About Albany Center Gallery

Albany Center Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary visual art produced by emerging and established artists living within a 100-mile radius of Albany, NY. The gallery seeks to inspire interest in and interaction with the works of art by an increasingly diverse audience. It aims to promote and showcase the region’s artists as a critical component of our local cultural offerings.

Albany Center Gallery is a nonprofit, community-based organization that is supported by membership; individual, corporate, and foundation funds; fundraising events; and commissions on the sale of original art.

Our Mission

The mission of Albany Center Gallery is to promote and exhibit contemporary visual art produced by emerging and established artists living primarily in the region and to inspire interest and provide enjoyment to an increasingly diverse audience.

Our History

For over 40 years, Albany Center Gallery has provided a platform for the work of contemporary visual artists to engage the public. Albany Center Gallery strives to encourage dialogue and critical commentary about the visual arts within the region. Albany Center Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of regional artists within a 100-mile radius of Albany. Since Leslie Urbach opened the gallery’s doors in 1977, thousands of the area’s finest contemporary artists have exhibited at Albany Center Gallery using the following disciplines: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printing, fiber arts, video, mixed media, installation, and most recently artist books.

Albany Center Gallery’s exhibition program serves the art community and the general public. Receptions, artist interviews, art in public places, panel discussions, and an education program are part of the gallery’s activity. The gallery presents at least seven major exhibitions a year in the main gallery, including the Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational, and participates with performing arts organizations to present an Art in Education program. Many of the artists who exhibit at Albany Center Gallery gain national and international recognition.

Our Vision

At Albany Center Gallery (ACG), we believe that art should be accessible to everyone. This includes creating, admiring, and supporting creative works. For this reason, all of ACG’s exhibitions, receptions, and artist interviews are free and open to the public. The exhibitions are chosen based on topics that engage a broad and diverse audience.

ACG is more than an art gallery that showcases high-quality exhibitions. It focuses on creating and providing opportunities for regional artists, offering impactful programming and outreach, inspiring young creatives, and introducing community members to thoughtful artwork, all while collaborating with local businesses and fostering an inclusive, welcoming art space for individuals of all backgrounds.

Art has been proven by countless scholarly articles to build self-confidence, foster dialogue, promote exploration of society and the individual, provide economic opportunity, and produce numerous other benefits. We hope to foster an environment where individuals from all paths of life feel included and welcomed. ACG is dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equality in all of its community interactions. This means that all volunteers, interns, employees, and other individuals associated with ACG, whatever their race, gender identity, sex, education, ability (physical or mental), sexual orientation, income or financial status, nation of origin, and ethnicity feel heard and valued. Accessibility of art and the opportunity to create is a driving force for our mission.

The gallery space is fully handicapped accessible.

We will fulfill this claim by ensuring equal opportunity to all individuals for artist submissions, employment with the gallery, election to the board of directors, volunteer options, pop-up exhibits, art purchasing and all other activities.  

Board of Directors

David Phaff, President

Rita Papandrea, Vice President

James Carr, Secretary

William O. Pettit III, Treasurer

Kevin Dubner, Immediate Past President

Lisa Brown

Carlsbury Gonzalez

William Harris, Esq.

Jessica Hansen, MNA

Annette Nanes

Hazal Canisag Ozturk

Ruby Silvious

Melanie Stevenson

Edward Ticson, MA, MFA


David Brickman

Joel Spiro, MD, in memoriam



Cydele DuQuette, Archive & Operations Intern

Andrew Kwok, Curatorial Intern

Shalom Harrison, Awesome Gallery Volunteer

Briola Nugent, Graphic Design and Marketing

Theresa Swidorski, Administrative Volunteer

Lourdes Torres, Administrative & Curatorial Intern

Dana Whitcher, Business Operations & PR Intern


Tony Iadicicco, Executive Director

Karina Wojnar, Development & Membership Manager

Jennie Tang, Curatorial Associate

Emily Prosper, Gallery Operations Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I have to live within a 100mi radius to be a member?

No, the 100mi radius specified in ACG’s mission refers to artwork exhibited in the gallery space. We welcome members from all over! If you are interested in becoming a member, sign up here.

My business/entity wants a mural.

Great! You can submit your wall via the submittable page here. Feel free to email us at director@albanycentergallery.org to let us know you submitted if the timeline is pressing. 

What are some opportunities available for artists and how do I submit my artwork? What are the requirements?

You can submit your artwork online, through our submittable portal here. There are numerous available opportunities, including murals, art rental, the store, and the ongoing call for art. Please title the files names of your artwork: Lastname_firstname_nameofpiece.filename

Where can I park in Downtown Albany to visit ACG?

Luckily, there are numerous options! Did you know street & most garage parking is free on weekends and after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays? Click here for a map and more details on parking.

Where are more art activities and spaces in Albany?

Click here for a list of resources and locations in Albany and the surrounding areas! 

Does ACG appraise artwork?

No, ACG does not appraise artwork, but information regarding local art appraisers can be found here

How do I get my art in the gallery?

You can submit your artwork online through our submittable portal, found here.   The call for art is ongoing.

Does ACG offer art classes?

ACG does not offer art classes at this time, but there are numerous other arts organizations that do. Such as the Albany Art Room or the Arts Center of the Capital Region. Additionally, every spring ACG offers youth art programming, and there are a variety of community outreach events throughout the year you can get involved with. Please follow us on social media or join the e-blast to stay up to date.

How can I volunteer?

Volunteers can get involved by joining a committee, working at reception openings and events, working weekly with business administrative tasks, or volunteering at our annual gala. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or intern, you can email Karina (kwojnar@albanycentergallery.org) with your resume and a completed volunteer application, which can be found here

How can I stay informed on ACG happenings?

You can sign up for our weekly e-blast, monthly snail mail post cards, follow our social media pages, visit our website, or come and visit the gallery!