Alicia N. Ponzio (b.1974) began her career as a Lieutenant in the United States' Navy Nurse Corps. After experimenting with various mediums in figurative art, she found her voice in sculpture and made the decision to pursue it. She completed her artistic training at the Florence Academy of Art (FAA) in Florence, Italy, completing the Sculpture Program in 2008. She was then the director of the Artistic Anatomy and Ecorche Sculpture programs and a figure drawing instructor at the FAA until 2011, when she returned to the United States and set up her studio in downtown San Francisco. Since then she has studied and practiced foundry work extensively at The Crucible in Oakland, California where she casts her bronzes.
Alicia brings life to her bronzes and plasters, focusing on the abstract movement of forms as embodied in the human figure, as well as the subtle shades of human emotion. Her figure compositions and portraits have received recognition and honors from several organizations including the Art Renewal Center, the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The Portrait Society of America, The California Art Club and The National Sculpture Society from which Alicia received the Alex J. Ettl Grant in 2016. She is a fellow and board member of the National Sculpture Society, and Signature Member of the Portrait Society of America. In 2018, Alicia installed a life-size bust of Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero in Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, in addition to completing a commemorative medallion for the Brookgreen Gardens sculpture collection. She currently works with Figure Ground Gallery in Seattle as well as creating works on commission for private collections. Alicia teaches at her home base in San Francisco and various studios nationally and internationally. She has designed and presented courses at Pixar Studios, The University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine, Brookgreen Gardens, The Rome Art Workshops, The Scottsdale Artists' School, and more.
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.