Upcoming Exhibitions

International Small Works Show:

Call For ArtSmall Works Call For Art

To download the full prospectus, click here.

David Hicks & Mohawk Valley Artists

Hicks poster

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KAC Live Upcoming Concerts

  Jeremy Wallace Trio

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Doors Open at 6:30

Jeremy Wallace Trio

Saturday October 28, 2017 at 6:30pm The Jeremy Wallace Trio will perform live at the KAC. General Admission $18, KAC Members $15.

Edgy, dangerous and with a great emphasis on the raw energy of his craft, Wallace emerges with a stunning sound with a little folk, a tinge of rock, some country, and loaded with gritty blues.

His collection of songs are a reflection of Wallace’s station in life: he has fallen in and out of love again, busted a few knuckles and bruised a couple of shins. Even though his loyal following will notice a certain wistfulness in the lyrics, they will also recognize a new confidence in Wallace’s voice and guitar. His humor has gotten a little darker and the sound a little looser.

Get to know the trio’s music here!

Eventbrite - Jeremy Wallace Trio Live in Concert

Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Doors Open at 6:30

Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons at KEXP photo by Amber Zbitnoff

Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons at KEXP photo by Amber Zbitnoff

Saturday November 4th, 2017 at 6:30pm Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons will perform live at the KAC. General Admission $18, KAC Members $15.

“Folk music is storytelling.” – Ben Hunter

The duo Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons have been playing together for over five years and they’ve got a lot of stories to tell you.

Classically trained on the violin since age 5, Ben Hunter tried his hand at the fiddle for the first time as an adult. Growing up in Arizona via Zimbabwe and Lesotho, Ben draws musical inspiration from his unique experiences.

Joe Seamons grew up in the backwoods of Northwest Oregon, listening to local folk music played by sawmill workers, loggers and fishermen whose music reflected the character of the region. While they’ve got very divergent life stories, they due combine for an amazing acoustic blues set you’ll not want to miss.

Get to know their music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jwziws9YZQ

Eventbrite - Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons Live In Concert

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2017 Nutcracker

Upcoming Event:

The Nutcracker

Friday, December 1, 2017 at 6:30

The Nutcracker is a perfect gateway to the holiday season! Join us in celebration of the beloved, classic masterpiece.

This version of The Nutcracker follows the journey of young Maria who receives a nutcracker as a gift at a Christmas Eve party. She encounters the frightful Mouse King before embarking on a wondrous journey with her handsome prince through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets.

Kirkland Art Center is once again collaborating with Center Stage Dance Studio, and members of the community, to bring the highly anticipated annual performance of The Nutcracker back to the village of Clinton, NY. This lively production brings together over 100 dancers, from beginner to professional level.

The classical ballet performed in two acts will be held on Friday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m. at the Clinton Performing Arts Complex.

Ticketing information:

Advanced Sale:

General: $12 / person

Children (under 12): $8 / person

At the door:

General: $15 / person

Children (under 12): $10 / person

Eventbrite - The Nutcracker at Clinton Central School Performing Arts Center

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Current Exhibition: KAC’s 2017 Annual Member Show


The Kirkland Art Center Gallery is proud to support local artists in this year’s Member’s Show. This year’s theme is METAPHOR. The show will run from September 26th – October 27th.  Our Opening Reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Sunday October 1st from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.


Please mail or deliver all artwork to the Kirkland Art Center (KAC) by September 21st at 4:00 pm. This exhibition is un-juried, but all work must adhere to the following requirements to be included; the artist needs be a current member of the Kirkland Art Center, artwork must represent this year’s theme; Metaphors and include an artist statement pertaining to the submitted piece, artwork needs to be ready to hang, completed submission form at time of delivery, and one submission per artist.

*Click and print the full Prospectus and exhibition Label for exhibition details and submission requirements.

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Past Event: Feast & Films


September 16 – Doors Open at 6:00 pm

Enjoy an evening of scrumptious food and British humor at its best! Nola’s Restaurant in Clinton has created a custom menu to go with cult classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail on the big screen.

$35/person for tables of 6+

*Seating is limited so call to pre-order your seats today.

*For reservations of 6+ please call our Business Office at (315) 853-8871 or stop by the KAC during regular business hours (9:00am – 4:30pm Tuesday-Friday).

Ticket price includes admission to film, one dinner entrée, and your first beverage.

There will be a cash bar during the show featuring beer from

Saranac Brewery,  wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Saranac-copper-kettle-logo-2017-smallNola's Restaurant



Kat Wright with the 8-piece Indomitable Soul Band

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Doors Open at 6:30

Kat Wright Poster

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 6:30pm Kat Wright will perform live at the KAC. General Admission $22, KAC Members $18.

Their name derives from a deep passion for creating powerful music, and they deliver. Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band will be performing live in concert on the Kirkland Art Center stage on Friday, October 13 at 7:30pm. Come experience this radiant 8-piece band, fresh off releasing their debut album By My Side. 

 Touring the East Coast from Maine to Miami this fall, music lovers can enjoy a soul band “lush with grooving beats, exultant horns and a glittering optimism” –Seven Days. Alumnus of two Syracuse Jazz Festivals, the Brooklyn Bowl, Washington D.C.’s Anti-Ball, among others, the band is finding success, racking up awards and accolades along the way.

The Rhythm In You

The Rhythm In You

Wellness Through Drumming
Bring your body and mind back to basics with the Kirkland Art Center’s The Rhythm in You this October. Join our experienced, certified drum facilitators Teresa Dunn and Kelly Yacco in this exciting one day only workshop for an afternoon of creative expression, positivity, and relaxation. Empower yourself in a community of spontaneous music!

A Drum Circle:
*Places you in a positive state
*Induces deep relaxation
*Helps control pain
*Boosts your immune system
*Creates a sense of connectedness
*Drumming allows you to flow with the rhythms of life by simply feeling the beat
*Releases negative feelings
*Stimulates deep thinking and puts you in the present moment
*Drumming stimulates creative expression
** Test anxiety – Drumming brings the mind and body back to “baseline”


Drum facilitator Teresa Dunn.


Drum facilitator Kelly Yacco.


Drum facilitator Kelly Yacco.

The Kirkland Art Center will be offering two sessions on Sunday, October 15th. The Youth Session, ages 6-12 will be held at 1:00 – 1:30 and our adult session, ages 12 and up, will be held from 1:30 – 3:00. We will be offering member discounts as well as an early-bird discount to participants who sign up before October 10th.

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Past Exhibition: 2017 Central New York Watercolor Society’s Second Signature Exhibition – Show Details

Central New York Watercolor Society’s Second Signature Exhibition:


CNYwatercolorFront FINALOpening Reception:

August 27th, 2017 from 3:00-5:00


Exhibition Dates:

August 22nd – September 23rd


The Kirkland Art Center is proud to be hosting the Central New York Watercolor Society’s Second Signature Show of 2017, featuring artists from throughout the region. The reception is free and open to the public. Meet the artists, purchase original artwork and spend time appreciating their unique perspectives.

Founded in 1982, the Central New York Watercolor Society began with fourteen charter members from the central New York region.  Today the Society boasts a membership of over one hundred eighty artists from throughout the United States.


Kirkland Art Center

9½ East Park Row

Clinton, NY 13323



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Past Exhibitions: Just Add Water 3

JAW 3 Card x 1

This is our third year of Just Add Water: 

a collaborative exhibition with

Golden Artist Colors. 


Contributing artists were able to submit up to 5 pieces of art, using the 4″ x 4″ QoR watercolor palettes provided by Golden Artist Colors. All artists will be kept anonymous, only to be revealed once the piece has been sold.

We hope you can join us to view and purchase these amazing one-of-a-kind pieces.


PRE-PARTY: July 23rd 3:00 – 4:00 pm
* Experience and purchase the artwork before it is available to the public.
* All are welcome, $10 Entry Fee, Contributing Artists get in free

Lite Refreshments Provided

GENERAL OPENING RECEPTION: July 23rd 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Browse the gallery and mingle with other art enthusiasts
Free and open to the public

All artwork will be on display at the Kirkland Art Center: July 18 – August 18
The artwork will be available for purchase starting 
July 23rd for $20 each.

KAC Gallery Hours:
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Tuesday – Friday, or by appointment

All proceeds from this fun collaboration help to support the mission of the KAC:
To educate children and adults to advocate for artists and the arts, and to engage the community in a range of cultural experiences and opportunities.

The sample packets used to create each piece of art is part of Golden Artist Colors’ QoR watercolor line.

Packets and exhibition agreement forms can be picked up or requested through our business office; Tuesday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

All artwork must be delivered to the KAC by July 5th at 4:00 PM.

We can make special arrangements with artists who are not able to deliver their work by July 5th. Please contact our office to make those arrangements.

If you are mailing your artwork to us, you need to postmark it by July 5th for us to receive it on time for the show.

Because of the high volume of artwork received for this show, we cannot accept work after July 14th.


If you are not familiar with this line, then you are in for a TREAT!

QoR retains the best qualities of traditional watercolors while expanding the range and versatility of each color. QoR‘s exclusive binder provides more pigment in every brushstroke, offering a strength, range and versatility unmatched in the history of watercolors.

The unique QoR formulation accentuates the luminosity and brilliance of pigments even after drying. It provides the subtlety, transparency and flow of a great watercolor, with colors that have as much vibrancy and fire as the best acrylic or oil paint.

QoR [pronounced ‘core’] has been formulated to embody the essence of watercolors while offering these unique qualities:

  • Vibrant, intense colors that stay brilliant even after they dry
  • Exceptionally smooth transitions, flow and liveliness on paper
  • Excellent resolubility in water and glazing qualities
  • Vivid depth of color with each brushstroke
  • Greater resistance to cracking and flaking
  • More density of color than traditional watercolors
  • Exclusive Aquazol® binder used in conservation


If you would like to learn more about the products and services that Golden Artist Colors offers, we strongly recommend connecting with them online:

Subscribe to their extremely informative e-newsletter (JUST PAINT) and following their Facebook page!

Connect with Golden Artist Colors online at www.goldenpaints.com.  

Also follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/goldenartistcolors and www.facebook.com/qorwatercolors

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Past Exhibitions at the Kirkland Art Center Gallery

Exhibition Card June July 2017 01 Exhibition Card June July 2017 02 Exhibition Card June July 2017 03

This Multi-Artist Show features work from

  • Suzanne Gonsalez – Smith

  • Kathryn Johnson

  • Taryn Wells


On Display

June 13th – July 14th 2017

Opening Reception

Sunday, June 18th: 4 – 6 pm

Free and open to the public


Kirkland Art Center

9 1/2 East Park Row

Clinton, NY 13323

www.kacny.org 315.853.8871

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We are keeping busy at the KAC!

Thank you to all those who participated, volunteered and sponsored our Annual KAC Run & Walk, Festival on the Green and Baking Contest.

It was a beautiful day with a wonderful turnout of attendees. We greatly appreciate each and every one of you, and are already looking forward to next year!

For results on the run, please see the link below:




ART CYCLE Creative Re-use volunteers have been very busy sorting through our recent donations, and are excited to welcome you to visit and SHOP!

For all of you book collectors and aspiring artists; ART CYCLE Creative Re-use has several artist bio books, coffee table books, art instruction books, and more

Only $1.00


Shop our up-cycled and recycled art supplies and materials.

We have some truly unique and creativity-inspiring goodies. Let your inner artist, Pinterest-queen (or king), DIY-er, or crafter OUT!

Visit Us:

Tuesday – Friday 9:00am -4:30pm

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Please consider a donation the Kirkland Art Center today!


Dear ARTS Supporter:

2016 has been a year of positive transition for the Kirkland Art Center!

In June, the Board of Directors appointed Megan Ratcliffe as Executive Director (she was previously the KAC Membership Coordinator and Programming Director). In addition, the KAC has had many successful programs in the music arena with many more to come. Classes have enjoyed good attendance (Dance, Zumba, Nia, Line Dancing, Pottery, Painting and many more). Community events like the Annual Gala and the KAC RUN/Walk, The Spring Recital, The Nutcracker Ballet, monthly exhibitions like our Annual Members Show, the UCP Show, Mohawk Valley Watercolor Society, and Just Add Water II were just a few highlights from this past year.

The KAC also received great support from NYS Council of the Arts, Oneida County, and several other private funders. That said, the KAC could not continue its’ mission of promoting the ARTS without our faithful annual contributors, like you!

Please consider a gift to the Kirkland Art Center to maintain access to the ARTS everyday here in our region. The KAC has had a creative impact on our community since 1961, let’s keep the tradition alive!

Best regards,

Elizabeth C. Tantillo, KAC Board President

KAC Board of Directors, and Staff

Edie Danovitz, VP; Scott Leonard, Treasurer; Louisa Ruffine, Secretary; Steve Bellona, Barbara Decker, Martine Guyot-Bender, Amy James, Robert Knight, Mark Landrey, Nancy Robinson, and Gail Strout.


Donation in honor of:

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