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About Best of Gage
The annual Best of Gage Student Art Exhibition, Awards, and Art Sale is an end-of-year celebration of art and artistry featuring the best drawings, paintings, prints, and sculpture by Gage students.
The online art exhibition features 98 works from current Gage students. All students who submit artwork for the juried exhibition are eligible to win first, second or third place across 8 categories: Abstract, Figure, Landscape, Narrative, Portrait, Sculpture, Socially Engaged, and Still Life – for a total of 26 awards, including the Best of Gage and Gage Staff Pick awards. This year’s juror, artist Juan Alonso-Rodríguez, judged the exhibition categories and selected the winners.
The Best of Gage award ceremony not only provides Gage the opportunity to recognize the artistic achievements of our workshop and regular course students, but also to honor the dedication of our Atelier (1-4 year commitment) students, and congratulate those who have graduated while their friends, family, classmates, and instructors cheer them on.
Guest Juror: Juan Alonso-Rodríguez
Juan Alonso-Rodríguez is a Cuban-born, self-taught artist with a career spanning over three decades in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been exhibited throughout the US and is included in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, Microsoft, Vulcan, Swedish & Harborview Hospitals, among others.
For as long as he has been making art, Juan has been involved in the artistic community as a vocal advocate for the arts and artists, particularly for those with less privilege. He has been instrumental in developing and encouraging business training for artists with various local arts organizations. Juan is currently a Seattle Arts Commissioner and serves on the city’s Public Art Advisory Committee.
This was tougher than I had expected. There was a lot of great work. Some of my selections were based on pure skills, while some are meant to encourage taking chances and experimenting with materials and subject matter. Every single one is worthy of encouragement to keep on making work and developing their own, individual style.
I wish I could have seen the work in person, since I may have missed some details on some work and perhaps overlooked flaws in some of the work I selected. One thing to remember is that although I tried to be as objective as possible, there is always bias involved when selecting “winners” in any art competition. But that is also the beauty of artmaking. We are nourished by the act of creating and when that creation is put out to the world to be seen, critiqued, judged, loved or disliked, depending on what the viewer brings when they interact with the work, it has a second purpose that is beyond the artist’s control.
It was an honor to have been this year’s juror and I wish all the participants a bright and artful future.
Juan’s Juror Statement
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Click each category to view this year’s Best of Gage artwork!
This Year’s Best of Gage Winner
Roland Watt, Table for None, Oil
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