Thanks for checking out this post on all things art in Albany. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be covered thoroughly right here.
Our goal is to make this a one stop shop that has all the information that you need. We will begin by diving into the best Albany Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections the city has to offer.
Up next we will let you know where you can find all of the supplies you need at some of the best art stores near you. Shows and events that are held annually or more frequently will be the topic of our next section.
Art walking tours can be a great way to see a variety of styles in a short amount of time, plus we will mention where you can see some of the coolest sculptures and statues in the city. Albany art classes and lessons will need to get its own section and there are plenty of classes for both kids and adults that are available.
Some of our more experienced readers may not need any lessons so we will tell you where you can find art studios for rent in your area as well. And our final section will list the best shops for framing around town.
As you can see there are tons of things to discuss about the local art scene so we need to get this post started.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Albany
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Albany you can go to:
- Albany Institute of History & Art at 125 Washington Ave
- New York State Museum at 222 Madison Ave
- Opalka Gallery at 140 New Scotland Ave
- Massry Center for the Arts at 1002 Madison Ave
- Albany Barn at 56 2nd St
- Albany Center Gallery at 488 Broadway
- University Art Museum at 1400 Washington Ave
- Seven Cats Galerie at 56 Bentwood Ct
- Electric City Art Gallery at 160 Jay St, Schenectady
- Mandeville Gallery at 807 Union St, Schenectady
- Collar Works at 621 River St, Troy
- Martinez Gallery at 5 Broadway 2nd Ste 203, Troy
Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the oldest museums in America. They have collected art and historical materials from the Upper Hudson Valley for over 200 years and are still going strong today. Every year over 10,000 students, teachers, adult learners, and families gain from their education programs.
The New York State Museum has been a leader in the development of the fine arts for a very long time as well. They offer a wide variety of public education programs for all ages including daily after school art classes and programs.
You can find work-only studios and summer art classes at Albany Barn. Those who would like to rent some art can do so at the Center Gallery and every February they hold the Annual Winter Art Fest.
You can find over 3,000 pieces from over 50 years of modern and contemporary art at the University Museum. The Permanent Collection at the Mandeville Gallery has nearly 3,000 works of art as well.
Materials & Supplies Near You
There are quite a few stores to buy art supplies and materials in your area like:
- Arlene’s Artist Materials at 57 Fuller Rd
- Michaels at 161 Washington Ave
- Hobby Lobby at 38 Wolf Rd
- Joann at 1440 Central Ave
- Dollar Tree at 911 Central Ave
- Dollar Tree at 70 W Campbell Rd, Schenectady
- Dollar Tree at 7 Northern Dr, Troy
At Arlene’s Artist Materials you can choose from over 40,000 art supplies and materials plus they will try to special order anything they don’t have in stock. They also offer custom picture framing, art classes and workshops.
Dollar Tree is where you can go to find cheap art supplies near you. Michaels, Joann, and Hobby Lobby also can do picture framing.
Shows & Events
Some of the best local art shows and events held here are:
Fallbany Art and Craft Market is a showcase for local art, music and culture held downtown every September from 10am – 2pm. 1st Friday Albany is an art event held every first Friday of the month at various locations around the city.
Troy River Fest is a three-day long event in downtown Troy with twilight shopping, a huge sidewalk sale, and family-friendly activities. And as we mentioned earlier every February you can head to the Albany Center Gallery for their Annual Winter Art Fest.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
If you want to add a new piece to your collection or find out how much a piece is worth you can go to art dealers and appraisers near you like:
- David Hinchen Gallery at 19 Manning Blvd
- Mark Lawson Antiques at 3 Marcus Blvd #107
- Artcentric Marketplace at 266 River St, Troy
Mark Lawson Antiques offers art appraisal service, hold auctions, plus they buy and sell pieces as well. They even provide oil painting cleaning and restoration.
You can also buy art at the Albany Center Gallery and Seven Cats Galerie from our main list.
If you are reading this on a sunny day why not go on a local art walking tour at:
Capital Walls Mural Tour is a public art endeavor by Albany Center Gallery, Albany Barn and Albany Parking Authority which is held occasionally.
Troy Makers Market usually happens during the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market which takes place on Saturdays from 9:00AM-2:00PM located in the heart of Downtown Troy.
Sculptures & Statues
You can also find some really cool sculptures and statues in your area like:
- General Philip Henry Sheridan Statue at 143 State St
- George Washington Statue at 71 S Swan St
- Moses Statue at Washington Park Rd
- Robert Burns Statue at Washington Park Rd & Hudson Ave
- Harriet Tubman & William Seward Statue at Seward Pl, Schenectady
- Uncle Sam Statue at River St, Troy
The General Philip Henry Sheridan Statue was designed by John Quincy Adams Ward and created by Daniel Chester French and it was dedicated in 1916. The George Washington Statue was unveiled in West Capitol Park on Armistice Day, November 11, 1932, cast by the Gorham Company.
In 1893 the Moses Statue was unveiled in Washington Park, created by John Massey Rhind. In Washington Park you can also find the Robert Burns Statue which was put up in the early 1900’s.
In 2019 the Schenectady County Public Library dedicated the Harriet Tubman and William Seward Statues which were created by Benedict Dexter. Around River Street and Fulton Street you can find the Uncle Sam Statue which was created by George Kratina and was dedicated in 1980.
Albany Art Classes
We are all at different levels and sometimes a lesson or two can give us the boost that we need. Some of the best Albany art schools and classes can be found at:
- Albany Institute Of History & Art at 125 Washington Ave
- Albany Art Room at 350 New Scotland Ave
- Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio at 123 Saratoga Rd, Schenectady
- Canvas Corks & Forks at 402 Union St, Schenectady
- Arts Center of the Capital Region at 265 River St, Troy
Albany Art Room provides art class for all ages and levels of experience, they provide open studio. They also offer art parties, private lessons and home school groups.
Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio provide an expressive open art studio for all ages and has summer art camps for kids and teens plus they have night classes. It is also a good place to go for private lessons and they can help if you have special needs.
Canvas, Corks & Forks has really good painting classes plus their paint & sip parties are the best you will find in Schenectady or Troy. They also offer night classes. You can even find more art classes in Albany at Arlene’s Artist Materials from our art supplies list.
Studios For Rent Near You
Those of you who are ready to start a big project can find art studios near you like:
Albany Barn, Albany Art Room, Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio and Arts Center of the Capital Region also have studios for rent.
A frame can take a normal looking picture a long way, and some of the best places for art framing in Albany are:
- Alacrity Frame Workshop at 215 Lark St
- Certified Framing & Art Gallery at 260 Osborne Rd
- Art Associates Gallery at 21 Railroad Ave
- Clement Frame Shop & Art Gallery at 201 Broadway, Troy
Certified Framing & Art Gallery has thousands of sample frames and are the only frame shop in your area to offer French matting plus they can handle and preserve art and antiques. The Art Associates Gallery can do frame refinishing as well as restoration of art and frames.
Arlene’s Artist Materials, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Joann from our art supplies list also do framing. By the way in the past we have already discussed other nearby cities like:
Have Fun Enjoying the Albany Art Scene
Well guys, we tried to cover the full art scene near you to the best of our abilities. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.
If you made it all the way to the end then you probably love art as much as we do. You can let us know about any of your own tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post, or please also let us know if we got anything wrong or if anything we posted has become dated.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Albany!