Paintings of Addy®: Dahl Taylor's Original Illustrations for American Girl

October 14, 2017–June 3, 2018

In 1995, Albany-based artist Dahl Taylor was commissioned to re-illustrate the six-book Addy® series for American Girl, a venture begun in 1986, which combined beautifully produced dolls and historical fiction to become a national sensation. Over the next two years, Taylor worked with the American Girl staff to insure their vision and maintain historical accuracy. He found models for Addy and recurring characters in Albany.

This exhibition presents more than forty paintings Taylor created to illustrate the story of Addy Walker, a nine-year old girl born into slavery who escapes to freedom with her mother during the American Civil War. It also includes artifacts from the museum's collection to illustrate daily life during the mid-nineteenth century.

Exhibition Events & Programs

The Party of the {Nineteenth} Century | special event | Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 5:30—7:30PM | $25 member, $35 non-member

Art from 1864: In the time of Addy® | February art break | Tuesday, February 20—Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 9AM—Noon | $50 members, $65 non-members | Register online

Get Crafty! Family Fun Night | family program | Friday, March 2 | 5—8PM | free admission | RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 15

Telling a Story with a Picture: An Afternoon with Dahl Taylor | lecture | Sunday, March 18 | 2PM | Included with admission*

Picturing Words: An Illustration Workshop with Dahl Taylor | children's illustration workshop | Friday, April 6 | 12:30—2PM | $12 non-members, $10 members

Racing for Freedom: The Real Stories of the Underground Railroad | lecture | Sunday, April 15 | 2PM | Included with admission*


Family Gallery Tours | Junior Interpreter program | Saturdays from 10AM-12PM | Included with museum admission 

*We have limited space for our lectures and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will receive a wristband at the admission desk the day of the lecture.