March 29 - April 27, 2019

Deadline to Submit: Friday, February 1, 2019

Entry Fee: $10

Guest Curators: Kathleen Vance and Daniel Aycock, Directors, Front Room Gallery NYC

Front Room Gallery, located in the Lower East Side NYC, is a contemporary gallery that focuses its strength in photography, with a balance of painting and installation.

The 41st PHOTO Regional Exhibition at Collar Works aims to showcase emerging and underrepresented artists of all ages, working within photographic mediums. All photographic techniques and styles are embraced, from digital and analog, conceptual and fine art, mixed media and site-specific installations, and more!

All works must have been completed within the past two years and be available to exhibit. Artists must reside within a 125 mile radius of New York's Capital Region. Artworks previously exhibited in the Photography Regional are not eligible. Prizes will be awarded.

The 2019 Photography Regional will be held March 29 - April 27, 2019 at Collar Works in Troy, NY. This annual exhibition rotates between its host sites: Collar Works, Albany Center Galleries, and Opalka Gallery at Sage College.

I Bought A Camera // Cynthia Nadelman

I bought a camera, though there were

many reasons not to. 

In spite of the reasons not to

(because of the reasons not to), 

I bought a camera. 

The bravery/disillusionment represented in Cynthia Nadelman's poem I Bought A Camera underscores perfectly the artistic dilemma of the contemporary photographer. The many reasons to and the many reasons not to are omnipresent in all aspects of modern photographic practices. Why make more pictures of things? How do you make pictures of things? Of the billions of images made each day, why would you choose to show that one? These are some of the many questions or reasons that Cynthia Nadelman wrote of in addressing the role of the photographer. In debt to these questions of photography, Collar Works hopes to present the most brilliant answers and find many reasons to buy a camera.  


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Guest Curator:  Cara Manes, Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA

Home is where the heart is. Home is where you hang your hat. Home away from home. Homemade; homegrown; homespun.  In idioms such as these, and in countless others, the notion of "home" can be understood as expansively as it is clichéd. Sometimes home is a physical place for living--a fixed building with a foundation, or an otherwise portable shelter, where domestic activities such as sleeping, preparing and eating food, and hygienic rituals can be carried out. But home is also a sense of place--one that can conjure feelings of refuge, family, nurture, or protection. And, as a destination ("home base; phoning home; homeward bound"), the idea of home solicits a range of responses, from nostalgia ("there's no place like home") to urgency, as its definition today is continually called into question with every legislative dispute over what constitutes a "border" and a "homeland."

The works in this exhibition consider notions of home in the expanded field. Whether speaking to one's personal relationship to a physical or psychological space, or to a broad sense of what it means to come from someplace, the artists in this exhibition are united in their desire to confront this complicated topic.

Exhibition Dates: October 26 - December 22, 2018.

Image Credit: Ken Ragsdale |


Artist + Curatorial Proposals – Ongoing Call

Are you an artist or curator interested in proposing your work to be considered for an exhibition at Collar Works, a 4,000 square foot contemporary gallery space located in Troy, New York? 

Emerging and underrepresented artists, working in any media, exhibiting challenging and culturally relevant contemporary artworks interested in submitting their artworks for consideration in exhibitions, or individuals interested in submitting curatorial proposals, must fill out a submission form and adhere to the guidelines. Submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis by an exhibition committee of artists and arts professionals.