Public Programs

The Albany Institute presents a broad range of public programs related to our collections, exhibitions, and special projects.

Museum Open

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.

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 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


LECTURE Uncovered: Textile Treasure in an Attic Trunk

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).

Submission Deadline: An Evening of Films

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

Full Name:
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

Mohawk Hudson Regional Closing Celebration! Family Day

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

Artists Presenting:

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.

Lego Building Challenge 2015

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

February 14-16

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.

Challenge Specifics:

  • Models must be built using only LEGO® bricks and elements. You may bring in your own pieces or we will provide you with basic bricks in a variety of sizes and a 10” x 10” base.
  • Entries must be original designs based on the theme. Commercially sold kits or published designs are not permitted.
  • Project entries must be completely assembled within the one and a half hour time limit. All assembly must be completed on site during the challenge; no pre-built parts will be permitted. 
  • Your team may choose to practice building your model prior to the day of the building challenge.
  • Feel free to bring sketches, drawings, and photographs to use as reference.
  • Judging will occur during the assembly time as well as after final assembly.  Participants will have the opportunity to describe their structure as part of the judging process.
  • During the competition, children under 12 must be supervised by the adults who brought them; they cannot be left alone.

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



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.