2012-2013 Season

2012-2013 Season


John Van Alstine Exhibition 

John Van Alstine: Arrested Motion/Perilous Balance

Curated by Ruth Hall Daly

August  27 – October 14, 2012

Reception Friday, September 7, 5-9pm

The combination of natural elements and man-made materials has long fascinated sculptors.  John Van Alstine carries the union to a new plane and creates an aesthetically stunning marriage of stone and metal. Centuries-old stone united with contemporary metals meld into an innovative perceptual schema that is unique to Van Alstine. Seemingly precarious in their placement, they are in fact well rooted. What look like spontaneous optical effects are structured perceptual statements that create an ambiguous illusion. (Ellen Landis)

The exhibit is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays by Ruth Hall Daly and Ellen Landis. PDF of catalogue

Times Union review of exhibit

Daily Gazette interview

Photos of the exhibition

Photos of installing the sculpture


Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 7:45pm

A site-specific performance choreographed in response to the exhibited works of John Van Alstine.  This performance will consist of three 15-minute segments.  It is open and free to the public.

Times Union review of performance


Artist tour/walk-through

Friday, October 5, 6:30pm

John Van Alstine will conduct a guided tour of his exhibit at the Opalka.

MoHu Festival October 5-14, 2012


Milton Glaser's "In Search of the Miraculous" 

Milton Glaser: In Search of the Miraculous: One Thing Leads to Another

Recent work by Milton Glaser in the Opalka

Milton Glaser: The Posters, A Survey

in the Little Gallery in Rathbone Hall

November 2 – December 14, 2012

Reception Friday, November 2, 5-9pm

For many, Milton Glaser is the personification of American graphic design.  Best known for co-founding New York Magazine, innumerable posters including the iconic Bob Dylan and the enduring I Love NY campaign.

Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight 

Film Screening: To Inform and Delight

with director Wendy Keys

Wednesday, November 14, 6pm

Artfully directed by first time filmmaker Wendy Keys, the film glances into everyday moments of Glaser's personal life and capture his immense warmth, humanity and the boundless depth of his intelligence and creativity. $5 admission, free with valid Sage I.D.

Panel Presentation: The Next Generation

with Celia Cheng

Friday, December 7, 2012,6pm

presented by The Sage College of Albany Graphic + Media  Design Program

Times Union interview with Milton Glaser

Reception and dedication celebrating the

10th Anniversary of the Opalka Gallery

and honoring

Founding Director Jim Richard Wilson

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Reception 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.  -  Dedication 5:30 p.m.

printed invitation and RSVP (pdf)

Robinson - People of the Book Prophet Street

Stories & Journeys: The Work of Faith Ringgold & Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson

January 22 – April 21, 2013

Curated by Mikaela Sardo Lamarche, curator, ACA Galleries, NYC and Fabienne Powell.

Faith Ringgold and Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson take us on an inspired visual journey through memory, while weaving in monumental stories of their own journeys ripe with heritage and community. Their stories and journeys provoke us to more closely examine mythologies of identity, culture, and collective memory.  Faith Ringgold and Aminah Robinson’s work appears courtesy of ACA Galleries, NYC

RECEPTION: Friday, February 1, 5:00-9:00 pm
There be an exhibition Story-Tour at 7pm by Vanessa Johnson, a Griot and storyteller in the West African tradition whose stories document heritage, history, and community.  This event is free to the public.

PERFORMANCE BASED PANEL PRESENTATION: Thursday, January 31, 7:00-9:00 pm
Jazz to Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop to Now
Moderated by Truemaster Trimingham.  DJ Trumaster is an educator for the New York State Museum, founder of Beat*Shot Productions, and an international touring DJ based in Albany, NY. Trumaster will lead a performance based panel discussion on the roots and collective history of jazz and hip-hop in the community. This event is free to the public. Additional panel information PDF

WORKSHOPS: Saturday, February 2, March 2 & April 6, 1:00pm
Children’s art project workshops will be held at 1pm on the first Saturday of each month during this exhibition.  Space is limited to 15 people per workshop.  Cost is $5.00 per participant.

GUIDED TOUR: Friday, March 1, 6:00pm
Mikaela Sardo Lamarche, curator at ACA Galleries and co-curator of Stories and Journeys gives a guided tour of the exhibition.  This event is free to the public.


PDF of exhibition post card

PDF of exhibition catalogue

Times Union story

EXHIBITION HOURS: Monday-Friday, 10am-8pm and Sundays, 12pm-4pm
The gallery will be open by appointment only March 9-17, 2013

Ark Scholl meets Faith Ringgold 

Faith Ringgold Posters

Schacht Fine Arts Center Gallery
Russell Sage College
January 25 – April 21, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 5:00 to 8:00
Featuring: Zorkie Nelson, African Drums at 6:00pm

The Ark School meets Faith Ringgold

Artist Reception: March 22, 4:00-7:00pm

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 to 5:00

Flyer for Schacht Fine Arts Gallery


12th Annual Underground Railroad History Conference

Programming at the Opalka Gallery
Friday, April 12, 2013                                            

The year 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 100th anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman and the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. These, and other key anniversary events, are milestones along the road to achieving Martin Luther King’s vision articulated in his “I Have a Dream” speech. The 12th annual conference on the Underground Railroad seeks to connect the Underground Railroad, these key events and present day struggles for freedom and justice. This public history conference, scheduled for April 12-14, 2013, will be held at Sage Colleges Albany, Russell Sage College, and the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence. At the Opalka Gallery, the exhibition Stories and Journeys: The Art of Faith Ringgold and Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson will be the center piece of the Educator's Workshop and Opening Address on Friday, April 12

·Educators’ Workshop
“Milestones to Freedom Bound by the Shackles of Racism and Privilege
Personal Milestones to Productive Conversations: Images, Identity and Anti-Racist Pedagogy” Open to teachers and educators of all sorts; 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.Facilitators: Russell Gray-Couch, PhD, Shealeen Meaney, PhD, Tiffany Powell-Lambright, PhD Guest Speaker: Michele Wallace, PhD, the City College of New York

·Opening Conference Address and Reception
Michelle Wallace, “The Portrayal of Slavery and the Underground Railroad in the Visual Art of Faith Ringgold, with Reference to the Path-Breaking Work of Jacob Lawrence”

Open to the Sage Colleges community
and the general public; 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Michele Wallace, Professor of English at The City College of New York, is a widely published analyst of African America art, and the daughter of the renowned African American artist Faith Ringgold.  Professor Wallace is also a leading Black Feminist, whose 1997 breakthrough book, Black Macho and The Myth of The Superwoman, is of historical and critical importance.

--Co-Sponsored by the Opalka Gallery--

Further information about the Educators' Workshop, Opening Address, and other weekend conference programming, is available by visiting www.UndergroundRailroadHistory.org or by calling 518-432-4432.

BFA 2013 card

9th Annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibit

May 3 – July 21, 2013,

Reception, Friday May 3, 5-9pm

Exhibition hours: Monday - Friday 10am-4pm

Gallery open Commencement weekend: Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, 12pm-4pm.

Gallery closed: May 27 and July 4-5

The Department of Visual Arts presents the Ninth Annual BFA Exhibition. This year's exhibition showcases 36 of Sage College of Albany's graduating BFA seniors. The exhibition includes work from Fine Art, Photography, Graphic & Media Design, and Interior Design programs.

Post Card for exhibition (pdf)