Gage Academy of Art

Rating: 4.71 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education

Location: St. Nicholas Building 1501 Tenth Ave East, #101 Seattle WA 98102 USA

Mission: Guided by the belief that artists are made, not born, Gage strives to educate, enrich and engage artists and the community in the visual arts. Gage offers instruction in the principles of drawing, painting and sculpting and is dedicated to helping students of all ages and skill levels realize themselves as artists in contemporary society Gage Youth Programs offer practical art instruction in drawing, painting and 3-D design for 6 to 18 year old artists. Our curriculum encourages students to explore new materials and techniques, develop creative problem solving skills and celebrate self-expression. We are dedicated to providing professional teaching artists to present engaging, age-appropriate classes that empower young artists to "be seen and heard."
Results: In spite of the difficult economy, Gage has shown strong enrollment patterns this year with an increase of 12% in its adult classes.
Target demographics: Annually, Gage serves over 10,000 members of our community through educational and community programs in the visual arts. Our Youth Prorgrams engage young artists ages 6 to 18 and our open enrollment Adult Programs draw artists of all skill levels from beginners to professionals. Gage year-long ateliers provide professional training in drawing and painting to a core group of 40 artists who work in on-site studios under the mentorship of master teaching artists.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Each year, Gage awards $160,000 in tuition relief to over 300 deserving students.
Geographic areas served: Gage serves artists across the NW region
Programs: ADULT PROGRAMS - classes, workshops, ateliers, evening lecture series, national & international art tours. YOUTH PROGRAMS - after-school & Saturday classes, family programs & art tours, summer workshops, pre-college Teen Intensive, plus free, drop-in Teen Art Studios, running 50 Friday nights a year. COMMUNITY PROGRAMS - exhibitions, evening lectures, art competitions, public art events.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

i have always been a proponent of providing artistic outlets for adults as well as children. Gage takes this one step further by combining the excellence of world recognized artists to teach and provide inspiration to generations of aspiring artists. As a subject too often lopped off school budgets, the need for art education has never been greater. without it the density of the fabric or our cultural life is greatly diminished.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

exhibitions, talking with students and teachers and walking the halls of the school.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the extraordinary committement to quality and the art that enriches our lives

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all committed, focused on art and clear on their role to raise the level of artistic awareness in Seattle.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the way we perceive art in seattle. it would provide for underpriviledged students, allow adults to give vent to their need for expression and create a better place to live.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I am writing to recommend Gage Academy of Art for [community recognition] based on its commitment to exhibiting local, regional, national and international artists in free, rotating shows that engage its students, as well as our whole community. With the Steele Gallery focused on professional artists and the Rosen Gallery hosting student and emerging artist shows, Gage opens its doors to opportunities for a wide range of serious artists to be seen publicly with art that spans from classical realism to abstract expressionism, from encaustic/mixed media to bronze. In fact, I was recently invited to curate an exhibition of professional abstract artists working in series at “Building C,” an artist’s loft building in Ballard. It is meaningful that Gage has added training “guest curators” to the mission of its exhibition program, allowing fresh eyes and ideas to formulate shows in the Steele Gallery. Typically, two Gage shows per year are curated by guest artists allowing young curators a venue to practice their critical and presentation skills. Over the past five years, since its move to the St. Nicholas Building on Capitol Hill, Gage has hosted an astounding range of artistic works by professional artists such as realist drawings by NY artist Steven Assael; sumi ink paintings by Hong Kong artist, John Li; master prints from a collection of British artists; “forgotten masters” of NW paintings from the 1930s; cartoon drawings by Jim Woodring, bronze sculptures by NW artist Ann Morris, drawings and paintings by the UW Art faculty, a group show of political art by Seattle gallery artists and much, much more. It is also meaningful to note that the opening receptions for these shows include a free public lecture and the evening draws hundreds of interested art lovers. The community outreach of the Gage exhibition program provides a substantial service to our local artists, especially these days when the visual arts are receiving less funding and less exposure. Margaret Watson

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Gage Academy of Art employs an exemplary staff. The instructors are artists in their own right, most with MFA's, all with extensive teaching experience.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Gage Academy of Art deserves community recognition and support because of its large and unique contribution to the arts in Seattle and the positive difference it makes in the lives of its students, as it has for 20 years. Gage takes all comers from age 6 to age 86, those who haven’t stopped drawing since pre-school and those who are only starting, prepared to nurture them to their full potential. Gage is not just Seattle’s premier school of realist art; it is also one of our nation’s best art schools. Gage is founded on the belief that artistic skill is learned, not innate, and they prove it daily with the quality of their instruction and the achievements of their students. Gage has greatly helped in the transformation of my artistic capability. In grammar school, I consistently got D’s in Art class. That experience left me with a belief I lacked any artistic capacity and I also lost any interest in art. Seventeen years ago I astonished both myself and others by deciding that I wanted to learn how to paint landscapes. I have been studying at Gage periodically ever since, because it offers a wide range of programs for different interests and skill levels all taught with exceptional competence. I have taken a dozen workshops out of state and I can testify that the learning experience at Gage is as good, or better, as that offered elsewhere. Gage has transformed many lives. In one of my first classes at Gage, I met a student who is now a professional artist in his own right as well as an instructor at Gage. In addition, Gage takes youths from the street, and people from all walks of life and stages in life, and makes them not just better artists but also more alive and active people. That is special. The free Friday night class for teens gives them a window on a new life. I watched it for a number of weeks, and found that it is led by extremely dedicated and skilled teachers! ThatFriday night class is one example among many of how Gage changes lives and creates a better Seattle. As well as spawning a rich artistic legacy in Seattle and beyond, Gage is building an artistic community. It starts with students who know, or soon learn, that Art is about development of the mind and the personal vision and discipline to be successful not just in creation of a work of art, but also to be successful in life. These artistic and life skills are taught continually at Gage and the result is that the Gage community of students, instructors and alumni exudes an ethos of eagerness to help one another succeed, to set high personal goals and to achieve them. This is the kind of institution Seattle needs to build great citizens and it is precisely the kind of institution that deserves civic note and financial assistance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

transforming my artistic skill from nil to reasonably accomplished and in watching it do the same for others.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have to help them deal with the financial implications of growth, the need to plan for expanded facilities and to obtain the financial support required to make a move or to have multiple locations.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

dedication of teachers and students, depth and breadth of education offered.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptionally well organized, invariably constructive, all working well together to create a positive and productive learning environment.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

upgrade its facilities which it has outgrown, extend its outreach, and increase the diversity of students taught by being able to offer more financial assistance.

Ways to make it better...

I had not cherry picked the courses of interest to me and had committed myself to taking their core curriculum. I had to go back and get the core education I had skipped over and lost time as a result.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the impact of the recession on students ability to afford tuition and art supplies and on donor's ability to make contributions.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Gage is a remarkable success story. The organization is truly exceptional as is Gage's mission. Both are definitely worth financial support.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Since it’s inception in 1989, Gage Academy has trained students of all ages and walks of life, in the creation and appreciation of Art. Through it’s programming for children and teens, and full curriculum adult programs, Gage embraces the broadest possible public spectrum. Through grants, scholarships and work-study programs, Gage puts great effort into making education a possibility to all who are interested in self-betterment, regardless of their means. Gage draws from and supports an internationally acclaimed roster of instructors and professionals in the art field (including media and literary critics, historians, gallery owners, museum Directors and specialist in the field of artist tools and materials) and provides an environment where these educators can promote sound, broad, academic training in a well-equipped, professional environment. Gage fosters a community both within and outside of the school boundaries, with its many public events, including guest speakers, multiple concurrently running lecture series, and it’s monthly Artist’s Took Kit and Art Talk Series, both free to students and public alike. Gage also leads national and international art tours, fostering a world-encompassing, multi-cultural acceptance, and a belief that Art is both a legacy and pursuit shared by all people. As an instructor at Gage and in my tenth year of association, I have always found Gage to be nothing short of a remarkable educational resource. The board, administration, staff, and instructors have continually displayed inspired, inventive, and tireless work, coupled with a passionate and heart-felt commitment to nurture, embrace and encourage arts education and community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving a fully-rounded arts educations that few other schools offer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Gage and it's mission exists and operates for all of the right reasons.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Competent, professional, generous and encouraging.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand in ways positive and practical ways I could not imagine, which I have, again and again, witness in it's past growth.

Ways to make it better...

there was a larger, permanent facility and a strongly endowed scholarship and grant program.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I've been privileged to be part of this bastion of creativity for over 12 years. It is by no means just a teaching venue for me, but a creative community that has enriched my artistic life on every level. I would not be where I am today were it not for Gage Academy -- from the enriching relationships I have with the students to the support I have received from all the great instructors. From my perspective -- as an instructor who “gives” to the students and an artist who “takes” from the staff and other instructors -- Gage is truly committed to championing art-making in their community. A survey of all they have to offer demonstrates this, from the free public lectures and exhibits to the Children’s Academy. Call me biased, but I believe Gage is THE place to study art in the Northwest.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... watching it grow and expand over the years, to be more eclectic and think outside the box.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

... extraordinarily helpful. I think Gage must select carefully to get these kinds of people working behind the scenes.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

... get it's name out there more effectively and become more recognized; and lower the cost of it's classes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I love GAGE. They championed representational & figurative art years ago when it was not in vogue. And they did it "right" from the beginning: top-notch instructors, variety of media/classes & fun on-location workshops,not to mention incredible art tours all over the world. And the directors Pam & Gary have a passion for both art & education, I took numerous classes as a TA & work study that I could have otherwise not afforded. They want to help create great artists, not just pocket the cash like some other larger, less 'hands-on' art-schools.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my artistic and professional life

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more parking

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The talks/lectures/Artist Tool Kit series. Ok, & the great trips!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, enthusiastic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make 1 million more artists

Ways to make it better...

I could afford to take evenmore classes..

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fundraising

One thing I'd also say is that...

Congratulations for thriving!

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

My children have attended Youth Programs at Gage over the past decade, including their free drop-in Teen Art Studios. The programs are well taught, well organized and provide real educational value. In fact, the teaching artists at Gage are incredible! I have been impressed with their passion about arts education and the breadth and depth of their visual arts curriculum. Also, the summer workshops for kids combine a visual art with a movement-based class which makes perfect sense for developing both fine and gross motor skills. Kudos to Gage!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the professionalism and creativity of their programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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