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The Albany Institute presents a broad range of public programs related to our collections, exhibitions, and special projects.
Monday, December 29 • 10:00am - 5:00pm Tuesday, December 30 • 10:00am - 5:00pm
The Albany Institute will be open on Monday, December 29 and Tuesday, December 30 (we're normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays).
Come explore the galleries, make art in the studio, and shop in our Museum Shop!
It's a great way to spend time with friends and family this holiday season.
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 season visit with artists of the Mohawk Hudson Regional exhibition as they make guest appearances during Art for All days. Activities include painting, weaving, drawing exercises, multi media work, collage and more!
FREE with museum admission
This season 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 in the upcoming schedule:
Sat. Dec. 20 Guest Artist Katie DeGroot, Painting
Fri. Dec. 26 Scratch Art!: Use the medium of scratch art (scraffito) to explore some of the textile designs in the Undercover exhibition!
Sat. Dec. 27 Stitching on Plastic Canvas: Decorate small round shapes with yarn and string.
Mon. Dec. 29 Wax resist painting! Have you noticed the term resist on one of our Undercover textile labels? Explore the process of resist art with us using wax and watercolor paint.
Tues. Dec. 30 Printmaking! Learn to use printing blocks, ink, and brayers as you print some of the patterns from the Undercover exhibition!
Sat. Jan. 3 Crazy Collage: Create fun collages inspired by Victorian crazy quilt designs.
Sat. Jan. 10 Guest Artist Ginger Ertz Pipe Cleaner & Bead Sculpture
Sat. Jan. 17 Guest Artist Alta Turner, Weaving
Sat. Jan. 24 Crazy Collage: Create fun collages inspired by Victorian crazy quilt designs.
Sat. Jan. 31 Crazy Collage: Create fun collages inspired by Victorian crazy quilt designs.
Schedule subject to change
Sunday, January 11 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Deborah Emmons-Andarawis, Curator, Historic Cherry Hill
Hidden in an attic trunk for more than a century, a rare textile was uncovered shortly after Cherry Hill transitioned from private home to historic house museum. Just what was discovered? A pristine, curiously figured, gloriously colored 18th-century Indian-made bedcover called a palampore. This lecture will explore the history of Cherry Hill's palampore and what it likely signified to its earliest Van Rensselaer owner.
Free with museum admission
This lecture is sponsored by Partners for Albany Stories (PASt).
Thursday, January 15 • 10:00am - 5:00pm
The Albany Institute of History & Art’s program An Evening of Films is seeking submissions of short films and animations to be presented on the evenings of Thursday, February 19th and 26thth at the Albany Institute of History & Art. Films will be part of the first edition of An Evening of Films, a platform for film and video artists working in the greater capital region and Hudson Valley.
Please submit short films, 20-minutes or less. All submissions should be in a web viewable format (youtube, vimeo, or whatever delivery service you may prefer).
Notifications and deadline for submission is January 15th. Please include the following details with your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
Description (300 words or less):
URL for film:
(Please include a password is the film is password protected)
Questions? Please contact program coordinator, Michael Ortega at email@example.com.
Sunday, January 18 • 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Come be inspired by the artwork of the Mohawk Hudson Regional exhibition & meet the artists of the exhibition!
Visit with the artists of the Mohawk Hudson Regional, and view their artwork one last time before the show ends! Artists from the exhibition will be on hand for presentations throughout the day. We'll discover the mediums, and techniques they use in their work.
Free with museum admission
12:30PM: Bruce Bundock
1:30PM: Fern Apfel
2:30PM:Grace Bakst Wapner
3:30PM: Oliver Peters
What's Happening Where:
12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 Artist Demonstrations: Demonstrations will start on the second floor in the Mohawk Hudson Regional Exhibition with a short introduction to the artist's work in the show, and then will move down to the museum's art studio for demonstration space.
12:00-4:30 Drop in Art Making: Drop in art making activities will be located in the first floor museum atrium.
Saturday, February 14 • 11:00am - 1:00pm Saturday, February 14 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday, February 15 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Monday, February 16 • 11:00am - 1:00pm Monday, February 16 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Baseball Lego® Building Challenge
Registration Fee: $5 per person (includes museum admission)
Team registration: teams may include as many as, but not more than four people.
Time: 1 ½ hours for construction, ½ hour for judging and prizes
Size Limit: 10” x 10” base
Brings friends, family, and colleagues to work together to create beautiful LEGO ® structures. This year’s theme is Baseball. Let your imagination run wild, share your vision, and compete for prizes with teams from across the capital region. Basic building blocks will be supplied; however, contestants may also bring in their own.
Please note that space is limited, and pre-registration is required.
For more information or to register contact Barbara Collins at 518-463-4478- ext 405 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Participation in the event assumes consent for photographs to be used for museum purposes.
LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of Companies which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this event.