Art & Culture Program

Folk Modern

October 17, 2015 - May 8, 2016
Public Reception Friday, October 23, 5:30-7:30 pm

Featured artists
Anima Katz
Matt LaFleur
Jack Metzger
John McQueen
Nancy Natale
Giselle Potter
Steve Rein
Susanna Starr

Folk art reflects the creative traditions of a community or culture, and its practitioners strive to achieve the highest standards of their craft. Materials are often those most readily available, and images or patterns describe the activities, observations and cycles of daily life. Style and technique are often learned through apprenticeship or may be even entirely self-directed - consider Grandma Moses for example.

By contrast, beginning in the twentieth century, those identifying themselves as fine artists considered originality, and the expression of the individual to be the most important features of their work. Many sought the rigors of formal academic training and a life of singular dedication to the studio.

While distinctions such as these have long been drawn between folk and fine art, the wall between them has been crumbling for some time, and inhabitants of both sides have been finding much common ground. This exhibition brings together individuals whose work occupies a territory in which qualities at once traditional and innovative ancestral and personal are seen to coexist and thrive.


Since 1998, Albany International Airport has distinguished itself within the Northeast, and throughout the United States as a beacon for the arts in the Capital Region. Before the completion of an airport-wide expansion project, the Airport Authority's Board and a committee of advisors envisioned the establishment of an Art & Culture Program that would visually enhance the environment of the Airport and strengthen its connection to the diverse population it serves.

The Art & Culture Program has become a cornerstone for showcasing the breadth and quality of the arts throughout the Region and has made the Airport a busy hub not only for travel, but also for celebrating and learning about local culture. Through exhibitions presented in the Albany International Airport Gallery and the Concourse Galleries, the Exhibition Case Program, free public programs and group tours, the Art & Culture Program has extended the reach of area artists and museums to an audience of more than three million people each year. Additionally, DEPARTURE, The Shop of Capital Region Museums, the retail arm of the Program, has become an important community service and a unique shopping venue lauded nationally and prized locally.

Most airport art programs are initiated through funding provided by percent-for-art programs mandated by the city in which the airport resides. Since there are no percent-for-art mandates in the Capital Region, funding for the Art & Culture Program has been derived entirely from Albany International Airport's operating budget.

For more than a decade the Art & Culture Program has sought to stimulate pure enjoyment of the arts as well as critical thinking within a fast-paced port of travel. Travelers find solace and insight into our community while local artists are rewarded with sources of exposure and revenue. Fostering this relationship is at the core of our mission, and its development has led to our success as a national model for public art programs.

Kathy Greenwood, Director
Art & Culture Program
Albany International Airport Gallery hours:
7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. daily.
For additional information phone: 518.242.2241 or email

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