2020 Scholarship Review Panel

Valencia Carroll

Valencia Carroll is a classically trained graduate of Gage Academy of Art. She works in oil, graphite and charcoal with emphasis on fine drawing techniques. She has exhibited, presented and taught throughout western Washington and currently serves as a PTA Art Docent Program Chair in the Washington state – Northshore School District. Her most recent work involves participating in the Frye Museum’s “Re-Mastered” program and she is now in the process of producing a series of paintings that focuses on dolls and explores the subject of play while staying true to drawing and composition throughout her process.


Miguel Carter-Fisher is based in his hometown, Richmond, Virginia. His interest in the arts began as a child and was nurtured by his father, the late painter, Bill Fisher. He studied both painting and philosophy at the University of Hartford and then moved to Brooklyn to attend the New York Academy of Art. There he studied traditional drawing, painting, and composition techniques. Since returning to Richmond in 2014, Miguel has taught at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Milk River Arts, Bon Air Juvenile Corrections Center through Art 180, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently an assistant professor and studio arts coordinator at Virginia State University. Miguel’s work has been exhibited at various galleries in New York, Virginia, DC, Massachusetts, Washington, and abroad.


Artist, author, and critic, Gary Faigin is the co-founder and artistic director of Gage Academy of Art. Faigin trained as an artist at the Art Students League of New York and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. During the 15 years he lived in Manhattan, he taught at the Art Students League, the National Academy of Design, the New York Academy of Art, Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Art. In 1989, in partnership with his wife, architect Pamela Belyea, he founded Gage as a summer workshop program in Santa Fe. Faigin’s landmark book “The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression” was published in 1991, and has become a standard reference work for artists. He has exhibited widely with nearly two dozen solo exhibitions in Seattle and Santa Fe, including retrospectives at Seattle’s Frye Art Museum and the Coos Museum of Art in Oregon. He is represented by Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle.

Sullivan Giles

Sullivan Giles is an artist living and working in Seattle, Washington. Sullivan received her certificate from the Mark Kang-O’Higgins Atelier at Gage Academy of Art in 2017, and received her MFA at the New York Academy of Art in 2019. She has shown work at The FLAG Art Foundation, Lyons Wier Gallery, and Franklin Bowles Gallery in New York. She was also recently curated into the online show Transitional Positions curated by artist Eric Fischl and presented by Galerie St. Etienne in New York. Sullivan’s work focuses on figurative oil painting and drawing, with an emphasis on self-portraiture, bodily autonomy and subversive subculture. Her involvement with punk, street art, and tattoo culture heavily influences her work.

Patricia Watwood

Patricia Watwood is a leading figure in the contemporary figurative movement, known for her narrative figure paintings, portraiture and drawings. She earned her MFA in figurative art with Honors from New York Academy of Art, and studied with Jacob Collins as a founding member of the Water Street Atelier. Her work has been exhibited at the Beijing World Art Museum, The European Museum of Modern Art, The Butler Museum, and is in the collections of The St. Louis University Museum of Art, and The New Britain Museum of American Art. Watwood has earned many awards and produced two art instructional DVDs. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.