Donor-Supported Scholarships

Gage Academy of Art Donor-supported Scholarships embody the school’s mission to educate, enrich, and engage the community by providing access to art education for any student who wishes to begin or pursue their artistic practice.

The following scholarships are made possible through the generosity of donors in our community as well as through support from organizations and foundations. The donor-supported scholarships are carefully reviewed and granted annually by a panel of local and national art peers.  

Below are the scholarships available to student applicants for Gage Academy of Art’s 2021-2022 academic year. The requirements for some of the scholarships are suggested by the individual, corporate, and foundation donors. 

You will need the following application materials ready at the time of application:

  • Your most recently filed tax return (or if you are a dependent, your parent/guardian’s most recently filed tax return)
  • 3-5 artwork images
  • A statement of purpose that is 500 words or less describing how a scholarship from Gage would enrich your life and impact your future and career

The application deadline for the 2021-2022 academic year is June 24, 2021. 

Gage Scholarships 2021-2022 Academic Year

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Scholarship: $3,100, one scholarship, Atelier Program

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. Each year, the BIPOC Scholarship is funded through donation of art from one or more of the Atelier instructors.

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.

The Kendra Scholarship Fund: $4,000 (Classical Atelier), $4,000 (Kang-O’Higgins Atelier), $3,000 (Trowbridge Atelier)

This scholarship includes funding for three of our Ateliers – Aristides, 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

The Dennis Evans & Nancy Mee Scholarship: $4,500, Two scholarships-$2,250 each

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.



The Jessica Harrison Belzberg Atelier Scholarship: $2,000

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.


Michael & Jamie Rawding, Kang O’Higgins Atelier Scholarship $2,500

One tuition assistance scholarship for the KOH Atelier for an incoming or current student. No age or gender restrictions.



The Stanley R. & Robert E. Wright Foundation for the Arts Scholarship: $1,500

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.



The Allan and Mary Kollar Scholarship: $1,000

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.



The Mary Gales Scholarship: $900

This scholarship is a memorial fund established in memory of Mary Gales for a gifted female or female identifying artist. 

Check out the 2020 Donor Scholarship Recipients‘ artwork!

 For more information regarding contributing to a scholarship fund, please contact Renate Raymond, Director of Institutional Advancement

2021 Donor Scholarship Jurors

Lucile Chich
Public Art Project Manager at Sound Transit

Lucile Chich is a curator and public arts project manager 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 and a MPhil in comparative literature from Trinity College, Lucile Chich pursued a certificate in Museum Studies from UW and has been working in the arts ever since. She has curated shows at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Arts, and Bellevue Arts Museum where she became the Assistant Curator in 2017. In 2020, she started a career in the public arts field working for the Art Program at Sound Transit. Lucile Chich is on the ArtsWA curator roster. 

Jas Knight
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.

Gary Faigin
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.

Sarah Norsworthy
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.

Anthony White
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.