grant year, which ever comes first.

Failure to submit a final report may jeopardize future grant requests.

Final Budget Form (download here)
Attendance by Zip Code (download here)
Sample Photo Release Form (download here) only needed if applicable

Questions?  Contact Arts Mid-Hudson Grants Team: or 845-454-3222.

Complete the questions on the final report form, upload required attachments, and submit by the deadline. The deadline for each organization is based on the end date of the funded project, within 60 days of the completion of the project or by August 30, 2017 which ever comes first.

Failure to submit a final report may jeopardize future grant requests.

Final Budget Form (download here)
Sample Photo Release Form (download here) only needed if applicable

Questions?  Contact Arts Mid-Hudson Grants Team: or 845-454-3222.