2017 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region


Celebrating its eighty-first year, the 2017 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region, hosted by the Albany Institute of History & Art, highlights the work of the best visual artists in the region. Established in 1936, this annual, juried exhibition pays tribute to the many talented artists working within a 100-mile radius of the Capital District. As one of the longest running regional art exhibitions in the country it occupies a significant role in documenting contemporary art activity in the Upper Hudson Valley.

2017 Juror: Jack Shear

Photo courtesy Jack Shear

Jack Shear, this year’s juror, is a photographer, curator, and President of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation. He works in black and white photography with an emphasis on portraiture and nudes. His work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries, most recently at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Yale University School of Art and Le Musée Territorial de St Barthélemy.

Recent curatorial projects include Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College. It includes a transformative gift of over 500 photographs, serving as a visual history of photography from its inception in the 1840s to the present day.

In addition to his responsibilities as the President of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, Shear serves on the Board of Directors for the World Monuments Fund, the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies and is a member of both the International Council and the Drawings and Prints Committee at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.


This year’s juror Jack Shear, photographer, curator, and President of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation thoughtfully reviewed over 600 works submitted by 268 artists. Ultimately, he selected 87 works by 32 artists, thereby offering a more in depth view of each artist vision and process. Works by 17 artists received cash awards and gift certificates generously sponsored by Capital Region businesses and arts patrons. Additionally, the Albany Institute, the University Art Museum, University at Albany, and the Hyde Collection have purchased works for their collections.

Artists in the exhibition:

  • Jim Allen
  • Richard Barlow
  • Susan Berger
  • Jane Bloodgood-Abrams
  • Allen Bryan
  • Jackson Bryant
  • James Burnett
  • Laura Christensen
  • Mandi Coburn
  • Janet Cooper
  • Peter Crabtree
  • George Dirolf
  • Emily Dorr
  • Jake Fallat
  • Ray Felix
  • Jeanne Finley
  • Katria Foster
  • Kerry O. Furlani
  • Richard Garrison
  • Niki Haynes
  • Tatana Kellner
  • Mame Kennedy
  • T. Klacsmann
  • Paul Mauren
  • Victoria Palermo
  • Tom Santelli
  • Paul Sattler
  • Marilee Sousie
  • Theresa Swidorski
  • Barbara Todd
  • Dave Waite
  • Gerald Wolfe

Award winners:

Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase Awards:

  • T. Klacsmann, Raptor and Automata
  • Victoria Palermo, Reds
  • Victoria Palermo, Prop Up

The Hyde Collection Purchase Award: Niki Haynes, To What End

Dr. Arthur N. Collins '48 Purchase Awards, University at Albany Alumni Association for the University Art Museum:

  • Jake Fallat, 1997568-H1
  • Jake Fallat, 1997568-H2
  • Katria Foster, Domestic Affair 5
  • Katria Foster, Domestic Affair 6
  • Marilee Sousie, “In my cave, I reign supreme. SUPREME!” 

Stuyvesant Plaza, Inc. Award, $1,000: T. Klacsmann

Albany Institute of History & Art Board of Trustees Award, $500: Richard Barlow

Robert J. Krackeler Award, $500: Tatana Kellner

Marijo Dougherty and Norman Bauman Award in memory of Nancy Hyatt Liddle, $500: Niki Haynes

Matthew Bender IV Award in honor of Nancy Hyatt Liddle, $300: Dave Waite

Mayor Kathy Sheehan Award, $250: Janet Cooper

Austin & Company Award, $250: Mame Kennedy

Ruthann Marcelle and Paul Gozemba Award in honor of Christine M. Miles, $250: George Dirolf

Rosemarie V. Rosen Award, $200: Katria Foster

Albany Center Gallery Award in honor of Les Urbach, $100: Jake Fallat

Certified Framing Award, $250 gift certificate: Victoria Palermo

McGreevey ProLab Award, $150 gift certificate: Allen Bryan

Arlene's Artist Materials Award, $125 gift certificate: Marilee Sousie

A. Grindle Custom Framing Award, $100 gift certificate: Theresa Swidorski

Five Star Frame & Art, $100 gift certificate: Tom Santelli

Clement Frame Shop & Art Gallery Award, $100 gift certificate: Peter Crabtree

Morningside Gallery Award, $100 gift certificate: Susan Berger


Exhibition Events & Programs

Opening Reception & Award Ceremony | Friday, June 16, 2017 | 6—8PM (remarks at 7PM) | Free for AIHA members, $10 non-members | RSVP online

Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region | gallery talk | Friday, July 7, 2017 | 6PM | free admission

Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region | gallery talk | Friday, August 4, 2017 | 6PM | free admission

Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region | gallery talk | Friday, September 1, 2017 | 6PM | free admission