Info for Exhibiting Artists

Information for participating artists is available below and can be downloaded here.

Information for artists who are planning to exhibit at this year’s
Stockade Villagers’ Outdoor Art Show

There has been much (too much!) utility work on Stockade streets this summer, leaving many streets with potholes. To minimize any damage to your art work while you are transporting it to your exhibit space, we recommend that you pack your art carefully and drive slowly once you enter the Stockade.

There is ongoing work occurring on Green Street, so you might encounter construction cones and other material on the sidewalks on this street. Despite this, we do expect that artists will have plenty of room to set up on Green Street.

Finally, on the day of the show we ask you to please set up your exhibit area fully on the sidewalk and not in the street. We need to keep the streets clear in case emergency vehicles need to get through. Thank you for your attention to this.

Dear Artist:

Welcome to the 68th Annual Villager’s Outdoor Art Show that is being held in the Historic Stockade neighborhood of Schenectady on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, September 8, noon to 4:00 p.m.). A special category of “Young Artist” (ages 8-18) is included in the show. There will be separate judging for the Young Artist category.

Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a non-refundable fee of $40.00 per individual adult artist or $10.00 per individual young artist. Artists can pre-register using the online or downloadable form on the registration page.

For Art Groups, multiple artists displaying with a gallery, etc., a non-refundable fee of $15.00 per individual adult artist, or $5.00 per young artist is required. NOTE: To be eligible for judging of your work for a cash award, a non-refundable fee of $40.00 per individual adult artist or $10.00 per young artist is required.

Be prepared for inclement weather. If it is raining at 9:30 a.m., the show will be rescheduled for Sunday, September 8 from noon to 4:00pm (hour changes are to accommodate area church services). We will post a notice on the website if the show is to be postponed due to rain. If it rains after 2:00 p.m., the show is considered finished and will not be rescheduled. Your exhibit area should be cleared by 5:00 p.m.

New This Year!!

Pre-show publicity: In past years, we have restricted pre-show publicity on our Facebook page to pre-registered artists. Because we know that many artists prefer to register on the day of the show, beginning this year we will be happy to publicize any artist who intends to exhibit at the show, whether they pre-register or not. If you are interested in this, please email 1 or 2 digital photographs of your work or of you working on a piece and a short personal bio to

Post-show exhibit: This year we hope to start an annual tradition of showcasing artwork of our winning artists at an exhibit to be held in the fall.

Rules for Artists:
Original works of fine art (including: drawings, paintings, sculpture, graphics, non-utilitarian textile wall hanging, and photography) may be displayed. Supplementary portfolios containing prints of your original artwork are permitted at your display area. We encourage sales.

  • Artists are kindly asked to set up their exhibit areas on the sidewalk and not in the street.
  • It would be appreciated if your work could be matted and/or framed.
  • No crafts are permitted in this show (includes: sun catchers, furniture, mugs, slate, t-shirts, postcards, bookmarkers, notepaper, greeting cards, jugs, envelopes, etc.).
  • No performing arts are permitted within the boundaries of the show.

Judging Format:
In order to qualify for your artwork to be judged, you must have an exhibit in the Art Show. Artists must display more than one piece of art work in their exhibit. Award presentation will be at approximately 3:00 p.m. at the circle.  All winning artwork will remain on display at the circle throughout the afternoon.

Categories for Awards – over $1,600.00 in prizes awarded:

First Prize: $500.00 plus ribbon, sponsored by The Daily Gazette
Second Prize: $200.00 plus ribbon
Third Prize: $150.00 plus ribbon
Nicholas J. Colangelo Award for a first time exhibitor in this show: $200.00
James Gilliland/George Weinheimer Memorial Award: $100.00, provided by The Oakroom Artists
Ernest A. R. Cohen Award, “Best of Stockade” artwork depicting the Stockade neighborhood: $100.00
Best Depiction of the Human Form $100.00 award provided by Tuesday Evening Sketch Club at Union College in memory of Steven J. Hennessey
Six Honorable Mention awards: $25.00 plus ribbon
People’s Choice Award for favorite artist selected by public ballot: ribbon
Young Artist Awards: First prize: $50.00, Second prize: $35.00, Third prize: $25.00, plus ribbons

We look forward to seeing you at the 68th Annual Villager’s Outdoor Art Show on September 7th.