2007-2008 Season

All exhibition receptions except for the High School Regional and the BFA shows are scheduled as part of Albany First Friday



Jean Dahlgren, Melanie Printup Hope, Willie Marlowe, and Linda Morrell

June 1 July 29, 2007

Reception Friday, June 1, 5-9pm

Opalka Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by four of the fulltime visual art faculty of The Sage Colleges.

Jean Dahlgren is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Graphic Design. She has been exhibiting nationally since the early 1980s and has been with The Sage Colleges since 1988. Her work in this show grew out of the experience of being in London in July 2005 when the terrorists struck that city. Increased security and technical malfunction impacted the digital photos she took at that time. This year she re-examined those shots to find in them a metaphor for the post-terrorist situation.

Melanie Printup Hope is Associate Professor of Graphic Design and has been with The Sage Colleges since 1997. She has been exhibiting in both Europe and North America since the early 1990s and has been the recipient of numerous fellowships including; Rockerfeller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts. Her work is an exploration of her Native American identity and ancestry. The pieces in this show utilize the traditional Iroquois craft of beadwork. About this works Hope has said, It is through the process of sewing these beads that I am able to connect with the past while reflecting on the present.

Willie Marlowe is a Professor of Art who has been with The Sage Colleges since 1977. She has been exhibiting internationally since the early 1970s. Her work is held by many permanent collections including; The Wexford Arts Centre in Ireland, Franklin Furnace in NYC, The Mint Museum of Art in North Carolina, The Budapest Gallery in Hungary, as well as, the Albany Institute of History and Art and the University Art Museum in Albany. Best known for her sensual and intimate acrylic paintings, the works in this show include her recent digital paintings as well as small acrylics on paper. These works refer to the mysterious ambiguities of being.

Linda Morrell is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Photography. She has been with The Sage Colleges since 1985. She has exhibited nationally since the 1970s. Among her the honors and awards are Rochester Institute of Technology Fellowship, Faculty Distinguished Faculty Award, and David Lloyd Kreeger Award for Photography. Morrells photographs in this exhibit derive from her recent sabbatical in Italy. They represent a view into a cultural landscape rich with religious icons and the coexistence of profound ancient ancestry with a modern society.

The artists will be present for the catered reception on Friday, April 6 from 5-8pm. This event is part of Albany First Friday. There will be trolley service between the Opalka and Center Square.

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Insights into SuburbiaLulow Bix Smethurst, "Pic-nic", oil on canvas, 30x30"

Curated by Esther Thyssen

and Penny Dell

September 4 - October 21, 2007

Reception Friday, Sept 7, 5-9pm

Panel Presentation, Sunday, September 23, 1- 3pm

Insights into Suburbia is an exhibition by members of the National Association of Women Artists. Curated by Esther Thyssen, Associate Professor of Art History at The Sage Colleges, and Penny Dell, Exhibition Chair at NAWA, this exhibition showcases contemporary art by women that plumbs themes of contemporary suburbia across the nation. This is a traveling exhibition, and its next venue is the galleries of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Insights into Suburbia features about 50 works by 25 artists who live and work in all regions of the United States, from New York to California, Oregon to Florida, Vermont to Virginia and in the mid-western states. The artworks convey physical, social and cultural perceptions about contemporary American suburbia. This exhibition features paintings, drawings, photographs and mixed media work by women artists who explore the construction of the facts and myths of the suburban experience.

The role of women in the construction of the facts and myths of American suburbia has been studied by social scientists and is the subject of popular publications. This exhibition portrays characteristics of suburbia, as seen through the artistic lens of contemporary women artists.

This exhibit traveled to Purdue and Rutgers Universities after its debut in Albany.

Printable version of the Exhibition Catalogue (PDF 1.67 mb)


Wheel of Life: Harold Lohner

September 7 - 14, 2007

Harold Lohner's Wheel of Life draws on the artists ongoing investigation of portraiture in a new manner. Creating works for projection on the exterior white (west) wall of the Opalka, Harold moves the artistic dialogue out of the white cube sanctuary into the public domain. Wheel of Life will debut on September 7, during Albanys 1st Friday Celebration, and be visible the following weekday evenings from 7-9pm Harold Lohner


Resonant Journeys: Paintings by Sarah Bowen and Brian DickersonResonant Journeys: Paintings by Sarah Bowen and Brian Dickerson

November 2 December 9, 2007

Reception Friday, November 2, 5-9pm

The artists geographical locations differ, while their inner geography--that of the soul--shares important common ground. These affinities include a shared focus on the inner as well as outer landscape, the complex layering, configuring, and revealing of experience, and the subtle, spiritual use of form, line, and color harmonies to express the numinous. At the same time, their common ground also leaves space for the individual areas of focus that each is pursuing: Brian explores the Helderberg Mountain region in upstate New York. His three-dimensional images contain complex layering, configuring, that explore themes of life, death, and renewal; Sarahs luminous contemplative paintings express the desire to move through the experiences life offers with beauty and integrity.

Printable version of Exhibition Catalogue (1.4mb PDF)


Positions: Gregory Coates

Gregory Coates Positions installation detailCurated by Horace Brockington

January 22 March 16, 2008

Reception Friday, February 1, 5-9pm

Gregory Coates has been working tirelessly on a production that has been quietly and subtly enriched over the years. He manages to transmit thoroughly mixed messages. His main work involves found objects wrapped in bicycle inner tubes seeming like some funky downtown urban grab-bag post modernism. However, the work is made light with powdered pigment and imbued with history. There is a persistent sense of hard-won sophistication which has something to do with the blues; that is blue as in pigment and as in the American experience. This exhibitit is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an extensive essay by Horace Brockington, widley published critic, curator, and art historian. Positions installation views

Printable version of exhibiton catalogue Positions: Gregory Coates (1.2mb PDF)

Gregory Coates website


Musicians of Ma'alwyck: Concert

Sunday, March 2, 2008, 3:00pm

Adirondack Light by Hilary Tann, Pierrot lunaire by Arnold Schoenberg and Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss musiciansofmaalwyck.org


High School Regional Art Exhibition

March 30 April 13, 2008

Reception Sunday, March 30, 1-3pm

Exhibition Speaker and Awards Presentation at 2pm
Speaker and Juror: Dr. Patricia Barbanell, Project VIEW Museum/School Education Coordinator, Schenectady City Schools
Additional jurors: Karene Faul, College of St. Rose and Timothy M. Martin, Sage College of Albany


BFA 1

April 17-27, 2008

reception; Thursday, 4/17, 4:30-7pm

BFA 2

May 2-12, 2008

reception; Friday, 5/2, 4:30-9pm