Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany

March 6, 2009 5:00 PM - April 12, 2009

Image Credit:  "Arlington" 2008, Archival Ink-jet Print from digital photo of Paper Sculpture

The exhibition offers a fresh eye bringing together a diverse group of artists who are some of the strongest in the area using the photographic medium. Although these artists are only a small selection out of the population of very talented strong artists, they offer a fresh take on photography in the area. This fuels growth and opens the conversation up to many insightful and intriguing ideas. It questions, it discovers and it offers opportunity to reach beyond the scope of what we normally consider photography.

About the Artists
Liz Blum is a visual artist whose work encompasses installations, image composites, neon, photography and video. Liz received a B.F.A from Loughborough College of Art & Design, England, and an M.F.A from State University at Albany, NY. She exhibits both nationally and internationally, and is currently living in Troy, New York, teaching at various colleges and institutions in the area.

Pacific Northwest native Ken Ragsdale is an Albany, NY based artist. His work, derived from personal memories; is process driven, focused on narrative, and involves a mixture of many artistic disciplines: drawing, painting, sculpture, paper-craft, theatre lighting, and photography. Among the many institutions of higher learning he attended, The Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon and The University at Albany deserve to be mentioned for their willingness to grant him actual degrees. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Art Department at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. His work has been exhibited in many venues regionally and nationally.  His recent work deals specifically with his own childhood narrative and it's metaphorical relationship with that of the growth of America as a nation. Reviews of this work and interviews with the artist have been published recently in: The Metroland, Upstate Arts Magazine, The Glens Falls Post Star, and the Middlebury Campus.  

Exhibiting Artists

Roy Arnella, Justin Baker, Liz Blum, Robert Cartmell, Catherine Chalmers, Colleen Cox, Tara Fracalossi, Daniel Goodwin, Mindy McDaniel, Ken Ragsdale, David Seiler, Stu Sherman and Laura Gail Tyler.

Curated by Elizabeth Dubben

Gallery Hours

Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm

Friday 10am-4:30pm

Sunday 12pm-4pm

Evening and weekend hours by appointment March 8-15


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