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 in the museum are free and open to the public.


  • Tuesday, October 7, 7 pm
    Artist Talk by Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley
    featuring the U.S. debut screening of Swinburne’s Pasiphae


    Exhibiting artist Mary Reid Kelley and collaborator Patrick Kelley will present an artist talk on Tuesday, October 7 at 7 pm in the museum that is free and open to the public. This is part of a 2-day artists’ residency on campus that will also include informal class visits and exhibition tours with the artists and studio visits with M.F.A. candidates in the Fine Arts Department.

    Supported by University Auxiliary Services, the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

  • The University at Albany Foundation presents
    Looking at Lemon: Transforming Life through Literature
    in conjunction with the Performing Arts Center, NYS Writers Institute, and University Art Museum.


    This series of events is focused on the life and work of Lemon Andersen, writer, performance artist, screen actor and Tony Award-winning poet. Lemon is also a three-time felon who grew up in Brooklyn, the child of a Puerto Rican mother and Norwegian American father, both heroin addicts who died of AIDS before he was fifteen, leaving Lemon an orphaned teenager fending for himself.  A high school drop-out who spent years in jail and on probation, Lemon’s attempts at rehabilitation faltered until he attended a poetry reading and found a sense of purpose in the art of words. 


    Please note various times and locations of these events.

  • Lemon: The Movie
    Friday, October 24 at 7:30 PM – Page Hall (downtown campus), New York State Writers Film Series
    Saturday, November 1 at 9 PM – Performing Arts Center, Campus Programming Board Film Series
    Free admission


    This intricately crafted documentary traces Lemon's struggle to free his family from poverty and pain by embarking on a harrowing journey to bring his life story to the stage. It follows his desperate battle to keep the past where it belongs and move into a brighter future. Redemption may lie within Lemon's grasp when none other than Spike Lee steps in to produce his show. The stakes are high. With the power of a cliffhanger, the film asks the larger question: Can any of us really escape the past? Produced by Laura Brownson and Beth Levison of Dandelion Films, the movie features the music of hip-hop phenoms Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Aloe Blacc.

  • Thursday, November 6, 7 PM
    An Evening with Lemon Andersen
    University Art Museum.

    WAMC Roundtable interview


    In an intimate and informal setting, Lemon addresses the audience about his life and work, focusing on what nurtures him as an artist and how that has been the salvation in his life.

    An original cast member of the Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway (2002-2003), Lemon Andersen shared the 2003 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. A veteran of major spoken word performance venues, including the Nuyorican Poets Café and the Apollo Theater, Lemon is also the author of two poetry collections, Ready Made Real (2004) and County of Kings (2009), which earned the Grand Prize at the 2010 New York Book Festival. As an actor, he has appeared in four films directed by Spike Lee, including Sucker Free City (2004), She Hate Me (2004), Inside Man (2006), and Miracle at St. Anna (2008).  Lemon also appeared in The Soloist (2009) starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jamie Foxx. 

    Copies of his book County of Kings will be available for purchase and signing.

  • County of Kings by Lemon Andersen
    Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 PM with a pre-show discussion beginning at 7 PM – Performing Arts Center
    Advance Tickets: $15 general public / $10 students, seniors & faculty-staff
    Day of Show Tickets: $20 general public / $15 students, seniors & faculty-staff


    Originally developed and directed by Elise Thoron, American Place Theatre took Lemon’s life story and adapted it into a solo play now performed by Michael Angel Viera. Weaving hard-edged drama with urban poetry and gritty prose, the work follows Lemon’s coming-of-age memoir of the same name touching on young love, the birth of hip hop, slinging crack, ballet, stealing car parts, prison and poetry in an astonishing journey toward self-discovery.  County of Kings is a Literature to Life stage presentation of Young Audiences New York.

    Additional support provided by the Alumni Association, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, University Auxiliary Services, Diversity Transformation Fund administered through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Holiday Inn Express. Promotional assistance provided by the Campus Programming Board.

  • Tuesday, November 11, 7:30 pm
    Reading by Angela Pneuman from her new novel Lay it on my Heartand Amy Biancolli author of Figuring Sh!t Out: Love, Laughter, Suicide, and Survival
    Art Museum, Fine Arts Building


    Angela Pneuman, former Ph.D. student and Presidential Fellow at UAlbany and Kentucky native, is widely hailed as an exciting new voice in Southern literature. Her first novel, Lay it on my Heart (2014), recounts the challenges that confront a Kentucky girl after her “prophet” father is committed to a psychiatric hospital. Rebecca Wells, author of the bestselling Ya-Ya Sisterhood novels, said, “I know the voices of Southern girls, and when they sing true, my heart expands. Angela Pneuman is a flute.” A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, Pneuman is also the author of the story collection, Home Remedies (2007).

    Amy Biancolli, Arts writer and columnist for the Albany Times Union, author of House of Holy Fools: A Family Portrait in Six Cracked Parts (2004), which earned her Albany Author of the Year, reads from her memoir Figuring Sh!t Out: Love, Laughter, Suicide, and Survival (2014)

    Cosponsored by the New York State Writers Institute and UAlbany’s English Department.