Fundraising Galas & Events

Winter Exhibitions Opening Reception

Tuesday, February 11 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us for hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions: Recycled & Refashioned: The Art of Ruby Silvious and Telling Her Story: New Acquisitions. RSVP online or by calling Ellie Burhans at (518) 463-4478 ext. 402

More information about the new exhibitions:

Image: Clara Harris Rathbone (1834-1883), by John Goldin, Washington, D.C., c.1865, AIHA Purchase and Partial Gift of the Estate of the great-granddaughter of Clara Harris Rathbone, Bettina Rathbone Hartley Tierney and her children, by Philip Tierney


Work of Art

Wednesday, November 6 • 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Work of Art at the Albany Institute of History & Art is an annual cocktail party and silent art auction that celebrates and promotes one of our region’s greatest assets: its vibrant community of regional artists. 

This year, Work of Art will be on Wednesday, November 6th from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the galleries of the Albany Institute. We are thrilled to announce that we are honoring Willie Marlowe, a beloved area artist who has exhibited work from our own Capital Region to national and international shows in Chicago, NYC, London, Venice, Berlin, and more. She will be honored for her contribution to the region’s cultural and artistic landscape as an artist and a professor for almost 50 years. 

At Work of Art, guests will enjoy fine fare while exploring the galleries. A silent auction will feature works by contemporary artists, continuing the Institute’s support of our area’s vibrant community of regional artists. Proceeds from the auction are shared between the Albany Institute and the artists, encouraging art creators and art patrons to connect during a night to remember. The deadline to submit artwork for consideration is now closed.

Tickets for this event are no longer available online.

Thank you to our Honorary Committee!

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors!


Exhibition Reception: The Schuyler Sisters & Their Circle

Tuesday, July 23 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Enjoy refreshments and raise a glass to the Schuyler sisters at the exhibition opening on July 23, 2019 from 5-7PM.

  • Albany Institute of History & Art Members: Free
  • Friends of Schuyler Mansion Members: Free
  • General Public: $10 per person

RSVP before July 19, 2019. Online ticketing for this event is now closed.

IMAGE: Portrait of Angelica Schuyler Church with her child and servant by John Trumbull, 1784, oil on canvas, private collection


2019 Museum Gala

Friday, June 7 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Join us for a night to remember at the 2019 Museum Gala on June 7, 2019 at the Albany Institute of History & Art. This year’s gala is again At the museum, For the museum.

The 2019 Museum Gala will be held on Friday, June 7 from 6-10PM and will celebrate the museum’s award-winning exhibitions and programs with dinner in the galleries at the Albany Institute.

The Albany Institute of History & Art is thrilled to announce Charles M. Liddle III (Chuck) and his late wife Nancy Hyatt Liddle as the Honorees for this year’s Museum Gala.  Chuck and Nancy are recognized as outstanding supporters of the arts and of the museum for decades. The event is co-chaired by Denise Gorman & Charlotte Gorman.

The Museum Gala is Albany Institute’s largest fundraiser as it supports our exhibitions and educational programs. This year’s gala, inspired by the current exhibition Bejeweled and Bedazzled: Jewelry and Personal Adornment, will celebrate the Museum with cocktails and dinner provided by Mazzone Hospitality in our galleries, surrounded by artwork. The evening will be a truly memorable event as we continue to support the museum’s future.

For more information on this year's honorees, please click here. Thank you to this year's Corporate Sponsors!

Online ticketing for this event is now closed.

PARTNER PROGRAM The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh

Thursday, April 11 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Hosted by the Fort Orange Garden Club

Katherine Aalto, Author

Join author Katherine Aalto and the Fort Orange Garden Club for a reception with light refreshments and a special lecture. Aalto, author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood, will take us on a journey into the real Ashdown Forest, which inspired one of the most iconic settings in children’s literature. You will discover the real places that inspired the stories as well as the rare flora and fauna of this forest. A.A. Milne’s tender adventures offer a hymn to those days of doing nothing while yet learning everything.

  • Space is limited and reservation are requested. Pricing and RSVP information available on the Fort Orange Garden Club’s website:


IMAGE: Winne The Pooh, Everedy Modeling Material, The Embossing Company, Albany, N.Y., gift of Walter Wheeler, 2009.34.12A

SPECIAL PROGRAM Jewelry Appraisal Day

Saturday, March 30 • 10:30am - 2:00pm

Come to the museum to have well-known local appraiser, Mark Lawson, and a team of certified gemologists tell you the fair market value of your jewelry.

  • Appraisals are $5 per piece of jewelry with a limit of three per person.


Be sure to see the jewels on display in the exhibition Bejeweled and Bedazzled: Jewelry and Personal Adornment. This exhibition is included with regular museum admission.

Mark Lawson Antiques is a Major Sponsor of Bejeweled and Bedazzled.


More about the team:

Diane Burke has been appraising jewelry in the Capital District area for the past 20 years. She has a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America and is a Senior Member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers.  Diane owns and operates A+ Associates Gemological Laboratory located in Troy N.Y. and provides gemological and jewelry appraisal services of all kinds including gem identification, diamond and gem verification, insurance and estate appraisals and verbal consultations.

Joyce Panitch holds a Graduate Gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America. She is a Senior Member of The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, and holds a Registered Master Valuer diploma. Joyce is the owner of Alpha Gem Lab in Albany, New York. She does not buy or sell, and has provided independent, unbiased appraisals for almost twenty years.


MEMBER EVENT Annual Meeting of the Membership

Monday, March 25 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm

5:30PM  Short Business Meeting
6-7PM    Reception & Tour of Exhibitions


Albany Institute members are invited to join the museum's Board of Trustees for a reception with light refreshments followed by a tour of current exhibitions.

Free, but reservations are required. RSVP to Barbara Speck at or (518) 463-4478, ext. 414.


Wednesday, March 13 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Enjoy a special after-hours Members-only tour of Bejeweled and Bedazzled: Jewelry and Personal Adornment with curators Doug McCombs and Diane Shewchuk. 

  • Free for museum members

Space is limited and reservations are required. RSVP to Barbara Speck at or (518) 463-4478, ext. 414.

Winter Exhibitions Opening Reception

Friday, January 25 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Join us for hors d'oeuvres and celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions Shape and Shadow: The Sculpture of Larry Kagan and Bejeweled and Bedazzled: Jewelry and Personal Adornment.

Free for AIHA members | $10 non-members

RSVP online or call (518) 463-4478, ext. 437.

More information about the new exhibitions:


IMAGE: Hershey Art, Larry Kagan, 2011, light and steel wire, artist collection. Photograph by Gary Gold.


SOLD OUT - MEMBER ONLY PROGRAM Tour & Lunch: Peebles Island Resource Center

Wednesday, January 9 • 10:00am - 1:00pm

Join the Albany Institute of History & Art on this tour of New York State's preservation and conservation center at Peebles Island State Park in Waterford, New York.

Talk with conservators and hear about current efforts to conserve museum material related to New York State historic sites.

After the tour, enjoy lunch at Smith's in Cohoes with the group.

Transportation is on your own.

Cost: $25.00 per person

This program is SOLD OUT.