Bellevue Arts Museum Curator, Stefano Catalani, accepts the position of Executive Director at Gage.
Gage launches new oneyear, portfolio-building program, Studio Arts Intensive.
Gage student, Anne Steele, pledges $1M in support of school’s educational programs.
Gage opens new Annex in Georgetown with 2 ateliers, and adds sculpture atelier to Capitol Hill campus.
Co-founder & ED, Belyea, steps down after 24 years. New Executive Director, Sheila Hughes, takes the administrative reins.
Hughes leads the school for 2-1/2 years and leaves to become Director of Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
Gage hosts Jim Woodring for his inaugural “Nibbus Maximus” demonstration to hundreds of curious spectators. The event is mentioned in “The Economist” and other media.
End-of-summer Drawing Jam @ Bumbershoot draws 10,000 visitors each year. Gage repeats the popular program the following year.
Gage receives “Governor’s Art Award” for youth education programs.
School changes name to Gage Academy of Art.
Gage instructors exhibit their work at WA State Convention Center.
SAFA opens in St. Nicholas Building with 10,000 square foot facility including Library, Gallery, Student Lounge, 2 Ateliers (Faigin & Aristides), 2 Artist Studios, 7 Studio Classrooms and expanded Offices. In the Fall, KangO’Higgins Atelier opens.
SAFA board negotiates with St. Mark’s Cathedral for space in St. Nicholas Building Capitol Hill. Fundraising & renovations begin in Fall.
SAFA launches first Teen Art Studios, a FREE program that attracts young artists from across the city and has run continuously with satellite sites in Rainier Valley, Bellevue Art Museum & South Seattle.
Transformation! On January 1, Arts Education Northwest trustees “adopt” Academy of Realist Art & Young Artists Academy. Board files to change name of nonprofit to Seattle Academy of Fine Art (SAFA). SAFA receives its 501(c)(3) status in March.
SAFA presents first Family Art Tour to Paris with future tours to London & Paris II. SAFA hosts first Drawing Jam which becomes the school’s major annual public event.
Philanthropist Ida Cole makes major donation to ensure successful launch of Seattle’s new visual arts non-profit.
ARA wins “Mayor’s Small Business Award.” Implementing a long-term plan to go non-profit. ARA opens “Studio Gallery” in Faigin’s Ballard studio and exhibits works of national artist-instructors during their Seattle programs. The Gallery closes after 18 months.
ARA launches “Young Artists Academy” offering summer teen workshops, soon followed by afterschool kid classes in NE & NW Seattle. Expanded youth programs continue the following summer and continue to present.
ARA presents first international Academy Art Tour to Paris; tour is sold out and 2nd is offered. Future art tour destinations include Florence, Venice, Rome, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Prague, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam in Europe, plus Vancouver BC and Mexico City.
ARA presents first domestic Academy Art Tour to NYC. Future tours include Los Angeles, Portland, Detroit, & San Francisco.
ARA presents drawing & painting workshops in Manhattan, California, and Washington State over the next 3 years. ARA rents part-time studios at University Heights Center in Seattle.
ARA continues to offer summer programs in Santa Fe at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary untill 1995, and expands to NM sites in Taos, Grost Ranch, & Cimarron. ARA co-founders move to Seattle.
ARA opens in Santa Fe at St. John’s College art studio with 2 workshops taught by Faigin. The workshops sold-out with students from across the country.
Artist-instructor, Gary Faigin, and New Yorkbased architect, Pamela Belyea, conceive of a new art school, Academy of Realist Art (ARA), and begin prep
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