Fall 2018

All events are free and open to the public


2018 Screenprint Biennial

Guest curator: Nathan Meltz
November 1 through December 14, 2018
Opening reception: FRI, November 2, 6pm to 8pm
Curator’s tour: FRI, November 2, 5pm.
Screenprint Symposium Saturday, November 3, 2018 all day
Steamroller Print Day: Saturday, November 10 
Student Reception: THUR, November 8, 5pm

For full list of events, see our Events page.

Sharon Bates: Exhibit B

August 28 to October 13, 2018
Opening Reception: FRI, September 7, 2018, 6pm to 8pm
Artist’s tour: TUES, September 25, 5:30pm
Artist Lecture: TUES, September 25, 6:30pm
Student Reception: TUES, October 11, 5pm

Spring 2019

All events are free and open to the public, unless where indicated.


Co-curated by Judie Gilmore, gallery director, and writer and scholar Rone Shavers, In Place of Now showcases both emerging and established artists whose work engages in the politically subversive acts of picturing “otherness,” reinventing the past, and reclaiming the future. These themes are common to Afrofuturism, now nearly 30 years old, but when viewed in today’s hyper-partisan social and cultural spheres, they appear more political and less fantastical, more dystopian than utopian, and surprisingly more about us now, rather than an exploration of the other at any other time. That is to say, given our current political climate, works that include or address notions of estrangement seem more relevant, present, and profound than ever before. Within this context, we are interested in artwork that offers new speculations regarding contemporary black identity and explores issues of blackness, which again seems to be in contention. FRI, February 22, 6-8pm: Exhibition Reception


FRI, February 15, 6pm: Afrofuturism + Music Video Screening

Youth FX Presents: A journey through the past and present of music video history through the specific and transcendental lens of afro-futurism. This cross-generational dialogue between artists from the past and the present is intended to highlight and portray Afro-futurism as a living breathing narrative that is constantly unfolding and extends beyond the art form as a lifestyle and a culture that speaks. The program will feature classic videos from the past and present that converse about how the past influences the present, and how the present, with the help of the past, will influence the future of black and brown artistry in American art and culture.

THUR, February 21, 4:30pm AND 7:30pm: Writer & Cultural Icon Samuel Delany

A one-of-a-kind giant of American literature, Delany is a disruptive practitioner of “outsider art,” an explorer of African American and Gay identities, and one of the most influential and innovative science fiction writers of the last half century.  Co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.

4:30pm, Join us for a reading and conversation at Opalka Gallery.

7:30pm, Delany will lecture at UAlbany’s downtown campus in Page Hall, 135 Western Ave.

FRI, February 22, 6-8pm: Exhibition Reception, featuring DJ Trumastr


THUR, April 11, 5:30pm: Curators’ Tour


The 15th Annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

May 3 through June 8, 2019

FRI, May 3, 5pm to 7pm: Opening Reception

The Annual BFA Exhibition offers a glimpse of the best of what the Sage College of Albany’s Art+Design BFA programs have to offer: Fine Art, Photography, Interior + Spatial Design and Graphic + Media Design. This year the following students were selected to exhibit their work:

Interior+Spatial Design
Meaghan DeVito
Meghan Dinardi
Lindsay Fitch
Racheal Gac
Nicole Nahow

Graphic+Media Design
Samantha Asher
Nyla Cortes
Tyler Frisbee
Lauren Hawkins
Abigail Jabour
Katilin Meissner
Elizabeth Molloy
Markala Philips
Aisha Purvis
Samantha Trimblett
Zachary Whitford
Rebecca Rem



2017-2018 Season

The 14th Annual BFA Exhibition

May 4, 2018 through June 9, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, May 4, 5-7 pm

This annual showcase features work by seniors in the Sage College of Albany Art + Design BFA programs: Fine Art, Photography, Interior + Spatial Design and Graphic + Media Design. The Annual BFA Exhibition offers a glimpse of the best of what the BFA programs at Sage have to offer.

  • Hannah Akots, Graphic + Media Design
  • Afton Beattie,  Interior + Spatial Design
  • Nitish Bhardwaj, Interior + Spatial Design
  • Erin Cahill, Graphic + Media Design
  • Emma Dickinson, Graphic + Media Design
  • Hannah Fisk, Graphic + Media Design
  • Jami Frosell, Graphic + Media Design
  • Allison Havens, Graphic + Media Design
  • Kylie Heusel, Graphic + Media Design
  • Emily Hill, Interior + Spatial Design
  • Khidr Joseph, Photography
  • Tai Lopez, Painting & Drawing
  • Mia Murphy, Graphic + Media Design
  • James Reeves, Graphic + Media Design
  • Ayleia Shields, Photography
  • Thaddeus Sipe, Graphic + Media Design
  • Brittany Trayah, Graphic + Media Design
  • Alaudeen Umar, Graphic + Media Design
  • Leah von Fricken, Graphic + Media Design

In The Little Gallery in Rathbone Hall:

[email protected]: Photography

Reception: May 11, 5 to 6:30 pm

Join us in the Little Gallery on the Sage College of Albany campus for an exhibition featuring work of this year’s 15 Masterclass: Photography students.
Masterclass at Opalka is a competitive, advanced art class for Capital Region high school students.This year’s Masterclass included students from Albany, Colonie Central, Colombia, Niskayuna, Schalmont, Shaker, and Shenendehowa High Schools and the Academy of the Holy Names. Congratulations to our Masterclass students! Sage Art+Design Professor Melinda McDaniel taught this class.

The 40th Annual Photo Regional: Effects That Aren’t Special

Guest Curator: Tim Davis

March 15 to April 22, 2018

40th Annual Photo Regional Poster

Phyllis Galembo, “Man with Skull Plaque, Mexico,” 2013. Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery.

Opening Reception: Friday, March 16, 6 – 8 pm
Curator Tour & Lecture: Thursday, March 15, 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Student Reception: Tuesday, March 27, 5-7 pm

Practice What You Teach: The Sage College of Albany Art + Design Faculty Show

January 16 to February 24, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 6 – 8 pm with
performances by Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company throughout the gallery starting at 6:30 pm
Exhibition Tour: Thursday, February 8, 5:00 pm
Student Reception: Tuesday, January 23, 5-7 pm

Natasha Holmes, "Move Along" from the "Unwrapped" series, 2015

Natasha Holmes, “Move Along” from the “Unwrapped” series, 2015

Paper Is Part of the Picture: Strathmore Paper and the Evolution of American Graphic Design

October 3 – December 15
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 6 – 8 pm
Curator’s Talk with Paul Shaw: October 26, 6:30 pm
Exhibition Tour with Chris Harrold: November 3, 6:00 pm

Artist talk with Seymour Chwast: November 3, 7:30 pm

Paper Is Part of the Picture

Paper Is Part of the Picture is an exhibition, curated by Paul Shaw, about the evolution of paper promotion over the course of the past 125 years as seen through the archives of the Strathmore Paper Company.

The company, founded in 1892 and now owned by Mohawk, pioneered the notion of paper as an essential visual and tactile aspect of a printed piece, rather than a simple commodity. It did so by embracing artists and designers as collaborators. Strathmore’s paper promotions reflect the changing trends in American graphic design across the 20th century from Arts & Crafts to the digital era.

Among the designers on display are such luminaries as Will Bradley, T.M. Cleland, W.A. Dwiggins, Lucian Bernhard, Lester Beall, Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast and Marian Bantjes.


Paper is Part of the Picture | Strathmore Paper and the Evolution of American Graphic Design

By Paul Shaw
Edited by Judie Gilmore and Amy Griffin

20 pages, $20 in gallery, $24 online (includes shipping and handling)

Paper Is Part of the Picture CatalogPaper is a substrate. It can be appreciated for its texture, its rattle, its pliability and its color. But for paper to truly come to life, it must become a surface for the addition of words and images.

Although this seems obvious today, in the 1890s American papermakers promoted their papers principally for their printing, folding and mailing abilities. That all changed in 1895 when Horace A. Moses, founder of the paper company that would later become Strathmore, commissioned famed American designer Will Bradley to create a sample book for the Strathmore Deckle Edge Book Paper. Bradley understood that paper was an integral part of printed design, and his innovative promotions marked the beginning of a fascinating partnership between Strathmore and artists, designers and advertising professionals. The notion that “Paper is Part of the Picture,” a slogan coined by Strathmore in 1921, has embodied the company’s promotional efforts for over a century.

Many of these promotional efforts along with numerous sample books survive as The Strathmore Archive at Mohawk. Collectively they represent a rich repository of graphic artifacts that provide a new perspective on the past 125 years of American graphic design. They are also a reminder that, even in our digital era, much design remains physical and tactile.

This catalog is printed as a portfolio with 19 unbound leaves featuring text by Paul Shaw on one side and reproductions of artwork by Lester Beall, Simms Taback, W.A. Dwiggins, Will Bradley and more.

Kathryn Field

August 15 – September 9
Opening reception: Friday, September 1, 6 – 8 pm

Kathryn Field

Kathryn Field’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the county and in Sydney, Australia. Last fall, her commissioned sculpture “Celebration” was installed in the Shea Learning Center on the campus of Russell Sage  College in Troy, a gift from Donna Robinson Esteves, Russell Sage College alumna and member of the The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees.

We present this exhibition in honor of Susan C. Scrimshaw, PhD, who stepped down in June 2017 after serving as President of The Sage Colleges since 2008.

2016-2017 Season

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition 2017

The 13th Annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

May 5 – June 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, May 5, 5-7 pm

This annual showcase features work by seniors in the Sage College of Albany Art + Design BFA programs: Fine Art, Photography, Interior Design and Graphic + Media Design. The Annual BFA Exhibition offers a glimpse of the best of the best of what the BFA programs at Sage have to offer.

The students included in this year’s exhibit are:

Yeun Allard
Cherise Bollers
Katielynn Canavan
Alena Chamberlain
Ian Chan
Zachary Chromik
Tirso Gomez
Jacob Griswold
Jessie Jause
Tyler LaFond
Emily Lamb
Sarah Magistro
Elizabeth Malone
Alisandra Pleickhardt
Gianluca Puorto
Adam Richards
Dave Saunders
Gina Savoia
Teanna Schmaeh
Maisie Snyder

18th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition

March 22 – April 23, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, March 24, 5-8 pm

High School Regional Art Exhibition
The Opalka Gallery is pleased to host the 18th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition presenting artwork by students from 20 regional high schools. The exhibit runs Wednesday, March 22 through Sunday, April 23. At a reception on Friday, March 24, Juror and Sage College of Albany Dean Jean Dahlgren noted the impressive talent on display and the difficulty of being able to only choose 1/3 of the work submitted.

On the jury panel, Dahlgren was joined by Daniel Goodwin, artist and Head of Photography and Related Media in the Department of Art and Art History at the University at Albany, and Elizabeth Greenberg, Director, Opalka Gallery at The Sage Colleges.

Participating schools and districts:

The Albany Academies, Albany City Schools, Averill Park, Ballston Spa, Bethlehem, Burnt-Hills-Ballston Lake, Cairo-Durham, Doane Stuart, East Greenbush, Emma Willard, Greenville, Guilderland, Ichabod Crane, Mohonasen, Niskayuna, North Colonie, Schenectady, Schodack, Scotia-Glenville, Shenendehowa, Voorheesville.

Awards were presented to the following:

The Sage College of Albany Dean’s Award: Leah Paulson, Averill Park
The Opalka Gallery Award:  Malika Umar, The Albany Academies
The Sage College Department of Art+Design Award: Cecelia Lu, North Colonie
The Albany Center Gallery Membership Award: Emily Ma, Emma Willard

Juror’s Awards:
The Lori Tansky Juror’s Award for 3d Art: Alexis Graham, Ichabod Crane
Alexis Ebanks, North Colonie
Jackson Lalor, Bethlehem
Josh Langford, Ballston Spa
Morgan Moscinski, Averill Park

Gravity and Light: Caroline Ramersdorfer Sculpture, 1985-2016

December 2, 2016 – March 5, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2, 6-8 pm

Caroline Ramersdorfer Sculpture


Born in Austria, schooled in Paris and Italy and now living in upstate New York, Caroline Ramersdorfer is influenced by a sense of place. Starting with huge blocks of marble, granite and other stone, Ramersdorfer carves intricate interiors as if from the inside out, harnessing light and the material’s innate properties. She works in contrasts—smooth and rough, architectural and organic—to create sculptures that simultaneously appear grounded and weightless.

Siona Benjamin: Beyond Borders

August 23 – November 13, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 8, 6-8 pm; lecture by artist, 5:00 pm
Curator’s Tour: Thursday, September 29, 5:30 pm

Siona Benjamin Karen Simon

Siona Benjamin’s boldly colorful work reflects her transition between worlds as she attempts to create a dialogue between the ancient and the modern. Originally from Mumbai, now living in the US, Benjamin holds MFA degrees in both painting and theater set design. Her multimedia work reflects her background as a Jewish Indian woman raised in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India and educated in Catholic and Zoroastrian schools. Inspired by traditions as diverse as Indian miniature painting, Byzantine icons, illuminated manuscripts, and American Pop Art, she combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic that includes cultural, religious, and feminist narratives.

Featuring over 80 works, this survey will include examples from her early series, Finding Home, begun in the 1990s, on up through her current project, Exodus: I See Myself in You, about the struggles of Syrian refugees. Her heritage informs her practice; she weaves themes of identity, place, and belonging into everything she does. Many of her figures, such as the female characters in Finding Home, have blue skin. It’s a color Benjamin says she picked for its neutrality to represent her “skin color as being a Jewish woman of color, of being the other, of being transcultural, of belonging everywhere and nowhere at the same time.”

Siona Benjamin

The show will also feature an interactive installation, My Magic Carpet, a gold tent 11 feet in diameter into which viewers will be invited to recline.

The recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships, Benjamin has exhibited widely and has been featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Art in America.

Artist’s website: www.artsiona.com

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 2015-2016 Season

The 12th Annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

May 6 – June 18, 2016

This annual showcase features work by seniors in the Sage College of Albany Art+Design BFA programs: Fine Art, Photography, Interior Design and Graphic + Media Design. All seniors take a Capstone class which focuses on a personal direction in the major in preparation for this exhibition. Selections are made by a jury of faculty and the Opalka Gallery director. As such, the Annual BFA Exhibition offers a glimpse of the best of the best of what the BFA programs at Sage have to offer.

  • Diana Ayala Bedoya
  • Sasha Barnes
  • Anthony Cinque
  • Caitlyn Coon
  • Oliver DeRosier
  • Annemarie Dolfi
  • Wayne Duffy
  • Jacob Esposito
  • Alyssa Gullotto
  • Gabrielle Hier
  • Adam Hitchcock
  • Michael Hotchkiss
  • Monika Hotchkiss
  • Anas Jamali
  • Meradith Kill
  • Jessica Lucia
  • Sydney Lussier
  • Ben Neadle
  • Mark Patti
  • Sara Pisarski
  • Michaela Schumaci

Kate Teale: The Housed

January 26, 2016 – April 10, 2016

London-born, New York City-based artist Kate Teale makes atmospheric paintings and large-scale drawings of waves, bedsheets, and windows. She works in oil, watercolor and graphite to create images that float between figuration and abstraction. Whether with smaller works on canvas or large-scale site-specific drawings, one of which she’ll create in the gallery, she mines imagery that swings from the private to public, specific to universal but all loaded with meaning.

Teale was educated at Oxford University and City and Guilds of London Art School before receiving her MFA from Hunter College/CUNY. Her first solo show in NYC was at Spring Gallery in 1996 and she’s since shown at AIR Gallery, Monya Rowe Gallery, Jim Kempner Fine Art, Kristen Frederickson Contemporary Art, the Richmond Center for the Visual Arts at Western Michigan University, and Hampden Gallery at UMass, Amherst among other places. She’s the recipient of a Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and a NYFA Fellow. She’s also a writer, curator and founder of the Big&Small/Casual Gallery in Long Island City.

“The Housed” travels to Opalka Gallery from Western Michigan’s University’s Richmond Center for Visual Arts where it was curated by Don Desmett.

For more information, please visit: kateteale.net and bigandsmallcasual.net

Exhibition Catalog:

Published by Western Michigan University with essays by Lucy Lippard and Sarah Schmerler and an interview with the artist by curator Don Desmett.


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From Concept to Console:
Art and Aesthetics in Video Game Design

September 4 – December 13, 2015

Curator’s Tours: 5:30 p.m.
Friday, October 2
Friday, November 6
Thursday, December 3

Video games have come a long way since Pong; the video game is an artistic medium all its own now. “From Concept to Console” looks at art in video games, pulling back the curtain to reveal the process of how it is conceived and created. It’s an examination of the creativity, diversity, and wide range of artistry that spans many disciplines in a medium that is, in some ways, still in its infancy.

“Our goal from the outset was to move past the outdated question of whether video games can be considered art because we believe that, emphatically, they can be. Instead, we wanted to highlight games that we think are pushing the medium forward – those that display the highest levels of artistry – and the artists who contribute so much to the final product,” notes co-curator and Opalka Director Elizabeth Greenberg.

The seven games from six different studios appearing in the exhibit reflect the spirit of conceptual problem solving and aesthetic beauty in a multitude of ways that embody the range of talent, skills, interests as well as the cultural backgrounds of the artists who created them.

Though new artistic territory in the technological age is being explored here, the aesthetic sensibilities are grounded firmly in the past. Influential painters such as Salvador Dali, John Singer Sargent, Otto Dix and Gustav Klimt inform the artists and much of their work makes use of traditional drawing, painting theory, sculpture and even origami. “Gamer or not, everyone will be able to appreciate the range and beauty of the works on display as well as the talent of the artists who made them,” says co-curator Edward Ticson.

Perhaps what is unique about the art in these games is that it is not intended to be a passive viewing experience but an interactive experience that engages viewers. With so much having already been explored in the visual arts, “Swap Force” concept artist Dave Phillips asserts that “interactive art is the new frontier.”

Some of the best work and artists of the last ten years will be showcased, including the singular talents behind the games Machinarium, Botanicula, Skylanders: SWAP Force, The Dream Machine, The Unfinished Swan, Transistor, and Tengami.