Monday, October 13, 2014

NYSHM #2 - Len Tantillo Reception 11-7

A Celebration of New York State History Month
Honoring the Artist Len Tantillo 


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. 

ALBANY, NY – October 12, 2014 – The signature event of the University Club’s Celebration of New York State History Month, a cocktail reception honoring the artist Len Tantillo, will be held on Friday, November 7 at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue.

At the reception, Len Tantillo will be presented the inaugural University Club Award for Achievement in History and Culture. Tantillo was born and raised in upstate New York and attended Rhode Island School of Design. He worked as an architectural designer and architectural illustrator. In 1980, Tantillo was commissioned to depict a series of 19th century structures from archeological artifacts and historic documents, and in 1984 began the full-time pursuit of fine art. As he went on to study, envision and illustrate the early built environment of New York State, his artwork has garnered high acclaim and engaged audiences around the world.

The reception is one in 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.

The cost for the reception, which includes light fare and open bar, is $50 and reservations are required. A meet-the-artist reception will be held from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. with the program commencing at 7:00. Reservations for the November 7 reception are required by Wednesday, November 5 and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151; by sending an email to ellen@universityclubalbany.com; or online with PayPal or a credit card.

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 .

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