ArtBeat: The Albany Billboard Art Project @ Fuller Road

Now that Albany County has finally wrapped up its long-time construction work on Fuller Road in Albany, it’s easier for folks to enjoy Nippertown’s latest public art installation, the Albany Billboard Art Project.

The drive-by art billboard is located on the southeast side of Fuller Road, at the intersection of Cherry Street. It faces northwest and can be seen by traffic traveling southbound on Fuller Road as well as traffic entering Fuller from Dorlyn Road.

The billboard began showcasing artwork by local artists last Monday (July 2), and the digital outdoor installation will continue to operate 24 hours a day through Sunday, July 15. The billboard spotlights the work of more than 70 artists – including such Nippertown faves as Gina Occhiogrosso, Penny Perkins, Vincent Tocco AKA Existing, Erika M. Klein, Yark, Griffin Clark and others – in a rapidly changing exhibit that cycles through approximately every three hours.

The Billboard Art Project is a non-profit organization that takes over roadside digital LED billboards and transforms them into free public art venues for 24 hours or more. Those in-your-face and colorful canvases that you see as you sit stuck in traffic are turned over to local and international artists for a little break from everyday advertising, presenting larger-than-life art in glowing colors.

In conjunction with the Albany Billboard Art Project, Collar Works in Troy is also hosting an exhibition, “Gilding the Collapse: Artists of the Billboard Art Project” with viewing hours from 12noon-3pm on Saturdays, July 7 & 14. The exhibit may also be viewed by appointment through Friday, July 20. The exhibit features the work of 18 artists who have previously exhibited in the Billboard Art Project in cities all across the U.S.

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