2009-2010 Season

Most exhibition receptions are scheduled as part of
Albany First Friday

August 31- December 11 Hours: Monday-Friday 10-8, Sundays Noon-4
Gallery will be closed September 6-7
Gallery open by appointment only October 11-13 & November 25-29

January 19-May 7 Hours: Monday- Friday 10-8, Sundays Noon-4
Gallery open by appointment only March 7-14

June 4-July 30 Hours: Monday-Friday 10-6, and by appointment
Gallery closed July 2-5

The gallery is closed between exhibits and usually open by appointment when classes are not in session.

2009-2010 Season


August 31 October 23, 2009,

Reception Friday, October 2, 5-9pmLina Puerta

Lina Puerta is a sculptor who was born in the United States and reared in Columbia. Her work draws on numerous sources of inspiration; from pre-Columbian cultures and traditions to her own observations of Nature, the female body and social references. She works three-dimensionally, utilizing a variety of materials such as clay, fabrics, and found objects; and incorporates techniques traditionally practiced by women, such as sewing, embroidering, and crocheting.

Puerta has been awarded several grants for the production of her Public Work including the Queens Council for the Arts Artists Grant 2004 and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant 2006. She was also the recipient of the Gertrude H. Freiert Prize in Fine Arts in 1992.

This exhibit transforms the gallery into a rain forest of brilliant colors, flowing water, and evocative shapes. The exhibit is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue (in English and Spanish) with an essay by Taina Caragol.

Announcement Post Card

Exhibition Catalogue

Get Visual Review

Times Union Review

Musicians of Ma'alwyck: Macabre Music: The Sequel

Sunday, October 18, 3:00pm

Works for harp, flute, baritone, and string quartet of Debussy, Caplet, Saint-Saens, Schubert, and Mozart in association with the Hyde Collection's Degas & Music exhibition.
Tickets: (518-377-3623) $25 adults, $15 students, Free for Sage Students


Dona Ann McAdams

November 1 December 16, 2009
Reception Friday, November 6, 5-9pm
Artist talk: Art & Activism, Tuesday, December 1, 12:30pm
Artist guided walk-through of exhibit: Friday, December 4, 7pm

An exhibit surveying 35 years of this significant photographer's work. The exhibit explores this artist's deep interest in women which threads through all of the portfolios of this keenly engaged observer. The show consists of 35 gelatin silver prints dating from 1974 to the present and is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays by Eleanor Heartney and Jim Richard Wilson. This exhibit is the first full career survey evidencing the constancy and growth of this artist's vision.

Dona Ann McAdams work has been exhibited widely, nationally and internationally, at places such as the Museum of Modem Art, NYC; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; The International Center for Photography; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Robert Miller Gallery and La Primavera Fotographica, Barcelona. Her photos are in the collections of, among other places, the Museum of Modern Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Print Club, and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. Her monograph of performance work, Caught in the Act, was published by Aperture in 1996. Her other book, The Woodcutter's Christmas, was published in 2001 (Council Oak Books).

While principally known for her performance photography, for which she's received both Obie and Bessie Awards, the majority of her work lies in a number of personal portfolios which have rarely been seen in public. This exhibit includes selected works from nearly all of her portfolios.

Selected images

Exhibition Post Card

David Brickman review in Get Visual

Tim Cahill review in Nippertown

C-MONSTER interview

The Quill: Award-Winning Photographer

Jim Richard Wilson catalogue essay

Eleanor Heartney catalogue essay

Fabienne Waring catalogue essay



Paul H-O and Cindy Sherman

Wednesday, December 9 at 7pm in the Opalka

Guest of Cindy Sherman takes an eye-opening look at what happens when a skeptical outsider finds himself romantically involved with the ultimate insider.

Present for this screening will be the director of the film, Paul H-O, and the photographer Dona Ann McAdams, who appears in the film. There will be a question and answer session after the showing.

Admission is $5. Free for Sage students with valid ID.

This event is presented by the Opalka Gallery and the Office of Student Life.

PRACTICE: The Sage Colleges' Visual Arts Faculty

Sage Faculty show card

January 19 February 21, 2010
Reception, Friday, 2/5, 5-9pm

Lynn Caprisello, Beau Comeaux, Jean Dahlgren, Melody Davis, Melanie Printup Hope, Sean Hovendick, Kelly Jones, Harold Lohner, Matthew McElligott, Timothy M. Martin, Kent Mikalsen, Linda Morrell, Sally Packard, Gina Porcelli, Gary Shankman, Janus Welton

Practice is the second time we have mounted an all art faculty show and this exhibition includes the work of all sixteen of our visual arts faculty. The artists include faculty whose service to Sage ranges from 33 years to three brand new faculty who joined us in Fall 2009.

The art faculty at Sage play many roles acting as artists in their own right, teachers, advisors and mentors to their students, curriculum designers, content experts, advisors to student clubs, and participants in the life of the community in numerous ways. Many of them free lance on the side and others run small businesses of their own where their expertise is in demand in the larger world of art, communications, and design.

They are engaged in a broad array of approaches, styles and techniques. Many are keenly interested in contemporary issues and media (Beau Comeaux, Melody Davis, Sean Hovendick, Kelly Jones, Harold Lohner, Sally Packard), others in more traditional media and concerns (Kent Mikalsen, Gary Shankman, Timothy Martin). Some are pursuing creating work that in various ways combines their traditions with new media (Lynn Caprisello, Jean Dahlgren, Melanie Hope, Matthew McElligott, Linda Morrell, Janus Welton,).

Their talents span a large swath of art making from beading to installation art, to illustration, interior design, graphic design, painting, photography, ceramics, electronic art, stone carving, drawing, and the teaching of art history which in and of itself is an art and has its own skills set and creative aspects.

All of them have impressive exhibition records ranging from local shows to national and international exhibitions. Many of them have work on display at various museums, in businesses, in electronic form, and in a variety of collections all over the country.

Exhibition catalogue

Metroland Review

RANDY GARBER: Reverberations

Detail of Randy Garber exhibit at the Opalka

March 5 April 18, 2010,
Reception, Friday, 3/5, 5-9pm

Curated by Ruth Hall Daly

Garber's art is intelligently and emotionally loaded. She produces works with a mastery of technique that adds resonance to the narratives we inevitably construct when we encounter her images. Garber's art draws on her particular experiences and situations to produce intensely personal yet broadly human images, ones that demand dialogue and reflection. She is an artist who understands the power and complexity of visual communication in a profound and nuanced manner.

Randy Garber's work investigates perception and how meaning is deciphered. How we navigate our perceptual terrain is complicated by the fact that what we excavate, discover and describe is always over-determined by the tools we use: language, memory, science, line, shape, color, etc.Puzzling this out is the subject of her work. Throughout her explorations in varied media in two and three dimensional work, her images evoke a sense of order as well as orderly growth gone awry. She believes that the aberrant, the rogue and the wayward signals are the ones that can guide us to expanded understanding of our worlds and ourselves. This exhibit is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue including an essay by Patricia C. Phillips, former Editor-in-Chief of the Art Journal and current Dean of Graduate Studies at Rhode Island School of Design.

Exhibition post card

Exhibition catalogue

Get Visual review by David Brickman

Times Union review by Tim Kane

Beyond HGTV... How Interior Designers WORK for You

April 27-May 7, 2010

ASID exhibition

Reception: Tuesday April 27, 5:30-6:30
Panel Presentations: Thursday, April 29 at 5:30 & Wednesday, May 5 at 1:00

Adrian Avram, Allied ASID, Chair, School of Drafting and Design, ITT-TECH, Albany; Thomas R. Burns, ASID, Blair House Interiors Group, Newtonville; Sarah Carpenter, ASID, Albany Tile Supply, Albany; Karen E. Conway, Allied ASID, LEED AP Conway Creations, Selkirk; Linda E. Fake, Allied ASID, LEED AP Uniquely Yours, Dolgeville; Fred B. Hershey, FASID,CID, Burlingame Interiors Ltd., Loudonville; Denise M. Palumbo, Allied ASID, Plum and Crimson, Saratoga Springs; Cathleen L. Peckham, ASID, CLP Design Group, Delmar; Dani Polidor, ASID, Suite Artistry, Pittsford; Amy Pressman, ASID, CID, Pressman Design Studio, E. Greenbush; Patricia Richards, ASID, Blair House Interiors Group, Newtonville; Baani Singh, ASID, Collins and Scoville Architects, Albany; Christine Vescio, ASID,CID, Regent Design Services, Saratoga Springs; and others.

The Capital Region membership of the New York Upstate/Canada East Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers presents an exhibition and program in the Opalka Gallery featuring a broad variety of interior projects designed by members. More than a dozen members present projects employing a variety of design techniques ranging from hand drawn plans through sample boards and Computer Aided Design (CAD). Each display elaborates on the process that the designer and client went through to successfully complete the project. In addition to at least 5 residential (home) projects, there is a design for a new car dealership, the interior design of an Albany Public Library, the interior of a new Emergency Department addition at a local hospital, 2 corporate design plans, the rehabilitation of a lake house, the restoration of Sages Vail House and other equally varied projects.

On Thursday April 29 and Wednesday May 5, a panel of designers will present a public forum in the Opalka discussing the vibrant interaction between client and designer in the real life process of designing functional, successful interiors which reflect the client's needs and desires. Reservations are suggested for the panel presentations as seating is limited. Email rrd1263@aol.com to reserve your seat for either presentation.

The exhibition and panels are I.D.E.A.S (Interior Design Education & Awareness Seminars) presentations. This exhibit and its associated programs were organized by Fred B. Hershey, FASID, CID of Burlingame Interiors Ltd., Loudonville and are co-sponsored by the Interior Design program at Sage College of Albany.

6th Annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

6th Annual BFA Exhibition post cardMay 13-27, 2010

Reception, Thursday, May 13, 4-6pm

A selection of the best work by 4th year BFA students receiving their degrees in Studio Arts, Interior Design, and Graphic Design.

Exhibiting artists: (Graphic Design) Kayla Ahl, Kerri Flack, Jacob Hadden, Joanna Hardick, Devon Hudson, Paul Ignizio, Christina Lang, Deanna Neville, Heather Ringler, James Stewart, Angela Tino, Allyson Van Houten, (Studio Arts) Jason Betz, Cerissa Contakos, Allison Esker, Stephen Kruppenbacher, Stanley Lehmen, James-Joseph Leshkevich, Mathew Matott, Michelle Robens, Danielle Thorn, Alexander Waters, (Interior Design) Kaitlyn Benjamin, Wendy Conroy, Concetta Cuoco, Tara Diagle, Kathryn Dickquist, Heather Garon, Kasey Greene, Dawn Hurst, Kaitlin Mangan, Cody McLaughlin, Jenna Nadeau, Melanie Norman, Angela Partch, Ashley Raymond and Heidi Schmitz.

Exhibition post card

The gallery is open on Commencement Day (Saturday, May 15) from Noon-4pm

Regular gallery hours for this exhibit are Monday-Friday 10-6

Ransoming Mathew Brady: Searching for Celebrity

Recent Paintings by John Ransom Phillips

John Ransom Phillips Landscape of Broken Parts

June 4 - August 6, 2010

Reception: Friday, June 4, 5-9pm

Ransoming Mathew Brady tells a story at once sensuous and cerebral, esoteric yet enticing. An intellectual discourse in paint and words, this extraordinary cumulative work by John Ransom Phillips fits no existing genre (history painting may come closest): some fifty paintings in oil, some two hundred water colors, and an array of tantalizing words, titles of paintings, sayings, spells, prose poems inscribed by hand on many of the watercolors. Its an essay on history, on vision and blindness, on violence, on color and space, on death and rebirth. It asks from its viewers/readers not only eyes wide open but a heart willing to take on such immensity: The exquisite intimacy of the paintings, the intricate dance of oils and watercolors, the choreography of hues, shapes, and voices keep the ensemble in constant ferment, enlivening the intellectual challenge with verve, delight, and charm. It is as if something alive, another presence in the room with you. A feast for eye and mind, it leaves nothing untouched.

This exhibition is mounted in collaboration with the Albany Institute of History & Art Ransoming Mathew Brady: Re-Imagining the Civil War. These two exhibitions of recent paintings and watercolors by John Ransom Phillips draw from the same body of works while focusing on different subjects. The Albany Institutes show focuses on the Civil War, while the Opalka show relates to Matthew Brady's celebrity searching.

These exhibits are accompanied by a profusely illustrated monograph, Ransoming Matthew Brady: paintings by John Ransom Phillips, which also contains a book length essay by Alan Trachtenberg.

Summer Hours (June & July) are Monday-Friday 10am - 6pm. The gallery is also open June 5 from Noon-6pm and June 19 from 11am-4pm. The gallery and campus are closed July 2-5.

Exhibition post card

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