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Art and Culture Program

Since 1998, Albany International Airport has distinguished itself within the Northeast and throughout the United States as a beacon for the arts in New York’s Capital Region. Before the completion of an airport-wide expansion project, the Airport Authority’s Board and a committee of advisors envisioned the establishment of an Art & Culture Program that would visually enhance the environment of the Airport and strengthen its connection to the diverse population it serves.

The Art & Culture Program has become a cornerstone for showcasing the breadth and quality of the arts throughout the Region as well as a resource for learning about local culture. Through exhibitions presented in the Albany International Airport Gallery and the Concourse Galleries, the Exhibition Case Program, free public programs and group tours, the Art & Culture Program has extended the reach of area artists and museums to an audience of more than three million people each year.

Most airport art programs are initiated through percent-for-art funds allocated by city-wide legislation that requires art to be integrated into budgets for new construction. Since Albany has no such legal mandate, the Art & Culture Program has been funded entirely through Albany International Airport’s operating budget.

For more than two decades, the Art & Culture Program has sought to stimulate pure enjoyment of the arts, as well as critical thinking, within a fast-paced public environment. Travelers find solace as well as insight into our community while local artists are rewarded with sources of exposure and revenue. Fostering this relationship is at the core of our mission, and its development has led to our success as a national model for public art programs.

Kathy Greenwood, Director
Art & Culture Program


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This fall, for the first time in its 85 year history, the Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region Exhibition will be presented simultaneously in three locations: Albany Center Gallery, Opalka Gallery and Albany International Airport Gallery.

We were honored and delighted to receive 561 entries by artists from across our region. From those, our jurors selected 143 works of art from 96 outstanding artists. A special thank you to our jurors for this arduous task and to everyone who submitted their work. It was a truly remarkable year!


At the Albany International Airport Art & Culture Program we are excited to showcase the work of the following artists: 

Fern Apfel

Arlene Baker

Susan Berger

Marc Bernier

Stephanie Blumenthal

Julie Branch

Michelle Brandemuehl

Scott Brodie

Seth Butler

Lisa DeLoria Weinblatt

George Dirolf

Sally Eckhoff

Rebecca Flis

Scott Foster

Niki Haynes

Paula Heisen

Mara Lefebvre

Naomi Lewis

Stephen Mallon

Andrew Pellettieri

Victoria van der Laan

Mary Pat Wager

Hanna Washburn

Wendy Williams

Trevor Wilson

Deborah Zlotsky


Please visit our co-hosts' websites to view their selected artist lists. 


Each venue will be hosting an in-person Reception & Awards Ceremony on three consecutive days, as well as maintaining their own show dates and open hours. Please visit each venue online for updates about hours and events. We hope to see you at each venue. 


Albany International Airport
Juror: Tommy Gregory, Public Art Program Sr. Manager and Curator, Port of Seattle
Exhibition Open: Sept. 10 through Nov. 8, 2021
Reception & Awards: THUR, Sept. 16, 6-8pm
3rd Floor, Main Terminal, 737 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 


Opalka Gallery
Juror: Pamela Salisbury, Owner & Director, Pamela Salisbury Gallery in Hudson, NY
Exhibition Open: Sept. 7 through Oct. 9, 2021
Reception & Awards: FRI, Sept. 17, 5-7pm
In conjunction with Opalka's Pop-up Beer Garden, 6-9pm
Russell Sage College, 140 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY


Albany Center Gallery
Juror: Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, Mixed Media Artist
Exhibition Open: Sept. 10 through Oct. 9, 2021
Reception & Awards: SAT, Sept. 18, 3-5pm 
488 Broadway, Suite 107, Albany, NY


If you have questions about the exhibition format, please contact us at: arts@albanyairport.com or 518-242-2243.