Upstate Artists Guild


The Upstate Artists Guild (UAG) is currently operating on a virtual platform, without having a gallery location which we maintain. We host an annual member show & have started offering classes at the Art Associates Gallery Studi Space at 21 Railroad Avenue in Albany, NY. UAG Membership is free!

We are STILL working on a new website design (thank you for your patience!) The plan is to have a member site where artists showcase images of their work, bio, contact information and upcoming opportunities.  

If you think someone may be interested in joining the UAG, please refer them to our membership form. If you have any questions, please send an email to

Our Annual Member Show was held on August 5th – September 30th
 at Art Associates Gallery- Studio Space
21 Railroad Ave. Albany

Our 1st Poetic License-Albany show was on display
September 2nd – September 30th at
Art Associates Gallery Studio Space
and moved to Lark Hall 351 Hudson Ave Albany from October 7th- October 28th
A gallery of images from the Opening Reception, held on Friday 10/7 6pm-9pm will be here soon!

The Hudson Valley Writers Guild & the Upstate Artists Guild are excited to work together to present this opportunity for collaboration between poets & visual artists in the Capital Region.

Ekphrastic art is defined as the response of an artist in one medium to a work of art by an artist in another medium. Its more common manifestation is in poetry written about visual art, e.g., paintings, photographs, drawings, sculpture, etc. Poetic License is a project that turns that around, giving local visual artists an opportunity to respond to the work of local poets.

For a few years now, the Poetry Barn in West Hurley, NY has collaborated with the Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) to create a project they call Poetic License in which poems selected by poets/editors Tina Barry & Lissa Kiernan are shared with ASK artists for inspiration for work that is eventually presented to the public in an exhibit in which both the visual art & the poem that inspires it are displayed.

The folks at the Poetry Barn have graciously allowed us to imitate this project here in the Capital District & we are calling it Poetic License – Albany.

To see the work and poems that were selected in 2022, please click here.


Stay tuned for more workshops and more opportunities to show and see art!