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Albany International Airport Gallery


The Albany International Airport Gallery, a dedicated 2500 square foot space, has become a destination for more than 300,000 visitors annually and one of the premier exhibition venues in the Capital Region, Southern Vermont and Western Massachusetts.

Since its inception in 1998, the Art & Culture Program director and staff have curated exhibitions that are wide-ranging in thematic content and appeal, provide a rewarding experience for people of all ages and background, and have gained a reputation for excellence among travelers and the regional arts community. The Program, and the Gallery in particular, has been recognized in local and national publications for the innovative content and quality of its exhibitions.

Artists interested in learning more about exhibition opportunities should go to the Opportunities for Artists section of this website for further information. Located before the security checkpoint, the Gallery shares the third floor with the Observation Area and is conveniently accessible to travelers and non-travelers alike. Gallery hours are 7:00 am - 11:00 pm daily.

Current Exhibition


Body Language

April 5 - September 7, 2014

Without saying a word, we speak to one another through gesture, gaze and composure. Interpreting the nuances of this language requires intuition and a certain degree of empathy for those around us. perhaps more than any other subject matter in art, the body invites associations with our own sense of self, as well as our notions of other. In this exhibition, the human form becomes a source of allegory, personal narrative, cultural sensibiltiy and transformation.
In contrast to the tradition of aiming for at faithful likeness, the artists assembled here present subjects that are not at once who they seem. Features are intentionally distorted or hybridized; environments and events are laced with incongruities and inversions. We are prompted to consider - as these figures do - how our individual story, with its reflections on the past and aspirations for the future, fits within a collective human identity.

Artists: Darcie Abbatiello, Melanie Baker, Leona Christie, Brian Cirmo, Sean Hovendick, Sergei Isupov, Paul Miyamoto, Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, Amy Podmore, Lin Price

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Past Exhibitions

Invite Second Nature

October 12, 2013-March 9, 2014

Nature is a word often used to describe the things we have not manufactured or meddled with. But today it's hard to identify what we haven't modified - by choice or by chance. Weather patterns, mountain peaks, the ocean floor; the behavior of microscopic organisms and the genetic composition of corn are just a few elements that were once thought of as 'natural,' or occurring outside of our influence.

In this exhibition, observations of - and curiosity about - the world around us are voiced by eight artists who invoke landscape features, rock formations and curious hybrids of flora and fauna. These familiar hallmarks of our environment are infused with perceptions involving culture, history, memory and the process of art-making itself. Together they describe an evolving human relationship with the world we inhabit - and alliance that might be thought of as Second Nature.

Artists: Roberley Bell, Katie DeGroot, Adam Frelin, Jenny Kemp, Jason Middlebrook, Laura Moriarty, Jill Parisi, Karin Stack
SAR invite Some Assembly Required

Artists connect the unexpected

February 2 - September 8, 2013

The word collage, from the French word coller, meaning 'to glue,' has been associated for over a century with the activity of cutting, rearranging, and fastening together assorted materials to make a new composition. Today, access to a dizzying variety of materials, processes and data has provided artists with a deep pool of ingredients to consider. In this exibition, the principles of collage are expressed through traditional cut paper techniques, as well as hybrids of photography, film, painting and sculpture. The elements within this work are rarely brought together at random, but determined with great attendion to the meaning associated with images and objects, and their ability to evoke new insights and stories.

Artists: Todd Bartel, Allen Bryan, Laura Christensen, Susan Spencer Crowe, Paul Forte, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Niki Haynes, Andrea Hersh, Elana Herzog, Thomas Huber, Mary Lum, China Marks, Michael Oatman, Rob O'Neil, Rich Remsberg, Anne Roecklein

MLPostcard More or Less
Art on the edge of excess and austerity

May 25, 2012 - January 6, 2013

At this time more than any other, we are mindful of what is plentiful and what is scarce; of what some have and others don't. In life, the pursuit of more necessitates the apportionment of less. In art, these opposing qualities find connection through their ability to impart the sublime, whether through lavish profusion or bare simplicity.

Artists: Judith Braun, Suzanne Caporael, Joanne Carson, Terry Conrad, Charles Geiger, Giselle Hicks, William Jaeger, Melinda McDaniel, Lisa Nilsson, Barbara Takenaga

LOL invite


Art that is seriously funny.

October 1, 2011 - March 25, 2012

Inundated though we are with news of nearby and distant calamity; subjected as we are to the unpredictable tumult of life, it's good to be reminded to laugh. Art can raise consciousness and evoke the sublime, but it can also crack us up. This exhibition brought together fourteen artists whose sense of humor ranges from droll to drop-down-doubled-over. We hoped, through them, to bring laughter to a place and time in which one all too rarely encounters it.

Artists: Roger Bisbing, Tim Davis, Andrew DeGraff, Benjamin Entner, Torrance Fish, Spring Hofeldt, Linda B. Horn, Brian Kane, Steven Rolf Kroeger, Michael Oatman, Minna Resnick, Owen Sherwood, Joy Taylor and Gregor Wynnyczuk

keeping time

Keeping Time

Artists navigate the collective and individual mythology of nostalgia with an eye for its humorous, deceptive, and often bittersweet nature.

April 2 - September 5, 2011

With the passage of years, memories are stacked to form the walls of a history that is both personal and collective. More like a sandcastle than a fortress, this structure shifts, is perforated by the small sticks of incongruity, and reshaped by the tides of observation. Within our memories are clusters of events, places and people that we may at once long for and retreat from. Recalling them urges a reconstruction of birthday parties and holidays, conversations and road trips, the features of the houses we grew up in and the toys we played with. In our minds, time is preserved, sought after, cursed, reinvented and reflected upon. Despite its movement, we hold on to the moments that define us and our future. 

Artists: Joel Griffith, Stevan Jennis, Matt LaFleur, Leslie Lew, Michael Millspaugh, Kenneth Ragsdale, Randy Regier



The Imaged Word

An exhibition of artwork that responds to the material qualities of books and the passages contained within them.

July 23, 2010 - March 9, 2011

For many artists, poetry, literature and language itself have been the springboards for projects in which words and their meaning are embedded in a new physical form. Artists Scott McCarney, Aaron Stephan and Robert The treated books as both the subjects and objects of sculptural forms. Sculptors Amy Podmore and William Ransom associated their work with pieces of poetry and prose, respectively. For Paul Katz and Barbara Todd, the work of one poet shaped the visual content of their installations. Gabe Brown utilized a language-associated, visual code to great extent in her work as well. Fern Apfel, Fawn Potash and Gayle Johnson observed books through painting and photographing them.

Artists: Fern Apfel, Gabe Brown, Gayle Johnson, Paul Katz, Scott McCarney, Amy Podmore, Fawn Potash, William Ransom, Aaron T. Stephan, Robert The, Barbara Todd

MW invite

Material Witness

A Collaboration with the Rensselaer Schools of Architecture; and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

December 18, 2009 - June 20, 2010

As an introductory exercise, Rensselaer students entering their first year of architectural education are challenged to imagine the new spatial and structural possibilities latent in found, discarded or recycled material. The exhibited work took up issues of the poetic, the novel, the spectacular and above all the architectural possibilities that can arise from a zealous exploration of not only what the material is, but more importantly, what it can become. In keeping with the collaborative nature of the presentation, a team on graphic design students from the Rensselaer School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences developed the graphic design elements for the exhibition, and oversaw their production as an advanced thesis project.

OTW Out of This World
Transcending the Terrestrial in Contemporary Art
June 26 - November 29, 2009

Within this world and all around us march the familiar products of manufacture, interceded by the tenacious sprouting of life in all its variability. By entangling the stuff of industry with elements in nature, artists are often able to describe territories that are unearthly. The seven artists featured in this exhibition tap the reservoirs of our known world to create forms that we feel both acquainted with and transported by.

Artists: Betsy Brandt, Susie Brandt, Ginger Ertz, Chris Harvey, Jennifer Maestre, David Miller and Devorah Sperber.

ARP invite A Remarkable Past
Objects of Outlandish Purpose
and Astonishing Configuration

October 4, 2008 - May 30, 2009

This region is home to dozens of museums whose preservation and interpretation of the past is vital to the understanding of the world in which we live. In celebration of the Art & Culture Program's own historic achievement - a decade of presenting public art - we have amassed a group of extraordinary artifacts from twenty-five area museums.

Participants: Adirondack Museum, Albany County Historical Association/Ten Broeck Mansion, Albany Institute of History & Art, The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie, Bennington Museum, Berkshire Museum, Chapman Historical Museum, The Clark, Chesterwood, A National Trust Historic Site, Columbia County Historical Society, Hancock Shaker Village, Historic Cherry Hill, The Hyde Collection, National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, New York State Museum, Old Fort Johnson, The Pember Museum and Library of Natural History, Rensselaer County Historical Society, Saratoga County Historical Society at the Brookside Museum, The Saratoga Springs History Museum, Schenectady County Historical Society, Schenectady Museum and Suits-Bueche Planetarium, Shaker Museum and Library, Slate Valley Museum, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College

Locally Grown

Locally Grown

April 25 - September 7, 2008

An exhibition of contemporary art commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Art & Culture Program featuring artists from the past decade of exhibitions.

Artists: Scott Brodie, Terry Conrad, Jeanette Fintz, Torrance Fish, Allen Grindle, John Hampshire, John Hanson, Larry Kagan, Anima Katz, Paul Katz, Jude Lewis, Harold Lohner, Paul Mauren, Edward Mayer, Portia Munson, Michael Oatman, Gina Occhiogrosso, George Simmons, Devorah Sperber, Karin Stack, Laura Von Rosk, Deborah Zlotsky


October 26, 2007 - March 30, 2008

This exhibition featured artists who traversed countries from Morocco to Iceland, Cuba to India, Belize to the Czech Republic, and combined photographic prints, projections and field recordings, sculpture and travel ephemera that resonated with the lure of distant lands, people and cultures.

Artists: Craig Barber, Martin Benjamin, Kevin Bubriski, Donna Fitzgerald, Phyllis Galembo, Kristina Kwacz 

MHR 2007 Mohawk-Hudson Regional Juried Exhibition
May 24 - September 30, 2007

Albany International Airport Gallery hosted the 71st annual exhibition, which has become a barometer of contemporary art as well as a means of support for emerging and established artists in our community. Juried by Leah Douglas, Director of Exhibitions at Philadelphia International Airport.

Artists: Ford Bailey, Martin Benjamin, Arlene Birch, Roger Bisbing, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, David Brickman, Allen Bryan, Lorraine B. Chesin, Brian Cirmo, Terry Conrad, Colleen Cox, Peter Dellert, Russell DeYoung, Ginger Ertz, Ray Felix, Torrance Fish, Jim Flosdorf, Richard Garrison, Kyle Greene, Michael Gwozdz, Frank Jackson, Suzanne Kawola, Steven Rolf Kroeger, Naomi Lewis, Harold Lohner, Ingrid Ludt, Warren MacMillan, Doretta Miller, Mark Miller, Laura Moriarty, Michael Oatman, Gina Occhiogrosso, Ryan Parr, Madeline Silber, George Simmons, Aimee Tarasek, Peter Taylor, Barbara Todd, Joseph Yetto and Deborah Zlotsky

Natural Selection Natural Selection
November 20, 2006 - April 22, 2007

An exhibition that took a step back in time through an early twentieth century collection of specimens and curiosities from The Pember Library and Museum of Natural History, together with works of contemporary art that reflected a fascination with observing, preserving and reinventing the natural world.

Artists: Sam Easterson, Eckhard Etzold, Laura Moriarty, Leslie Parke, The Playful Maidens of Spray and Eric Slayton

Model Cits Michael Oatman's Model Citizens: Giant Size
August 11 - October 22, 2006

Model Citizens was an exhibition and documentary video that united artists, model makers and hobbyists in the vicinity of four urban centers: Cambridge, MA, New Haven, CT, Bellows Falls, VT and the Capital Region of NY. Curator Michael Oatman developed Model Citizens while questioning what prompted others to work long hours on complex and patience-trying work.

Participants: The American Precision Museum, Gregory Bartlett, Bill Brown and the Studen Interns of the Eli Whitney Museum, Roger Bisbing, George Bossarte, Jeff Brower, Stephanie Cramer, Peter Edwards, Joe Fig, Jim Finn, Daniel Fokine, Dick Freeman, Jim Gallagher, Danny Goodwin, Andy Gray, Erin Hennessy, Kristina Killar, Henry Quinn, Ken Ragsdale, Randy Regier, The Rensseler Model Railroad Society, Karin Stack and Mark Williams

Saving Troy Saving Troy
January 15 - February 19, 2006

An exhibition of photographs taken by author William B. Patrick diring the year he spent documenting the Troy, NY Fire Department for his book, Saving Troy: A Year with Firefighters and Paramedics in a Battered City.

Now You See It Now You See It
August 16, 2004 - February 6, 2005

This exploration of our fascination with magic, illusion and transformation was presented in colaboration with members of a local chapter of the Society of American Magicians. Finely crafted artifacts and apparatus that were used by conjurers, psychic mediums and fortune tellers for more than a century came to life through video performances. Historic lithographic posters from the New York State Museum and works of contemporary art were also included.

Artists: William R. Bergman, Aaron Holz, Steve Hollinger, Larry Kagan, Michael Oatman and Janet Sorensen

Collections: Bob Connors and the New York State Museum

Performances: SAM members Vinny Grosso and David MacDonald, also Krista Fragos

Millay Artists in the Studio: 30 Years at the Millay Colony for the Arts
January 26 - August 1, 2004

The Millay Colony for the Arts was founded in 1973 on the estate of the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay in Austerlitz, NY. This juried exhibition represented a selection of 45 visual artists, writers and composers who were former Colony residents. Thirty years later it is considered to be one of the most important artist communities in the country.

Artists: Scott Edward Anderson, Robin Arnold, Jill Bauerle, Sarah Brenneman, Elizabeth Brown, Andrea Clearfield, David Cleary, Gloria Coates, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Susan Spencer Crowe, Ann Darby, Linda Dennis, Marilyn Duckworth, Jessica Dunne, Paul Farinacci, Laurel Farrin, Jeanette Fintz, Richard Fox, Garth Freeman, Andrea Fuhrman, Linda Griggs, Colette Inez, Patricia Spears Jones, Tamiko Kawata, Sybil Kollar, Kate Kretz, Debby Mayer, Sarah McCoubrey, Jennifer Militello, David Morse, Gina Occhiogrosso, Diana Puntar, Eléna Rivera, Bertha Rogers, Marilyn Schechter, Monique Silverman, Hester Simpson, Samantha Simpson, Robert Stern, Carolyn Stoloff, Randall Stoltzfus, Naoe Suzuki, Elaine Terranova, Sophie Wadsworth and Deborah Zlotsky


Unplugged: Painting in the Age of Technology

May 19, 2003 - January 4, 2004

Selected works by 18 artists were divergent in style and subject matter, but reflective of a sensibility that painting itself is an act that necessitates slow deliberation, attention to nuance and detail and patience for careful crafting.

Artists: Scott Brodie, Richard Callner, Christian Carson, Sara Di Donato, Richard Garrison, John Hampshire, John Hanson, Aaron Holz, Carol Luce, Robert Moylan, Lillian Mulero, Michael Oatman, Gina Occhiogrosso, Bruce Stiglich, Peter Taylor, Stephen J. Tyson, Laura Von Rosk, Deborah Zlotsky

show off

Show Off: Directors Select from their Museum Collections 

September 30, 2002 - April 27, 2003

Co-curated with Charles Stainback, then Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, this exhibition invited the directors of 55 museums, historical societies and state historic sites to showcase one favorite object from their institution's collection. 


Private Eye: An Exhibition of Intriguing Collections from Residents of the Capital Region

November 12, 2001 - March 17, 2002


Private Eye II

April 1, 2002 - September 9, 2002

Private Eye and its successor by popular demand, Private Eye II, turned to the residents of the Capital Region in a widespread search for intriguing, unusual and bizarre private collections. These were found, as well as everyday objects displayed within glass cabinets or lurking in the shadows of attics and basements.

Lake George

Guidebook to Lake George

July 14 - October 21, 2001

A collaboration between the Chapman Historical Museum and the Lake George Association, Guidebook to Lake George presented leisure activities during the late 1900s and concerns for the lake today. the exhibition also featured historic photographs by Seneca Ray Stoddard (1843-1917) and recent paintings by Albany artist Nadia Rymanowski.

Photo regional

23rd Photography Regional

April 2 - June 30, 2001

This juried exhibition was open to regional artists working in any photography-based medium. Charles Stainback, Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, selected 78 pieces ranging from pinhole photographs to digital prints to photographic emulsions on burdock leaves for the exhibition.

Artists: Martin Benjamin, David Brickman, David Bruce, Ellen Descisciolo, Jeri Lynn Eisenberg, Amanda Ervin, Michael P. Farrell, April Fernandez, Maureen Finnegan, Donna Fitzgerald, Danny Goodwin, William Jaeger, Tatana Kellner, Kersten Lorcher, Jill Malouf, Glen Marsh, Linda Morrell, Rob O'Neil, Patrick O'Rourke, Tom Santelli, Kaman Tse


Planes Trains Automobiles And...

December 9, 2000 - March 18, 2001

This exhibition of book illustrations and writings from the Children's Literature Connection focused on the theme of transportation. The exhibition included the work of a Newbury Award-winning author and several Caldecott Award-winning illustrators.



April 8 - July 30, 2000

This sculpture exhibition featured the artists Bill Botzow, Anthony Cafritz, Jude Lewis, Paul Mauren and Dean Snyder whose work included a spectrum of materials, processes, forms and ideas extracted from nature, history and everyday life.

lake placid
Lake Placid: Winter Sports Capital
January 19 - March 25, 2000

This exhibition from the 1932 & 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum, Lake Placid NY, featured an exciting overview of the Olympic Winter Games, highlights of several winter sports' most memorable moments and competitors, and examples of Lake Placid's continuing role as a world-class training and competition site.

material departure
Material Departure
October 11, 1999 - January 8, 2000

The fifteen artists in this exhibition worked with traditional materials in non-traditional ways. Although informed by conventional methods of shaping glass, wood, clay, metal and paper, their processes diverged from the historical and even functional aspects of these mediums.

Racing Through the Airport
May 29 - September 26, 1999

This exhibition included selections from the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Saratoga Springs, NY, including bronze equine sculptures, racing photography and objects from the National Museum of Racing's permanent collection.

Come Stand Among Great Women
March 1 - March 23, 1999

This exhibition featured a portrait gallery on loan from The National Women's Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, NY. Six local institutions were invited to participate in the Women's History Month celebration. Each group organized a special exhibition and programming that honored women committed to cultural pride and community values.

Young Artists
Young Artists of the World
November 20, 1998 - February 21, 1999

An exhibition of children's drawings, paintings and international vintage dolls were drawn from the collection of the World Awareness Children's Museum in Glens Falls, NY.

Flash! The Associated Press Covers The World
September 22 - November 13, 1998

A traveling exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of the Associated Press, Flash! featured famous photographs, including Pulitzer Prize winners, that recorded major events of the 20th century.

Sharon Bates, Director
Art & Culture Program
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