Current and upcoming

Thomas Lail: Imperfect Worlds, organized by Bob Lukomski, Halfmoon Books & Projects, Tivoli, New York.  On view February 8- March 30. Opening reception Feb 8 4-6pm

The Production of Place: Leah Beeferman and Jen Hitchings, organized by Thomas Lail, The Teaching Gallery, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy NY February 6- March 7
Conversation with the artists and curator Thomas Lail February 6 3-4PM. Opening Reception February 6 4-6pm 

Magenta Suite, Exeter, NH Date TBA

Thomas Lail: Garden, a long-term installation in the atrium of Hudson Valley Community College Administration Building (outside The Teaching Gallery), Troy, NY

Garden catalogue with essay by Samantha Hoover available at The Teaching Gallery.

Thomas Lail is represented by One Mile Gallery

Worlks available at One Mile Gallery on






Thomas Lail: Three Wallpapers, curated by Barbara Owen, Periphery Space at Paper Nautilus Books will present a new installation that will unfurl three silkscreened rolls of wallpaper down the stairwell of Paper Nautilus Books, Providence RI 
on view September 7- October 26

Thomas Lail: “Let me recite what history teaches...”  a survey of recent work including sculpture, silkscreened rolls of wallpaper, silkscreened paintings, objects, and video.  Esther Prangley Rice Gallery, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD. opening reception October 10 5:30-7:30, on view October 8- November 1

Break the Cycle curated by Megan Suttles with works by Max Clarke, Julia Justo, Julie Peppito and Thomas Lail
Hot Wodd Arts, Red Hook, Brooklyn NY
Opening Reception Saturday, September 21st 6-11pm
On view September 22nd - October 13th

Portal: Governor's Island, curated by 4heads, Colonel's Row, Governor's Island, New York City Open every weekend in Spetember, 2019  Illustrated catalogue

Inspired Views 2019, Montserrat Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA Opening reception June 15 3-5pm.  On view June 1-29, 2019

Recipient, President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Hudson Valley Community College, SUNY   May 2019

The Plasma Suite, Protest III included in video screening, The Magenta Suite, Exeter, NH On view May 2019

 Fine Arts and Digital Media Faculty Exhibition, The Teaching Gallery, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY opening reception November 1 4-6PM, on view through December 1.   Artist Talk: Justin Baker and Thomas Lail in dialogue, Wednesday November 14 12 noon, BTC Auditorium

 Thomas Lail: History teaches. in conjunction with Taking Time, curated by Kati Simon and Vasarhelyi Zsolt and organized by Izabel Galliera,  Rice Gallery, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD. Opening Reception: Thursday, October 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m. On view  October 4 through November 2.

Tara Fracalossi/ Thomas Lail: The World Comes to Us, One Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY

Opening recption Saturday September 1 6-9. On view through September 29

Two photographs shot during my 1999 pilgrimage/stay at Donald Judd’s compound in Marfa are included as contextual accompaniment to the exhibition Donald Judd: Variations on a Theme at the Hudson River Museum. On view June 1 through September 9.  Info at

Crowd an eleven-panel installation in the exterior, street level window niches of Grand Street Community Arts' historic St Anthony's Church in Albany. On view May 2015 thru May 2018.

Inspired Views 2018 June 9-July 12, Monserrat Gallery, Monserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA  Opening reception Saturday June16 2-4PM

True North, curated by Julie Torres, LABspace, Hillsdale, New York  opening reception  April 8, 4-7PM   On view through May 2018

Group Exhibition,  Concepto Hudson, Hudson, New York.   Opening reception October 14 5-8pm, on view through November 19
The Lost Posters Exhibition curated by Lee Ranaldo and  Jan Van Woensel, exhibition accompanying Lee Ranaldo: Lost Ideas, Cultuurcentrum De Steiger, Mene, Belgium.  
On view October 14 through December 17

Music Seen, an exhibit featuring visual artists who are also musicians, curated by Michele Thursz and Susan Jennings . Exhibition to include an online "listening station" as well as a series of performances at the gallery. LABspace, Hillsdale, NY
opening reception August 19th on view through September 9th.
Inspired Views  June 5-July 1, Monserrat Gallery, Monserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA  Opening reception Saturday June17 2-4PM

Taconic North, a very large invitational exhibition of small works curated by Susan Jennings and Julie Torres opening Saturday, April 15 from 5 to 7:30 p.m, on view through Sunday, June 11 April 15 at LABspace in Hillsdale, NY.  Gallery Hours are Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and some Sundays or by appointment

 inDIVISIBLE curated by Alexandra Foradas, opening March 9, on view thru May 14, Eclipse Mill Gallery, North Adams, MA

A Call To Action opening Saturday February 11, on view February 11-26, 2017 , Kustera Projects, Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Annual Exhibition, curated by Nicole Hayes,  Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY

Mediating Illusion: Landscapes including work by Theresa Bloise, Thomas Lail, Michael Oatman, and Charles Sommermy curated by Jessica Cone.  On view thru March 10, 2017 at the Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library.

Eulogy for my father

Several people asked me if I would post the eulogy I read at my father's funeral.
Here it is with a little of the preamble....

I'm an artist and really a collage artist at heart.  So here I poached bits and pieces, fragments and shards from mostly (but not exclusively) anonymous sources, but also messages, emails, notes I received.   These were my materials.

I return, not to how my father died, but how he lived

Not what was gained, but what given

as units of measure
these tell me,
confirm for me
A life well-lived

Kindnesses, advice, joy and tears

Pride, concern, laughter
and sorrow and disappointment too

(That too is human stuff.)

An offer, A helping hand, a remembrance, a story
So many stories

Friendships, caring, baseball games, cups of coffee

A ride, a look, encouragement,
The steadied ground underfoot

A measure of a life is a
measure of love and respect

as units to measure
these tell me,

these confirm for me

A life well-lived

My father's life,


A text from my old pal and bandmate Patrick Weklar brought me the news.  Sarge Blotto was gone.   It hit me hard.  Despite the hour I poured a scotch and drank to memories.   So many friends and colleagues have posted their remembrances online.   I’ve loved seeing all of them.  A prismatic view of a great person.  Like when Vito Acconci died I felt strangely reluctant to say much.   As if anything would seem less than it should be—and that is, of course, true.  But like Acconci I realize that we all hold pieces of a greater whole and part of being a community is sharing those pieces. 
In the early 80s, I was a suburban music kid outside Albany so-- of course-- I knew who Blotto was.  But even more, Mitch Barron and I scoured the local music writing and we commiserated most over Sarge Blotto’s Rockin-Roll Call-   which provided us little glimpses of the then-burgeoning Albany music scene.  He was a local hero, Sarge.

In college I worked for Blotto- road crew and then road managing.  What a set of humans…   welcoming, forgiving, mentoring, uproariously funny. I was always stage left- on Sarge’s side of the stage -  we had the crazy changes to affect--  Goodbye Mr Bond, Metal Head.  And glances to exchange when some keyboard part… strayed from the familiar.

We drank at QE2-- many nights in the late 80s laughing about some musical story.  Ranging over topics-- the Cabaret Voltaire, Jandek, performance art, critical theory.

On our first date, Tara and I ran into him at a Bob Mould show.  She couldn’t figure out why I had so casually approached Sarge Blotto- realizing only later that we actually knew one another.  She had spent her teen years in NJ belting Lifeguard while, in fact, a lifeguard.

I didn’t know him best, of course.  We didn’t play music together, but Sarge was a constant over the course of decades-- shows and openings and run-ins.  Were any of those run-ins ever less than wonderful?  Less than confirmational?  Did I ever leave a meeting with Sarge not smiling?   

He was always Sarge to me.  34 years after meeting him- still Sarge.  It’s difficult to imagine that I won’t run into him and have a chat and exchange some tale.  He laughed when I said I find Close to the Edge “catchy”…  he had some tidbit from some show he just saw, he laughed about some shared memory.  Which was the last run in?  Things just end, unexpectedly and incompletely. 

Thanks Sarge.  You were a hero, a mentor, a model.  fabulous, fabulous, fabulous….