Albany International Airport

Fresh art at Albany International Airport

Robert Hite, Migration House, reclaimed wood and metal, 2007-2017, Concourse A, Albany International Airport.

A new, specially-commissioned large-scale sculpture titled Migration House by Hudson Valledy based artist Robert Hite has taken up residence at New York’s Albany International Airport.

Scheduled to be on view post-security through 2020 in Concourse A, this reclaimed wood and metal sculpture “evokes the idea of home – a shelter that can provide refuge for dreams and aspirations as well as protection from the elements.”

At 9 feet high and 21 feet wide this structure is also hard to miss and is supported by stilts perched on wooden lathe hills that form a kind of landscape.

Find more information about the extensive Albany International Airport art and culture program and be sure to leave plenty of time to shopt at DEPARTURE when you’re at the ALB airport: the award-winning store features a great collection of gifts and crafts from 60 museums and cultural institutions in the region.

(Photos courtesy Albany International Airport)

Fresh art at Albany International Airport

The Fortuneteller’s Tent – by Ira Marcks at ALB Int’l Airport

Chasing the Tale,  a new group exhibition at Albany International Airport in New York, features work that, directly or indirectly, has links to historical, folk and popular culture stories.

Work by Jason Blue Lake Hawk Martinez, for example, is filled with “tricksters and gods, chickens and robots – hybrids of the American pop culture and Native Pueblo reservation culture,” the airport tells us, while Gerda van Leeuwen’s “furry protagonists take on anthropomorphic foibles and disguises.”


Hive Dancer – Jason Blue Lake Hawk Martinez at ALB Int’l Airport


Coyote series – Gerda van Leeuwen

The Chasing the Tale exhibition will be at Albany International Airport through February 26, 2018 in the airport’s 3rd floor gallery, which is located pre-security and on the same floor as the airport’s observation area.

Memento, an exhibition featuring work by five artists showing their affection for “unplugged play, relics of American identity, iconic childhood toys, and remnants of the pre-internet classroom,” is on display post-security through February 7, 2018 in the airport’s Concourse A Gallery .

Dotted Dream Scenic Byway – Erica Hauser

Travel Tidbits from San Diego & Albany Airports

Here are some airport-related travel tidbits to start off the week.


Courtesy San Diego Int’l Airport.

San Diego International is the latest airport to add lactation rooms for nursing mothers.

SAN’s 3 nursing rooms are located post-security: two in Terminal 1 and one in Terminal 2 – and include a hand washing station, electrical outlets, comfortable seating, artwork, a children’s seat and soft lighting.

ALB Airport art

Sitting Pretty, John McQueen, mixed media, 2011

There’s also a new art exhibit at Albany International Airport in New York.

The work of eight artists who blur and cross the lines between “folk” and “fine” art is featured in “Folk Modern.”

“…[T]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.”

Pipedream, Giselle Potter, Collage and gouache on paper, 2010

Pipedream, Giselle Potter, Collage and gouache on paper, 2010

Albany International Airport & the selfies


That’s not really the New York State Capitol – it’s the Albany International Airport.

But go ahead – take a selfie.

For travelers who haven’t had time to hit all the hot spots in and around Albany, officials at Albany International Airport set up a Selfie Spot on Concourse C with an over-sized photograph of the State Capitol.

“Sightseers touring Albany have always found the State Capitol to be one of the most breathtaking landmarks in upstate New York,” said John A. O’Donnell, CEO of the Albany County Airport Authority. “The Airport Capitol Selfie Site gives travelers an opportunity to recapture that moment and to digitally place themselves in the shadow of the seat of New York State government before they leave on their flights.”

The family above are the Gilberts of Queensbury, NY. They were on their way to Disney World but took advantage of the new photo op at ALB airport before they flew off.

Airports offer fresh art for travelers

If you enjoy spending your leisure time visiting art galleries, but instead end up wasting time in airports, you’re in luck. This season, many airports around the country are hosting intriguing temporary exhibitions and unveiling new permanent public artwork that can turn a long layover into a cultural adventure. Or at least keep you from getting bored.

Here are a few highlights of fresh airport art from my current “At the Airport” column on

Included in the story is the  “Environmental Steward-ess” outfit Nancy Judd of Recycle Runway made out of old leather seat covers from Delta Air Lines.


There’s also a new exhibit at New York’s Albany International Airport. In Keeping Time, seven artists explore nostalgia with “an eye for its intimate, humorous and often bittersweet nature,” says Sharon Bates, director of the airport’s art and culture program. Included in the show are paintings, several large site-specific installations and collages made from old paint-by-number paintings.

It's in the Book - by Ken Ragsdale


And, at Florida’s Jacksonsville International Airport, there’s a fun exhibition titled Kites and Flights with work by Melanie Walker and George Peters.