Gage Academy of Art Instructors:
Charles Emerson, originally from Los Angeles, received his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Southern California. He was the recipient of the Fulbright Grant, and he completed his fellowship in Venice, Italy in 1961. Emerson has shown nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Venice, Italy and Los Angeles, CA. He was the artist-in-residence at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego) in La Jolla, CA, and at Reed College in Portland, OR. Emerson has resided in the Northwest for more than 30 years, and he teaches color theory and painting at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA.
Aside from exploring and experiencing her own painting style, she currently teaches lessons and hosts open studios at her workspace in Magnuson Park.
Through decades of independent research and scholarship he has built up a body of knowledge and experience accessible through investigation and research into the available resources in the vast field of conservation as well as historical documents and transcripts passed down from ancient periods to middle ages and renaissance and baroque period.
The focus of his research has been centered on materials and techniques of early renaissance through Baroque era through extensive study and reconstruction of details of master pieces based on documented research within the conservation institutions throughout Europe and the United States.
The scope of his research encompasses various materials including oil, watercolor, encaustic, egg tempera, acrylic and more recently fresco, within different historical contexts following the evolution of techniques throughout the last two thousand years.
Hamid is self taught and has drawn and painted since childhood by studying the old masters, from early Renaissance to Baroque and he has taught the old master’s techniques for more than a decade. He extends the knowledge of the old techniques and materials to contemporary application to create work that brings the old and the new together in a unique format.
Hamid has shown his work through various venues throughout the United States and abroad including residency, awards and reviews.
While growing up in Pergamino (Buenos Aires province), he studied theatre and created independent movies. After finishing high school Jeremias moved to the city of Buenos Aires to continue his studies and to work on films and advertisement.
He travelled several countries in South and North America, learning about the culture of every place and participating in art projects. Once in United States, he was granted a scholarship at Gage Academy of Arts, where he stayed for some years studying and improving his skills in realistic sculpture.
He is currently based in Seattle, WA.
Jonathan has designed and instructed painting and drawing courses around the state of Washington, receiving the Parnassus Teaching with Excellence award as well as a Meritorious Visiting Faculty award from the University of Washington. He exhibits nationally and internationally and currently resides in Seattle, Washington.
Constructing context and relevance for an interdisciplinary audience requires an interdisciplinary approach that requires a certain level of whimsy and creativity to paint a clear and complete picture. The methodologies Chuzi employs are those that seek to build disciplinary bridges, and make connections across understandings.
Whether teaching students or conducting research, Chuzi’s goal is to be a problem finder – a question generator – not a problem solver. Figuring out the right questions to ask, though, takes practice and guidance. With a degree in studio art processes and another in human anatomy, he is more interested in discovering how the compositional make-up of things allow them to work together than in the final product, itself.
He approaches teaching and research as a sculptor; it isn’t enough to simply start modeling – there needs to be an intimate, 360-degree understanding of how and why the desired “thing” –physical or theoretical – is formed to exist in a specific time and place before it can be designed most effectively. This framework depends upon a thoughtful process of drawings and sketches, an organizing logic of relationships (mind-mapping), thoughtful reflection, and refinement before there can ever be product. Creativity and vision, then, become the connective tissue.
Challenging belief, or what we believe we see, is a recurring theme in the classes and workshops Moore teaches. “I’m like a fitness coach,” Moore chuckles, “I get students moving with exercises to build their skills in drawing and painting, then we do the “yoga” part where students learn to stretch how and what they perceive.”
Originally from Texas, Moore has lived in the Seattle area since 1990. She received her BA in art from West Texas A&M University then continued her study of painting at Bruchion School in Los Angeles, CA and Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA.
Kathleen Moore is a teaching artist at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle where she teaches beginning drawing and landscape painting. Moore delights in encouraging people to draw in outreach projects at Gage, such as Pop-up Drawing Jams and Drink & Draw events.
Michelle lives in Seattle, and also frequents Vashon Island, Bellingham, Portland (OR), San Francisco and New York. She loves to road trip and fly away with her Holgas whenever possible.
Nicholas has since completed his MFA at the Lesley University College of Art & Design, in Cambridge, Massachusetts and relocated to Seattle where he actively draws and paints and serves as ‘Adjunct Professor’ at Shoreline Community College and ‘Instructor’ at the Kirkland Arts Center.
Along with her studio work she has also pursued a successful career in public art, completing large-scale commissions for the Seattle Center House, the Kent Regional Justice Center, the United States Post Office, the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland, the Fairbanks School District, Olympia High School and the Washington State Arts Commission among others. A community activist, Furchgott has used her talents as an artist to design and coordinate several key community projects including the Art to the People Project, a multidisciplinary arts celebration of Seattle’s African Americans, the Southeast Asian Poster Project and the Garfield High School Mentoring Program.
She is represented in key Northwest collections and her work can be viewed at the Microsoft Corporation, the WA Sate Arts Commission, the Seattle Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center, the UW Medical Center, Continental Bank, McDonald’s Corporation, Providence Hospital, Group Health, Federal Home Loan Bank, and the United States Postal Service.