Albany Museum of Art
The museum was founded in 1964 as the outgrowth of the Southwest Georgia Art Association. It was first housed in an empty hosiery mill. In 1969 a small facility was constructed in a local park. In 1983 the current museum, next to Darton State College, opened with an exhibition of work by American impressionists on loan from the Phillips Collection.
Collection and exhibits
The museum displays more than 200 works of African, European, and American art from a collection of 2,400 original works.
The African collection includes masks, sculpture, pottery, baskets, textiles, jewelry and gold weights. It is one of the largest collections of Sub-Saharan art in the Southeastern U.S.
The American and European collections include paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculpture. The American collection includes paintings by Edward Henry Potthast, Joseph H. Sharp, Ernest Lawson, Reginald Marsh and A.L. Ripley.
- The Banks Haley Gallery - traveling exhibitions.
- The Miller Gallery - art and artifacts from the AMA’s Sub-Saharan African collection.
- The Raymond F. Evans Sporting Art Gallery - wildlife and sporting art.
- The Ralph Hodges Gallery - works by regional artists.
- The McCormack Gallery - exhibitions from the AMA Permanent Collection, collections on loan.
- The East Gallery - works by regional artists, works from the AMA Permanent Collection. (Awaiting a big-money donor for naming.)
- The AMAzing Spaces Gallery - interactive learning through hands-on experiences for children. It features masks, musical instruments, a library of children’s art books, and the “Recollections Room” in which visitors can make colorful works of art just by moving through the space.
- The Learning Curve Education Gallery - exhibitions of artworks by local school children as well as children, teens, and adults enrolled in art classes offered through the AMA’s ARTScool Program.
Exhibitions available for loan
- “Master Drawings from the Shaffer Collection” - 34 master drawings from the late 15th century through the early 18th century including representations of Dutch, Flemish, French, German, and Italian schools.
- “Mose Tolliver” - 14 paintings by African-American folk artist Mose Tolliver.
- “Warhol Flowers” - 10 silk screen prints by Andy Warhol that have been hand-watercolored.
- "Studio Glass from the Schuman Collection" - 63 sculptural works by artists such as Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino.