Jim Richard Wilson

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Jim Richard Wilson
Born United States
Died July 13, 2014 (aged 61)
Albany, New York, U.S.
Occupation Artist, history lecturer, gallery director

Jim Richard Wilson (1952 or 1953 – July 13, 2014) was director emeritus of the Opalka Gallery. He served as gallery director and art history lecturer for The Sage Colleges for over 20 years (1992–2013).[1] Previously, he was with the State University of New York as assistant director of University-wide Programs in the Arts (1989–1992).[2] He has been consultant to and lectured for numerous arts organizations[3][4] and museums and was Director of the Peter S. Loonam Gallery[5] in Bridgehampton, New York for ten years (1976–1986) prior to relocating to the Capital District of New York State. Wilson has been curating shows and writing on art since 1975. He has earned and maintained a reputation for mounting museum quality shows.[6][7]

Wilson was an artist whose art work has appeared in more than a hundred exhibitions nationwide, including over a dozen solo and small group (2–4 artists) shows. His work is in numerous collections including: The State University at Stony Brook, PepsiCo, International Specialties Inc., Mariposa Luminosa, and ArtPool, Budapest.[8]

The most recent article discussing Wilson's exhibition history appeared on April 20, 2014, in the Sunday edition of the Daily Gazette.[9] He died of cancer on July 13, 2014.[10]


Wilson is best known for his work on post World War II American Art and Jewish history.[2][11] Among the exhibitions for which he has been responsible are:

Published writing[edit]

Among his writings on art and culture are:

  • Dona Ann McAdams: Some Women[citation needed]
  • George Hofmann: Inner Life Articulated[23]
  • Cool Katz, Chronogram[24] (Delmar, New York) July 2007 issue
  • New York School: Another View[25]
  • Frank Wimberly: Wimberley's Mode[26][27]
  • Bridging the Gaps; The Nature and Responsibility of Visual Arts Writing[28]
  • A Place by the Sea: Major African-American Artists from the East End[29]
  • "Cuneiform Currency" (included in Toward A Second Dimension: A Sociology Reader, ed. McGuire & Purtusati, Kendal/Hunt Publishers, Dubuque, Iowa, 1998).[30]
  • Willie Marlowe: A Survey 1977 – 2010[31]

Jim Richard Wilson's knowledge has been noted and appreciated by fellow arts professionals outside of the above journals.[32][33]


  1. ^ Page, Jo (April 4, 1993). "From anti-war activism to arts, gallery now consumes his energy...". Times Union. Albany NY. p. J2. 
  2. ^ a b Brickman, David (2002). "Art by Design". Metroland. Retrieved October 20, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Nellis, Heather (October 9, 2011). "Hagaman Art Show". Recorder News. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ Liberatore, Wendy (June 18, 2006). "Wilson Relishes Time with Artists". Sunday Gazette, Schenectady NY. p. G2. 
  5. ^ Brenson, Michael, "Galleries and Artists Burgeoning in Hamptons", New York Times, August 13, 1982
  6. ^ Kane, Tim (May 6, 2007). "A Space of Its Own". Times Union. Retrieved October 9, 2011. [permanent dead link] Quote from Anita Shapolsky, Dir of the Shapolsky Gallery in Manhattan: Every show they put on is of museum quality... Jim is really knowledgeable and knows how to put together a good show. People here want to work with him.
  7. ^ African American Abstract Masters. Anita Shapolski Gallery, 152 East 65th St, NYCNY, NY: Anita Shapolsky Gallery. 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ Sage.edu
  9. ^ Bjorland, Karen (April 20, 2014). "At Dusk, Opalka's Wilson Returns to Making Own Art". Sunday Gazette, Schenectady NY. p. E1. 
  10. ^ http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Founding-director-of-Opalka-Gallery-dies-at-61-5618687.php
  11. ^ Ringwald, Wilson and Strum (1998). Jewish Farming Communities of Northeastern New York. Avail Google Books: Rathbone Gallery. p. 48. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ Streeter, Bridget. "McAdams makes her way to Albany". Albanystudentpress.org. 
  13. ^ Larson, Kay (December 15, 2002). "ART/ARCHITECTURE; The Art Was Abstract, the Memories Are Concrete". The New York Times. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  14. ^ Brickman, David (2005). "Abstract Expressionism". Metroland. 28 (7). Archived from the original on March 29, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  15. ^ Jacobs and Loewnstein. "Troy, NY". Full text posted online of 1906 Jewish Encycliopediaxt. Jewishencyclopedia.com. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Temple BethEl, Try, NY: A Retrospective of Our 75 Years". templeBethEloftroy.org. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  17. ^ "A Short History of Congregation Berith Sholom". berithsholom.org. Archived from the original on October 6, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  18. ^ An American shtetl: Jewish history and community in Troy, NY. Available Google books: Rathbone Gallery, Sage Colleges. 2001. p. 64. 
  19. ^ Coates, Gregory. "Cite of work in show and travel to Arlene Bujese Gallery, under Selected Group Shows". gregorycoates.com. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  20. ^ Rubin, Nan. "Hidden Jews of New Mexico". nanrubin.com. Retrieved October 9, 2011.  Three documentaries: Buried Past: The Hidden Jews of New Mexico (1988), The Hidden Jews of New Mexico: Rekindling a Spirit (1992) and The Hidden Jews of New Mexico: Return to Iberia (1995)
  21. ^ Rubin, Nan. Hidden Jews of New Mexico. Melton Research Center, 1992. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  22. ^ Llave: Key to the Secret Exhibition Catalogue. Sage Colleges, Rathbone Gallery, Albany NY. 1996. pp. 64 p. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  23. ^ Wilson, James (2009). Exhibition catalogue essay for show An Inner Life Articulated, George Hofmann painter. On file at Martinez Gallery, Broadway, Troy, New York: Martinez Gallery. pp. 7–8. ISBN 978-0-9818450-0-5. 
  24. ^ Wilson, Jim (July 2007). "Cool Katz". Chronogram. 
  25. ^ Exhibition catalogue essay for show New York School: Another View. Sage Colleges, Opalka Gallery. 2005. pp. 1–8. 
  26. ^ Wilson, Jim (2004). Essay for show Wimberly's Mode, Frank Wimberly painter. On file in archives for Sage Colleges, 45 Ferry Street, Troy, New York: Sage Colleges, Opalka Gallery. 
  27. ^ Wimberly, Frank. "Cite of 2004 show at Opalka in exhibition list". frankwimberly.com. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  28. ^ Wilson, Jim (1999). "Bridging the Gaps: the Nature and Responsibility of Visual Arts Writing". Apollo, Albany/Schenectady League of Arts. 1 (4). 
  29. ^ Wilson, Jim (1999). Exhibition catalogue essay for show Place by the Sea. On file in archives for Sage Colleges, 45 Ferry Street, Troy, New York: Sage Colleges, Opalka Gallery. 
  30. ^ Wilson, Jim (1998). Cuneiform Currency, in Toward a Second Dimension: a Sociology Reader ed. McGuire and Purtusati. Kendal/Hunt Publishers. 
  31. ^ Wilson, James (2011). Exhibition catalogue essay for show Willie Marlowe: A Survey 1977–2010, Willie Marlowe painter. Sage Colleges, Opalka Gallery. 
  32. ^ Joan Marter (2007). Acknowledgement in footnote 26 of Abstract Expressionism: the international context. Rutgers University Press. 
  33. ^ Garber, Randy. "Jim Richard Wilson quote on main page of randygarber.com". Randygarber.com.