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click to enlarge Troy Glow: Ring in the Holiday Season with the City’s First Public Art Light Festival
Image courtesy of Arts Center of the Capitol Region

Just 15 minutes up the Hudson from Albany is the charming port city of Troy—rich with historic architectural charm and a vibrant contemporary arts and culture scene. If you’ve always wanted to make a trip to the Collar City, this December is the perfect time to go since there’s a heaping helping of merry holiday traditions both new and old to enjoy.


The jewel of this season’s event docket is shaping up to be the Arts Center of the Capital Region’s inaugural Troy Glow. The five-week public art light festival will illuminate the city’s downtown from December 4 through January 9 to coincide with the time of year with the least amount of daylight. “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,” says Judie Gilmore, the Director of Special Projects & Partnerships at the Arts Center and Troy Glow’s curator.

click to enlarge Troy Glow: Ring in the Holiday Season with the City’s First Public Art Light Festival
Image courtesy of Arts Center of the Capitol Region

The 14 glowing installation sites on the festival route will take you on a 25-minute walking tour of the city’s picturesque downtown historic district, stopping by many cultural sites along the way. There are six outdoor installations created by regional artists plus eight displays that will grace the entrances and storefronts of partner organizations. Site locations include the Arts Center, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).


Among the installations are the festival’s signature project “Empty Signs” by artist and Troy Glow’s technical director Adam Frelin, whose cluster of glowing, whimsical text-free signs encourage viewers to stop and enjoy the present moment; Lydia Kern’s “Efflorescence (Icon for Blooming),” a monumental, kaleidoscopic stained glass sculpture in conversation with the Tiffany windows at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; and “Troy Farillon” by Adam Tinkle, a video projection that will transform the upper windows of the Arts Center in Troy’s Monument Square into windows on a clock face that harken back to the town square clocks of yesteryear.

click to enlarge Troy Glow: Ring in the Holiday Season with the City’s First Public Art Light Festival
Image courtesy of Arts Center of the Capitol Region

Held in tandem with Troy Glow will also be an exhibition of light art at the Arts Center’s main gallery featuring the work of 10 finalist artists who were selected as part of the start of the festival’s curatorial process this spring.


Head to town on Sunday, December 4 for the festival’s grand lighting at 5pm and you can also catch two of the city’s beloved holiday traditions: the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and the Troy Victorian Stroll, which for 40 years has transformed the streets of downtown into a 19th century cityscape complete with visitors in Victorian dress.

click to enlarge Troy Glow: Ring in the Holiday Season with the City’s First Public Art Light Festival
Image courtesy of Arts Center of the Capitol Region

On Saturday, December 19, there will also be a pub crawl by the Downtown Troy BID in conjunction with the light festival. And on Saturday, December 31, you can catch another collaborative event that’s currently in the works—a special Projection Art Light night at experimental music and arts venue No Fun.


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. The festival is free to the public and will take place Sunday, December 4 through Sunday, January 9.


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