Sage’s Opalka Gallery to Host First Official PechaKucha Night in the Capital Region

February 21, 2014 at 3:18 pm

ALBANY, NY - Sage College of Albany’s Opalka Gallery will host the first ever PechaKucha Night in the Capital District on Friday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m.

PechaKucha 20x20 (PK) is a simple presentation format where 20 images are shown, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and the presenter talks along to the images. The PK presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture, based on their philosophy that if you “give a microphone and some images to an architect – or most creative people for that matter – they'll go on forever!”  Klein and Dytham created the format to inspire creativity through brevity. PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works and thoughts in the PechaKucha 20x20 format.

PK night will complement the current Opalka exhibit Perceptions: Sage College of Albany Art + Design Faculty Show. Presenters will include several Sage faculty members including Harold Lohner, Matthew McElligott, Kelly Jones, Sean Hovendick, Melinda McDaniel, and more. For a full listing of presenters visit

A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. Presentations begin at 7 p.m.

The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo at SuperDeluxe, in February 2003. Klein Dytham architecture still organizes and supports the global PechaKucha network, now in over 700 cities, as well as PechaKucha Night Tokyo.

PechaKucha Night Albany is a collaboration between the Opalka Gallery at The Sage Colleges (Albany), Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside (Troy), Tech Valley Center of Gravity (Troy), and Proctor’s Theatre (Schenectady).

MEDIA CONTACT: Jacqueline Lynch
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