For over 30 years, Gage Academy of Art has centered its mission on the education, enrichment, and transformation of our community through the visual arts. Gage Academy of Art’s scholarship program supports Gage’s commitment to making arts education accessible and equitable to everyone who wishes to pursue their artistic practice. 

Gage Academy of Art’s scholarships are made possible by the tremendous philanthropy of contributing supporters. Thank you to all of our generous scholarship donors who have made it possible to provide financial assistance to a talented array of new and returning students.  

Scholarship applicants were required to complete an application, provide samples of artwork, and complete an essay submission. A dedicated scholarship review panel of Artists and Arts Administrators (listed below) reviewed submissions and selected the recipients. 

Congratulations to the 2024-2025 scholarship recipients: 

Melia Dodge was awarded the Stanley R. and Robert E. Wright Foundation for the Arts  

The Stanley R. & Robert E. Wright Foundation for the Arts Scholarship is a partial scholarship dedicated to the continuation of artistic excellence and the creative pursuit of aesthetic beauty through the fields of fine art, commercial art, and classical music. This needs-based scholarship is awarded to a student between the ages of 17 and 27 who demonstrates outstanding ability and motivation to pursue a career in their field.

Angeline Phan was awarded the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Scholarship Fund  

The BIPOC Scholarship is designed to empower and support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color by providing partial funds to enroll in one of Gage Academy of Art’s renowned Atelier programs. This need-based partial scholarship was founded by Gage Academy of Art’s Atelier Instructors to provide ongoing art opportunities for BIPOC students to have access to Gage’s prestigious Atelier program. The scholarship covers partial tuition for any one of Gage Academy of Art’s eight Ateliers for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Melia Dodge and Robert Garcia were awarded the Dennis Evans & Nancy Mee Scholarship 

The Dennis Evans & Nancy Mee Scholarship was established to support Gage students who are experimental and are not afraid to challenge traditional art boundaries within their artistic approach.

Jacquelyn Hodges was awarded The Michael and Jamie Rawding Scholarship

The Michael and Jamie Rawding Atelier Scholarship is a partial scholarship for incoming and current students of Gage’s Atelier program.


Shannon Gaub was awarded The Allan and Mary Kollar Scholarship

The Allan and Mary Kollar Scholarship is a partial scholarship designated for a Gage student who intends to pursue profound mastery in the disciplines of painting, drawing, or sculpture under the guidance of an internationally renowned teaching artist.

A special thanks to our 2024-2025 Jurors! 

2024-2025 Scholarship Jury 

Priya Frank
(she/her/hers) has over 25 years of experience investing in equity, diversity and inclusion work professionally, educationally and in community. Currently, she is the Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Seattle Art Museum. In this senior leadership role, her focus is on strategic planning, racial equity related initiatives and community engagement. Frank is a former Seattle Arts Commissioner and served as co-chair from 2018-2020, is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow and currently contributes as a member of Friends of the Waterfront’s Community Connections Committee and ArtsFund’s Kitchen Cabinet Committee. She recently co-edited and co-authored the book Small Wins to Sweeping Change: Working Together to Foster Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism in Museums. For her efforts she has been acknowledged on Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential People list and was one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s top 40 under 40. She holds a B.A. in Communications and American Ethnic Studies from University of Washington Seattle and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from University of Washington Bothell, where she received the 2020 Alumnae of the Year award and was the 2023 commencement speaker.

Miha Sarani is a visual artist, art historian, educator and curator. Born and raised in Ljubljana, Slovenia, he moved permanently to the US in 2007. Miha was a student speaker at the graduation ceremony for the School of Art + Art History + Design, and received the Husky 100 award in 2019. He was nominated for the Mayor’s Arts Award in 2020, and currently serves as a curator for the Washington State Arts Commission. He has a BFA in Painting & Drawing and a MA in Art History from the University of Washington. His work has been shown at museums and galleries, featured in art journals, publications, promotional materials, and on music covers. His large Koncentrik Painting series is owned by the University of Washington and on permanent display at Mary Gates Hall. Miha divides time between his own art practice, and lecturing at Seattle University. He lives in Seattle with his wife Tomitha, and their dogs Blue and Sister Ray, and is a member of the Shift Gallery in Seattle’s Pioneer Square.

Stephen Lacy lives and works in Seattle and holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MA and BS from Ball State University. He has exhibited under the name Academy Records since 2000. An interdisciplinary artist and educator, his focus is on creative problem-solving and concept-building through ideation and material exploration. He has most recently taught 3D Design and Design Thinking at Providence College before relocating to Seattle. Having taught at both the university and high school level, he has held positions teaching foundations, media arts and film production/aesthetics. Academy Records has exhibited commissioned projects in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and 2016 New England Biennial at deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, and presented solo shows at Anthony Greaney Gallery, Rockhurst University’s Greenlease Gallery, Gallery Wassermuhle in Heilengenrode Germany, Herron School of Art, Chicago’s Hyde Park Art Center, Paris London Hong Kong Gallery, and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, among other venues. Academy’s projects have been discussed in Artforum, Art in America, Artnet News, Boston Globe, Contemporary Art Daily, New York Times, NPR, 60 Inches from Center and WIRE Magazine, among other outlets. Academy Records has been in residence at Illinois State University’s School of Art; Can Serrat, Spain; Good Hatchery, Ireland; The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Utah; and Kunstlerstatte Stuhr, Germany.

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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