Spring 2024

January 23 through February 24, 2024

Setting the Stage: The Work of Carl Sprague

Drawing for “The French Dispatch,” 2019, Carl Sprague.

First Friday, Feb 2: Reception and Tour
Tour the exhibition with the artist at 5:30pm
Reception: 6:30 to 8:00pm, music provided by Alan Thomson Jazz Trio

Join us for a tour of the exhibition with the artist, followed by a reception coinciding with Albany’s First Friday.

SAT January 27, 2:00pm Puppet Show: The Very Late Christmas Present

During the Prague Spring of 1968, Carl Sprague’s father smuggled a puppet theater and a dozen marionettes through the Iron Curtain in a rented VW Beetle. Here in the US, his grandmother, Maria Krofta, spent a year restoring it before revealing it to her astonished grandchildren, including Carl, one Christmas. Sprague will perform a play he wrote about the family marionette theater, called “The Very Late Christmas Present,” in the gallery on January 27.

Photo courtesy Ventfort Hall, Lenox, MA.

THURS February 8, 6:30pm ONLINE Panel Discussion: Art on Stage & Screen
Carl Sprague and Colleagues

Large stage and screen productions require many artists to bring stories to life. Join us for an online conversation about how art and design plays a role in film and theater projects.


  • Carl Sprague, art director & concept artist, has worked in the art departments of more than 40 films, which between them have a combined total of 35 Oscar nominations.
  • Dan Courchaine has been a working scenic artist for over 30 years. His work can be seen on stage and screen both large and small. A few examples of his work can be seen on screen in Jumanji, The Cider House Rules, The Departed, American Hustle, and Crisis in Six Scenes. He has worked with Carl Sprague on a wide variety of projects for several decades.
  • Deborah Newhall, costume designer
  • Perry Grebin, graphic designer for films

FRI February 23, 6-9pm Supper Club

6pm cocktail hour followed by 7pm dinner

Tickets, includes food and beverage.

  • $70 plus tax, per ticket
  • $63 plus tax, per ticket for members

Cocktail Hour

  • A selection of beer and wine and/or special mocktail


  • Korean BBQ Chicken Skewers/ Kimchee Ranch Dipping Sauce
  • Mini Veggie Gyro/ Grilled Vegetables/ Tzatziki Sauce/ Pickled Red Onion

Entrée Buffet

  • Asian Cucumber Salad/ Soy/ Black Vinegar/ Sesame/ Torn Basil/ Chili Crunch Oil
  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken/ Local Farm Raised Chicken Roasted Bone-In
  • Vegetable Curry Stew/ Sweet Potatoes/ Tomato/ Chickpea/ Red Onion/ Cashew Yogurt
  • Steamed Basmati Rice Pilaf
  • Lime & Chile Roasted Baby Potatoes/ Fresh Herbs/ Roasted Garlic/ Fried Shallots


  • Michigan Cherry Crumb Cake

Chef Humble is Brandon Schatko, a private chef based in the Capital Region and the Adirondacks. He focuses his menu on seasonal and intuitively inspired creations.

Chef Humble

Enjoy an evening of art, delicious local cuisine, and lively conversation.
Link to purchase tickets

FALL 2023


Séance: Photographs by Shannon Taggart

October 31 through December 9







Friday, November 3: Talk and Reception

5:30pm: Shannon Taggart will present a talk on her work in the gallery lecture hall 6:30pm to 8:00pm: Artist’s reception in the gallery

Saturday, November 4: Conversation

2:00pm: Conversation between Shannon Taggart and Dr. Ann D. Braude, Director of Women’s Studies in Religion at Harvard Divinity School 

Friday, November 17: PechaKucha

6:30pm snacks, 7:00pm talks.

PechaKucha is a slide show of 20 images, each auto-advancing after 20 seconds. Short talks about anything by interesting people. Beer provided by Druthers. Snacks by Honest Weight Food Coop


FRI, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at Opalka

Photo by Gary Gold.


ESDC dancers perform in the Séance exhibition.  Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company will be at Opalka for a site-specific performance in response to the current exhibition, Seance: Photographs by Shannon Taggart.



FRI Sept. 1 First Friday. 6pm to 9pm, Celebrate First Friday, Pop-Up Beer Garden

FRI Sept. 8, 6pm to 9pm, Opening Reception, in conjunction with Pop-Up Beer Garden, Alliance for Creative Economy night
6:30pm:  Performance by Aarati Akkapeddi 

FRI Sept. 15, 6pm to 9pm, Pop-Up Beer Garden, Student Appreciation night   

Sat., Sept. 30 Panel: 2:00pm To Be-Named Panel Discussion
With exhibition curator Krista Caballero and panelists Jean-Marc Superville Sovak and Sayo’:klʌ Kindness Williams

FRI, Oct 6, Gallery open 5pm to 8pm, First Friday
6:00pm:  Performance by Aarati Akkapeddi 





Sage Art+Design BFA Exhibition

Reception May 5, 5- 8pm

May 5 through June 2, 2023

Annual Showcase featuring senior work from the Sage College Art+Design BFA Program.





March 7, 2023 through April 22, 2023

UP SOUTH: Reflections on the Great Migration by ransome

In collaboration with Black Dimensions in Art, Inc., Opalka Gallery is pleased to present a new solo exhibition from the artist ransome. Over a sixty-year period, Black people left behind poverty and Jim Crow in search of new lives in the North, Midwest, and West. In new paintings, installation, and sculpture, he reflects on this defining moment in America’s history and the ways in which his work is interwoven with this historic narrative.

Exhibition Event

FRI, March 17th

SAT, April 15
Family Art Day with artist Maya Lewis

TUES, April 18
Virtual Book Club Discussion: Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns”
Opalka’s first-ever book club! Join us!
Save the date, and return for the link.

SAT, March 25th
Rapp Road: A Story of Migration
Learn the story of Rapp Road Community Historic District, as told by Pastor Clarence Samuel Johnson accompanied by the Macedonia Baptist Church Gospel Choir.

THURS, March 30th  Artist Talk: ransome
4- 5pm Navigating a Studio Art Career – The artist ransome will work with participants toward understanding the process of establishing and maintaining a studio art career.

6:30-8pm Artist Lecture: ransome
Get more insight into ransome’s other work through this intimate lecture.

FRI, April 21st
Supper Club, Vol. 7

Dinner provided by Sugafoots Soul Kitchen



Anya Ulinich, “Ghost Building,” 2022, oil on canvas











Note: This talk, originally scheduled for 2/22, was rescheduled to 3/25 due to weather.
SAT. March 25, 2023, 2pm
NOTE: This event meets at the Pine Hills Library
517 Western Avenue, Albany
Large Meeting Room

Please join us as we host Anya Ulinich, a fine artist and writer featured in the latest Opalka-curated exhibition at Pine Hills Library, as she shares her creative process and discusses her work. Ulinich’s debut novel, Petropolis, won the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers and her graphic novel, Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel, was a New York Times Notable Book. Ulinich was 17 when her family left Moscow and immigrated to the United States. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago and received an MFA in painting from the University of California.
Art at APL is curated by Opalka Gallery of Sage College of Albany, and generously funded by the Friends and Foundation of Albany Public Library.Caption for the event photo: Anya Ulinich, Ghost Building, 2022, oil on canvas.








Exhibition events for exCHANGE: Teaching and Mentorship in Creative Practice
Russell Sage College, Department of Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition 2023

FRI, February 17, 6:00-7:30pm  Music by Alan Thomson Trio
Come early for a tour given by participating faculty at 5:30pm, reception at 6:00pm

THURS, February 9, 6:30pm 
Professor Melody Davis & Larry Moore, publisher, Broadstone Books, present Broadstone poets: Philip Brady, Sara Cahill Marron, Michael Joyce, and Mervyn Taylor

FRI, February 10, 6:30- 8:30pm
Snacks at 6:30pm; Presentations start at 7:00pm
Sponsored by Druthers

THURS, February 9, 6:30pm

Professor Melody Davis & Larry Moore, publisher, Broadstone Books, present Broadstone poets: Philip Brady, Sara Cahill Marron, Michael Joyce, and Mervyn Taylor

THURS, January 5, 6:00pm

Sarah Sweeney: A Conversation with My Deepfake Dad

My Deepfake Dad by Sarah Sweeney
Jan 5, 2023 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join us for a virtual listening event, as we listen to Sarah Sweeney’s My Deepfake Dad together. The 26-minute first installment of this project is part of our current exhibition, Some Bodies. It’s installed on a vintage refurbished Walkman in the gallery, with seating for anyone who might want to listen solo. For this event, we’ll ask all participants to turn off their cameras and audio while we listen together, and afterward, there will be a Q & A with the artist.
Sarah Sweeney writes about this project: “My father died when he was forty-four and I was seventeen. He was a screenwriter who used a tape recorder to take notes about his work and his life. A year ago I turned forty-four and wanted to talk to him again. I reached out to Resemble AI, a company that uses machine learning to create clones of voices, to discuss the possibility of creating a deepfake of my father’s voice. Over the next year, I found six hours of his recordings and worked with Resemble AI and my mother to think through the ethical and technological challenges of recreating my father’s voice. Last October, the model of his voice was completed, and I was able to type words into the interface and hear him speak.
My Deepfake Dad will be a collection of artifacts produced through my interactions with an audio deepfake of my father. The centerpiece of the project will be recorded conversations between me and his voice. Since my father is gone, it is impossible to know what he would say in these conversations. Part of this project will be visiting Gestalt therapists, spiritualists, and others who can help me imagine what these conversations would have been. From this research, I will create audio recordings and photographs that constitute an online presence for my father. I will release these artifacts serially through an audio platform and Instagram feed, allowing people to hear and see him in the only medium in which he now exists.”

Sarah Sweeney – Lead Artist
Resemble Ai / Saqib Muhammad – Deepfake Software
Kate Sweeney – Script Editor
Kate Sweeney, Ann Sweeney, Debbie Sweeney Wick – Interviewees
Collage by DeAndra Anthony, Photographs by Sarah Sweeney

DeAndra Anthony – Technical Director Projection Design
May You – Sound Editing
Billy Clark – Vocal Recordings for Deepfake Dad
Mattie Barber-Bockelman – Creative Producing

FALL 2022

FRI, November 11, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm

Some Bodies: Subject, Object, & Identity in Nursing, Medicine, & Art

Opening Reception

Some Bodies: Subject, Object, and Identity in Nursing, Medicine, and Art 

Corinne Botz, Clarity Haynes, Oliver Herring, Kaisu Koski, Gracelee Lawrence, Lisa Nilsson, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Sarah Sweeney, & Armando Veve

For more on this exhibition please see Exhibitions.

TUES, November 15, 2022, 6:00pm

A conversation with author Rachel E. Gross and artist Armando Veve:

Visual inspiration for Rachel E. Gross’s Vagina Obscura





Gross and Veve will discuss how they co-created a world that zooms in on the organs of the female (and nonbinary) body as uniquely active, dynamic, and regenerative. A visionary journey into anatomy and time. Armando Veve is an illustrator working in Philadelphia. His drawings have been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts, Spectrum, and the Society of Illustrators in NY. He was named an ADC Young Gun by The One Club for Creativity and selected to the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

Armando Veve is an illustrator working in Philadelphia. His drawings have been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts, Spectrum, and the Society of Illustrators in NY. He was named an ADC Young Gun by The One Club for Creativity and selected to the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

A special selection of Veve’s artwork will also be on display at the gallery as part of the upcoming Some Bodies exhibit.

This program is co-sponsored by the Opalka Gallery and The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College.


Celebrate Opalka!

FRI, October 21, 6pm to 9pm

Join us to celebrate 20 years of Opalka Gallery & its benefactors
Chet & Karen Opalka, their founding & ongoing support for the Gallery,
& their vision of a thriving, collaborative regional arts community.

Eclectic food and drinks+Live Performances+Art+Good and Gracious Vibes

Panel Discussion: Composing Acts of Resistance

FRI, October 7, 6pm to 7:40pm

Join us for a panel discussion in collaboration with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, facilitated by composer Joel Thompson, artist/poet D. Colin, and artist Josh MacPhee about oppression, activism, and how they are using their chosen art forms to faciliate conversations and change. Then, explore Josh MacPhee’s exhibit Graphic Liberation before creating your own poster!

Artist Talk: Josh MacPhee

October 6, 2022, 6:30pm

Join us for this in-person artist talk with Josh MacPhee, organizer of one of our current exhibits, Graphic Liberation! Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, and archivist. He is a founding member of both the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements based in Brooklyn, NY (InterferenceArchive.org). MacPhee is the author and editor of numerous publications, including Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now and Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture. He has organized the Celebrate People’s History poster series since 1998 and has been designing book covers for many publishers for the past decade (AntumbraDesign.org). His most recent book is An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels (Common Notions, 2019), a compendium of information about political music and radical cultural production.

Graphic Liberation!, on view at Opalka through Oct. 29, 2022, includes a selection of Celebrate People’s History posters, MacPhee’s Lexicon of Political Graphics and a working screenprint, RISO print, and relief print workshop. To schedule a group workshop visit, please email [email protected]

Pop-Up Beer Gardens Return!

Back by popular demand, we present three fun-filled nights, this year with a twist. Two of these events will be on the Albany campus, with the third moving to the Russell Sage campus in Troy!

September 16, 6pm-9pm, outside Opalka Gallery

Concurrent with the reception for the Screenprint Biennial and Graphic Liberation!

September 23, 6pm-9pm, outside Opalka Gallery

Hispanic Heritage Night in collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

September 30, 6pm to 9pm, in Sage Park on the Troy campus!

A special Troy Night Out edition of the Pop-Up Beer Garden. Sage community members can take the Sage Shuttle from Albany.


PLEASE NOTE: Per Russell Sage College policy, visitors wear masks OR show proof of vaccination while indoors. Masks are optional for vaccinated patrons and required for unvaccinated patrons.


Coffee & Conversation with Dr. Robert Shane & Judith Braun

SAT, April 23, 2022, 11am

Join us for a closing conversation with Braun and art critic and curator, Dr. Robert Shane. The two will talk informally in the gallery about the humor throughout Braun’s work and its historical context. Shane recently reviewed the exhibition in the Brooklyn Rail. Dr. Robert R. Shane received his PhD in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University and, until recently, was the gallery program coordinator at Collar Works, Troy, NY. He was recently named Associate Curator at the University Art Museum at University at Albany. Cider donuts and coffee provided.


THURS. April 14, 6:30pm

Judith Braun leads a guided tour through her solo exhibition: My Pleasure.


FRI, April 1, 7:00-8:00pm

In collaboration with Judith Braun, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company will perform a series of site-specific dances in response to the exhibition. Braun’s larger-than-life, black and white paintings, their placement on mobile frames, and the enormous wall installations establish an environment of bold mood, and intrigue. New choreography, jazz and blues, and costumes designed by Kim Vanyo ensure an evening of surprise, humor, and drama. Tickets $24. 


Slow Look and Discussion: Judith Braun: My Pleasure

SAT, April 2, 3pm

As part of International Slow Art Day (slowartday.com), join Opalka Director Judie Gilmore as we slow down and take a long, meditative tour through the Judith Braun: My Pleasure exhibition. Our slow look will be followed by a facilitated conversation about what you experience. Free and open to all ages. Founded in 2010, Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.



Pieced Together: Collage Artists Talk About Process

MON, March 28, 7 pm to 8pm







Please join us for a unique opportunity to learn more about the artistic process with three regional artists from the latest Art at APL exhibition, Pieced Together. Our panel will feature collage artists Paula Drysdale Frazell, Juan Hinojosa, & Beth Humphrey.

Art at APL is curated by Opalka Gallery of the Sage College of Albany, and is generously underwritten by the Friends and Foundation of Albany Public Library. This event was recorded, watch below:



Reception: Judith Braun: My Pleasure

FRI,  MARCH 4, 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Opalka Gallery is pleased to present Judith Braun: My Pleasure, a solo exhibition of new work, on view February 22 through April 23, 2022. Fifteen paintings and a series of functional painted sculptures will be included along with two site-specific murals and one large photocopy installation from 1993. This is an in-person event; refreshments will be served outside, weather permitting.





THURS, FEB. 24, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Stage & Stanza honors visual artist Michael Oatman and makeup artist Recinda Robinson in an evening of conversation, stories and poetry. This week, host Carol Durant is joined by actor/director Sheilah London as co-host. Watch below:


SAT, FEB. 26, 12pm-4pm

Artist Judith Braun will be creating a large fingerprint wall drawing live in the gallery.



Nathaniel Donnett, Artist/Cultural Practitioner

THURS, FEB. 3, 6:30pm

Opalka Gallery welcomes artist Nathaniel Donnett for an informal lecture.

Included in Opalka’s current exhibition, “Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of the Black and Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art,” Nathaniel Donnett is a multi-disciplinary artist who works and lives in Houston, TX. He is currently in residency at MCLA’s Art Lab in North Adams, MA. Donnett is interested in the metaphysical and phenomenological connections between imagination and experience. His piece, “Reflect 6,” on display at Opalka, features a portrait of a young girl holding a mirror–a painting made on patched together brown paper bags. Using varied materials while juxtaposing unrelated ideas to depict the poetics in the everyday, Donnett seeks to find the nuance and meaning in the overlooked and undervalued, revealing humanity’s imaginative and practical cosmologies.


Shifting Gaze tour with collector Dr. Robert B. Feldman and Judie Gilmore

SAT, FEB. 5, 11am

Join us on the last day of this striking exhibition, Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of the Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary ArtExhibitions, from the Collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldman as Dr. Feldman and Opalka Director Judie Gilmore guide you through the exhibition. Donuts and coffee will be served. $5 suggested donation.


Esther Adler, MoMA Curator, Drawings and Prints

TUES, FEB. 8, 4pm

Opalka Gallery and the Department of Visual & Performing Arts at Russell Sage College welcome Museum of Modern Art curator Esther Adler for a lecture on contemporary art museum display practices on Tuesday, February 8 at 4:00pm.

Esther Adler is a curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art. Her exhibition “Joseph E. Yoakum: What I Saw” is on view at MoMA through March 19, 2022, and will travel to The Menil Collection in April, having opened at the Art Institute of Chicago on June 12, 2021. Most recently, she organized “Betye Saar: The Legends of Black Girl’s Window” (with Christophe Cherix, 2019), “Charles White: A Retrospective” (with Sarah Kelly Oehler, 2018) and “Charles White — Leonardo da Vinci,” curated by David Hammons (2017). Past projects include “Dorothea Rockburne: Drawing Which Makes Itself”(2013), “American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe” (2013), and “Gifted: Collectors and Drawings at MoMA,” 1929–1983 (2011). Her talk at Opalka is entitled “A Dynamic Collection: Current Display Practices at The Museum of Modern Art.”  Prior to joining The Museum of Modern Art in 2005, Adler worked at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden as a graduate fellow, and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Adler holds a BA from Brandeis University, and an MA from the University of Maryland.

This lecture is free and open to the public but visitors must wear a mask and present a Sage ID or proof of vaccination in the form of a CDC card or photo of one or NY Excelsior Pass. A Q&A on the topic of careers in the museum field will follow Adler’s talk.




THURS. Jan 27, 5:30pm to 6:30pm SAGE STUDENTS ONLY

Behind the Scenes at Opalka–get a tour of Shifting Gaze with a behind the scenes look at how exhibitions are made–from idea to the gallery walls! Free hot chocolate! Sage ID and masks required.


FALL 2021

Most online events were recorded and you can watch them on our Past Online Events page.

(Virtual) Shifting Gaze Panel Discussion

WEDS, December 1, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us for a virtual panel discussion led by Mennello Museum Executive Director and Shifting Gaze curator, Shannon Fitzgerald with artists Radcliffe Bailey, Nate Lewis, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, and Carlos Vega. 


Guided Meditation with Tara Herrick Brown of INUR Wellness

TUES, December 7, 2021 6:30pm

The theme of this guided meditation is: settling into what shows up in our lives (like it or not). We have all experienced massive transitions over the past year or more. Changes can often sway us out of our center, especially when we feel we have little choice in the matter. Anxiety, sadness and overall unease can arise when we feel askew. Let’s reconnect and align with ourselves even amid uncertainty, This is an in-person event, but if you can’t make it, you can follow along from home at this link: Tara Herrick Brown at Insight Timer

Shifting Gaze Exhibition Tour

FRI, November 26, 3pm

On the day after Thanksgiving, join gallery director Judie Gilmore for a tour of this impressive exhibition! The Albany Times Union called this show “terrific.” “There is a lot to work with and a lot to simply enjoy.”–William Jaeger in the Albany Times Union. So get out of the house and bring your out-of-town guests to Opalka! Suggested donation: $10.

Stage & Stanza Transgender Day of Remembrance

THURS, November 18, 7:00pm

In partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Stage & Stanza presents an evening to honor the memory of transgender individuals whose lives were lost in acts of transgender violence. For more information about this in-person event, please see the Stage & Stanza page.


THURS, November 11,  6pm

Eli Hariton, once an industrial designer, then restaurateur, and now lead interior designer at TVL Creative in Denver, CO, and recent contestant on HGTV’s Design Star: Next Generation will speak on his work and career.

Supper Club @ Opalka SOLD OUT!

SAT, November 13, 2021
6pm cocktail hour
7pm dinner and discussion

Celebrating the current exhibition highlighting the collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldman, Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of the Black and Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art

$50 individual / $95 couple (plus tax)
Price includes one beverage ticket per guest.
Space is limited.

 Moroccan brochette, orange salad shooters, potato briouats, and Kefta puffs Main Course Arugula salad, preserved lemon chicken with green olives tagine, seven-vegetable coucous with dried fruit Dessert Baklava

Enjoy delicious local cuisine, thought-provoking art, and lively conversation.

Extended gallery hours during Russell Sage College Fire Night & NYSATA Reception in the Little Gallery

FRI, November 5, 5:00 to 8:00pm

In conjunction with the RSC Art+Design Department’s Annual Fire Night, to be held behind the Administration building, and the NYSATA Teachers as Artists exhibition reception from 5 to 6:30pm in the Little Gallery in Rathbone Hall, Opalka Gallery will be open until 8pm on FRI, Nov. 11.

Shifting Gaze Opening Reception

FRI Oct. 22, 2021 5:30pm to 8:00pm

FEATURING THE ARTISTS: Nina Chanel Abney, Farley Aguilar, Radcliffe Bailey, Yoan Capote, Nathaniel Donnett, Mark Thomas Gibson, Luis Gispert, Clotilde Jiménez, Jennie C. Jones, Samuel Levi Jones, Nate Lewis, Kyle Meyer, Lavar Munroe, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Ebony G. Patterson, Lamar Peterson, Wanda Raimundi-Oritz, Paul Henry Ramirez, Jamel Shabazz, Vaughn Spann, Shawn Theodore, Mickalene Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Carlos Vega, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Nate Young. 

For more info about this exhibition, please visit our exhibitions page.

Pop-Up Beer Gardens

FRI, Sept. 10, FRI, Sept. 17 and FRI, Oct. 1, 6pm -9pm

Join us for the return of our popular Pop-Up Beer Gardens.

Conversation with Adam Frelin

FRI, Sept. 10, 6:30

Join artist Adam Frelin outside the gallery for an outdoor, in-person tour and discussion about Frelin’s work, public art, and his recent installations, “Erratics,” the signs placed around campus, and “Summit,” the mountain on the roof of Opalka.

Outdoor Yoga with Carrie Will of Yoga Care

THURS, Sept. 16, 6pm

Join us for yoga outside the gallery on the grass. All levels welcome. Bring your own yoga props (mat, towel, block, bug spray). Pay what you can. Co-sponsored by YogaCare NY. Will move to Zoom in the event of rain

Mohawk Hudson Regional Exhibition Reception & Awards Ceremony

FRI, Sept. 17, 5pm-7pm

Join us for an artist’s reception and award ceremony for the Opalka artists of the Mohawk Hudson Regional Exhibition. This fall, for the first time in its 85 year history, the Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region Exhibition will be presented simultaneously in three locations: Albany Center Gallery, Opalka Gallery and Albany International Airport Gallery. Each venue had it’s own juror: Artist Alisa Sikelianos-Carter chose work for Albany Center Gallery, Tommy Gregory, Public Art Program Sr. Manager and Curator for the Port of Seattle, chose for for the Albany International Airport Gallery and Pamela Salisbury, owner and director of the Pamela Salisbury Galley in Hudson, NY, chose work for Opalka. Each venue will have their own awards reception. Albany International Airport Gallery, 3rd Floor, Main Terminal, 737 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY:  THUR, Sept. 16, 6-8pm. Albany Center Gallery, 488 Broadway, Suite 107, Albany, NY: SAT, Sept. 18, 3-5pm.


Conversation@Opalka: Adam Frelin

Thurs. May 6, 2021 at 6:00pm

“Summit” is installed on the roof of Opalka.

Adam Frelin installs one of his “Erratics.”

Adam Frelin will be on campus for this outdoor event to talk with
Opalka Director Judie Gilmore about his site-specific project, Erratics, which includes Summit, the mountain on top of the gallery. These projects will be on view through Spring of 2022. Join us for the outdoor event, rain or shine! Click here more info about this project.

Masks and distancing required on campus. COVID health form required to enter the gallery.


TUES, April 20, 6pm

(Virtual) Artist Lecture: Ann Le

Co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery, the Dept. of Visual & Performing Arts, and The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College

“Field Bomb,” by Ann Le.

Ann Le has always dealt with identity, culture, family history, and the duality of becoming Vietnamese-American in her work. Inspired by the cultural contexts in her life, she correlates the artificial with remembrances of generational trauma. Sentiment is vital in her works as she questions her personal experiences to construct imposing art.  She excavates her lineage by revisiting her family’s experiences by using personal and found images to reconstruct slippages in time and history. As layers of images are stacked upon one another, Le travels through time commenting on the idea of home, displacement, separation, and how we embrace and conquer loss. Tragic and Poetic composites are pieced together to unravel narratives which places her Vietnamese-American perspective into a contemporary landscape. Ann Le was born in San Diego, CA and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. 

TUES., April 6, 2021, 7pm

Virtual Opening Reception for The 43rd Annual PhotoRegional: Youth Spotlight

Join us for a Virtual opening reception as we celebrate the 32 young artists featured in this year’s Photo Regional, as well as the jurors, Khidr Joseph, a Brooklyn-based photographer and Russell Sage College alumni (class of ‘18), Jayana LaFountaine, a local professional photographer with her own business, and Anna Schupack, a student activist and photographer currently enrolled at Bard College.

WEDS, April 7, 6:30pm

Scrimshaw Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture
Rudy Shepherd

This event was recorded, watch it here: https://youtu.be/3Quc5ne49pU

Rudy Shepherd’s work explores the nature of evil through the mediums of painting, drawing and sculpture. This exploration involves investigations into the lives of criminals and victims of crime. He explores the complexity of these stories and the grey areas between innocence and guilt in a series of paintings and drawings of both the criminals and the victims, making no visual distinctions between the two. Going along with these portraits is a series of sculptures called the Black Rock Negative Energy Absorbers. They are a group of sculptures meant to remove negative energy from people allowing them to respond to life with the more positive aspects of their personality. 

Growing out of this exploration for solutions to the overwhelming forces of negative energy has come both a series of ceramic sculptures called the Healing Device’s and a new series of paintings of Holy Mountains, sacred spaces from all over the world that are central to the religions and cultures of the world.  

Rudy Shepherd received a BS in Biology and Studio Art from Wake Forest University and an MFA in Sculpture from the School of Art Institute of Chicago. He has been in group exhibitions at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NY, The Studio Museum of Harlem, NY, Bronx Museum of Art, NY, Art in General, NY, Triple Candie, NY, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY, Cheekwood Museum of Art, TN, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, CT, Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art, NC, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL, Tart Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland and solo exhibitions at Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, CT, Latchkey Gallery, NY, Mixed Greens Gallery, NY, Regina Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. He has been awarded Artist in Residence at PS1 National/International Studio Program, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY, Artist in Residence Visual + Harlem, Jacob Lawrence Institute for the Visual Arts, New York, NY and Emerging Artist Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY, Artist in Residence, Location One, NY, Process Space Artist in Residence Program Governors Island, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY.  He has done public art projects on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, Penn State University, PA at Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY, First Street Green Art Park, New York, NY and the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA in 2015 and most recently in Harlem in collaboration with the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Rudy Shepherd is currently represented by Latchkey Gallery, NYC.

Virtual Reception and Tour for Terry James Conrad: Object Permanence

For the virtual opening reception of his solo survey exhibition, Object Permanence, artist Terry James Conrad gave a virtual tour of the exhibition in conversation with Opalka Director Judie Gilmore. This event was recorded. Please see Past Online Events for the video.


Conrad will be in residence in the gallery every Thursday night, 5-8pm throughout the exhibition. Stop by to meet the artist. Non-sage visitors will be asked to fill out a Covid-19 wellness form and have a temperature check. Visitors will be limited, asked to wear masks and social distance while in the gallery. We will also be featuring his residency activities on Instagram and Facebook. Starting on February 11, we’ll present Dispatches from the Iowa Booth, an online series hosted by Conrad.

Dispatches from the Iowa Booth

For this Thursday night virtual series, starting February 11, Terry James Conrad will present artists, scientists and musicians who inspire him. All of these events were recorded. Watch them here: Past Online Events.


Feb. 11, 7pm, Terry James Conrad hosts Silvia Secchi, Associate Professor of Geographical & Sustainability Sciences, University of Iowa. Secchi is interested in the nexus between humans and the environment, the tools and methodologies we use to understand it, the policies we adopt to change it, and the pedagogy of teaching it.

Feb. 18, 7pm, Terry James Conrad hosts Dr. Joan Bernhard, Senior Scientist, Geology & Geophysics Department, University of Iowa. Joan M. Bernhard, Ph.D., is an oceanographer who largely studies microscopic marine protists called foraminifera. While Joan’s research concentrates on biological attributes, including cell biology and ecology, the questions she asks typically have geological and/or paleontological implications and repercussions.

Feb. 25, 7pm, Terry James Conrad hosts musician Tommy Santee Klaws. Tommy Santee Klaws has existed in some form since 2001, conjuring miniature tornadoes around Southern California. Like some of the best Los Angeles new-folky type acts, Tommy Santee Klaws understands the trick of making nostalgia work both ways; into some bright future and the virtuous, murky past.

March 4, 7pm, Terry James Conrad hosts artist Donté Hayes. Donté K. Hayes graduated summa cum laude from Kennesaw State University at Kennesaw, Georgia with a BFA in Ceramics and Printmaking with an Art History minor and received his MA and MFA with honors from the University of Iowa. He utilizes printmaking, installation, and performance to elevate the importance of his ceramic sculptures as a historical and creative base material to inform memories of the past.

March 11, 7pm, Terry James Conrad hosts Interdisciplinary artist/musician Brian Dewan. Brian Dewan is an artist who works in many media, including art, music, audio-visual performances, decorative painting, furniture design, poetry and musical instrument design. He has produced four albums of songs and concertized extensively as a solo artist, as well as having performed in various collaborations and as a sideman.

WEDS, February 17, 6:30pm

(Virtual) Artist Lecture: Terry James Conrad

Co-sponsored by Opalka and the RSC Dept. of Visual & Performing Arts

This event was recorded. Watch it here:Past Online Events. A native of New York, Terry James Conrad is a 2017 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Drawing, Printmaking and Book Arts and was the 2015-16 Grant Wood Fellow in Printmaking and has been awarded residencies at Frans Masereel Centrum (Belgium), Penland School of Craft (North Carolina), and the Vermont Studio Center. He has had solo, two-person and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Conrad is currently Assistant Professor and Program Head of Printmaking at University of Iowa and an Iowa Print Media Faculty Fellow. He previously taught at Skidmore College and assisted his partner Rachel Ziegler-Sheridan in founding the Round Lake School, which is a preschool/residency in Round Lake that follows the teaching philosophies of Reggio Emelia. Conrad is represented by Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri.

WEDS, March 17, 1pm

(Virtual) Artist Lecture: Saki Mafundikwa

Book jacket designed by Saki Mafundikwa.

Join us for this special event live from Zimbabwe as renowned graphic designer Saki Mafundikwa talks about his art and career. Co-sponsored by Opalka and the RSC Dept. of Visual & Performing Arts.This event was recorded. Watch it here:Past Online Events.

Mafundikwa is the founder and director of the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA) a design and new media training college in Harare. He has an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. He returned home in 1998 to found ZIVA after working in New York City as a graphic designer, art director and design educator. His book, Afrikan Alphabets: the Story of Writing in Africa was published in 2004. Besides being of historical importance, it is also the first book on Afrikan typography. It is currently out of print. His award-winning first film, Shungu: The Resilience of a People  had its world premiere at 2009’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Active on the international lecture circuit, he was a speaker at TED2013 in Long Beach, California.

He keynoted the first ever Pan African Design Institute (PADI) conference in Ghana in February, 2019. He spoke at the TED/PMI event in Dar-es-Salaam in September, 2019. He has also run workshops for design students in Europe, North, South and Central America, and Afrika.

He has been published widely on design and cultural issues and is currently working on a revised edition of Afrikan Alphabets which he hopes will be published in 2021. He lives and farms in Harare, Zimbabwe.

FALL 2020

Note: Most of our Fall 2020 events were recorded. Recordings can be found here.

THURS. December 3, 6:30pm

(Virtual) Artist Lecture: Christina Tenaglia

Christina Tenaglia,Untitled, 2019, wood, earthenware, gouache, ink

Christina Tenaglia has been a recipient of a purchase award grant from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2018, a NJ State Arts Council Fellowship Award for Sculpture in 2014, the W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts in 2011, and has received fellowships for residencies at The MacDowell Colony, I-Park, and Catwalk. She has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York and elsewhere and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Vassar College, living and working in Saugerties, NY. https://www.christinatenaglia.com

TUES. December 1, 7:00pm

Stage & Stanza: Sanchez, Shange, & Millay

Stage & Stanza, a poetry and theater series brought to you by The Theatre Institute at Sage and Opalka Gallery, in partnership with local poet and playwright, Carol Durant, continues with an evening honoring Sonia Sanchez, Ntozake Shange, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Presented with The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College.

And please see the Stage & Stanza page here for more info.

THURS. November 12, 6:30pm

(Virtual) Artist Lecture: Yura Adams

Yura Adams, Detail, “Chill Margins,” 2020.

NOTE: This event was recorded. Watch it here.

Yura Adams recently received a Pollock-Krasner grant and exhibited at the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York, Collarworks, Troy, New York and produced a large-scale, hand-made paper installation for her one-person show at the Courthouse Gallery in Lake George, New York. She has been presented as a visual and performance artist in numerous venues in California and New York, and has had many one-person shows at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson New York. Adams is curator/director of contemporary art of the Foundation Gallery at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, New York. yuradams.com

TUES. November 10, 7:00pm

Creative Careers Panel Discussion

A panel discussion about careers in the arts, from what to get a degree in to what to expect in the workplace. Brought to you in partnership with The New York State Art Teachers Association, Region 6, Russell Sage College, Opalka Gallery and the Capital Area Art Supervisors.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 10th, 7:00PM

by Ian Justino, Shaker High School

With Keynote Speaker,  Russell Sage College President Christopher Ames and guest speakers: Leah Rico (Graphic Design), Jamey Stevenson (Game Design), Jayana LaFountaine (Photo), Darian Henry (Video), Matt McElligott (Fine arts/Illustration), Tara Fracalossi (Arts admin/Museum), Beth Thomas (K-12 Art Education)



MON. November 2, 6:30pm

Guided Meditation: Finding Calm in Chaos with Tara Herrick Brown

Illustration by Chloe Harrison, Russell Sage ’21.

As we anticipate the massive transitions unfolding in our country and communities, many of us are personally experiencing aspects of this unease. Tara Herrick Brown, M.S. will lead you through a virtual, guided meditation, delving into what is coming up for you, both personally and collectively. She will guide you through the Buddhist practice, Tonglen,  helping find empathy and presence within the chaos. Check back for zoom link. Opalka is pleased to partner with INUR Wellness and The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College on this event.

TUES. October 27

6:30pm Virtual Opening Reception & Curator’s Tour

7:00pm. Artist Conversation: Artist/Woman. Woman/Artist.

Join us on Zoom for a virtual reception for Unraveling at 6:30pm, followed by Artist/Woman. Woman/Artist., a panel discussion with the artists and moderated by Nicole Hayes, curator at Art Omi,  at 7pm. We’re pleased to partner with the new Women’s Institute at Russell Sage for this panel discussion.

NOTE: This event was recorded. Watch it here.

THURS. October 29, 6:30pm

(Virtual) Artist Lecture: Melinda McDaniel

Melinda McDaniel, Like a Hole in the Head (detail), 2020 Cast stoneware 14 x 10 x 10 inches

NOTE: This event was recorded. Watch it here.

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. Her current work involves collaged ceramic figurines that play out and exaggerate the complexities of human emotional connections. She received a BFA in studio art from Florida State University and an MFA in photography from The Ohio State University. Her work has exhibited at SPACE Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Governors Island Art Fair in New York, the BRIC Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois. In 2014 Melinda received the Emerging Artist Award from the Arts Center of the Capital Region in New York. She calls Albany, New York home where she is also an assistant professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Russell Sage College. https://www.melindamcdaniel.com/

MON. October 5, 7:00pm

Artists in Conversation

Join Opalka Director Judie Gilmore in conversation with Infinite Uncertainty artists Ever Baldwin, Cyndy Barbone, Pauline Decarmo, and Richard Garrison. This is an online event.

TUES. October 6, 6:30pm

(Virtual) Artist Lecture: Lisa Maione

Fazed Grunion, 2016/2017

NOTE: This event was recorded. Watch it here.

Lisa J. Maione is an art director, designer, and educator. Lisa cut her teeth in New York City at various studios including 2×4, Pentagram, mgmt. design, Wolff Olins, and Metropolis magazine before starting an independent studio practice. Lisa holds a BFA and an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a post-graduate certificate in Typeface Design from Type@Cooper NYC. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri. http://lisamaione.com

THURS. September 1

Infinite Uncertainty Virtual Opening Reception

Join us for a virtual opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 3 at  7:00pm
Showcasing artists at work in a changing world: new projects initiated, old ones revisited, creative bursts and detours in practice. Selected from over 250 submissions, 33 regional artists attempt to make sense of this unprecedented time and its persistent, frightening and painful unknowns. Juried by Sharon Bates, Stacey Robinson, Ellen Letcher and Julie Torres.
ARTISTS: Erika Aberg, Ever Baldwin, Cyndy Barbone, Richard Barlow, Judith Braun, Donnabelle Casis, Beth Caspar, Pauline Decarmo, Pierre Desir, Carla Dortic, Stephen Earp, Sara Farrell Okamura, Ray Felix, Rebecca A. Flis, Peg Foley, Audrey Francis, Richard Garrison, Andrea Hersh, Anthony Jackson (Bugzdale), Tatana Kellner, Hui Lee, Norm Magnusson, Nathan Meltz, Adrian Meraz, Fernando Orellana, Roger D. Patrick, Tatiana Potts, Courtney Puckett, Jamie Ricardo Rodriguez, Christina Tenaglia, Hanna Washburn, Jeff Wigman, and Deborah Zlotsky

THURS. August 27 7:00 to 8:45

Stage & Stanza: Dr. Mars Hill & James Baldwin

Introducing a new series Stage & Stanza, a new poetry and theater series brought to you by The Theatre Institute at Sage and Opalka Gallery, in partnership with local poet and playwright, Carol Durant.

Please see the Stage & Stanza page here for more info.



Stage & Stanza Honors Dr. Mars Hill &. James Baldwin



Stage & Stanza continues on Thursday, August 27th at 7:00 p.m. with a conversation about Dr. Mars Hill. Dr. Hill was an Architectural Engineer, professor at University at Albany, community activist and author of The Moaner’s Bench, a poignant novel about an African American man’s search for healing and truth. Our second honoree is the iconic James Baldwin, whose impact on the literary and global community is legendary, the program will focus on specific aspects of his illustrious and formidable work.

The evening will have a cast from the Capital Region community which includes local area actors and business owners who will deliver staged readings of Hill and Baldwin’s work.  The evening’s conversation will again be hosted by Carol Durant, an author, actor and playwright, most recently with the Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York, and the Theatre Institute Managing Director and Associate Professor of Theater, David Baecker.

James Baldwin was a celebrated American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist whose works explore themes of masculinity, sexuality, race, and class and who influenced some of the major political movements towards social change in America. Albany’s Dr. Mars Hill was a professor and black activist who published his first novel at 75.

SAT June 20, 2020

Join us for a one-night only, take-out only Summer version of our popular Beer Garden series!

Saturday, June 20. Get the details here.

THURS June 25, 2020

Introducing a new series Stage & Stanza, a new poetry and theater series brought to you by The Theatre Institute at Sage and Opalka Gallery, in partnership with local poet and playwright, Carol Durant.

The first reading in the series will be on June 25, 2020. Please see the Stage & Stanza page here for more info.


Events from March 15 on were conducted online. See links below for recordings where applicable.

So You Want to Go to Art School?
Panel Discussion

As part of our High School Regional exhibition, we are hosting a panel discussion all about art school: applying, getting in and what to expect. Hear from Sage Art+Design professors and one student in the Art+Design program.

Lynn Capirsello, Interior+Spatial Design
William Fillmore, Art+Extended Media
Amy Griffin, Exhibitions and Marketing Manager, Opalka Gallery
Matthew McElligott, Graphic and Media Design
Leah Rico, Graphic+Media Design
Madison Scisci, Senior in Art+Extended Media

Moderated by Opalka Director Judie Gimore

This was conducted via Zoom Webinar and recorded. It can be viewed on YouTube at this link

Pop-Up Yoga with Jammella Anderson

This was a remote class conducted on Opalka’s Facebook Live page. It is still available there. 
All levels welcome. Pay what you can.
Donations can be made directly to Jammella:
Venmo: Jammella-Anderson
Cashapp: $JammellaAnderson
PayPal: [email protected]

Artist Talk: Laetitia Hussain

Laetitia Hussain is a process artist who works across multiple media including drawing, installation, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sound and video. Her imagery and forms address psychological and emotional responses to environmental issues, including challenges related to mental illness. She has exhibited at John Davis Gallery (Hudson), Sculpture Space (Utica), Clermont Historic Site, and Basilica Hudson. A graduate from SUNY Purchase, she was born in Marseille, France and currently lives in Hudson, NY. Laetitiahussain.com

This was conducted via Zoom Webinar and recorded. It can be viewed on YouTube at this link.

Rear View Artist Talk: Paul Miyamoto with Carolyn Callner

In partnership with Albany Public Library and the APL Foundation, Opalka Gallery curated “Rear View: Life Examined” about artists and memory at the Pine Hills Branch featuring:
David Austin, Leona Christie, Gavin Christie, Daesha Devon-Harris, Meighan Gale, Paul Miyamoto, Kenneth Ragsdale, Steve Rein, and Gail Skudera. Join us for a presentation by Paul Miyamoto as he shares the inspiration for his images of the internment of naturalized citizens and Americans of Japanese descent from 1941 to 1946. Paul’s father, mother, two sisters, a brother and both grandparents were sent to Poston Camp in Arizona. Paul will be joined by Carolyn Callner, a Nisei and an internee at the Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming.

This was conducted via Zoom Webinar and recorded. It can be viewed on YouTube at this link.

Conversation @ Opalka: Careers for Art School Students

To help students gain broader knowledge about career opportunities for individuals with degrees in the arts, we gathered regional artists/creatives about their diverse paths after art and art history programs and hear about their obvious and not-so-obvious jobs and the choices that led them to their current careers.

Belinda Colon, curator at Arts Center Capital Region and Spring Street gallery director
Caroline Corrigan, graphic designer and illustrator
Jamel Mosely, multidisciplinary artist and entrepreneur
Fernando Orellana, associate professor of digital art at Union College
Jake Winiski, Research Biologist, Ecovative Design

Moderated by Judie Gilmore, Opalka director

This was conducted via Zoom Webinar and recorded. It can be viewed on YouTube at this link.

Conversation @ Opalka: Regional Curators 

Join us as for an informal conversation with regional curators! Judie Gilmore and Amy Griffin of Opalka Gallery chatted with Julie Lohnes of the Mandeville Gallery at Union College and Julie Torres and Ellen Letcher of LABspace in Hillsdale, NY about the challenges of the current crisis.

This event was conducted via Zoom and recorded. It can be viewed on YouTube at this link.


FRI, Jan. 24


Supper Club, Vol. 5, Rise Up and Shine! 

6pm cocktail hour; 7pm dinner + discussion

$45 per individual, $85 per couple.

Enjoy delicious local cuisine, thought-provoking art, and lively conversation with JoAnne Carson about her work in the Rise Up and Shine! exhibition.

TUES, January 28

6:30pm  Melody Davis Lecture

Davis is an expert on the history of photography and in particular, stereoscopic photography. She is the author of many books about the history of photography as well as four books of poetry. Davis is a professor at The Sage Colleges. 



FRI, February 7


5pm Artist’s Tour of JoAnne Carson: Rise Up and Shine!

6pm-8pm Reception for JoAnne Carson: Rise Up and Shine! 

MON, February 10


6:30pm to 7:30pm Pop-Up Yoga @ Opalka with Carrie Will

All levels welcome. Bring your own mat. Props provided. Pay what you can. Co-sponsored by YogaCare NY.

FRI, February 14

PechaKucha @ Opalka


6:30pm Snacks, 7pm talks

PechaKucha is a fun presentation format in which speakers present 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Email [email protected] if you are interested in presenting.

TUE, February 18

5:30pm Student Reception for JoAnne Carson: Rise Up and Shine! Pizza+Art+Students!

“Breezy” by JoAnne Carson


6:30pm JoAnne Carson Artist Lecture

Carson creates colorful paintings, drawings and sculptures that depict exuberant objects and scenes derived from nature, but with unusual juxtapositions and playfully dark moods. She is interested in the shift from “organic” to “synthetic” nature as a defining factor of our age. Carson is a professor at the University at Albany.

TUE, February 25

6pm Guided Meditation With Tara Herrick Brown

Come quiet your mind and energize your spirit with a short guided-imagery meditation, exploring the theme of “Acceptance.”  Beginners welcome. No experience necessary. Co-sponsored by Inur Wellness.


THURS, March 5

Film @ Opalka: Female Auteurs Series

7pm Morvern Callar (2002, 1hr 37min)

Our Female Auteurs series begins with Morvern Callar, a moody and mysterious character study from 2002 that was directed and co-written by Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here, We Need to Talk About Kevin).

Ramsay is a poetic visual stylist who excels at using small details to convey the inner worlds of her characters. In Morvern Callar, Ramsay finds a perfect match in Samantha Morton, who portrays the title character with mesmerizing depth and subtlety. Who is Morvern, and what is she thinking? To find out, you’ll have to watch (and listen) closely.

FRI, March 20

CANCELED: 5pm to 8pm The 21st Annual High School Regional Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony

This juried showcase of the artwork of regional high school students is juried this year by Rachel Baxter, Melinda McDaniel, and Jordan Nathaniel White.

MON, March 23

Steve Lambert outdoor installation

POSTPONED TIL FURTHER NOTICE: 6:30pm Scrimshaw Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture: Steve Lambert 

Lambert is co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism, an institute training activists be more creative and artists to be more effective. As an artist, Lambert uses writing, video, installation and other media to craft collaborative work that leads to meaningful exchanges among ideas and people. Lambert is a professor at SUNY Purchase. 



THURS, April 16

CANCELED: Film @ Opalka: Female Auteurs Series

7pm Wendy and Lucy (2008, 1hr 20 min)

Our Female Auteurs series continues with Wendy and Lucy, a minimalist masterpiece from 2008 that was directed, co-written, and edited by Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women, Meek’s Cutoff).

Reichardt is a resourceful, unflinching filmmaker; a modern neorealist who, in her own words, makes films about people who “don’t have a safety net.” That description certainly applies to Wendy Carroll (Michelle Williams), a young woman in dire financial straits who is travelling to Alaska along with her dog Lucy. Will Wendy find a job waiting for her at the end of the road?

THURS April 30

Sculpture by Laetitia Hussain

6:30pm Laetitia Hussain Artist Lecture ONLINE ONLY, SEE ABOVE FOR LINK OF RECORDING.

Laetitia Hussain‘s work and installations are elaborations on psychological responses to individual, social and environmental issues. The medium she works in is dictated by the subject matter of the body of work. She works intuitively following abstract patterns and rituals. That will later define value, space and time.


FRI, May 1

Online exhibition only. View here.

Annual showcase of the best work from this year’s BFA candidates from the Sage College Art+Design program.

THURS, May 7

CANCELED: Film @ Opalka: Female Auteurs Series

6pm Toni Erdmann (2016, 2 hrs 42 mins)

Our Female Auteurs series concludes with Toni Erdmann, a wildly unique 2016 film that was directed, written, and co-produced by German filmmaker Maren Ade (Everyone Else, The Forest for the Trees).

Ade creates lively, humanistic films that portray multifaceted relationships between complex, memorable characters. In Toni Erdmann, Ade explores the nuanced connection between a workaholic executive consultant named Ines (Sandra Hüller) and her father, a divorced music teacher with a penchant for spontaneous pranks. The film deftly combines a wide range of tones to create a genre-defying hybrid of comedy, drama, political satire, and more.

Fall 2019

FRI, September 6 


6-9pm In-faux-structure RECEPTION, with live screenprinting by Rebekah Tolley

6-9pm BEER GARDEN + LIVE MUSIC: Pop-up Craft Beer Garden, featuring beer by Druthers and musical performance by Joe Barna’s Sketches of Influence with special guest Stacy Dillard

SAT, September 7

10:30am – 12:30pm INTERACTIVE ARTIST-LED EVENT: Community Self Care with The Everyday Feminist

THU, September 12

5:30pm CURATORS’ TOUR: Exhibition tour led by Madison LaVallee, Julie Casper Roth and Melissa Sarris

6:30pm ARTIST TALK: Lucretia Knapp & Lynne Yamamoto

FRI, September 13


Celebrating 70 Years of Sage in Albany, featuring beer by Rare Form Brewing Company and musical performance Zan and the Winter Folk and Belle-Skinner

TUES, September 17

5:30pm STUDENT RECEPTION for In–faux-structure exhibition.

6:30pm OUTDOOR YOGA, with Jammella Anderson. All levels welcome, pay what you can, bring your own mat. Will be held inside in case of rain.

FRI, September 20 

6:30pm PERFORMANCE: Jason van Staveren, Albany NY, Seat of the Empire, Straight on Until Dawn: Map Presentation Ceremony

6-9pm BEER GARDEN + LIVE MUSIC: Albany Neighborhood Block Party, featuring beer by CH Evans Brewing Company and musical performance by The Magdalens

Jason Van Staveren, Albany, NY, Seat of Empire, Straight on Until Dawn

SAT, September 21

10:30am-12:30pm BIKE TOUR & PERFORMANCE: Jason van Staveren, Albany NY, Seat of the Empire, Straight on Until Dawn: Bicycle Tour of Nearby Signs

FRI, September 27

6:30pm PERFORMANCE: Oliver Peters, if we touch, our eyes will never meet, featuring Carol Durant and Paul Richer

if we touch, our eyes will never meet, as a semi-allegorical examination, approaches misnomers surrounding race, economic inequity, and the establishment of contemporary class/caste systems in this country, the omission of key factors related to the establishment of the African slave trade in the colonies, and the glancing over of events leading up to, and following, Bacon’s Rebellion. 

6-9pm BEER GARDEN + LIVE MUSIC: Students of New Scotland Ave., featuring beer by Single Cut Beersmiths and musical performance by Five Kill Records bands

WEDS, October 2


6:30 YOGA, with Carrie Will, co-sponsored by YogaCare. All levels welcome, pay what you can, bring your own mat. Props provided.

FRI, October 4

6-9pm BEER GARDEN + LIVE MUSIC: Beer Lovers Night, with Albany Beer Historian Craig Gravina, featuring beer from a variety of local nanobreweries and musical performance by Justin Henricks’ Boogaloo with special guest Amanda Case

7:30pm PERFORMANCE: Whitewashed, an original documentary theater performance based on Black history, current events, and the personal experiences of the cast, which includes Shirey Archie, Royal Brown, D. Colin, Diaka Kaba Hill, Sakea Martin, Tim Martin, Aaron Moore, and Josie Smith

Tickets: $12 adults, $10 seniors/students, free for Sage students with ID

THUR, October 10 

6:30pm LECTURE & DISCUSSION: Raquel Velho, Assistant Prof., Science & Technology Studies at RPI, Monuments of Care: A Discussion About Infrastructures and Maintenance 

We don’t often think about pipes and roads as objects of love or devotion. Our collective imaginations detach infrastructure from emotions, though they are entirely dependent on our capacity for care and attention. In this space, we will discuss the labor that goes into the development, maintenance and even dismantling of infrastructure to consider what it means to stop or begin caring about the infrastructures that surround us.

FRI, October 18

6:30pm PECHA KUCHA NIGHT: Infrastructure Edition—Short talks by interesting people

FRI, November 1

Chew, Food as Muse opens!
Curator’s Tour: 5:00 pm
Opening Reception: 6:00 pm to 8:00pm

Caren Alpert, Jennifer Coates,