New Opalka Gallery Director Named

Elizabeth Greenberg_ (14)Elizabeth Greenberg was appointed director of the Opalka Gallery in September.

Greenberg most recently served as the curator of fine arts at Siena College where she was responsible for the diverse college art collection which included 19th and 20th century paintings, sculpture, works on paper and textiles. While at Siena, Greenberg collaborated with faculty to improve academic programming and expand the visibility of fine arts on campus. This included the reinstallation of several exhibition spaces.

Greenberg’s previous positions included head archivist at Fairchild Publications in New York and assistant curator at Yeshiva University Museum where she oversaw the installation of the exhibition A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry 1860-1960.

She served as co-editor of the multi-author volume A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry 1860-1960 (2012), co-author of the exhibition catalogue of the same name (2005), and has written entries on Jewish involvement in fashion for P. Buhle, ed., Jews in American Popular Culture (2006) and J. Baskin, ed., The Cambridge Dictionary of Judaism and Jewish Culture (2011).

Greenberg has a master’s degree in History of Art from Courtauld Institute of Art in London, a master’s in Museum Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and a bachelor’s in History from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

“I’m excited to have the chance to guide the Opalka Gallery through its second decade, and to build on the solid reputation that Jim Richard Wilson worked so diligently to nurture,” said Greenberg. “My goals for the gallery are three-fold; to craft engaging, yet intellectually rigorous exhibitions, to make real impact across the curriculum at both campuses of the Sage Colleges, and to engage the greater Capital District community in many and varied ways. The Opalka has the opportunity to play a unique role in enhancing life on campus and across the region, and I look forward to working with Sage faculty, students, and community members to expand our reach through thought-provoking exhibitions and innovative programming.”

The Opalka Gallery was constructed in 2002 with funds generously donated by the Opalka family. The 7,400 square foot facility includes a vaulted gallery and a 75-seat lecture/presentation hall.