2022 Museum Gala

We are delighted to invite you to the 2022 Museum Gala held at the museum on Thursday, June 2 from 6:00 to 9:30 pm. 

We are pleased to announce Barbara K. Hoehn and her late husband Dr. James G. Hoehn as this year’s Museum Gala honorees. Barbara and Jim moved to Albany in 1971. They were a team in their philanthropic efforts and strong advocates of the museum for the next 50 years. Barbara’s first introduction to the museum was as a volunteer for the Champagne Ball in 1971. She served as President of the Woman’s Council and chaired many Champagne Ball Committees. In 1991, she was elected to the museum’s Board of Trustees and over the years has served on many committees. Barbara was awarded The C. Jordan Vail Spirit of Philanthropy Award by The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region in 2013. She has been involved in many community groups including the Fort Orange Garden Club, the Junior League, the SPAC Action Council, and the Community Foundation – just to name a few!

James was known around the world for his leadership in the field of plastic surgery and in the Capital District for his devotion to history, stamps, and Jaguar sports cars. He served as president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Association of Hand Surgery, the New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Society of Plastic Surgeons of Upstate New York, and the International Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. James organized teams of surgeons for annual trips to economically disadvantaged countries where he would lead two-week clinics working on conditions such as cleft-palate repair. Barbara accompanied him and served as a translator.

The Museum Gala is our largest annual fundraiser. This year’s gala, inspired by the current exhibition The Four Elements of Leigh Li-Yun Wen, will celebrate the museum with cocktails and dinner by Mazzone Hospitality in our galleries surrounded by artwork.

We have a limited number of tickets available. Please call Ellie Burhans at 518-463-4478 ext. 402 for questions.


During the Covid-19 pandemic, we closed our Explorer’s Gallery to ensure the health and safety of everyone. Re-opening the space to children and families requires new air filtration and circulation, and new furniture. This year, at the Museum Gala we are asking for your financial support to re-open the Explorer’s Gallery. The theme of the gallery will be inspired by our next exhibition, The World of Jan Brett, on view from July 23, 2022 to December 31, 2022. Jan Brett is an internationally known and beloved author and illustrator of books for children. The exhibition will feature over 120 works from 19 books.  The room will feature reading nooks, Lego building opportunities, and Jan Brett coloring pages. Please consider donating $500 or more to help us safely re-open the Explorer’s Gallery. We are excited to include your name the donor acknowledgement panel. Donate today.

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