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Art At APL

Art At APL

One of the best things about Albany is our vibrant art scene. We’re home to the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Albany Center Gallery, and the Albany Barn, a community arts incubator where local artists live and work.  Albany also boasts a professional-to-popup gallery crawl on the 1st Friday of every month.

In the past couple of years a new stop has been added to your local arts map: Art at APL!

Art at APL, a juried fine arts exhibition program at our Pine Hills Branch, is dedicated to showcasing the work of contemporary artists connected to the Capital Region. By integrating artwork into public spaces within the library, the program enriches your library experience and gives you something beautiful to look at while you browse our collections.

Enjoy Special Events and Programs from Art at APL

  • Opening Reception: 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.

Submitting Artwork

Twice a year, our professional curator develops an exhibition theme and issues a call for submissions. Artists interested in participating in the program are encouraged to submit their work to

Please review the Art Exhibition Policy before submitting your work, and see the guidelines and requirements for submission in the program prospectus. We can’t wait to see what amazing contemporary art will engage our community next!