OUT LIKE A LION:
The 2013 Best of Gage
The 2013 Best of Gage welcomed one of the largest crowds ever seen in the 21-year history of the event, as more than 900 enthusiastic art lovers packed the Gage building on Capitol Hill to view artwork created by Gage students in the 2012-13 academic year.
Outgoing Gage Executive Director Pamela Belyea
opened the evening with a special surprise award, recognizing the courage it takes to pursue the artist’s life. The Pamela Belyea Award for Courage
went to Aristides Atelier student Ulan Moore
, recognizing his drive and determination, as well as his dedication to his craft. “After 23 years of leading Gage, I have come to respect the courage of the many artists who train and work in this institution; artists who face down their own creative fears and their own artistic uncertainty everyday” said Belyea. “Since courage describes a brew of perseverance, honesty and passion, I have become acutely aware of the courage required by artists to forge ahead.”
In addition to first-, second- and third-place honors in seven categories chosen by Juror Beth Sellars, guests selected a People’s Choice Award, which went to Aristides Atelier graduate Stephanie K. Johnson
for her stunning thesis piece, Sunset in the Wilderness
. A complete list of awards from the 2013 Best of Gage is below.
Thanks to the many sponsors and volunteers who made the 2013 Best of Gage a night to remember — and visit TeamPhotogenic.com
to view and download photos from the event.
pictured: 1st Place Sculpture by Liz Gallagher
2013 Guest Juror: Beth SellarsBeth Sellars
has served as a museum curator in the Pacific Northwest since 1975, and more recently as curator of the City of Seattle's Portable Art Collection
, where she managed the 3,000-plus artworks that make the rounds of Seattle's publicly owned buildings. Sellars currently works as an independent curator, and serves as curator of Suyama Space
, a gallery she co-founded in 1998. She has served on numerous regional and national jury panels, museum and arts organization boards and committees, and has lectured internationally. Under Sellars' stewardship, Suyama Space has featured artists of national and international reputation in site-specific format, and is lauded as one of the Northwest’s premier contemporary art spaces.
pictured: Best in Show winner Praew Jantaphao with Pamela Belyea