Fall 2014 Programs+Events

Artist Demo: Regis Brodie
Sunday, September 28, 3pm

Regis Brodie PosterCome see ceramicist Regis Brodie at the wheel, as he gives a detailed demonstration of the making of the tea bowl from raw clay to finished form. He will discuss the history and philosophy of the Japanese Tea Ceremony while showing a number of production techniques. He will also illustrate various methods he uses for shaping and decorating vase forms.

The demonstration will begin at 3pm.
Free and open to the public.


 Artist Lecture Series - Carrie Will

Rikki's Bed

Image: "Rikki's Bed from the series I am Redundant"

Thursday, August 28 at 7pm
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Contact: Prof. Sean Hovendick, Dept. of Art + Design, 518-292-1808, hovens@sage.edu

Art photographer Carrie Will is the first speaker in the upcoming 2014-15 Artist Lecture Series at Sage College of Albany, co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery and the Department of Art + Design. 

Carrie Will is a photographer and a New York native. Her camera always seems to aim at the people and the relationships in her life, past and present. Photolucida named Carrie one of the top 50 photographers in 2012 via the Critical Mass competition. Will’s work is held in various permanent collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC and The University Art Museum in Albany, NY. Her work has also been seen in many galleries nationally and internationally, most notably at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Michael Foley Gallery in NYC and the Australian Center for Photography. Her most recent art shows include a solo show at SRO Art Gallery in Texas and a DIY solo show on the streets of Troy, NY where she exhibited her most recent work, We Love Bikes, which was funded by New York State Council for the Arts and the Arts Center of the Capital Region.

Artist Lecture Series - Scott Pernicka


Wednesday, September, 17th at 7pm
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Contact: Prof. Sean Hovendick, Dept. of Art + Design, 518-292-1808, hovens@sage.edu

Co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery and the Department of Art + Design, this second installment of the 2014-15 Artist Lecture Series at Sage College of Albany will feature glass artist Scott Pernicka and his experience of using fire as a tool in his art practice.

Pernicka was born in Santa Fe and grew up on a cattle ranch in northern New Mexico. During college, Pernicka enjoyed exploring the three dimensional space of sculpture and the importance of color in painting. Working in glass and combining the qualities of color and form, Scott continually discovers new creative possibilities in his art practice. Borosilicate glass, also known as hard glass, starts melting at a temperature of 1200 degrees. Using a torch fueled by propane and oxygen, Scott heats the clear glass to an average of 2500 degrees to form and shape it, then adds colors made from different metal oxides. This style of glass blowing known as flame or lamp working, is very intricate and quite valuable due to the extremely high temperatures required to work with the material.

Pernicka's glass orbs, jewelry, and sculptures can be found in galleries across the United States and are held in private collections throughout the world.

 Artist Lecture Series - Mike Glier

Mike Glier

Clubs of Virtue, 1979 (second edition 1995)

Friday, October 24th at 7pm
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Contact: Elizabeth Greenberg, Opalka Gallery Director, 518-292-1762, greene3@sage.edu
Prof. Sean Hovendick, Dept. of Art + Design, 518-292-1808, hovens@sage.edu

In conjunction with his retrospective exhibition “Meander, Because You Don’t See Much at a March / Mike Glier 1979 – 2013” at the Opalka Gallery, the third installment of the 2014-15 Artist Lecture Series at Sage College of Albany will feature the artist as he discusses his 35 year career.

Born in Kentucky in 1953, Mike Glier received his BA from Williams College in 1976. He attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and earned an MA in Studio Art from Hunter College in 1979. He was an active member of Collaborative Projects (Colab) from 1977 to 1984, and participated in The Times Square Show and The Real Estate Show. He was involved with Printed Matter, Inc., as both staff and then on the Board of Directors from 1979 and 2000. In 1996 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in painting and his 2004 installation “Town Green” (City of Cambridge, MA) was selected by Americans for the Arts as one of the best public art works of the year. Solo exhibitions of his drawing and painting have been presented at numerous venues including The Drawing Center, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Williams College Museum of Art, Mass MoCA, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, San Jose Museum of Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of Arts, Gerald Peters Gallery, Barbara Krakow Gallery, and American Graffiti Gallery. Mike Glier is Professor of Art at Williams College and lives in New York with his wife, Jenny Holzer.



Film Series: This Way of Life

This Way of Life

Shortlisted for the 2011 Academy Awards This Way of Life is a lush and evocative portrait of an inspiring and maverick Maori family living on the edge of the world. Peter and Colleen Ottley-Karena live with their six kids and 50 horses in the almost wild freedom of New Zealand’s isolated mountains. Until Peter’s escalating battle with his own father has profound consequences.

Film Screening: Wednesday, October 29, 7pm
Cost: $5.00, Free with Sage College Student ID, Discount rates available to student groups from other colleges/schools


Watch the Trailer Here

Download the Film PDF Here

Stay Tuned.
Screening of video and animation work produced by Sage students.

stay tuned 

Date/time:  Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7pm
Location:  Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost:  FREE and open to the public
Contact:  Prof. Sean Hovendick, Dept. of Art + Design, 518-292-1808, hovens@sage.edu

Description:  "Stay Tuned" is the annual screening of digital animation, motion graphics, and video art produced by students from the Department of Art + Design at Sage College of Albany. 

 Artist Lecture Series - Benjamin Entner

Colossus of Primaporta

Image: Colossus of Primaporta Ink on fabric, 2014.  Site: Soap Factory  [attached]

Wednesday, November 19 at 7pm
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Contact: Prof. Sean Hovendick, Dept. of Art + Design, 518-292-1808, hovens@sage.edu

Co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery and the Department of Art + Design, interdisciplinary artist Benjamin Entner wraps up the first half of the 2014-15 Artist Lecture Series at Sage College of Albany. 

Benjamin Entner creates works that are the result of conceptual play and material experimentation. Entner’s work actively engages a viewer to intimately react and interact through the use of humour, wonder, and large physical presence. Entner writes, “When I work, I am very conscious of my viewer and, often, I want to make my viewers conscious of themselves. I try to accomplish this by creating a presence of an object or installation that interrupts or intervenes in a viewer’s passive viewing of a piece, and forces them to actively experience it.”

Entner’s current body of work is exploring the boundaries and interplay between two and three dimensional methods of making. Specifically, the point at which a drawing can become form and an object can become representation. These works are made with a keen awareness to art historical precedents and are often a direct reference to or parody of the figurative work of Classical and Renaissance masters. Benjamin's work has shown nationally and internationally; most recently with exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center of Las Vegas, the Soap Factory of Minneapolis, the Kenneth J Minnaert Center of the Arts in Olympia, WA, as well as, SOMA Kunstgeneratorinstitusjon in Bergen, Norway, and the Handwerker Gallery of Ithaca College.

PechaKucha Night @ Opalka 

Friday, December 5, 2014, 7pm


Many of you attended our first ever PechaKucha Night: 20 images X 20 seconds back in February, and we're doing it again!

Then next PK night will be held on Friday December 5th at 7pm, and we're looking for speakers!

If you're interested in speaking or finding out more information email us at opalka@sage.edu or stop by the gallery.

Check out this video of Brian Cirmo presenting at Opalka Gallery back in February! http://youtu.be/l9P-M1acYJs