A Menagerie of Whimsey: The Art of William B. Schade

Crocks, by William B. Schade, 1996, gouache, gold leaf, and ink on paper and leather, 1997 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region Purchase Prize, 1997.20.2

JULY 14–DECEMBER 30, 2018

From the creative output of artist William B. Schade (1943–2008), a whimsical cast of furred and feathered creatures appears before us as if from the enchanted dream of a child. We encounter grinning crocodiles, roosters with attitudes, and a host of plump and prancing rhinos, tigers, and hippos. In the upcoming exhibition, A Menagerie of Whimsy: The Animals of William B. Schade, the artist’s full range of work will be represented in the Albany Institute’s galleries, from prints and sculptures, to paintings and ceramics.
 
Schade was born and raised in Albany and spent most of his working career in the Capital Region. He received Master’s Degrees from both the University at Albany and the distinguished Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In addition to receiving awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Commission, Schade also held residencies at the McDowell Colony for the Arts and at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs. His work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, and elsewhere. For more than thirty years, Schade taught at Sage Colleges where he was always a popular professor.
 

Exhibition Support

Exhibition support is provided by Fenimore Asset Management, Inc. and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Season exhibition support is provided by Phoebe Powell Bender, Mr. and Mrs. George R. Hearst III, Charles M. Liddle III, and Lois and David Swawite.

Exhibition Events & Programs

Summer Exhibition Reception | special event | Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | 5:30—7PM | Free for museum members, $10 non-members | RSVP online

Back from the Brink | book talk & signing | Thursday, August 9, 2018 | 6PM | free

Animals in Art | history on tap | Friday, September 7, 2018 | 6PM | $10 members, $12 non-members | RSVP online

Tales of Birds and Beasts | family story time with Albany Public Library | Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 10:30AM | free, but registration recommended

Family Fun Day at the Moo-seum | family day | Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 10AM-4:30PM | included with admission

Pets in America: A History of Our Four-Footed Family Members | lecture | Sunday, September 30 | 2PM | included with admission

Animals | LEGO® building challenge | Sunday, October 7 | 1PM | $5 per person | Space is limited | Registration required

Animals | LEGO® building challenge | Monday, October 8 | 11AM | $5 per person | Space is limited | Registration required

Animals | LEGO® building challenge | Monday, October 8 | 2PM | $5 per person | Space is limited | Registration required

Tales of Birds and Beasts | family story time with Albany Public Library | Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 10:30AM | free, but registration recommended

Tales of Birds and Beasts | family story time with Albany Public Library | Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 10:30AM | free, but registration recommended

Tales of Birds and Beasts | family story time with Albany Public Library | Saturday, November 10, 2018 | 10:30AM | free, but registration recommended

Tales of Birds and Beasts | family story time with Albany Public Library | Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 10:30AM | free, but registration recommended