Art At APL

Art At APL


Fall 2020

Creative Curbsides will showcase bright, colorful art installations in the front-facing windows of two library branches — Arbor Hill/West Hill and Bach — to greet users as they visit for curbside pickup of library materials.

Creative Curbsides will provide local artists an opportunity to propose site-specific public artworks for the exhibition. 

Creative Curbsides seeks proposals for original public artworks for the windows at the Bach and Arbor Hill/West Hill branches. All artists are welcome to apply; BIPOC artists and artists who reside in Albany are encouraged. Artists, designers, studios, and artist teams may submit multiple concepts.

Creative Curbsides is part of APL’s partnership with Opalka Gallery and the Friends and Foundation of Albany Public Library’s Art at APL program. The exhibition is expected to begin in late fall.

Full details and application deadlines for Creative Curbsides are available here.


Art at APL, which is curated by Opalka Gallery, is a fine arts exhibition program at the Pine Hills Branch showcasing the work of contemporary artists connected to the Capital Region. The program, which began in 2013, integrates professional artwork into public spaces within the library, enriches the library experience, and gives visitors something interesting and educational to look at while they browse the collections. The program is funded in part by the Friends & Foundation of Albany Public Library. Art at APL is funded in part by the Friends & Foundation of Albany Public Library.


Enjoy Special Events & Programs from Art at APL

  • Opening Receptions: Whenever we feature a new exhibition, we host an opening with wine, cheese, and great jazz–we essentially transform the branch library into a festive gallery space and invite everyone to an after-hours party.
  • Special Tours: Our curator and some of the artists offer programs designed to give kids and adults a closer look at the art on display through their eyes. Art enthusiasts will learn to look at colors and materials and ask what the artists are trying to say. These programs also give visitors an opportunity to learn more about our artists’ creative process.