Opalka Gallery is the formal exhibition facility of Russell Sage College. Located on the 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 frequently hosts lectures, films, concerts, and other events in conjunction with its exhibitions.

Opalka Gallery was constructed in 2002 with funds generously donated by the Opalka family. The 7,400 square foot facility includes a vaulted gallery and a 75-seat lecture/presentation hall. The Opalka replaced Rathbone Gallery, which served Russell Sage College for 25 years and garnered international attention for the quality and significance of its exhibitions.

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.


Visitor parking is available in the circle next to the administration building. If none is available, you may park in any legal space on campus or on nearby streets. Please note: if you park on campus & receive a ticket from Sage Public Safety for parking on campus without a permit, please bring it into the gallery and you will not have to pay it.


PLEASE NOTE:  Shifting Gaze will be open by appointment only the week of Jan. 10 through Jan. 17. Please contact us at the phone or email below for an appointment. Normal hours listed below will return Jan. 18, 2022.

Tues., Weds., Fri. Sat.: Noon to 5pm

Thurs.: Noon to 8pm.

To contact gallery staff, please use phone and email info. below.

Opalka Gallery
Russell Sage College
140 New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY 12208
[email protected]

Opalka Gallery 2021-2022 season sponsors include

Bokland Custom Visuals



Ongoing, sustaining support provided by

Chet & Karen Opalka