April 15, 2014No Comments

Aaron Draplin to Speak at Sage April 22

Aaron Draplin,  principal of Draplin Design Co., a Portland, OR-based design studio will present The Speaking Fiasco in the Opalka Gallery on Tuesday April 22nd at 6pm.
Aaron was a speaker at the AIGA Head, Hand, Heart National Conference in Minneapolis, MN in October last year and has done work for Esquire, Nike, Wired, Timberline, Chunklet, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Hughes Entertainment, Megafaun, Danava, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration.
His unique and witty manner that is sure to enlighten and entertain. Presented by the Sage College of Albany AIGA student chapter. Tickets available through Eventbrite. 

April 15, 2014No Comments

GMD Alumni Return to Share Career Advice

On March 27, 2014 Sage alumni Matt Stipano, a graphic designer at J. Crew in NYC and Michael Rivette of Upside Collective in Schenectady joined Christina Sharp, also of Upside, to speak to Graphic + Media Design seniors in Professor Jean Dahlgren's Portfolio Preparation class. Matt showed some of his recent design work for J. Crew and spoke about being a designer in NYC . Michael and Christina gave a presentation chocked full of tips and inspirations, including their latest design initiative PixelScouts. After sharing how they got started in their design careers post-college they looked at the seniors' portfolios to give them some guidance. It was great to have them back on campus, and we're very proud of their accomplishments!

Alumni Michael Rivette and Sage student Ariel Smullen discuss her portfolio.

Alumni Michael Rivette and Sage student Ariel Smullen discuss her portfolio.

February 14, 2014No Comments

Pecha Kucha Night at Sage

Join us in the Opalka Gallery at 6:30pm on February 28 for the Capital District’s first official PechaKucha Night, as our Art + Design faculty present 20 images x 20 seconds. Featuring local beer from Rare Form Brewery. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.pechakucha.org/cities/albany-schenectady-troy/events/529f985adbdd20a7cc000001

February 14, 2014No Comments

Sage Art Faculty Featured in "Perceptions" Exhibit

The faculty and adjuncts of the Department of Art + Design are featured in the new exhibit, "Perceptions", which is on display in Sage's Opalka Gallery from January 21 through March 2, 2014.

October 4, 2013Comments are off for this post.

Senior Capstone in NYC

A busy day of rushing around the city on foot and by train, this year’s Senior Capstone trip was memorable, inspiring and a whole lotta fun!

After an early boarding of the chartered bus from SCA, students were first treated to Manuel Estrada’s Sailing Through Design exhibition at the AIGA headquarters. Looking up at the wall literally covered with the designer's sketchbooks, it was instilled in all of us the value of keeping a sketchbook. Estrada’s exhibit shows his thought process from the items that inspired him, to concept sketches, and through to his final solutions for numerous projects. There was also an array of book cover designs that used very clever visuals to match the titles. We all know "You can’t judge a book by its cover," but Estrada's design solutions crushes that saying by enticing even the most reluctant reader to open the book and start reading.

After the visit to AIGA, students had lunch al fresco two blocks north in General Worth Square making choices from a string of outdoor eateries in the shadow of the iconic Flatiron Building. Everything looked so delicious and there was so much to choose from. A few even braved the long line at the famous Shake Shack across the street in Madison Square Park — well worth the wait!

Next, students and faculty headed downtown to The Herb Lubalin Study Center for Design and Typography at Cooper Union. There curator Alexander Tochilovsky showed many pieces of historic graphic design work from their private collection. Works from Herb Lubalin’s studio, the controversial hardcover magazine Eros by Ralph Ginzburg, original pharma advertising, and an original copy of the graphic standards manual for the NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority subway system, created in the 70’s. Tochilovsky's presentation was enlightening and very informative.


Finally, students went on to review the very interesting Image of the Studio exhibition next door at the Lubalin Study Center Gallery. This widely varied collection from over 75 design studios based in New York City, included original work, portraits, data visualizations that documented the structure, history and culture of each studio, and how the city itself has been a major influence.

With only an hour or so to spare before returning to the bus, students were able to go out on their own, grab a bite to eat, and see more of the city. The weather was beautiful and it turned out to be a wonderful fall day that everyone will remember for a long time to come.



September 24, 2013Comments are off for this post.

New 3D Printer for Art + Design

We are pleased to announce the arrival of the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer! Mindy has been working tirelessly to figure it all out. While the 3D printer is not yet ready for orders, students are welcome to swing by to see it in action. The printer is currently located in Mindy’s office in the back of the Tech Center. Come see the 3-D printer in trial and error mode, and check out some sample models. It is quite impressive to watch!
The MakerBot heats PLA filament (a biodegradable plastic) and extrudes it onto a build platform in layers, from the bottom to the top of the design until the entire model has become a reality – a plastic replica. Amazing!
The file type needed for use with the MakerBot is STL, or .stl. If you are using SketchUp to create your 3D models, you will need to install the STL plug-in from the SketchUp Warehouse, which will allow you to save your file with this extension. The MakerBot Thingiverse website is a great resource which allows you to explore, share, download and alter 3-D files, many of which can be printed using the Replicator 2.
The Replicator 2 is a printer only, and does not have built-in scanning capabilities. To capture existing objects as digital 3-D information, the free application Autodesk 123D Catch may be an option. The application generates a 3-D model from up to forty still images of a single object. A 3-D scanner may be an item that the Tech Center will have in the future.
As with the laser cutter, Mindy will be the operator of the MakerBot, and once she works out all the kinks, this will be another asset to the Art + Design Department for its students to use. In the near future, instructions on how to submit files for the MakerBot will be on artdesigntechcenter.sage.edu website.

September 6, 2013Comments are off for this post.

OUTPUT Graphic Design Regional 2013

The Albany Center Gallery is hosting the  OUTPUT Graphic Design Regional 2013 from September 3rd-28th. GMD is proud to announce senior Kelly Ann Raver, and recent graduate, Ron Gibbons have been selected for this juried exhibition. The show included work from designers and design firms alike from across the Capital Region. From the many entries submitted, only fourteen were selected to be included in the exhibition.

Kelly's design work, Labels Project, won the prestigious student award. Inspired by Chef Jamie Oliver's documentary work, Raver's piece comments on the subject of pink slime in products served in school lunch programs throughout the country.

Congratulations to both Ron and Kelly!

May 14, 2013Comments are off for this post.

Prof. Hovendick awarded 2nd place

Congratulations to Sean Hovendick, assistant professor and Coordinator of the Graphic + Media Design BFA program at Sage College of Albany! Professor Hovendick recently took 2nd place at the Lakeside Statewide Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibit displayed diverse works of art from artists throughout New York State.
Sean’s work titled, Be a Man / Sugar and Spice is an 
interactive piece showing looped audio/visual clips from sitcoms of the 70’s and 80’s. Gender roles typically portrayed on these television shows are presented on two separate touch screen monitors, one for the man Be a Man, and one for the woman Sugar and Spice.
Television has great power to influence behavior of its viewers. Professor Hovendick's work allows people to examine how men and women were commonly portrayed during the years these sitcoms were playing on TV. The artwork also intends the viewer to realize that continuous viewing of certain behaviors in the media have an emotional toll our psyche... most times without us even knowing. "[...] will the power of television forever be the driving force of cultural control?"

March 22, 2013Comments are off for this post.

Sage AIGA Holds Silent Art Auction

On March 1, as part of First Friday events, the Sage AIGA Student Group held the first Student and Faculty Art Auction at the Little Gallery on the Sage Albany campus. Members of the group asked students and faculty to donate works of original art for the event, and they collected over 75 pieces of original work. The auction allowed attendees to bid on the work, and their efforts raised nearly $1000, which they will use for next year's programming efforts.

March 22, 2013Comments are off for this post.

Prof. Dahlgren Presents at NAEA Convention

Professor Jean Dahlgren presented at  the National Art Educator's Convention on March 8  in Fort Worth, Texas. Her presentation entitled "Authentic Assessment in the College-Bound Art Portfolio" explored how colleges assess art portfolios for admission and outlined strategies for improving student portfolios. Over 6000 art educators attended the conference from all areas of the United States.