For over 30 years, Gage Academy of Art has centered its mission around educating, enriching, and transforming our community through the visual arts. The Gage Academy of Art Scholarship program supports Gage’s commitment to making arts education accessible and equitable to everyone.
Gage Academy of Art’s scholarships are made possible by the tremendous philanthropy of contributing donors. This year, Gage Academy of Art’s scholarship review panel awarded $25,500 to new and returning students of Gage’s Capitol Hill and Georgetown campuses. Thank you to all of our generous scholarship donors who have made it possible to provide financial assistance to a talented array of new and returning students.
Scholarship applicants were required to complete an application, provide samples of artwork, and complete an essay submission. A dedicated scholarship review panel of Artists and Arts Administrators (listed below) reviewed submissions and selected the recipients.
The 2021-2022 scholarship recipients are:
Artwork by Abiola Adekanbi
Abiola Adekanbi was awarded the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Scholarship
Abiola will be joining the Georgetown Atelier in Fall 2021.
The Gage Academy of Art BIPOC Scholarship is designed to empower and support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color by providing partial funds to enroll in one of Gage Academy of Art’s renowned Atelier programs. This need-based scholarship was founded by Gage Academy of Art’s Atelier Instructors to provide ongoing art opportunities for BIPOC students who would not otherwise have access to Gage’s prestigious Atelier program.
The funding for the 2021 BIPOC Scholarship provided by Atelier instructor Kimberly Trowbridge through the sale of her donated artwork for the 2021 Gala, and from Gage instructor and supporter Tiffany Dae. This scholarship covers partial tuition for any one of Gage Academy of Art’s seven Ateliers for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Meredith Nargang was awarded The Kendra Scholarship Fund – Classical Atelier
Erin Besch was awarded The Kendra Scholarship Fund – Kang-O’Higgins Atelier
Jamilla Okubo was awarded The Kendra Scholarship Fund – Trowbridge Atelier
Artwork by Jamilla Okubo
Artwork by Meredith Nargang
Artwork by Erin Besch
This scholarship includes funding for three of our Ateliers – Classical, Kang-O’Higgins, and Trowbridge – providing tuition assistance to one student in each. The Fund’s focus is on creativity and supporting artists. The Kendra Scholarship Fund additionally provides separate funding for youth scholarships.
Artwork by Jaceson Mann
Jaceson Mann was awarded the Michael & Jamie Rawding, Kang O’Higgins Atelier Scholarship
One tuition assistance scholarship for the Kang-O’Higgins Atelier for an incoming or current student. No age or gender restrictions.
Lily Stelzer & Macy Martinez were awarded The Dennis Evans & Nancy Mee Scholarship
Artwork by Lily Stelzer
Artwork by Macy Martinez
Macy will be joining the Flack Atelier in Fall 2021.
The two scholarships were established in support of a Gage student who is experimental in their approach to art making and is not afraid to challenge traditional art boundaries.
Artwork by Erin Besch
Erin Besch was awarded The Jessica Harrison Belzberg Atelier Scholarship
Erin will be returning to the Kang-O’Higgins Atelier in Fall 2021.
This partial tuition scholarship is designated for a first-year Gage Atelier program student who is between18 and 25-years-old. The Atelier program is designed for artists who intend to pursue profound mastery in the disciplines of painting, drawing, or sculpture under the guidance of an internationally-renowned teaching artist.
Artwork by Lilyane Christante
Lilyane Christante was awarded The Stanley R. & Robert E. Wright Foundation for the Arts Scholarship
Lilyane will be joining the Classical Atelier in Fall 2021.
This scholarship is dedicated to the continuation of artistic excellence and the creative pursuit of aesthetic beauty through the fields of fine art, commercial art, and classical music. This need-based scholarship is awarded to a student ages 17-27 who demonstrates outstanding ability and motivation in pursuing a career in their field.
Artwork by Charlie Utting
Charlie Utting was awarded The Allan and Mary Kollar Scholarship
Charlie will be joining the Georgetown Atelier in Fall 2021.
This scholarship is designated for a Gage Atelier program student. The Atelier program is designed for artists who intend to pursue profound mastery in the disciplines of painting, drawing, or sculpture under the guidance of an internationally-renowned teaching artist.
Artwork by Fin’es Scott
Fin’es Scott was awarded The Mary Gales Scholarship
This scholarship is a memorial fund established in memory of Mary Gales for a gifted female or female identifying artist.
Special thanks to the 2021-2022 scholarship review panelists:
The panel below awarded the following scholarships: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Scholarship, The Kendra Scholarship Fund, The Dennis Evans & Nancy Mee Scholarship, Michael & Jamie Rawding, Kang O’Higgins Atelier Scholarship, The Stanley R. & Robert E. Wright Foundation for the Arts Scholarship, The Allan and Mary Kollar Scholarship, and The Mary Gales Scholarship
Public Art Project Manager at Sound Transit
Lucile Chich is a curator and public arts administrator based in Seattle, WA. After relocating to the US from Europe, where she earned a Master’s degree in American Literature from Université Lyon 2 (France) and a MPhil in comparative literature from Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland), Lucile Chich pursued a certificate in Museum Studies from UW, Seattle, and has been working in the arts ever since. She has curated exhibitions at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Arts, and Bellevue Arts Museum, where she became the Assistant Curator in 2017. In 2020, she fulfilled a life-long aspiration to put her work to the service of the public at large, by joining the public arts field, serving as a Project Manager for the Art Program at Sound Transit (STart). Lucile Chich is on the ArtsWA (Washington State Arts Commission) curator roster.
Brooklyn Based Artist/Instructor
Jas was born in Hartford, CT. His talent for drawing was recognized at an early age. He sold his first painting at age seven and had his first one-man show at the age of eight. He went on to receive numerous awards and later went to study at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Gage Co-Founder, Artistic Director, Atelier Instructor
Gary Faigin, co-Founder and Artistic Director of Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, trained at the Art Students League of New York and at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris.
Seattle Based Artist/Instructor
Sarah is an artist born in Anchorage, Alaska. She earned her B.A. in Studio Art at Dartmouth College in 2002 with a minor in English, and her MFA from The University of Washington in Painting and Drawing in 2015.
Seattle Based Artist/Instructor
Anthony White is an artist and curator in Seattle, Washington, where he is currently represented by Greg Kucera Gallery. A 2018 alumnus of Cornish College of the Arts, White’s work is meticulously spun from common PLA plastic resulting in representations of manipulated and glamorized portraits, consumerism, and brash, Instagram-style images as viewed through the lens of a cell phone. In 2020 he was a finalist for the Neddy Award and a recipient of the AXA Art Prize at NYC Academy of Art. In 2019, White presented a solo booth at EXPO Chicago, received the Special Recognition award from Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Committee.
The panel below awarded the following scholarships: The Jessica Harrison Belzberg Atelier Scholarship.
Tracy Garcia & Bruce Harrison