Fundraising Galas & Events

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.

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