For over 30 years, Gage Academy of Art has centered its mission around educating, enriching, and transforming 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.

Gage Academy of Art’s scholarships are made possible by the tremendous philanthropy of contributing donors. This year, Gage Academy of Art’s scholarship review panel awarded $36,400 to new and returning students of Gage’s Capitol Hill and Georgetown campuses. 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 2022/23 Scholarship Recipients: 


Abiola Adekanbi was awarded the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Scholarship

Artwork by Abiola Adekanbi

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 seven Ateliers for the 2022-2023 academic year.


Taylor Crites was awarded The Kendra Scholarship Fund – Classical Atelier
Ana Dueñas was awarded The Kendra Scholarship Fund – Trowbridge Atelier
Sophia Leonard was awarded The Kendra Scholarship Fund – Kang-O’Higgins Atelier

Artwork Credit, Left to Right: Taylor Crites, Ana Dueñas, Sophia Leonard

This set of partial scholarships includes funding for three Ateliers: the Classical, Kang-O’Higgins, and Trowbridge Atelier – providing tuition assistance to one student in each program. The Kendra Fund’s focus is on creativity and supporting aspiring artists.


Sooyoung Ahn & Agustina Perciante were awarded The Dennis Evans & Nancy Mee Scholarship

Artwork Credit, Left to Right: Sooyoung Ahn, Agustina Perciante

The two scholarships were established in support of Gage students who are experimental in their approach to art-making and unafraid to challenge traditional art boundaries.


Lilyane Christante was awarded the Michael & Jamie Rawding Atelier Scholarship 

Artwork by Lilyane Christante

A partial scholarship for any Atelier programs for an incoming or current student. No age or gender restrictions.


William Worrall was awarded The Jessica Harrison Belzberg Atelier Scholarship

Artwork by William Worrall

This partial tuition scholarship is designated for a first-year Gage Atelier program student who is between 18 and 25-years-old. The Atelier program is designed for artists who intend to pursue profound mastery in the disciplines of painting, drawing, or sculpture under the guidance of an internationally-renowned teaching artist.


William Worrall was awarded The Stanley R. & Robert E. Wright Foundation for the Arts Scholarship

Artwork by William Worrall

This scholarship is 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 need-based scholarship is awarded to a student ages 17-27 who demonstrates outstanding ability and motivation in pursuing a career in their field.


Angeline Phan was awarded The Allan and Mary Kollar Scholarship

Artwork by Angeline Phan

A partial scholarship is designated for a Gage Atelier program student. The Atelier program is designed for artists who intend to pursue profound mastery in the disciplines of painting, drawing, or sculpture under the guidance of an internationally-renowned teaching artist. 


Kirsten Vienneau was awarded The Mary Gales Scholarship

Artwork by Kirsten Vienneau

This scholarship is a memorial fund established in memory of Mary Gales for a gifted female or female-identifying artist. 


Special thanks to the 2022/23 review panelists: 


The panel below awarded the following scholarships: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Scholarship, The Kendra Scholarship Fund, The Dennis Evans & Nancy Mee Scholarship, Michael & Jamie Rawding, Kang O’Higgins Atelier Scholarship, The Stanley R. & Robert E. Wright Foundation for the Arts Scholarship, The Allan and Mary Kollar Scholarship, and The Mary Gales Scholarship.

Carina del Rosario

Born in the Philippines, Carina A. del Rosario immigrated to the United States as a young girl. She earned her B.A. in Communication from Santa Clara University in 1991. She has studied photography with Magnum Photographer Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb, Raul Touzon and Eddie Soloway, and has been mentored by numerous visual artists in Seattle. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums, and mounted as public installations in the Washington and Arizona. Her work is in the collections of King County’s 4Culture and the cities of Seattle and Kent, and has been supported with grants and scholarships from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture, the Puffin Foundation and the Pride Foundation. She also founded IDEA Odyssey, a collective that nurtures and promotes artists of color and artists who explore culture, identity and diversity in their visual art. In 2013, the International Examiner honored her with a Community Voice Award for Individual Artist.

Zhi Lin

Seattle-based Artist and Professor Zhi Lin creates paintings and works on paper. Growing up during China’s Cultural Revolution, Lin began creating art for art’s sake “to stay away from the intervention of the communist government.” After the Tiananmen Square protests in China in 1989, Lin immigrated to the United States. He focused his art on the following: “to voice social commentaries, to further cultural awareness, and to reveal the complexity in the world around us.” This focus includes political events in China and the common use of the death penalty in the United States. Lin received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China. He received Master of Fine Arts degrees from the Slade School of Fine Art at University College (London, England), and the University of Delaware. He is a Professor of Painting and Drawing at University of Washington in Seattle. He previously taught at Missouri State University.

Gary Faigin

Painter, critic, and author Gary Faigin is cofounder and Artistic Director of Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, as well as the school’s Still Life Atelier instructor. Faigin also serves as a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where he teaches facial expressions to graduate animation students and works on a research team studying the human perception of stylized facial expressions. He has taught in art schools across the country including the National Academy of Design and the Parsons School of Design. In 2001, Faigin published his first book, The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression, which has since been translated into seven languages and reprinted sixteen times.


The panel below awarded the following scholarships: The Jessica Harrison Belzberg Atelier Scholarship.

Tracy Garcia & Bruce Harrison


Many thanks to our jurors for your passion for the arts and for sharing your knowledge and talents with our community!

We thank all of our talented applicants for applying to the 2022-2023 Donor Scholarships!

For more information regarding contributing to a scholarship fund, please contact Arianna Webber, Advancement Manager at

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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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