Art for All

Saturdays: 10am to 4:30pm from Mid October through Mid May

Join us in the fall for more Art for All!  The first Art for All begins on October 11.

Art for All is a wonderful opportunity for adults and children of all ages to stop by the Albany Institute of History & Art and creatively explore history and art together.

Art for All programs are FREE with museum admission.



Tuesday, November 11 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Bring the whole family to enjoy the Albany Institute of History & Art for free!
Sponsored by M&T Bank


In addition to our galleries and shop being open, we also have:

10AM-4:30PM  Drop-in Art Making: Patriotic Pennants in the Art Studio


Special activities related to the War of 1812, with Robert E. Mulligan, Retired New York State Museum Curator of Military History.

10AM-4:30PM  Special Display
In honor of Veteran's Day and the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, Mulligan will display his collection of miniature soldiers of 1812, recreating the Battle of Queenston Heights, and highlighting the roles played by Albany's Solomon Van Rensselaer of Cherry Hill and Troy's Captain John E. Wool, the hero of the battle.

1:30PM and 3PM  Lecture: New York State and the War of 1812 with Robert E. Mulligan  
Mulligan will discuss America's lack of preparation for the war, the role of the New York Militia, Albanians Philip and Stephen van Rensselaer, strategies, New York's anti-war politics, and who actually "won" the war. (It was our neighbor to the north).

Art for All

Bring your family to the museum and spend the day being creative!  Adults and children of all ages are welcome to join us in the Albany Institute art studio on Saturdays for drop in art making.  This fall, and early winter visit with artists of the Mohawk Hudson Regional exhibition as they make guest appearances during Art for All days.  Activities include painting, felting, drawing exercises, multi media work, collage and more!

FREE with museum admission

This Fall is a great time to visit and meet artists of the Mohawk Hudson Regional Exhibition!

On special Art for All dates guest appearances will be made by the artists to share a project based on their own artwork and/or techniques with you.  Look for artist appearances on the following dates:

Sat. Oct. 11 Paul Rothenstein, Technical Drawing Exercises

Mon. Oct. 13 Jamie Rodriguez, Foam Sculpture

Sat. Oct. 18 Lutz Scherneck, Painting with Non Traditional Materials

Sat. Nov. 1 Lou Getty, Felting

Sat. Nov. 8 Marie-Louise McHugh

Sat. Nov. 15 David Ricci, Exploring Shape & Color with Paper Piecing

Sat. Dec. 6 Oliver Peters, Multi Media Landscapes

Sat. Dec. 20 Katie DeGroot

Sat. Jan. 10 Ginger Ertz Pipe Cleaner & Bead Sculpture

Sat. Jan. 17 Alta Turner, Weaving

Schedule subject to change.


Art for All dates start up soon in the Fall! 

Saturday, October 11 • 10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday, October 18 • 10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday, October 25 • 10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday, November 1 • 10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday, November 8 • 10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday, November 15 • 10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday, November 22 • 10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday, November 29 • 10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday, December 6 • 10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday, December 13 • 10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday, December 20 • 10:00am - 4:30pm
Friday, December 26 • 10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday, December 27 • 10:00am - 4:30pm
Monday, December 29 • 10:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday, December 29 • 10:00am - 4:30pm