Elizabeth Greenberg, Director, joined the Opalka Gallery in September 2013. She comes to the Sage Colleges from Siena College, where she served as Curator of Fine Arts. She previously held positions at Yeshiva University Museum, as Assistant Curator on the exhibition A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry 1860-1960; Fairchild Publications, as head archivist; the Museum at FIT; and the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received an M.A. in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art; an M.A. in Museum Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology; and a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College.
She served as co-editor of the multi-author volume A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry 1860-1960 (2012), co-author of the exhibition catalogue of the same name (2005), and has written entries on Jewish involvement in fashion for P. Buhle, ed., Jews in American Popular Culture (2006) and J. Baskin, ed., The Cambridge Dictionary of Judaism and Jewish Culture (2011).
Amy Griffin, Exhibition and Public Programs Coordinator, has been an arts writer for the Albany Times Union, and other publications, since 2011. She has taught in the art departments of The College of Saint Rose, Purdue University, Sage College of Albany, and University at Albany. She previously worked as image researcher and photographer in the exhibition department of the New York State Museum. She received an M.F.A. in Photography from Hunter College, CUNY, and a B.F.A. in Photography from the University of North Texas.
Jim Richard Wilson, Director Emeritus, served as Gallery Director and Art History Lecturer for The Sage Colleges for over 20 years (1992-2013). In retirement he served as advisor to the gallery and The Sage Colleges. Previously, he was with the State University of New York as Assistant Director of University-wide Programs in the Arts (1989-1992). He was consultant to and lectured for numerous arts organizations and museums and was Director of the Peter S. Loonam Gallery in Bridgehampton NY for ten years (1976-1986) prior to relocating to the Capital District of New York State.
Jim began curating and mounting exhibitions in 1975. He is best known for his work with post-World War II American Art and Jewish history and experience in the Capital Region of New York State. Among Jim's writings on art and culture are: New York School: Another View, Dona Ann McAdams: Some Women, George Hofmann: Inner Life Articulated, Wimberleys Mode, A Place by the Sea (exhibition catalogue essays), Style and Appearance: Alex Katz at the New York State Museum (a version of which appeared in Chronogram), Bridging the Gaps, The Nature and Responsibility of Visual Arts Writing (Apollo, ASLA), and Cuneiform Currency (included in Toward A Second Dimension: A Sociology Reader, ed. McGuire & Purtusati, Kendal/Hunt Publishers).
Jim Richard Wilson passed away on Sunday, July 13, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.
A full obituary for Jim may be found on the McNulty Funeral Home website.