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(NYSATA membership required)

You will need to know your students' NYS Senator and Assembly Member before you register. Please note that some school districts have more than one senator and assemblywoman depending on congressional district boundaries. You will need to know the home address of your student(s) to provide the correct legislator information.

Don’t know your student's Senator? Go to

Don't know your student's Assemblymember? go to

Enter the address of your student (preferred) or school (may be different than the student's legislator if your school district encompasses more than one congressional district).

2017 Reception RSVP

Reserve Your Space at the Reception

Email contact coming soon. In SUBJECT LINE please write SENATOR or ASSEMBLY MEMBER, FIRST and LAST NAME and YES or NO.

Legislator Letter and Response Instructions  alt

Teachers and parents
contact Zita Rosen at

Include in your email:

  • Student Name
  • School
  • Parents Attending
  • Teacher
  • Number of Reception Attendees

The reception is held at the Legislative Office Building Lobby, Third Floor Terrace, 198 State St, Albany, NY 12210 in Empire Plaza

Parking is in the Empire Plaza Visitor’s Parking Lot, P3 North
Located beneath the Empire State Plaza and accessed through I-787 Empire State Plaza exit. Visitors are required to show photo identification upon entry and all vehicles are subject to search by the State Police.          

2017 Legislative Exhibit Resources

Label Template alt Labels will be generated with your on-line receipt or may be downloaded from the NYSATA website. Use this template only if the automatically generated labels can not be used.

NYSATA Student Artwork Release Form alt

Letter for Participating Teachers alt

Parent Letter alt

Administrator Letter alt

Legislator Letter alt

Just for Legislators

Legislator Letter and Response Instructionsalt

Previous Exhibits

2011 Legislative Exhibit Images alt

2010 Legislative Exhibit Gallery Page 


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2017 Legislative Exhibit

The NYSATA Legislative Exhibit is the flagship event for Youth Art Month and NYSATA's largest public display of student artwork in a government building. This year's exhibit is co-sponsored by New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). Founded in 1990 by New York City Art Educator Joan Davidson, this student art exhibit is held in "Well" in the Legislative Office Building in Albany each spring, providing an exciting opportunity for students and their families to connect with their Legislators. A committee of dedicated art educator volunteers makes all of the arrangements and notifies legislators of participants in their electoral districts. Legislators from across the state are invited to recognize the artistic accomplishments of their aspiring artist constituents at a reception for students, parents and teachers held in the Well of the LOB. Families may pre-arrange a meet-and-greet with the Assemblyman and/or Senator from their local district, which may include a photo session, office tour and/or written correspondences with their Legislators. The reception concludes with an interactive and inspiring ceremony. With the return of artwork, each student entrant receives a Certificate of Participation from NYSATA and a copy of the Legislative Student Art Exhibit brochure.

The Legislative Student Art Exhibit Committee invites you to consider showcasing your students’ artwork, through this important art advocacy exhibit opportunity.

Announcing the 27th Annual Legislative Student Art Exhibition

Exhibit March 27-29, 2017
Open Weekdays 9-6 Except Wednesday 9-2

Reception Wednesday, March 29, Noon-2 PM
Legislative Office Building Lobby, Terrace Level (3rd floor) of the "Well"

198 State Street, Albany, NY 12210


All participants must register on-line on the NYSATA website: Payments may be made on-line by credit card or mailed in the form of a check or school purchase order (instructions on registration form receipt). Registrations are considered complete when payment or PO is received. ARTWORK THAT HAS NOT BEEN PROPERLY REGISTERED WILL NOT BE HUNG.

Eligibility: Open to all students of NYSATA members in grades K-12 

Membership: Participating art educators must be members of NYSATA to register. Current members log in with member ID and password to access registration.
Join or Renew Online NOW!

Submissions: Please limit submission to two (2) works per teacher per school. Works must be two-dimensional and no larger than 26”x31” including the mat or mounting, 2"x3" printed label and any attached written statement.

Registration Fee: $25 per teacher for up to two works. District Members should receive a 25% off code from your district art supervisor. For questions about District Membership, please contact Jessica Bayer at

Presentation: Mat or mount work on lightweight mat or bristol board, not colored paper. Work must be stapled to exhibit boards, therefore no foam core, canvas stretchers, or frames. Expect staple damage to the outer edges of your mat.

Labels: Labels will be generated with your on-line receipt or may be downloaded from the NYSATA website. Please print on white paper, clip and attach the STUDENT LABEL PORTION ONLY to the front lower right corner of each mat. Please do not cover any part of the artwork with the label.

Deadline and Package Contents: By JANUARY 27, 2017, send labeled artwork and (1) copy of your registration confirmation to:
NYSATA Legislative Exhibit
Attention: Bill Moreland, Building Services
800 Troy-Schenectady Road
Latham, NY 12110-2455

DO NOT SEND PAYMENTS WITH ARTWORK. All payments should be sent to:
9200 Sixty Road
Phoenix, NY 13135
as directed on your online registration receipt

Shipping: Use a strong, clean, reusable box in which artwork is secure and can easily be removed for review and repacked for return. Print District/City name on the bottom left corner of the carton. Include in the box a return address label typed (36 point) on 8 1/2  x 11 paper, and a page indicating the number of artworks in the box.

Return of Work: Return shipping will be by UPS Ground, which will be tracked and monitored. Teachers who attend the Reception will have the option of taking their work in their boxes.  However, all return label requirements and marking the outside of the box still must be followed.

Written Statement (optional): Include a short one page or less typed student statement about artwork (content and/or process, challenges, explanation of how the work came to be, etc), mounted in same matting with artwork, not to exceed 26"x31" in total.

Optional Theme "Beginnings": Consider using our optional theme. Click here alt for a resource full of ideas about using the theme.

Digital Gallery Submissions (Optional) for NYSATA website: E-mail Pat Barbanell JPG image files (up to 1MB) with or without statement. Include Name of Artist, Grade, Title, School and Art Teacher. Please make certain you have written permission to use these images. Download student artwork release form (see right column, this page), scan and e-mail with images. If work is selected to appear on the website, a release form and written statement by the student about the artwork are required.

Don’t know your Senator or Assembly Member?
Don’t know your student's Senator? Go to

Don't know your student's Assemblymember? go to

Enter the address of your student (preferred) or school (may be different than the student's legislator if your school district encompasses more than one congressional district).

Questions? Contact Exhibit Coordinator Carol Pinkans


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