Check out the new art exhibit that opened on 3/19 at Walter’s – the contemporary wing.
Jeff Wigman: The Aire We Breathe, will be up from March 19th – May 1st.
New York City. Artists will always come and go. Willem de Kooning started taking breaks from the city in Woodstock in 1928. Georgia O’Keefe started departing for New Mexico in 1929. Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock: Long Island, 1945. New Mexico also welcomed Agnes martin in 1967. Judd, Marfa, 1979. This list will never stop growing. How does your work grow when you leave for more physical space as well as headspace? With Jeff Wigman, we can find out. Jeff first came to NYC in 1988 to study at Parsons. By 2006, he was in Troy, New York, where he has been fine-tuning his practice ever since.
Police brutality, covid, Ukraine – we are flooded with feelings right now. We search for ways to cope. Oil painting is the tool Wigman picks up to process the world. Sometimes you need to see something not already in circulation. What starts as the personal desire to relate to humanity while holding the world accountable, ends with a resource for all of us. Can metaphors in oil paint actually change our mental circumstances?
Jeff’s decades of studying and developing his mind and craft connect him with a lineage of historic wisdom. A lineage of master painters who unlocked the alchemical mystery and power of oil paint. As one of the new key holders, Wigman is a vessel of perception to illuminate our future.
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The Walter Elwood is once again hiring for our annual Collections Internship. The Internship is ideal for college students with an interest in Art, History and Education. The internship will be paid at $15.00 per hour and required of 3 days a week. The maximum number of hours per week will be 20. Contact the Museum for more information and to apply today!

Upcoming Camp at the Museum – Martin Luther King Day! January 17th, 2022, from 10am-12:30pm here at the museum.

Announcement! We have these in stock in our gift shop for $12. Stop in and do some holiday shopping!

VOLUNTEERS WANTED! We are always looking for folks with a love for the Mohawk Valley and History to assist us in our mission. Please contact us today if you’re interested!

*Exciting news from one of our tenants! *

Brent Birnbaum

Opening: P.A.D – In with the New

Brent Birnbaum’s work begins by scanning the world for found objects that have not been used in an art context and contain potential to be manipulated into something new and powerful.

He strives to surprise and captivate the viewer by expanding upon the contemporary art dialogue. The familiarity of his medium creates accessibility to a wide audience, as does the humor embedded in the work.

Birnbaum embarks on projects that
challenge him mentally and physically by collecting a difficult quantity or an absurd

Inspired equally by art history and readymade materials, he is on a quest to find and create life’s unseen angles.

The new exhibit will run until late February 2022.

Project art Distribution, also known as P.A.D has been exhibiting artwork on blankets on the streets of New York City for the last 5 years. Three galleries will be covered in packing blankets to showcase over 150 artists.


Coming to the Walter Elwood Museum in 2020:

The Contemporary Wing

The Walter Elwood Museum is excited to announce our expansion into contemporary art  with a new 1,400 square foot exhibition space. The galleries will be curated by Amsterdam resident and artist Brent Birnbaum. Mr. Birnbaum has curated dozens of exhibitions individually and with Topless Gallery in Queens, NY. We are thrilled to bring artists working today from  around the world to the capital region.

Brent is represented by Denny Dimin Gallery in Manhattan. More about his art and curating can be found here:


Many Thanks to our Sponsors: Dr. & Mrs. Rao, CTW Foundation, Amsterdam Print, Fage Yogurt, The Children’s Aid Association, Mohawk Carpet Foundation, Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation, & Cranesville Block Co. for their annual support of our Camps! Camps are held every summer and every non-school holiday. All supplies are included in the camps.

Camps scheduled are Columbus Day 10/14 & Veteran’s Day 11/11. We also have camps on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, during Winter Recess/Spring Recess, and 4 weeks during the Summer. Please call the Museum for more information.


Thank you to the Summer Youth Employment Program, without you guys we would have never accomplished our new Educational Programming area.

80th Anniversary Ice Cream Social

Thank you to our Sponsors for helping make this year’s event a success:

  •  Mycek Law Firm
  • Kinowski Agency
  • MCT Federal Credit Union
  • Stewart’s Shops
  • Beckmann Converting
  • Congressman Paul D. Tonko
  • Fage USA Dairy Industry Inc.
  • Service Master
  • Miller Printing
  • Farm East Credit
  • Raindancer, Wal-Mart & Market 32
  • Thank you to NYS Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara for the Proclamation celebrating our 80th Anniversary!

Thank you to our Vendors & Bakers for your continued support of our Ice Cream Social:

-Yes I Am, Inc 

-Dave’s Dawgs

-Montgomery County Office for Aging                   

The Book Hound

-Centro Civico Neena Rao Daycare Center               

-Bath Fitter

-Capital District Civil War Round Table & Matt George

-Jane Button, Regina Cassetta, Karen Zack, Dianne Santos, Nellie & Leonard Bush, Noreen Gulnick, Yes I Am Inc, Grace Frederes, Phoebe Boschi & Edwina Spagnola.

Click the link below to view our Summer/Fall 2019 Newsletter!

Frothingham’s Treasures Went to Museum
Who was Robert Frothingham and why write about him?

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The Leader-Herald

Walter Elwood Museum’s New Home
Check out this great article about the Museum’s grand reopening – happening soon.

 The Daily Gazette

Our New Home
The Walter Elwood Museum is excited to have finally secured our new site at 100 Church Street in the former Noteworthy Complex and historic Sanford & Sons Carpet Mills. We are working hard to relocate the collections and set up exhibits to open as soon as possible. If you are interested in helping please contact Ann at the Museum at 843-5151 and leave a message as we are busy moving every day we can. In addition, if you cannot help us please consider becoming a Museum member or making a contribution to the Museum Relocation Fund. Send all donations to Walter Elwood Museum at 100 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010.

Walter Elwood Museum Receives Contribution
The Board of Trustees of the Walter Elwood Museum is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant of $4,000.00 awarded from Children’s Aid Association on April 9, 2013.

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Children’s Aid Donation

New Home
It’s been more than a year-and-a-half since Tropical Storm Irene forced the Walter Elwood Museum to close. But as YNN’s Maria Valvanis explains, the Amsterdam landmark finally has a massive new place to call home.

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Walter Elwood Museum Finally Finds New Home

New York Times
Click the link below to read the article in the New York Times from September 1, 2011.

New York Times

Hurricane Irene – The Day After
Pictures taken of the inside of the Museum the day after the flood.

Pictures by Bob Going, Board Trustee.

Hurricane Irene
Pictures of the flood during the height of the water taken from both sides of the river.

Pictures by Ann Peconie, Executive Director.

The Abraham Lincoln Exhibit
The Abraham Lincoln Exhibit, Self Man in America, was a great success after the Museum brought it to our area for a month from January 9 through February 4, 2010. Click below to see a great slide show of the national traveling exhibit as well as period artifacts from the WEM collection to complement and enhance the exhibit. Over 600 people visited the exhibit while it was in our area!

Follow the Link Below to download and view the Slide show

New Photos Now Online
Check out Walter Elwood Museum historic photographs on the FMCC Evans Library web site. Click here to view.

Press Release: Ice Cream Social Best Ever!
The 27th Annual Ice Cream Social was the best ever. Thanks to all who attended and helped out.

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