Tuesday, December 16, 2014

U Club Introduces 2nd "Artist in Residence" - 1/2/15

Channing Lefebvre to Exhibit Work from January - April

“Sunrise, Lake Champlain”, 14” x 18”, oil on canvas, 2007

In addition to paintings by Jonathan Bradley Morse and Walter Launt Palmer and sculpture by Terri Boor, the Living Room, Lobby and Dining Room of the University Club of Albany have long featured works from a variety of renowned artists. 

From January through April, the University Club will present a solo exhibition of the works of Channing Lefebvre, who will serve as the Club’s second Artist in Residence.

The exhibition will open with a Meet the Artist Reception on Friday, January 2, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the National Register-listed University Club at 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The reception is free and open to the public as part of the University Club’s participation in 1st Friday, the arts walk that showcases the lively art scene in downtown Albany. Guests are invited to stay on after the reception for live music in the Grille Room with singer/songwriter Russ Kennedy from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

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Scheduled to run through Monday, April 27, the exhibition will be on view during public and special events at the Club, and by appointment with the artist, who will receive an honorary membership in the University Club for the duration of the show.

Lefebvre follows Ken Ragsdale as Artist in Residence. Ragsdale’s work spanned many artistic disciplines, including drawing, painting, sculpture, paper-craft, theatre lighting, and photographs.

The Artist in Residence program furthers the University Club and Foundation’s commitment to promote the use of the historic Clubhouse as a venue for performing and visual arts as well as cultural events. It builds on the success of the October, 2011 Athletic Annex Exhibition curated by local artist Chip Fasciana. For 9 days, the University Club’s former fitness annex was transformed into a “pop up art gallery” with an exhibition featuring some 20 local and regional artists. The Athletic Annex Exhibition was part of MoHu – the Mohawk Hudson Art Festival featuring theatre, dance, music, visual and random acts of art throughout the region.

Channing Lefebvre’s paintings are about color and the evocative nature of light. The paintings incline toward an Eastern sensibility, balancing color, form, and line.

“The process of painting to me is like meditation in which I convey a sense of time and place with nuances of light and atmosphere,” said Lefebvre. “Nature is the vehicle I use to explore the character of line and color. My drawings and paintings are subjective, intuitive interpretations of nature. The paintings evolve from the drawings.”

“Inner Landscape”, 18” x 19”, pastel, 2005
“Pastel has the immediacy of drawing and the lusciousness of color,” he continued. “There is a direct and expressive quality about the medium. In exploring the relationship between abstraction and representation, I try to evoke a mood - a harmony - a balance. I pare down Nature’s compositions, looking for essential form and not analytical detail. I’m attracted to an indistinct space, a dimension without depth. Color is the seducer. Line is the intuitive response.”

Channing Lefebvre, who resides in Latham, holds a BFA with Great Distinction in Painting from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California; and attended the Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and the Graduate Program in Printmaking at the State University of New York at Albany.

He has exhibited in many galleries, museums and arts venues, including: Albany Center Gallery; Lauren Clark Fine Art, Great Barrington, Massachusetts; Pendle Print Biennial, Lancashire, United Kingdom; Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, Connecticut; Sanford Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking, Florence, Massachusetts; Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut;  Opalka Gallery, Albany; Evergreen Arts Center, Evergreen, Colorado; School of Visual Concepts, Seattle, Washington; Randolph County Community Arts Center, Elkins, West Virginia; Asheville Book Works, Asheville, North Carolina; and Open Book, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This event is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc., and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend. The 501c3 Foundation which was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the University Club building and property, its neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901. Support for educational programming presented by the University Club Foundation is provided by AT&T. For more information contact the University Club at 518-463-1151 or online at www.universityclubalbany.com.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Very Retro Holiday - Off the Record on Friday, 12/5

Make plans to join us on Friday, December 5, from 8:00 - 10:00 pm as we welcome back one of our favorite bands, Off The Record! OTR is Albany’s own rock n’ roll lounge band that helps to transform the Club’s Grille Room into a swinging cocktail party! The Futurist Trio performs songs from the 60s as well as modern tunes influenced by that memorable era – and this month, they’ll include some of your favorite holiday songs as well!

  • Joanna Palladino uses her background in theatre to deliver memorable performances. She breathes life into each song, letting the song tell its own story. She spends hours before each show to transform herself into a 1960s gal! 
  • Bob Resnick lays down a solid beat using the djembe while adding textures from his customized drum setup. Bob is a mainstay of the local music scene, playing roots rock with The Backburners, funk rock with the Rumdummies, and percussion with a number of other bands. 
  • Lou Sansivero brings diverse influences to his guitar sound, including Rock n’Roll, Blues, Soul, Funk and Country. He has played and recorded with a number of local bands, including Group Therapy, Blues Shaker, The Kleins, and Big Blue Dot.

Dinner will be served until 9:00 p.m., please call 518-463-1151 for reservations. The performance is free and open to the public as part of the University Club’s participation in 1st Friday, the downtown arts walk that showcases the lively art scene in downtown Albany

Friday, October 24, 2014

NYSHM #10 - Hands on History - Researching 98 Acres in Albany - 11/25


New York State History Month was established by an act of the Legislature in 1997. But for many years, people have been lamenting the lack of programming to mark History Month, including New York State Historian Robert Weible who asked in a blog post, “Is New York State History Month Dead?” With a tip of the hat to Mark Twain, we’d like to say that reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. 


On Tuesday, November 25, the University Club will welcome 
Ann Pfau and Dave Hochfelder, who will discuss archival and online reference tools used while researching “98 Acres in Albany.” Ann, an independent historian, and Dave, a professor at the University at Albany, recently embarked on an effort to document the people displaced and the structures demolished to make way for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza. Stacy Sewell, a professor at St. Thomas Aquinas College, is also part of the 98 Acres in Albany project.

The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue, and will include a presentation of dozens of photographs of buildings and the people who lived in them uncovered in their research. Ann and Dave will also share research strategies with those who may be interested in finding out more about their own homes or neighborhoods. 

The presentation is one of a series of 10 events comprising a Celebration of New York State History Month in November, 2014. Presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation, the events will be open to the public. The month-long celebration will include luncheons, evening lectures – even a digital photo scavenger hunt – featuring experts in a variety of disciplines discussing the history of New York State and the Albany area. 

New York State History Month at the University Club is sponsored by AT&T, which has long supported the Foundation’s educational programming. Media sponsor is the Times Union. Additional support is provided by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation; the New York State Academy of Family Physicians; TD Bank; and Capital Wine & Spirits.

There is no cost for the program but reservations are required. Reservations for the November 25 program are required by Friday, November 21 and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151; by sending an email to ellen@universityclubalbany.com; or online at www.uclubevents.blogspot.com .

Guests are encouraged to share the warmth of the season with our neighbors in need by making a contribution to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The University Club will have a large collection box on display in the lobby, and will accept donations of non-perishable food items and checks made payable to “Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York” throughout the month of November. For every $1 donated, the Regional Food Bank can distribute $10 worth of food. 

New York State History Month programs at the U Club are:
New York State History Month programming is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation. The Foundation was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

For more information about the University Club’s celebration of New York State History Month, including program updates, please visit www.universityclubalbany.com .

NYSHM #9 -Tom Carroll on NY's Silicon Valley of the 19th Century - 11/24


New York's Tradition of Innovation


New York State History Month was established by an act of the Legislature in 1997. But for many years, people have been lamenting the lack of programming to mark History Month, including New York State Historian Robert Weible who asked in a blog post, “Is New York State History Month Dead?” With a tip of the hat to Mark Twain, we’d like to say that reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. 

On Monday, November 24, the University Club of Albany will welcome P. Thomas Carroll, Senior Scholar and Treasurer, Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway, who will discuss “The Hudson-Mohawk Region: Silicon Valley of the Nineteenth Century.” Carroll is an American Cultural Historian specializing in the history of American science and technology.

“The area around the Rensselaer Institute of the 1800s behaved very much like the Silicon Valley of the 20th century. Today’s Silicon Valley and its many would-be clones … are pivotal to the transition from an urban-industrial, modernist culture to a post-industrial, postmodern entity.” said Carroll. “In the Troy area’s Silicon Valley of the 19th century, the transition was from rural agrarian lifestyles to the urban-industrial, modernist cultural system. First and foremost, in both Silicon Valley now and in Greater Troy then, we see a deliberate, coordinated attempt to make cutting-edge technological innovation the focus for regional economic prosperity.”

The luncheon is one of a series of 10 events comprising a Celebration of New York State History Month in November, 2014. Presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation, the events will be open to the public. The month-long celebration will include luncheons, evening lectures – even a digital photo scavenger hunt – featuring experts in a variety of disciplines discussing the history of New York State and the Albany area.

New York State History Month at the University Club is sponsored by AT&T, which has long supported the Foundation’s educational programming. Media sponsor is the Times Union. Additional support for this event is provided by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation; the New York State Academy of Family Physicians; TD Bank; and Capital Wine & Spirits.

The cost for the luncheon is $25 and reservations are required. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. The presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m. and last one hour, ending at 1:30. Reservations for the November 24 luncheon are required by Friday, November 21 and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151; by sending an email to ellen@universityclubalbany.com; or online at www.uclubevents.blogspot.com .

Guests are encouraged to share the warmth of the season with our neighbors in need by making a contribution to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The University Club will have a large collection box on display in the lobby, and will accept donations of non-perishable food items and checks made payable to “Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York” throughout the month of November. For every $1 donated, the Regional Food Bank can distribute $10 worth of food. 

New York State History Month programs at the U Club are:
New York State History Month programming is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation. The Foundation was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

For more information about the University Club’s celebration of New York State History Month, including program updates, please visit www.universityclubalbany.com .

NYSHM #8 - History Hunt Party - 11/21

New York State History Month was established by an act of the Legislature in 1997. But for many years, people have been lamenting the lack of programming to mark History Month, including New York State Historian Robert Weible who asked in a blog post, “Is New York State History Month Dead?” With a tip of the hat to Mark Twain, we’d like to say that reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. 



On Friday, November 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the University Club of Albany will host a party for participants in the 3-week long History Hunt. 


Players download a free app for their mobile device, and complete tasks based on clues about local history. Tasks include taking pictures, scanning QR codes, checking in at specific locations, and answering questions about Albany’s history, architecture, industry, and residents. 

The app, called Scavify, may be downloaded through iTunes or GooglePlay. Players use the app to complete tasks, get points and earn rewards. Players can see where they rank in the hunt by viewing a real-time leaderboard within the hunt screen, and as players upload photos, they are displayed in a scrollable photostream that everyone in the hunt can view, “Like,” and comment on.


The History Hunt is one of a series of 10 events comprising a Celebration of New York State History Month in November, 2014. Presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation, the events will be open to the public. The month-long celebration will include luncheons, evening lectures – even a digital photo scavenger hunt – featuring experts in a variety of disciplines discussing the history of New York State and the Albany area. 

New York State History Month at the University Club is sponsored by AT&T, which has long supported the Foundation’s educational programming. Media sponsor is the Times Union. Additional support for this event is provided by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation; the New York State Academy of Family Physicians; TD Bank; and Capital Wine & Spirits.

There is no cost for the party but reservations are required. Reservations for the November 21 event are required by Wednesday, November 19 and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151; by sending an email to ellen@universityclubalbany.com; or online at www.uclubevents.blogspot.com .

Guests are encouraged to share the warmth of the season with our neighbors in need by making a contribution to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The University Club will have a large collection box on display in the lobby, and will accept donations of non-perishable food items and checks made payable to “Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York” throughout the month of November. For every $1 donated, the Regional Food Bank can distribute $10 worth of food. 

New York State History Month programs at the U Club are:
New York State History Month programming is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation. The Foundation was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

For more information about the University Club’s celebration of New York State History Month, including program updates, please visit www.universityclubalbany.com .

NYSHM #7 - Mark Schroeder on the Impeachment of Gov. Sulzer - 11/19

Achievement and Betrayal at the NYS Capitol in 1913

New York State History Month was established by an act of the Legislature in 1997. But for many years, people have been lamenting the lack of programming to mark History Month, including New York State Historian Robert Weible who asked in a blog post, “Is New York State History Month Dead?” With a tip of the hat to Mark Twain, we’d like to say that reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. 

On Wednesday, November 19, the University Club will welcome former Assemblyman Mark J. F. Schroeder to discuss the New York’s 39th Governor, William Sulzer – the only Governor of the Empire State to be impeached. Schroeder served as a member of the New York State Assembly from 2004 until he was elected Comptroller of the City of Buffalo in November 2011. The event will be held at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street.


William Sulzer (1863–1941) served in the State Assembly and for eight terms in the United States House of Representatives. Sulzer was elected governor in November of 1912 with the support of Tammany Hall, but Sulzer soon angered Tammany’s leader, Charles F. Murphy, by supporting primary elections. Sulzer was convicted by a special court and removed from office on October 17, 1913. As a result, the lieutenant governor, Martin H. Glynn of Albany, became governor. 

The luncheon is one of a series of 10 events comprising a Celebration of New York State History Month in November, 2014. Presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation, the events will be open to the public. The month-long celebration will include luncheons, evening lectures – even a digital photo scavenger hunt – featuring experts in a variety of disciplines discussing the history of New York State and the Albany area. 


THIS JUST IN - A well-known Albany collector of political memorabilia will share Sulzer-related materials from his collection including framed posters. 

New York State History Month at the University Club is sponsored by AT&T, which has long supported the Foundation’s educational programming. Media sponsor is the Times Union. Additional support for this event is provided by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation; the New York State Academy of Family Physicians; TD Bank; and Capital Wine & Spirits.

The cost for the luncheon is $25 and reservations are required. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the November 19 luncheon are required by Monday, November 17 and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151; by sending an email to ellen@universityclubalbany.com; or online at www.uclubevents.blogspot.com .

Copies of the book The Impeachment of Governor Sulzer: A Story of American Politics by the late Matt Lifflander will be available courtesy of SUNY Press.

Guests are encouraged to share the warmth of the season with our neighbors in need by making a contribution to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The University Club will have a large collection box on display in the lobby, and will accept donations of non-perishable food items and checks made payable to “Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York” throughout the month of November. For every $1 donated, the Regional Food Bank can distribute $10 worth of food. 

New York State History Month programs at the U Club are:
New York State History Month programming is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation. The Foundation was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

For more information about the University Club’s celebration of New York State History Month, including program updates, please visit www.universityclubalbany.com .

NYSHM #6 - Book Launch with Barbara Smith - 11/18

Building Modern Social Justice Movements


On Tuesday, November 18, the University Club will present a panel discussion of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith (State University of New York Press - November 1, 2014). As an organizer, writer, publisher, scholar-activist, and elected official, Albany resident Barbara Smith has played key roles in multiple social justice movements, including Civil Rights, feminism, lesbian and gay liberation, anti-racism, and Black feminism.

The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue, and will include a book-launch reception from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., followed by the panel discussion and book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

The panel will include Barbara Smith and Virginia Eubanks, Associate Professor, Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany. Dr. Eubanks, who co-edited the book with Alethia Jones, is the author of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Justice in the Information Age (MIT Press, 2011) and currently holds a New America Fellowship in Washington, DC. The panel will be moderated by Elaine Houston, anchor of WNYT NewsChannel 13 Live at 5:30 and “Today’s Woman” reporter.

The panel discussion is one of a series of 10 events comprising a Celebration of New York State History Month in November, 2014. Presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation, the events will be open to the public. The month-long celebration will include luncheons, evening lectures – even a digital photo scavenger hunt – featuring experts in a variety of disciplines discussing the history of New York State and the Albany area.

New York State History Month at the University Club is sponsored by AT&T, which has long supported the Foundation’s educational programming. Media sponsor is the Times Union. Additional support is provided by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation; the New York State Academy of Family Physicians; TD Bank; and Capital Wine & Spirits.

There is no cost for the program but reservations are required. Reservations for the November 18 program are required by Friday, November 14 and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151; by sending an email to ellen@universityclubalbany.com; or online at www.uclubevents.blogspot.com .

Guests are encouraged to share the warmth of the season with our neighbors in need by making a contribution to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The University Club will have a large collection box on display in the lobby, and will accept donations of non-perishable food items and checks made payable to “Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York” throughout the month of November. For every $1 donated, the Regional Food Bank can distribute $10 worth of food. 

New York State History Month programs at the U Club are:
New York State History Month programming is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation. The Foundation was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

For more information about the University Club’s celebration of New York State History Month, including program updates, please visit www.universityclubalbany.com .