Fine Art and Art History Faculty

Melody Davis

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Melody Davis, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Art History at the Sage College of Albany. Her research specialties are contemporary art, theory and criticism and nineteenth and early twentieth century photography and visual culture. Her work on historical stereography will be forthcoming in 2015 from the University Press of New Hampshire: Doubling the Vision: Women in Narrative Stereography, The United States, 1870-1910.

Davis is also the author of two books of poems, including the recently released Holding the Curve from Broadstone Books and the art critical study, The Male Nude in Contemporary Photography. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, The Henry Luce Foundation (ACLS), and the Sage Colleges, and was a finalist in the National Poetry Series.

Harold Lohner

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Harold Lohner joined the faculty of Russell Sage College in 1982 where he taught a variety of studio classes and directed the Troy campus gallery for 12 years. He moved to the Albany campus in 2002 where he teaches in the studio art program and was the long-time faculty advisor of the Little Gallery. He holds an MFA in printmaking from the University at Albany and has been an artist in residence at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, Kala in Berkeley, CA, and the Contemporary Artists Center in North Adams, MA. His prints have been regularly exhibited regionally and nationally. He is also the proprietor of Harold’s Fonts, a digital type foundry. Harold lives in Albany with his husband, Al Martino.

Tim Martin

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Tim Martin is a professor of Ceramics in the Art + Design Department at Sage College of Albany, where he has been on the faculty for 37 years. He received his MFA in Ceramics and Ceramic Sculpture from the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology and pursued additional graduate work at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He received a BS in Art Education from Frostburg State University, which honored him with their Alumni Achievement Award in 1989.

In 2007, Tim was an artist-in-residence at Cill Rialaig Project, in Ballinskelligs, Ireland, and the resulting geoarchitectural sculptures were exhibited locally and in Maryland. In addition to inclusion in national and international exhibitions, his work has been acquired by the McDonalds Corporation, the Albany Institute of History and Art, and numerous private collectors. Tim has been an Advance Placement Reader in Studio Art for the College Board since 2004.

Gary Shankman

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Gary Shankman received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Boston University and his Master of Fine Arts in painting from American University. He continued his studies at the Koninklijke Acadamie voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp, Belgium when he received an ITT International Fellowship Grant. Upon returning stateside, Gary received a scholarship to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.

Besides participating in group shows throughout the United States, Gary has had solo exhibitions in Antwerp, Belgium, Washington D.C., London, England, Alexandria, Va., and Albany, N.Y. Gary’s paintings are included in collections of Superior Court Art Trust, Washington D.C., the American University Museum, Washington D.C., and Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Shawnee, Oklahoma.

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