Al Gury is an artist, educator, and writer. He is a Professor of Painting and Drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, America’s oldest and first Art School and art museum. As a painter, Al explores the tension between representation and the formal possibilities of color, composition and content. Harmony and visual poetry are a focus of his interpretations of nature. Deeply committed to art education, he teaches many courses on painting, drawing and art history, as well as teaching art education methods to undergraduate and graduate students, and is the founder and instructor of a large, free, after school art education program at PAFA for underserved inner city high school students. National and international workshops are also a regular part of his engagement in art education. He is also a lecturer at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.

As a writer, Al Gury has written three books for Penguin-Random House on art methods and art history, Alla Prima, Color for Painters and Foundations of Drawing. In addition, he has authored dozens of articles on art and art history for museums and art publications in the US and Europe such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Artists and Craftsman Magazine and numerous other venues. Al’s specialties include the traditions and use of color in painting, old master and contemporary painting methods, the history of drawing methods, and the traditions and practices in portrait and landscape painting.

Al Gury is a practicing painter, with regular one person exhibitions at the F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia, as well as galleries and museums in other states. Very involved over the years in many community and social justice activities, including with homeless persons, inner city youth and the Mural Arts Project in Philadelphia, Al is a cat foster parent and advocate for animal rescue and nursing care via the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society.


Artwork by Al Gury

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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