University at Albany
Public Programs

The Museum brings together artists, critics, writers, poets, and scholars to address key issues in contemporary art and culture through rigorous and provocative talks, conversations, debates, seminars, screenings, and readings in an informal setting.

Programs are held at the Museum and other campus locations.

For more information, call (518) 442-4035.
All programs are free and open to the public.
Parking will be provided in visitor lot #1A off Collins Circle courtesy of the Provost’s Office. For directions and map: Click HERE



  • Thursday, February 28 12-12:45 pm
    Employee Assistance Program (EAP) "Art Break" Tour
    University Art Museum


    Join Museum Director Janet Riker and UAlbany Creative Writing Instructor Brian Phillip Whalen for a brief tour of the museum exhibition Day After Day: The Diaristic Impulse followed by an informal conversation about diaries, journals, and the urge to chronicle one’s life whether through Facebook and Twitter posts or as a springboard for serious writing.  Mr. Whalen is a PhD candidate, who writes both poetry and prose; he is currently working on a collection of short stories.

    Employee Assistance Program-sponsored events are open to UAlbany and Research Foundation faculty, staff, family members, UAS employees, GSEU members and retirees. To RSVP or call 442-5483


  • Tuesday, March 5, 7 pm
    Reading by fiction writers Scott Hutchins and Edward Schwarzschild. Edward Schwarzschild's short story will appear in the Day After Day exhibition catalogue.
    University Art Museum


    Edward Schwarzschild teaches writing and literature in UAlbany's Department of English and holds a joint appointment as a fellow at the New York State Writers Institute. He was selected as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow, teaching courses in contemporary literature and American writing and visual arts in Zaragoza, Spain. Schwarzschild is the author of the novel, Responsible Men, named a "Best Book of the Year" by The San Francisco Chronicle and a finalist for the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His latest book, The Family Diamond, is a collection of stories about family, love, and loss, set in and around Philadelphia. 





    Scott Hutchins is a former Truman Capote fellow in the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University. His work has appeared inStoryQuarterlyFive Chapters, The Owls, The Rumpus, The New York Times, San Francisco Magazine and Esquire, and was recently set to music.  He is the recipient of two major Hopwood awards and the Andrea Beauchamp prize in short fiction.  In 2006 and 2010, he was an artist-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. His novel A Working Theory of Love was published in October 2012 by the Penguin Press.