Art At APL


View Exhibition: Through May 6, 2023, during Pine Hills Branch regular hours

About the Exhibition: “Neither Here Nor There” looks at the changes and challenges of being in between places — not a tourist, not a local. 

The liminal, the in-between, middle ground, limbo, and the Venn diagram. When do we feel at home or familiar with a place? The artists showcased in this exhibition recognize and work within those feelings and places of the in between — that feeling of being not a tourist, yet not a local. Some do this with materials, some more conceptually, but together they show us that experiencing the complexity of someone else’s view can reveal a new shared intersection of understanding.

The Artists: Anna Kenar, Ann Le, Iain Machell, Arnela Mahmutovic, Miraj Patel, Sarah Pezdek, Karen Schupack, and Anya Ulinich. 

Artist Talk: Feb. 22, 2023 | 6-7:30 pm | Pine Hills Branch | Featuring a discussion with Anya Ulinich about her art and writing. | Ulinich is a fine artist and author. Her debut novel, Petropolis, won the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers and her graphic novel, Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel, was a New York Times Notable Book. Ulinich was 17 when her family left Moscow and immigrated to the United States. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago and received an MFA in painting from the University of California. 

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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.  Art at APL is funded in part by the Friends & Foundation of Albany Public Library.



In addition to the Art at APL exhibitions, the library occasionally displays art, photographs, and other pieces created by students and other members of the community. If anyone objects to art on display in the branches, the Exhibited Art Reconsideration Request should be filled out and submitted.