New home for Albany Center Gallery

Arcade Building exterior

The Arcade Building. / photo: Paul Gallo

The Albany Center Gallery announced Monday that it's found a new home: ACG will be moving to the Arcade Building on Broadway in downtown Albany around the end of this year/beginning of 2017.

The 40-year-old gallery has been located at 39 Columbia Street -- just off Broadway near Tricentennial Park -- for many years. But its lease is up in November and it's been in search of more affordable space. Press release blurbage:

ACG began to explore a new location starting in 2014 due to a 10-year lease with the United Group ending in November 2016. "We toured over two dozen properties and had offers to move to places such as Troy and Schenectady. We thought it was important to stay in Downtown Albany," said Brian Tromans, board member and chair of the ACG's relocation committee. "The United Group has been very supportive throughout our lease. It was not an easy decision to leave 39 Columbia Street, but the Arcade will bring a new chapter for the Gallery's creative history."

The Arcade Building is just about two blocks south of ACG's current location. Its owner -- Fairbank Properties -- recently converted the upper floors to apartments. The street level includes storefront space. (Stacks Espresso is also set to open a location there.)

In addition to showing art work in its gallery space, Albany Center Gallery has also been involved in many arts projects around the city -- including the large mural that went up on the parking garage by the I-787 Clinton Ave off-ramp earlier this year.

ACG Gala: The Albany Center Gallery's 40th Anniversary Gala is November 19 at the Renaissance Albany.

Comments

Best possible location - glad that they could stay in Downtown Albany. The Arcade building is going to be an awesome downtown hang once Stacks and ACG are there.

Any idea when stacks will open?

YAY!

Fantastic news to wake up to!

This is such excellent news! I was very worried about the troubles they were having. I can't imagine a more perfect location, especially with Stacks slated to be so close, and Cider Belly practically around the corner.

Will the new Gallery be located in the same front right [NE] space that painter Len Tantillo's art gallery was in the 1990's ?

I always loved the Arcade Building when I was a kid. Haven't been inside in many years (decades), so I am looking forward to seeing the Albany Center Gallery in its new location.

Fantastic! ACG is such an asset to the community and now will have a more visible space.

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