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March 12 – April 13, 2024

25th Annual High School Regional Juried Exhibition


The annual High School Regional exhibition is a showcase of the best artwork from the New York Capital Region’s high school students from 25 public districts or private schools. The High School Regional was organized in collaboration with the New York State Art Teacher’s Association, Region 6, and the Capital Area Art Supervisors.


Jurors: artist/educators Tara Fracalossi, Leah Rico, & Nuveen Barwari.

Nuveen Barwari was born in Nashville, TN and grew up in Duhok, Kurdistan. She received her MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2022 and her B.S in Art from Tennessee State University in 2019. Barwari has shown at Zg Gallery (IL), NGBK Gallery in Berlin, Germany, Duhok Gallery, in Duhok, Kurdistan, Ortega y Gasset Projects (NY), Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery (TN), and Art Toronto Canada’s Art fair. Barwari was the 2023 fellow in the Skidmore Art’s Department’s Workspace Residency Program. Her work has been featured in the Nashville Scene, New American Painting, Yahoo Nachrichten Deutschland, Gazete Duvar, and Botan Times. Barwari currently resides in Albany, NY. 

Tara Fracalossi’s photographic work has been exhibited widely including solo and group exhibits in New York City, Philadelphia, Houston, London, Vienna, Bratislava, Slovakia and Belgium as well as Woodstock, New Paltz, Kingston, Hudson and Albany, NY.  

She has received two Photographer’s Fund Fellowships from the Center for Photography at Woodstock, a Fulbright-Hays grant from the US Department of State, several grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Mona Ruth Brickman Memorial Artist of the Year Award from Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY.  

Born in Jersey City, NJ, Fracalossi holds an MFA from the University at Albany, SUNY and a BA from the University of Vermont. She has curated and organized exhibitions in galleries and museums for more than twenty-five years and is the founding director of the Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College, SUNY where she is a full Professor.  She lives and works in in Kinderhook, NY. 

Leah Rico is an interdisciplinary artist and designer whose practice explores language as its subject matter. Leah uses sound installation, experimental audio, drawing, print and graphic work to examine the embodiment of voices as words and gestures, and language as a metaphor for worldly experience. Her latest body of artwork uses the experiential nature of sound in her audio installations to investigate the experience of spoken language. Leah believes that the field of design is not only concerned with function and form, but includes a responsibility for the production of feelings and experiences at a massive scale, and encourages young designers to explore new practices and methodologies to address current societal challenges.

Thank you to the following sponsors for in-kind support: Collar Works and McGreevy ProLab

Thank you to the following for award donations: Arlene’s Artist Materials, Albany Center Gallery, Collar Works, Russell Sage College Visual and Performing Arts Department, and University at Albany Art Department.

THUR March 14 Student, teacher, family, and guardians’ reception: 

5:30-7:30 p.m. (Awards at 6:00 p.m.)

THURS March 21 Panel Discussions on Art School and Creative Careers

6pm Art School Confidential–Get your questions answered about applying for and going to college for art

7pm Creative Careers–hear about the creative careers regional artists are pursuing

SAT March 23 Kids Art Workshop

1:00pm All Ages Art Workshop led by Russell Sage College MAT Art Education students. Free but space limited. Please register in advance at Students under age 13 must be accompanied by a parent.

Register here.

FRI April 5 First Friday Albany

Open late until 8pm 

Featuring jazz from Carmen & Life’s Guilty Pleasures Arranged by the Albany Musicians Association Local 14 with a grant from the Music Performance Trust Fund


FRI April 12 PechaKucha Night

6:30 snacks, 7pm talks

Short talks by interesting people: 20 images x 20 seconds each.
Snacks by Honest Weight Food Coop, beer by Druthers


Thank you to our exhibit sponsors:




April 24 – May 25, 2024

Art+Design BFA Exhibit

The Annual BFA Exhibition showcases student work from the Russell Sage College’s Art+Design BFA programs in Art+Extended Media, Graphic+Media Design and Interior+Spatial Design.


FRI April 26 Reception, 5-8pm

This exhibition has special hours: Tues. through Fri. Noon to 5pm




Opalka Gallery 2023-2024 season sponsors include

Ongoing, sustaining support provided by

Chet & Karen Opalka