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Site-Specific & Sculpture Projects

The Albany International Airport’s Art & Culture Program hosts temporary sculpture and site-specific projects in locations throughout the terminal as part of its mission to support and showcase the artists and cultural organizations that inhabit New York’s Capital Region. 

About the Art & Culture Program
Since 1998, Albany International Airport has distinguished itself within the Northeast and throughout the United States for its dynamic presentations of public art. The Art & Culture Program has become a cornerstone for showcasing the breadth and quality of the arts throughout the Region as well as a resource for learning about local culture. Through exhibitions presented in the Albany International Airport Gallery and the Concourse Galleries, numerous site specific installations and the Exhibition Case Program, the Art & Culture Program has extended the reach of area artists and museums to an audience of more than three million people each year.

Site Specific Locations
Numerous sites throughout the interior of the airport terminal have been occupied by site-specific projects. An on-site tour is mandatory prior to the submission of a proposal.

Review Process
All proposals are subject to a review process. Proposals that are complete and meet the criteria required for public exhibition are reviewed by an appointed committee of independent, regional arts professionals, the Airport Authority and Albany County Code Enforcement officials who assess artistic merit, compatibility with the airport’s public art standards, structural viability, fire safety and code compliance, as well as other considerations. While these are not permanent installations, they must be engineered to endure a minimum of three years in a busy public space with fluctuating environmental conditions.
The Albany International Airport’s exhibition spaces present artwork that adheres to established public art content standards. We do not exhibit work that includes nudity, overt political references, provocative language, violence and natural or human-made disaster imagery.

Approved site-specific projects are awarded a stipend of $3,500 - $5,000 depending upon the location, which is intended to fund all facets of design, development, fabrication and installation. An annual loan fee of $1000 is offered for existing sculptures that have been accepted for long-term loan. Artwork is fully insured while on the premises.

Submission Instructions and Eligibility
There is no charge for submission, and artists in all stages of their career may apply. Priority is given to applicants who live and/or work within a 100 mile radius of Albany, NY. Applicants must attend a tour of available sites prior to submitting a proposal. Proposals for site-specific installations must include the following:

  • Letter of introduction
  • Current résumé or CV with contact information
  • At least three examples of past projects that support the applicant’s ability to produce successful large-scale installations. This documentation should include photographs and relevant descriptive information along with dates and location of exhibitions.
  • Written description of proposed installation for AIA that details all materials, dimensions, weight estimation and production methods
  • Two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional renderings of the proposed work in-situ
  • Preliminary budget, including material and production costs, as well as any specialized equipment or transportation

Submissions by email:
Electronic submissions must be sent to: arts@albanyairport.com with ‘Proposal Submission’ as the subject line. Please keep the total size of your email to no more than 5mb.

Submissions by standard mail:
All works to be considered should be presented in electronic form on a CD. Supporting materials may be submitted electronically or in print (do not send originals). Mailed submissions will not be returned.

Mailing address:
Albany International Airport
Attention: Art & Culture Program
737 Albany Shaker Rd.
Administration Building, Suite 200
Albany, NY 12211-1057

Artists who wish to pursue a proposal for a site-specific or sculpture project should contact the Art & Culture Program office at 518.242.2241 or arts@albanyairport.com