Spring 2015 Programs+Events

Artist Lecture Series: Melinda McDaniel

Date/Time: Thursday, March 5, 6:30pm
Location: Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public

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Recipient of the 2014 Emerging Artist Award presented by the Arts Center of the Capital Region, interdisciplinary artist Melinda (Mindy) McDaniel is the sixth visiting artist of the 2014-15 Artist Lecture Series at Sage College of Albany.

Melinda McDaniel grew up in Florida, inspired by the visual overload of Walt Disney World and the endless light at the center of the state’s predictable weather. She received a BFA in Studio Art from Florida State University and an MFA in Photography from The Ohio State University.

In addition to exhibiting her work, Melinda teaches in the Fine Arts program and serves as Coordinator of the Art + Design Technology Center at Sage College of Albany. She calls Troy, NY, home. Visit www.melindamcdaniel.com to see samples of her work.

 


PechaKucha0215PechaKucha Night @ Opalka

Date/Time: Friday, March 20, 6:30pm for beer and snacks, 7pm for presentations
Location:  Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public

Short talks by interesting people. PechaKucha is a format in which speakers present 20 slides for 20 seconds each.

 


Film Screening: Marwencol

Date/Time: Thursday, March 26, 6:30pm
Location:  Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost: $5.00, Free with Sage College Student ID
Discount rates available to student groups from other colleges/schools

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Jeff Malmberg's award-winning documentary profiles Mark Hogencamp, an ordinary man whose recovery after a vicious beating outside a bar in Kingston, NY, involved building and photographing Marwencol, a fictional 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard.

When his photos start to attract attention, what started out as a means of recovering from trauma is suddenly turned into "art."

Watch the trailer for Marwencol

 


Artist Lecture Series: Sarah Gillen Redmore

Date/Time: Thursday, April 2, 6:30pm
Location: Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public

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In conjunction with the Interior Design (IND) program at Sage College of Albany, and co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery and the Department of Art + Design, interior designer Sarah Gillen Redmore will share her explorations of design strategies for an aging population.

With over 16 years professional interior design experience, Sarah Gillen Redmore is currently Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Environmental & Interior Design at Syracuse University. She uses design to help improve peoples’ lives and guide students to make a positive difference in the world. Over the past four years, her research has focused on exploring the relationship between design, aging, and disability. "The fastest growing segment of our population is over the age of 55, so it’s important that students are introduced to the unique needs of this demographic."

Redmore’s aging and disability initiative includes developing studio projects, hosting nationally recognized authors, coordinating empathy workshops, and reaching across campuses to collaborate with other professors. She has also helped launch a new MFA in Collaborative Design that will introduce graduate students to an interdisciplinary approach to designing for health and longevity. "Design is a dynamic profession where designers can use their creative problem-solving skills to do meaningful work."

 


16photographsFilm Screening and Q&A:
16 Photographs at Ohrdruf

Date/Time: Thursday, April 16, 6:30pm
Location:  Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public

This documentary explores the secrets contained in 16 horrific photographs taken by the filmmaker’s grandfather during WWII. Presented in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Director Matthew Nash will be present to answer questions following the screening.

Watch a preview of 16 Photographs at Ohrdruf


 

Artist Lecture Series: Jenny Kemp

Date/Time: Thursday, April 30, 6:30pm
Location: Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public

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Named in the The Huffington Post article "10 Painters Who Are Changing Their Medium In The 21 Century" (Oct. 3, 2014), fine artist Jenny Kemp will conclude the 2014-15 Artist Lecture Series at Sage College of Albany, co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery and the Department of Art + Design. 

Jenny Kemp received her BS in studio art from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and her MFA in painting from the University at Albany. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. Most recently, her work has been featured in a two-person show at Middle Tennessee State University, The Painting Center in NYC, and the Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA.

Kemp has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Seattle’s City Arts, LUXE, The Times Union, Fabrik, and Apogee. Her work is also featured in 100 Painters of Tomorrow, a project initiated by curator Kurt Beers (Beers Contemporary based in London) and published by Thames & Hudson.  She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Middlebury College and serves on the board of directors at Collar Works, a non-profit art space in Troy, NY dedicated to supporting emerging and under-represented artists. 

Jenny Kemp's work can be viewed at www.jennykemp.net.