August 5, 2016Comments are off for this post.

Sage senior named Adobe award semifinalist

Big congratulations to Sage Graphic + Media Design student Jessica Lucia, who was recently named an Adobe Design Achievement Award semifinalist for her promotional design for an AIGA pop-up shop event. The ADAA is a global digital media competition for student creators. Connected to industry professionals, academic leaders, and top brands, the ADAA aims to launch the next generation of student careers.

Her piece, Art on Lark was created with a combination of scanned photography and digital processing.

February 5, 2016Comments are off for this post.

Sage Named One Of 2016's Top Design Schools

We're proud to report that Graphic Design USA has just named Sage to its annual list of Top Design Schools, one of only thirty-seven schools across the nation to be so honored.

February 5, 2016Comments are off for this post.

Design Student Meradith Kill Recognized by Graphic Design USA

Sage Graphic+Media Design senior Meradith Kill has just been named one of Graphic Design USA's 2016 Students to Watch. Congratulations, Meradith!

November 3, 2015Comments are off for this post.

Prof. McElligott publishes Mad Scientist Academy: The Dinosaur Disaster

The Department of Art + Design wishes to congratulate Professor Matthew McElligott on the publication of the first of his Mad Scientist Academy series, The Dinosaur Disaster.  Amazon named Mad Scientist Academy one of their four “Best Books of the Month” for ages 6-8 in July, 2015. Prof. McElligott will bill speaking about the book at Sage's Art and Design Lecture Series at the Opalka Gallery on Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.

September 8, 2015Comments are off for this post.

Dave Phillips : video game concept artist

  • Tuesday, September 8th at 6:30pm
  • Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany, 140 New Scotland Ave.
  • FREE and open to the public
  • 2015-16 Artist Lecture Series

Focusing on concept art and art direction at local video game studio Vicarious Visions (Activision/Blizzard), Dave Phillips was a lead artist on Skylanders: Swap Force. He also illustrates for editorial, young adult, and children's literature.
See more of Dave's work at:

August 2, 2015Comments are off for this post.

Professor Dahlgren's Work Selected for Cooperstown National Exhibition

Associate Professor Jean Dahlgren's piece "Memphis" was selected for inclusion in the Cooperstown Art Association's 80th National Juried Exhibition. The juror, John Hampshire of Troy, NY, selected the work from over 400 entries. The exhibition will be on display from July 10th through August 14th. For more information on the exhibit see

February 2, 2015Comments are off for this post.

Work While You Sleep

2015 AIGA Upstate NY Student Portfolio Workshop.

Bottom line: along with your book (or iPad, or both!), you need a website. It’s cost effective, people can view it worldwide, motion and interactive work is better represented, it’s easy to update, and employers will look at you online before offering an interview. YOU NEED A WEBSITE!
Plan it. Design it. Build it.
Requires web hosting and a domain name. If you’re confident with HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, jQuery and a bit of Javascript, do it yourself! Seriously consider the DIY approach if you're interested in UI/UX design. Show them what you're made of!

WordPress backend with customizable theme.
With over 74 million sites, Wordpress has become the new standard in web design. You will most likely be working on WordPress sites for clients anyway so why not jump in and learn now?!**
Web Hosting
Many web hosts include a "one-click WordPress install" and domain name. Buy your web hosting FIRST!**

Portfolio Service
Build your online portfolio fast and easy. Includes web hosting.
So maybe the DIY or WordPress solution isn't for you. Try a portfolio service instead. Most provide web hosting and allow a custom domain name too. Monthly fees, options, and ease of use will vary so do your homework before you invest!
You can use the following tools on their own, but it would BEST to use them IN ADDITION with your website.***
*Tested and highly recommended.

Social Media
Obviously, social media is great but remember that employers will be Googling you and checking out your social profiles to get an idea of who you are and what you're like. Creepy? Meh, not really. You'll be creepin' on them too right?! Don't sweat it too much. Just be hyper-aware of what's out there on you. Make your social media private (duh) but also post things that the public can see. Don't be afraid to be yourself, just be professional about it.

To conclude
You need a book (or iPad, or both!) to bring to the interview. But you first need to GET an interview. YOU NEED A WEBSITE! ...and social media to get noticed. You want to be part of this industry don't you? Then prove it and start contributing to the online conversation. Get out there. We want to meet you!

January 2, 2015Comments are off for this post.

Partnership Turns Bus Shelters into Pop-Up Art Galleries

Digital work by eight Sage College of Albany student-artists is featured in a pilot public art project that is turning bus shelters along Central Avenue into pop-up art galleries.
ArtTV is sponsored by Capital District Transportation Authority and the Central Avenue Business Improvement District. Five 42-inch screens will be installed at CDTA’s busiest bus stations along the avenue to display all types of artworks including paintings, photographs, films, performances, interviews and more arts programming for a cross-section of city residents.
“It stems from a federal public art grant, but as opposed to murals and static installations typical in public art grants, CBID and CDTA partnered to deliver constantly changing artworks to the public through digital technology,” said Sean Hovendick, assistant professor and program director of Graphic + Media Design. Hovendick worked with CBID Executive Director Anthony Capece to learn the digital signage system and taught Time Arts and Digital Production classes as service learning courses in which students created works specifically for the public. “Think mini-TV station,” he said. “Content can be similar along the route, or individual for each bus station. Programming is broadcast during commuter hours for now, but it could be 24/7. We’re all very excited to be participating in this innovative project.”
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and ArtTV featured artists including Art + Design students Dakotah Toma SCA ’17 and Jon Josephsen SCA ’15 attended a kickoff event in October. In addition to Toma and Josephsen, David Saunders SCA ’17, Katielynn Canavan SCA ’17, Thaddeus Sipe SCA ’16, Greg Ryan SCA ’15, Kelly Raver SCA ’14 and Krystal Hinckley SCA ’15 also had work accepted for ArtTV.
“This is a tremendous learning opportunity for our students as well as a great way for us to give back to the community through the beautification of public art,” said Hovendick. ”In the future, all types of work from Sage’s Art + Design Department will be included.”
The first bus station to receive the ArtTV technology is on the corner of Central Avenue and Quail Street.

August 19, 2014Comments are off for this post.

Prof. Dahlgren receives Judge's Choice Award

Professor Jean Dahlgren received a Judge's Choice Award in the 2014 New York State of Design competition for her exhibition catalog "Perceptions."  The catalog was produced for the 2014 Art + Design Faculty Exhibition at the Opalka Gallery. The competition is open to all designers residing in the state of New York and its mission is to "illuminate the junctions between business and design."  Entrants were asked to explain the relationship between their work and their client's goals. Dahlgren explained that her client, Opalka Gallery Director Elizabeth Greenberg, wanted to showcase the individual strengths of each faculty member in the catalog design. Dahlgren created a series of 20 postcards that featured each artist's work, with their artists' statements and bios printed on the backside. A custom folder with the exhibition title held all of the cards together and served as a visual metaphor for common workplace the artists share. Professor Dahlgren is an Associate Professor of Graphic + Media Design and is currently Chair of the Department of Art + Design. 



 to the entire state, open to members and non-members, individuals, and businesses. The only requirement - you must reside in the state of New York.

April 27, 2014No Comments

Aaron Draplin Speaks at Sage

Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co., Portland, OR spoke to a packed house at the Sage College of Albany April 22. Sage Graphic + Media Design students met Draplin in Minneapolis last fall at the AIGA National Conference and the AIGA Student Group arranged for Draplin's talk. Draplin's direct, in-your-face messaging resonated with the standing-room-only crowd at the Opalka Gallery. He encouraged attendees to "get out there and get dirty," (aka make a lot of work) and demonstrated how he does just that everyday. Earlier in the day Draplin presented a special student-only presentation for all Graphic + Media Design majors where he shared personal stories and discussed his process. Many Sage design alums were in attendance at the talk as well, including Christina Lang, Michael Rivette, Heather Ringler, Kat Dahlgren and Tim Nerney. aaron-draplin-4

Aaron Draplin poses with Sage alum Michael Rivette.

Aaron Draplin poses with Sage alum Michael Rivette.

Aaron Draplin signs posters for students outside Opalka Gallery

Aaron Draplin signs posters for students outside Opalka Gallery


Sage alums Christina Lang and Heather Ringler attended Aaron Draplin's talk April 22.


Sage students Khademe Osbourne and Alaudeen Umar pose with Aaron Draplin.