Art on the Rail Trail (ART) is a volunteer committee of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy.

ART’s mission is to support and improve the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail by creating public works of art along the Rail Trail. These unique art installations encourage local and regional visitors of varying ages and physical abilities to enjoy this amenity, both increasing the diversity of trail users and benefiting the local economy.In addition to bringing public works of art to the Rail Trail, ART also hosts community events including the annual Chalk the Walk every September. ART recently hosted a Look & Learn talk and plans to host more such events in the future so check back here regularly to stay up to date on happenings!

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ART News

ART Year-end Summary 2022
It was a busy year for Art on the Rail Trail! This year-end report summarizes the accomplishments of 2022.

NEW in 2022: Mural by Fernando Orellana
Fernando Orellana's mural, titled Cathedral, is ART's latest addition to the Rail Trail. The mural is located on the piers under the Cherry Ave bridge in the Town of Bethlehem and was unveiled in October of 2022.

Mini MoCA 518 NOW OPEN!
At the Rail Trail entrance near the intersection of Hudson Ave and Adams St.
MiniMoCA518 will feature free, rotating exhibitions of small-scale artworks commissioned specifically for the gallery. The inaugural exhibition features the work of noted Hudson Valley artist Roger Bisbing. Expanding upon the trend of small, free lending libraries and miniature public art galleries throughout the United States and abroad, MiniMoCA518 aims to present quality family-friendly art programming through ongoing exhibitions at the gallery.

Sponsorship Opportunities

You are invited to join Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy as a valued sponsor of our Art on the Rail Trail (ART) project. Click here to sponsor an ART project in 2022.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 SPONSORS!

McSharry & Associates Realty,
Little Art Gallery Exclusive Sponsor

Policy Research Associates, Cherry Ave Pier Sponsor
The Spinney Group, Cherry Ave Pier Sponsor
Mack & Associates, PLLC, Cherry Ave Pier Sponsor
Andrea Hersh and Joel Bartfield, Cherry Ave Pier Sponsor
David VanLuven, Bethlehem Town Supervisor, Cherry Ave Pier Sponsor
Bethlehem Town Board Members, Joyce Becker, Dan Coffey, Maureen Cunningham, David DeCancio, Cherry Ave Pier Sponsor

Stram Center for Integrative Medicine, Community Art Workshop Sponsor
Different Drummer's Kitchen - Albany Cooking School, Community Art Workshop Sponsor
Merriman and Pfister’s Market Place, Community Art Workshop Sponsor
Industrial Process Design, Community Art Workshop Sponsor
Clearfield Reilly PLLC - Estate Planning & Elder Law, Community Art Workshop Sponsor

Wildbird Junction, Birds on the Trail, Summer Scavenger Hunt Supporter
Pratt & Associates
Delaware  Plaza
Mad Dog Specialty Bicycles
5th Corner Goods & Gifts
Empowered Midwifery Care PPLC

Open call for ART

  1. Artist contact information (name, email, phone, mailing address)
  2. Artist website (if applicable)
  3. Proposal images (1-5)
  4. Examples of past work
  5. Artist CV
  6. Preliminary budget
  7. Proposal summary

Open Call for ART sites

Do you own a property or business along the Rail Trail? Would you like to see more ART along the trail? If so, let’s talk!
Email art@mohawkhudson.org to start the conversation.

View Our Work

Check out the art installations at these locations:

Fernado Orellana art on the columns under Cherry Ave bridge in Slingerlands (2022).
Mini MoCA 518, rotating miniature gallery at the Adams St. Rail Trail entrance in Delmar.
Inaugural exhibition Preschool by Roger Bisbing, 2022.

Oh my! Murals
Share the Trail, a public safety campaign sponsored by Albany County at multiple site on the trail (2021).
Susan Togut art installations between Main St. and Grove St. in Voorheesville (2020).
Young People’s Mural at the Kenwood Ave. trailhead in Slingerlands (2019). A community mural designed by student Emily Meier, project work led by artist Andrea Hersh.
Angela Cuozzo mural for Bliss Juice Bar on Delaware Ave. in Delmar (2019).
John DeMarco art on the columns under the Cherry Ave. bridge in Slingerlands (2018-2022).
Ramiro Davaro-Comas mural on the Rail Trail bridge crossing Delaware Ave. in Delmar (2018).
Andrea Hersh mural at the Adams St. Rail Trail entrance in Delmar (2017).


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Featured Artists of the Rail Trail

Art on the Rail Trail believes that public art is a transformative vehicle for uniting diverse individuals and outlooks from throughout the Albany-Helderberg region.  ART strongly welcomes participation from creative voices representing diverse backgrounds and embraces projects that celebrate community building through inclusive approaches.  ART does not discriminate based on factors of race, age, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, migratory status, disabilities/abilities, political affiliation, veteran status, and/or socioeconomic background.