note: The following list of area organizations dedicated to
exhibiting art and/or historical materials is just the tip
of the iceberg. In addition are numerous smaller spaces—both
nonprofit and for-profit—that add to the rich diversity of
the area’s visual-arts scene. Please refer to Metroland’s
Museums & Galleries listings in the weekly “Night &
Day” section of the paper for up-to-date information on all
museum and gallery exhibits.
Center Galleries at the Albany Public Library, 161 Washington
Ave., Albany, 462-4775. Celebrating 25 years of exhibitions
featuring contemporary work of regional artists. Seven shows
annually. Tue-Sat noon-5 PM. Free.
Institute of History & Art 125 Washington Ave., Albany,
463-4478. Recently expanded, the state’s oldest museum continues
to be dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and
promoting interest in the history, art and culture of Albany
and the Upper Hudson Valley region. Closed Mon-Tue. Admission
International Airport Gallery Third level, Albany International
Airport, Colonie. 242-2243. Fabulous exhibitions showing regional,
contemporary art, site-specific installations, area museum
collections and travelling national exhibits of regional interest,
all in a space flooded by light. Open daily. Free.
Heritage Area Visitor’s Center and Henry Hudson Planetarium
25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 434-0405. The Visitors’
Center is open daily (free). The Henry Hudson Planetarium
offers star shows on Saturdays (admission fee).
Arts Center of the Capital Region 265 River St., Troy,
273-0552. The center’s gallery features contemporary art from
the region and beyond, plus a folk art exhibit space on the
second floor. This is also the place to get involved in the
arts hands-on through a multitude of courses offered throughout
the year. Open daily. Free.
Gallery Fine Arts Building, Union College, Schenectady,
388-6714. Faculty and student shows are featured, plus exhibits
by visiting artists and others of regional, national and international
repute. Open daily. Free.
Museum 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571. Featuring
works of regional interest, including an ongoing exhibit of
paintings by Grandma Moses. Open daily. Admission fee.
Berkshire Museum 39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413)
443-7171. Permanent installations as well as exhibits from
regional artists and seasonal shows. Open daily.
Spaces 306 Hudson Ave., Albany, 433-1537. Funky little
gallery reminiscent of something you might find in New York
City. Monthly exhibits of modern mixed media, poetry readings,
microtheater, music, independent film and more. Open Wed-Sat
2-9 PM, and by appointment.
Museum at Saratoga 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs,
584-5540. With its large exhibition space, this interactive
museum for kids and their families features hands-on exhibits,
workshops and special events. Closed Mon. Admission fee.
of Saint Rose Art Gallery Picotte Hall, 324 State St.,
Albany, 485-3900. Regularly mounts shows by artists of regional,
national and international acclaim, as well as student and
faculty shows. Closed Sat. Free.
Gallery Emma Willard School, 285 Pawling Ave., Troy, 833-1344.
This gallery, housed on the campus of an elite girls’ school,
mounts regional exhibits on a regular basis. Open daily. Free.
Gallery 292 Lark St., Albany, 436-9498. The newest gallery
on Lark Street, this gallery features regional artists and
specializes in ceramics. Wed-Sat noon-7 PM. Free.
Street Gallery 408 Fulton St., Troy, 274-8464. Features
changing exhibits by local and regional artists. Wed-Sat noon-5
PM, Fri noon-7 PM. Free.
Valley Community College LRC Gallery, 80 Vandenburgh Ave.,
Troy, 629-4822. Exhibits of works by students and regional
artists. Closed Sun. Free.
Collection 161 Warren St., Glens Falls, 792-1761. The
permanent collections here include historic art and artifacts
from the United States and beyond. Special touring exhibits
often are featured. www.hydeartmuseum.org. Closed Mon. Free.
Indian Museum Caverns Road, Howes Cave, 296-8949. Presents
the enduring spirit of the Iroquois in the fine and performance
arts, and through anthropological and ethnographic exhibits.
Located on a 45-acre nature park; includes a children’s museum.
Closed Mon. Admission fee.
Junior Museum 105 Eighth Street, Troy, 235-2120. Planetarium
shows, live animal shows and a myriad of children’s activities
and workshops. Closed Mon-Tue. Admission fee for nonmembers.
Museum of Contemporary Art 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams,
Mass., (413) 664-4481. An impressive compound located in a
renovated 27-building former mill complex. Called Mass MoCA
for short, this institution boasts world-class exhibitions,
performances and funky events. Closed on Tue. Admission fee.
Museum of Dance 99 S. Broadway (Route 9), Saratoga Springs,
584-2225. The only museum in the country devoted exclusively
to professional dance. In addition to changing exhibits, it
features a permanent exhibit on American dancemakers who’ve
been inducted into the Museum’s Dance Hall of Fame. Tue-Sat.
Closed Nov. through May. Admission fee.
York State Museum Empire State Plaza, Albany, 474-5877.
Features permanent exhibits relating to New York history,
a variety of changing exhibits and the Discovery Place for
kids. Open daily. Free for most exhibits, donations suggested.
Rockwell Museum Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-4100.
A museum devoted to exhibiting the works of its namesake.
Also features other special exhibits. www.nrm.org. Open daily.
Gallery The Sage Colleges of Albany, 140 New Scotland
Ave., Albany, 292-1778. Shows by regional, national and international
artists are regularly featured. Closed Sat. Free.
County Historical Society 57 Second St., Troy, 272-7232.
One of New York state’s premier historic house museums. RCHS
collects and preserves the history of Rensselaer County. Closed
Sun-Mon. Admission fee.
County Arts Council Arts Gallery 320 Broadway, Saratoga
Springs, 584-4132. Exhibits of works by regional artists.
Closed Sun. Free.
Museum Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, 382-7890. Ongoing
exhibits include the astronomical planetarium, Thomas Edison’s
Schenectady heritage, hands-on activities and technology exhibits.
Also regularly exhibits works by regional artists. Closed
Mon. Admission fee.
Art Gallery Saisselin Art Building, Skidmore College,
Saratoga Springs, 580-5000 ext. 5049. Faculty and students
exhibit their works here, as well as artists from the area
and beyond. Open daily. Free.
Museum and Library 88 Shaker Museum Road, Old Chatham,
794-9100. Features a premier Shaker collection in the rolling
farmland of Columbia County; look for workshops and festivals,
too. Closed Tue. Admission fee.
Gallery Rensselaer Union, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
15th Street and Sage Avenue, Troy, 276-6505. This college
gallery exhibits regional, national and international artists
as well as the art of students and faculty. Open daily. Free.
Academy Route 203, Spencertown, 392-3693. An art gallery
and a craft gallery for exhibits, classroom for classes and
workshops as well as a performance space. Closed Mon-Tue.
Admission to galleries is free.
and Francine Clark Art Institute 225 South St., Williamstown,
Mass. (413) 458-9545. Features collections of French Impressionist,
Italian Renaissance, English, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish and
American 19th-century painters; sculpture; 19th-century American
porcelain, silver and furniture and national traveling exhibits.
Closed Mon. November-June admission is free.
RiverSpark Visitors’ Center 251 River St., Troy, 270-8667.
Features a polished, informative slide presentation on the
Hudson-Mohawk industrial gateway, plus a permanent exhibit
on the area’s historical contributions to industry in the
United States. Closed Sun-Mon. Free.
Art Museum Fine Arts Building, University at Albany, 1400
Washington Ave., Albany, 442-4035. Works by regional, national
and international artists presented in theme exhibitions.
Faculty and student works are showcased in annual exhibits.
www.albany.edu/museum. Closed Mon-Tue. Free.
College Museum of Art Main Street (Route 2), Williamstown,
Mass., (413) 597-3180. This college art gallery typically
features an impressive array of historic and contemporary
exhibits by artists of regional, national and international
import in its many exhibition spaces. Closed Mon. Free.
Awareness Children’s Museum 229 Glen St., Glens Falls,
793-2773. Part of the 50-country International Youth Art Exchange,
this museum boasts changing exhibitions of children’s art
from around the world, interactive exhibits, hands-on activities
and reference materials. Featuring educator-led tours for
small groups. Fall-winter, closed Mon. Admission fee.
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