Fundraising Galas & Events

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

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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


Join the 2018 Museum Gala Honorary Committee

Saturday, June 16 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Please help us celebrate at the 2018 Museum Gala by joining the Honorary Committee.

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. This year’s gala is At the museum, For the museum.

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. She was honored as a SUNY Albany Laureate in 2004. Her dedication to volunteer work is especially evident from her longstanding history with the Albany Institute, which first began in 1962 when she became a member of its Women’s Council. She joined the Board in 1983, was elected vice president in 1984, and served as president from 1986 to 1991, making her the first woman president of the museum since 1791. Today, she remains a dedicated supporter of the Institute as an associate member of the Board and library volunteer.

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.

To join the Honorary Committee, print and mail in this form, or join online. Please respond by April 23, 2018 to be included on the invitation.

Honorary Committee Ticket Options:

Benefactor Level: $500 per person

Patron Level: $350 per person

Junior Level (40 & under): $300 per person

If you are not able to attend the event but would like to make a donation to honor Phoebe Powell Bender, or if you have any questions, contact Nicki Brown at


Hudson Valley Hops

Saturday, May 19 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Saturday, May 19, 2018 4–7 PM
Save the date and stay tuned for more details soon!

Discover the history of beer and brewing in Albany, New York, while enjoying samples from local breweries.  Visit for more information.


Hudson Valley Hops 2018

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21 and over: Saturday, May 19 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm

This fun, regional craft beer tasting is a fundraiser for the Albany Institute of History & Art and it's an opportunity for the community to see brewing and distilling artifacts from the museum's collection, hear from industry experts, and receive a commemorative glass.


** Online ticketing for this event is now closed. Tickets are available at the door: $35 for AIHA Members, $40 for General Public.

The friendliest fundraiser of the year to benefit the Albany Institute of History & Art! Enjoy a regional craft beer tasting as well as an exhibition of local brewing history and a special program, Brewing Beer in a Melting Pot, about brewing history in Troy, New York.

Hudson Valley Hops 2018 will feature a one-time blind taste test featuring session beers from craft brewers in the Hudson Valley. Hosted by Steve Barnes of Times Union Table Hopping, with Jess Briganti, Weekday AM Weather Anchor for News10 ABC; Spectrum News/AlbanyArchives' Matt Malette; and Deanna Fox, local food writer as judges.

Hear from David Mulholland, whose family helped shape brewing history in Troy as Stoll's brewing, during a program called Brewing Beer in a Melting Pot. You'll also have the chance to help choose the 2018 People's Choice, and we'll have food from BMT Hospitality.

We're happy to announce that the following breweries are joining us this year (as of April 17):

  • Green Wolf Brewing Company
  • S & S Brewery
  • Rare Form Brewing
  • Brown's Brewing
  • Chatham Brewing
  • Fort Orange Brewing
  • Albany Pump Station
  • Beer Diviner
  • Shmaltz Brewing Company
  • Northway Brewing Co.
  • Davidson Bros. Brewing Co.

Ticket Information:

Advance Sale: $30 AIHA Members, $35 General Public

Door Price: $35 AIHA Members, $40 General Public

MEMBER MORNING Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany

Friday, May 18 • 8:00am - 10:00am

Enjoy complimentary coffee and pastries, and tour the popular Well-Dressed exhibition before the museum opens to the public.

Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany closes Sunday, May 20, so if you are a member and have not seen the exhibition, this is a great opportunity to get exclusive access!

Free for members

RSVP to Nicki Brown at or (518)463-4478 ext. 437.

MEMBER EVENT Member Appreciation Day in the Museum Shop and Cafe

Saturday, May 12 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Exclusive to Albany Institute members!

All day, take 15% off on regular merchandise in the shop and enjoy $1 coffee in the cafe.