2005-2006 Season

Betty Parsons and the Women

Parsons exhibition catalogue coverSept. 6 Oct. 16, 2005

Curated by Anita Shapolsky

Judith Godwin, Buffie Johnson,

Jeanne P. Miles, Jeanne Reynal, Ethel Schwabacher

Public Reception and Panel Presentation:

Sunday, Sept. 24, 1 3 pm

Writing in ArtNews, Megan Heur noted, As a dealer, Betty Parsons was a visionary at the center of New Yorks 1950s art world. Parsons is best remembered for nurturing the careers of some of the most important artists of the New York School. Although it is the work of men, such as Pollock, Rothko, Rheinhardt, and Still for which she is best known, from early on, Betty Parsons also showed a number of women artists.

The Betty Parsons Gallery was open from 1946 until 1983. The gallery was at 15 East 57th Street. The inaugural show, in September of 1946, was of Northwest Coast Indian art with a catalogue written by Barnett Newman. It was the first gallery to provide the uncluttered, well-lit, open space that became the norm for contemporary galleries. The first season of exhibitions included solo shows of Ad Reinhardt, Theodoros Stamos, Mark Rothko, Hans Hofmann, and Clyfford Still. When Peggy Guggenheim closed her gallery, many of the artists migrated to Parsons. The gallerys second season included solo shows of Hedda Stern, Herbert Ferber, Jackson Pollock, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Seymour Lipton.

This exhibit was curated by Anita Shapolsky and debuted at her gallery in NYC prior to traveling to Albany. In addition to works by five women artists who exhibited at the Parsons Galley, a number of works by Betty Parsons are included. The show has been expanded for its Albany showing, including additional works by each of the six artists. The exhibit is accompanied by a 16 page catalogue which includes 12 color reproductions, artist information and a brief introduction by Anita Shapolsky.

There is a public reception and panel presentation on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 1 to 3 pm. Panelists include Sandra Kraskin, art historian and Director of the Sidney Miskin Gallery at Baruch College, Anita Shapolsky, curator of the exhibition and Director of the Anita Shapolsky Gallery and Foundation, and Esther Tornai Thyssen, art historian and Assistant Professor at The Sage Colleges.

Alexander Mayorov

27 NocturnesOct. 31 Dec. 11, 2005

Public Reception
Sunday, Oct. 30
1 - 3 pm

The work of Alexander Mayorov suggests a "behind-the-mirror" reality, which he invites the viewer to step into. The Russian artist's decorative paintings are rich with symbols, textures, and colors, reflecting biblical, literary, and mythical themes -- passed through Mayorov's dreamy interpretation.

Mayorov was born in 1958 in Tula, Russia. He graduated from Tula Polytechnical Insitute and is a member of the Professional Artists' Union of Russia (International Federation of Artists -IFA). His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in numerous permanent collections in Europe and the United States. Since 2002 he has been a Professor of Tula State Pedagogical University.

Jewish History & Community in Schenectady

Window from Agudat AchimJan. 23 Feb. 26, 2006

Curated by Harvey Strum & Elizabeth Strum

Reception: Sunday, January 29, 1-3pm

Panel Presentation: Sunday, February 12, 2-4pm

Jewish History and Community in Schenectady is the ninth in The Sage Colleges ongoing series highlighting aspects of Jewish heritage and experience. This presentation explores the history of the Schenectady Jewish community from the first known Jewish resident in 1848, through the role of Jews in the citys growth and prosperity from the later 19th and early 20th centuries to the present day. This exhibit also surveys the establishment and diversification of organized congregations starting with Gates of Heaven in 1855.

Jewish History and Community in Schenectady includes ritual objects, documents, memorabilia, and photos. Objects have been loaned by each of Schenectady's Jewish congregations, as well as the Columbia County Historical Society, Schenectady Museum, Albany Roman Catholic Diocese, Schenectady Historical Society, Golub Corporation, Efner History Research Library, Schenectady County Public Library, Jewish Community Center of Schenectady, and various individuals. In addition to the exhibit, a panel presentation, moderated by Dr. Harvey S. Strum, will be presented on Sunday, February 12 from 2-4pm. The exhibit is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays by Neil B. Yetwin, George Wise, and Harvey S. Strum.

28th Annual Photography Regional

28th Annual Photography RegionalMarch 10 April 16, 2006

Martin Benjamin, David Brickman, Timothy Cahill, Chris DeMarco, Jeri Eisenberg, Ray Felix,

Donna Fitzgerald, Jim Flosdorf, Laura Elise Glazer, Robert Gullie, Mark McCarty, Gail Nadeau, Rob ONeil, Joe Putrock, Tom Santelli, George W. Simmons, Mary E. Spinelli, Marie Triller

Reception, Friday, March 10, 4:30-6:30pm

Panel Presentation, Sunday, April 2, 2-4pm

Lauren Berley, Mark Joseph Kelly, Shannon Phinney, Joseph Schuyler

The Annual Photography Regional exhibition was started in 1979 in response to the exclusion of photography from eligibility for consideration in the Mohawk-Hudson Regional. In mirroring that show, the Photo Regional was instituted as an open juried show. Since the inclusion of photography in the Mohawk-Hudson Regional over twenty years ago, the initiating basis no longer exits. Photography is now well represented in that exhibition. This year, for the second time in the history of the exhibition, the Annual Photography Regional is an invitational show.

Photography is still a young medium. Many of its implications and nuances are yet to be comprehended or revealed. And while the medium is often appropriated by practitioners of the longer established media, aspects of photography are often explored with greater nuance by those who are committed to it as their primary means of expression. It is these artists who have internalized the nature of the medium.

The 18 photographers included in this years Regional exhibit represent some of the strongest photographic work currently being done in the Capital Region. There are many other equally strong photographers who are not represented; however, the work of these 18 reflects the dominant character of photography in the Region at this moment in time.

BFA Exhibition I: Studio Arts

April 21 April 30, 2006

Reception, April 21, 4:30-7:00pm

Julia Bracaglia, Chanceta Bryant, Joleen Michele Butch, Sean Dollard, Danielle Fazio, Kira Feurstein, Josie Lynn Fosdick, Jennifer Grainer, Tracey W. Houlihan, Lisa M. Jubert, Nicole Moreau, Brittani Nass, Ann Mary Roberts, Luke Christopher Santiago, Sandra Sweeney, Betty Whaley

BFA Exhibition II: Graphic Design

May 5 - May 14, 2006

Reception, May 5, 4:30-7:00pm

Nick Acemoglu, Alissa Amell, Lindsey Belmonte, Jessica Cerrone, Ken Cioffi, Michelle Ferenz, Laura Kultzow, Matt Mimura, Clayton, Nichols, Brianne Ptak, Alyssa Rose, Maja Stankovic, Karen Trudell