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 Gallery 39 Columbia St., Albany, 462-4775. Celebrating
30 years of exhibitions featuring contemporary work by regional
artists, in their downtown Albany home. Seven shows annually.
Institute of History & Art 125 Washington Ave., Albany,
463-4478. 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, but also brings in fascinating traveling exhibits.
International Airport Gallery Third level, Albany International
Airport, Colonie, 242-2243. Exhibitions showing regional,
contemporary art, site-specific installations, area museum
collections, and traveling national exhibits of regional interest,
all in a space flooded by light. 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
periodic special events (admission fee).
Museum at Canajoharie 2 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie, 673-2314.
An extensive collection of 19th- and 20th-century American
art, plus traveling exhibitions.
Center of the Capital Region 265 River St., Troy,
273-0552. This multi-arts center’s gallery features contemporary
art from the region and beyond, plus a folk-art exhibit space
on the second floor. This is the place to get involved in
the arts through a multitude of courses offered throughout
the year. Also offers grant programs, arts-in-education. 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
Museum 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571. Featuring
works of regional interest, including an ongoing exhibit of
paintings by Grandma Moses. Admission fee.
Museum 39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 443-7171.
Permanent installations of art and natural history as well
as seasonal shows and special exhibits, often with a hands-on
orientation appealing to children. Aquarium. Admission fee.
Haddad Gallery 622 Warren St., Hudson, 828-3341. Regional
contemporary artists. Free.
Museum of Science and Technology 250 Jordan Road, Troy,
235-2120. This Tech Valley center is designed for children
and parents to explore the world of science together. Includes
the Molecularium screenings, and planetarium dome shows. Admission
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. Admission fee.
of Saint Rose Art Gallery Picotte Hall, College of Saint
Rose, 324 State St., Albany, 485-3900. Regularly mounts shows
by artists of regional, national and international acclaim,
as well as student and faculty shows. Free.
Gallery Emma Willard School, 285 Pawling Ave., Troy, 833-1313.
This gallery, housed on the campus of an elite girls’ school,
mounts regional exhibits on a regular basis. Free.
Carle Museum of Picture Book Art 125 West Bay Road, Amherst,
Mass., (413) 658-1100. Exhibits of children-oriented art.
Street Gallery 408 Fulton St., Troy, 274-8464. With a
mission to promote the region’s appreciation of contemporary
art, this gallery features changing exhibits by local, regional
and international artists. Free.
Hudson Valley Community College LRC Gallery, 80 Vandenburgh
Ave., Troy, 629-4822. Exhibits of works by students and regional
Hyde 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. Free.
Indian Museum 324 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. Admission fee.
Davis Gallery 362 1/2 Warren St., Hudson, 828-5907. Painting
and sculpture by contemporary artists. Free.
Gallery 71 4th St., Troy, 272-1918. An eclectic mix of
local, regional and international artists. Free.
Museum of Contemporary Art 87 Marshall St., North Adams,
Mass., (413) 662-2111. An impressive compound located in a
renovated 27-building former mill complex. Called MASS MoCA
for short, this institution boasts world-class exhibitions,
performances, films and funky events. Check out the Sol LeWitt
exhibit—it’s up until 2033. 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. Admission
York State Military Museum 61 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs,
581-5100. Permanent and traveling exhibits of military items
related to New York’s contribution to the national defense.
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. 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. Admission fee.
Gallery Sage Colleges of Albany, 140 New Scotland Ave.,
Albany, 292-7742. Shows by regional, national and international
artists are regularly featured. Free.
Rensselaer County Historical Society 57 Second St., Troy,
272-7232. One of New York’s premier historic house museums.
RCHS collects and preserves the history of Rensselaer County.
Automobile Museum 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs,
587-1935. Permanent and traveling exhibits of vintage cars.
County Arts Council 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-4132.
Exhibits of works by regional artists. Free.
Museum and Suits-Bueche Planetarium 15 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. Admission fee.
Art Gallery Saisselin Art Building, Skidmore College,
Saratoga Springs, 580-5049. Faculty and students exhibit their
works here, as well as artists from the area and beyond. 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. 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. 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. Admission to galleries
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute 225 South St.,
Williamstown, Mass., (413) 458-2303. Features collections
of French impressionist, Italian Renaissance, English, Dutch,
Flemish, Spanish and American 19th-century painters; sculpture;
19th-century American porcelain, silver and furniture, as
well as national traveling exhibits. Admission fee.
Teaching Museum and Art Gallery Skidmore College, 815
N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-8080. Contemporary art
exhibits in this award-winning space. 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. Free.
University 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.
Artists Guild 247 Lark St., Albany, 426-3501. Regional
Slater 141 Broadway, Albany, 431-1943, ussslater.org.
Tour the USS Slater. See how sailors worked, hear the sounds
of a living ship, touch a piece of American history, and walk
the decks where hundreds of sailors have walked before. Open
College Museum of Art Main Street (Route 2), Williamstown,
Mass., (413) 597-2429. 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. Free.
Awareness Children’s Museum 174 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. Admission fee.
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