Abigail Drapkin is a painter from Midcoast Maine. She earned her MFA in Painting + Drawing from the University of Washington in 2019 and her BA in Studio Art and French from Brandeis University in 2012. Abigail is a lifelong learner and art teacher, and is proud to have taught students aged 5 to 85. She has worked with youth and adult students at Gage since 2019 where she enjoys guiding students through the creative process and sharpening their unique point of view through their art. She also teaches in the undergraduate art programs at Lake Washington Institute of Technology and the University of Washington. Abigail maintains a studio in the Lake City area of Seattle where she creates oil paintings large and small of quiet moments, interior scenes, and the people who come in and out of her life.

Website: www.abigaildrapkin.com
Instagram: @abigaildrapkinart

Artwork by Abigail Drapkin

Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?

In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.

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