Exhibition is available to view starting Monday, June 15th at 4:00pm.

Live Awards + Atelier Graduation Ceremony 6:00-7:00pm via Zoom webinar.

Guest Juror: Vicki Halper

Vicki Halper is a Seattle curator and art historian specializing in American craft and modern art of the Pacific Northwest. She is a former curator at Seattle Art Museum and a James Renwick Senior Fellow of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Vicki is widely published and has curated 51 exhibitions for regional and national museums. Her retrospective exhibition, Richard Marquis: Keepers, is currently at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass through fall 2021.

Vicki will be conducting an online workshop for Gage Academy on writing an artist statement on July 11 and 18.

Vicki’s Juror Statement: 

I picked works of art for different reasons or a combination of reasons including technical achievement, exciting or subdued color, subtlety of emotion, compositional strength, and surprise. 

I would like to have cited more artists. To all artists—keep doing what you love. One person’s views are just that.


This Year’s Best of Gage Winner

Aislynn Underwood, Self Portrait, Oil, 2020

Juror’s Statement:

This self-portrait became Best of Gage for many of these traits—subtle colors that distinguish flesh and hair from from abstract patterns; an enigmatic, somewhat distrusting, sidelong expression; a tense hand that moves skin into darkness; and attributes that emphasize the senses—earphones that muffle sound, lips that barely part, and eyes encircled by black glasses. This last focuses my thoughts on vision, the artist’s primary tool.

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