ALBANY & TROY, N.Y. — The Sage Colleges has named arts administrator, curator and consultant Judie Gilmore as director of the Opalka Gallery on the Sage College of Albany campus.
Gilmore will be the gallery’s chief curator. She will also collaborate with Sage faculty to link exhibitions to educational programming and serve as a liaison to the wider arts community, representing the gallery locally, regionally and nationally.
“We are delighted to welcome Judie,” said Christopher Ames, president of The Sage Colleges. “Her leadership will enable the gallery to continue to mount high-quality exhibitions and provide diverse programming to the college and the community.”
“The Opalka Gallery serves all Sage students, those studying visual and performing arts as well as science, business and more,” said Jean Dahlgren, dean of Sage College of Albany. “The gallery also plays an important role in Albany’s cultural landscape. Judie’s track record of developing and promoting exhibitions and interdisciplinary programs that appeal to diverse audiences helped her stand out for the director role.”
Gilmore works with organizations and individuals on public projects, site-specific installations and project and organizational development. She was recently project director for Troy Summer Square, a three-week series of public arts events in downtown Troy’s Monument Square, and Breathing Lights, a $1.5 million temporary public art installation that illuminated hundreds of abandoned buildings in New York’s Capital Region.
Gilmore has also served as Director of Strategic Initiatives at Philadelphia Mural Arts where she developed award-winning, large-scale public art initiatives. She received her BA in Art History from Johns Hopkins University, and her MPA with a concentration in arts administration and community development from New York University, where she was a Public Service Fellow.
“I am excited to join the Opalka Gallery and The Sage Colleges,” said Gilmore. “I look forward to working with faculty, students and alumni, artists and other stakeholders to help advance the gallery’s reputation regionally and nationally.”
This academic year marks the gallery’s 15th season. The fall exhibition, Paper is Part of the Picture: Strathmore Paper and the Evolution of American Graphic Design, opens October 3 and runs through December 15. A reception will be held on October 6 in conjunction with Albany’s 1st Friday monthly arts and culture celebration, and a tour with Chris Harrold of paper manufacturer Mohawk will be on November 3. Visit opalka.sage.edu for more information.
About the Opalka Gallery
The Opalka Gallery is the formal exhibition facility of The Sage Colleges. Located on the Sage College of Albany campus, the Opalka’s primary focus is on modern and contemporary art and design from nationally recognized artists. An important part of the cultural life in the Capital Region, the gallery hosts lectures, films, concerts and other events in conjunction with its exhibitions. The Opalka Gallery was constructed in 2002 with funds donated by the Opalka family. The 7,400 square foot facility includes a vaulted gallery and a 75-seat lecture hall. The Opalka Gallery is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, The Exhibition Alliance, and the Museum Association of New York. For more information, visit opalka.sage.edu.
About The Sage Colleges
Sage enrolls approximately 3,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs at the undergraduate Russell Sage College for women in Troy, N.Y.; the coeducational undergraduate Sage College of Albany in Albany, N.Y.; and the graduate-level Esteves School of Education, School of Health Sciences and School of Management, with programs on both campuses and online. For more information about The Sage Colleges, visit www.sage.edu.