Fundraising Galas & Events

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.

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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.

Holiday Open House

Tuesday, November 27 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Pay-as-you-wish on this festive evening as the Albany Institute celebrates #GivingTuesday.

Admire the museum decorated for the holidays, sip hot chocolate, and enjoy Cider Belly doughnuts. Get a sneak preview of our 2019 exhibitions through the eyes of our curators, who will bring out collection items that will be shown next year. Tour the galleries with Executive Director Tammis K. Groft, or enjoy coloring in the Art Studio with our education department.

2019 exhibitions include:

Reservations requested. Reserve your spot by contacting Nicki Brown at or (518) 463-4478 ext. 437.

FREE ADMISSION WEEKEND Home for the Holidays

Friday, November 23 • 10:00am - 5:00pm Saturday, November 24 • 10:00am - 5:00pm Sunday, November 25 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Come to the Albany Institute this Thanksgiving weekend for a variety of holiday themed programs and events. We'll be decked out in winter wonder and ready to welcome you and your out-of-town guests!

  • Take your photograph with Santa (12-4pm each day)
  • Discover decorated trees and mantelpieces
  • Admire a special exhibition of miniature dioramas by Joan Steiner, an award-winning illustrator and creator of the Look-Alikes® books
  • Make crafts
  • Shop for handmade items and one-of-a-kind gifts in our Museum Shop
  • Savor exquisite treats from the Museum Cafe
  • Explore our current exhibitions
  • and more!

Special event on Saturday, November 24 from 2-4PM: Book signing with children's book author Hudson Talbott. His newest book is Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art.



& Capital Wine

Work of Art

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Wednesday, November 7 • 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Join us in the galleries for Work of Art, a contemporary art auction to benefit local artists and the Albany Institute. Bid on this silent auction to add art to your home or find the perfect gift. This year, join us as we recognize Michael Oatman for all of his remarkable accomplishments as a champion of contemporary art in the Capital Region. Enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres and drinks from Mazzone Catering and help us honor Michael Oatman on an evening to celebrate art in the Capital Region. Tickets are now available. Click here for the Honorary Committee letter.

The deadline to submit artwork for consideration has now passed.

Online ticketing is no longer available. Please contact Nicki Brown at or (518)463-4478 ext. 437 with questions.

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors!

Thank you to our Honorary Committee!

Collector Level

Matthew & Phoebe Bender
Deborah Groesbeck Bennett & John Bennett
Susan L. Blabey
Ellen-Deane Cummins
Don & Ann Eberle
Dr. Sarah Elmendorf
Jacqueline Rosetti Falvey
James & Barbara Featherstonhaugh
Kim & Mark Fine
Gerry & Jerry Golub
Denise & Tony Gorman
William M. Harris & Holly Katz
Christine & George R. Hearst III
Ellen Jabbur
Ted & Sally Jennings
E. Stewart & Kimberly Sanger Jones
Charles M. Liddle III
Jean & Peter Maloy
Norman & Micki Massry
Richard & Karen Nicholson
John J. Nigro
Susan & Thomas O'Connor
Chet & Karen Opalka
Thomas & Florence Suraci
David & Lois Swawite
Edward Swyer
Peter Trimarchi
Lynette & Michael Tucker 
Bonny Bouck Wilson

Enthusiast Level

James Ayers & Miriam Trementozzi
Tom & Laurie Baldwin
Meredith Butler & Gloria DeSole
Frieda & Prentiss Carnell
Linda Jackson-Chalmers & William Chalmers
Douglas L. Cohn, DVM
Andrea Crisafulli
Herb & Annmarie Ellis
Assemblymember Patricia Fahy
Francine Frank
Alan Goldberg
Neil & Jane Golub
Mrs. Barbara & Dr. James Hoehn
Keith C. Lee & James M. Gaughan
Jack & Joanne Maloy
Nicole & Edward F. McNamara 
Sophie Moss
Sarah Mukerji
Bill Picotte
John & Barbara Puig
Repeat Business Systems, Inc.
Susan Richardson
Constance Rissburger
Jan & Stan Smith
Josey Twombly
Tom and Leah Tyrrell 
Andrew & Diane Webb 
Morgan & Marshall Whalen
Larry & Judy White
YWCA of the Greater Capital Region

Junior Level

Mr. & Mrs. Keith DiStefano
Charlotte Gorman
Meaghan Murphy & Nicholas Faso
Avery and Tom O’Connor 
Repeat Business Systems, Inc.

In Honor of Michael Oatman

Peter G. Crummey, Esq.
Lewis & Barbara Gershman
Mr. & Mrs. Andrew & Virginia Gutman
Linda E. McLean
Stephen and Mary Muller
Mr. & Mrs. William M. Schaefer
Joel Spiro, MD

MEMBER EVENT Members-Only Tour: Corning Tower Art Tour

Wednesday, October 17 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Join the Albany Institute for a tour of the Empire State Plaza Art Collection housed in the Corning Tower. 
Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, in recognition of the importance of the arts and the emergence of New York as the home of many of America's most innovative and talented artists, began plans for the Empire State Plaza Art Collection in 1961 and the first purchases were made in 1966. This collection features the work of artists who practiced in New York during the 1960s and 1970s, and is the most important State collection of modern art in the country.
RSVP to Nicki at (518) 463-4478 ext. 437 or Space is limited. Registration is required.

2018 Albany Book & Paper Fair

Sunday, September 23 • 10:00am - 4:00pm

This event is held off-site at the Polonaise Banquet & Conference Center at the Polish Community Center in Albany, New York.

This year's event will feature antiquarian books, manuscripts, autographs, first editions, ephemera, photographs, postcards, posters, antique maps, and prints.

$6 per person

For more information, please visit



MEMBER EVENT Members-Only Tour: Cast Iron Stoves

Wednesday, August 15 • 11:00am - 1:30pm

Join executive director Tammis Groft, author of Cast with Style: Nineteenth Century Cast-Iron Stoves from the Albany Area, for a special tour of our collection of cast iron stoves as we preview an upcoming fall exhibition and then enjoy lunch from the Museum Cafe.

$25 per person. Open to Albany Institute members.

Space is limited and reservations are required. RSVP to Nicki at (518) 463-4478 ext. 437 or

Summer Exhibition Reception

Tuesday, July 31 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Come celebrate the opening of three new exhibitions Birds & Beasts: The Scary, Magical, and Adorable Animals of the Albany Institute; A Menagerie of Whimsey: The Art of William B. Schade; and Thomas Cole's Paper Trail with tasty hors d'ouevres and a cash bar.

Free for AIHA members | $10 non-members

Online ticketing for this event is now closed. Questions? Call (518) 463-4478 ext. 437

More information about the new exhibitions:


IMAGE: Plate “Septicolore” (Paradise Tanager), Édouard Honoré, Paris, France, c.1840-1850, soft-paste porcelain, from the Estate of E. Corning Rawle, through Mary R. Halliwell, Patricia R. Rowe, and Elizabeth R. McManus, 39.1983.25.18


2018 Museum Gala

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Saturday, June 16 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Join us for a night to remember at the 2018 Museum Gala on June 16, 2018 at the Albany Institute of History & Art. This year’s gala is At the museum, For the museum.

Tickets for this event are no longer available online. Please contact Nicki Brown at for more information.


The Albany Institute of History & Art’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the 2018 Museum Gala. This year’s gala will be held on Saturday, June 16 with with dinner in the museum galleries for the first time in a long time. We will celebrate the museum’s award-winning exhibitions and programs.

Phoebe Powell Bender is our 2018 Museum Gala honoree. Recognized as an immensely accomplished and devoted volunteer within the non-profit community, Phoebe has worked tirelessly with countless boards and organizations to support the arts, public policy and reproductive health for over 50 years. 

The annual gala is Albany Institute’s largest fundraiser in support of our exhibitions and educational programs. This year’s gala will celebrate the museum. There is no better way to experience this celebration than to have dinner in our beautiful galleries, surrounded by artwork. It promises to be a night to remember. The evening will begin with cocktails followed by a lovely seated dinner from Mazzone Hospitality. Auctions, pop-up exhibitions, and surprise entertainment will be part of the festivities. This year’s gala will be a truly memorable event as we continue to support the museum’s future.

Tickets are $225 each for AIHA Members and $275 each for Non-members. You may join us in honoring Phoebe Powell Bender by joining the Honorary Committee at the Junior level (40 & under) at $300 each, the Patron level at $350 each, or the Benefactor level at $500 each. Thank you for supporting the Albany Institute!


Information for guests: Valet is available in front of the museum building at 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York.