Amy Erickson is a painter and educator based in Seattle, WA. She holds a BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute (2014) and is an alumnus of the Trowbridge Atelier (2020) and the  Flack Atelier (2019).  Amy received a Stanley R. & Robert E. Wright Foundation for the Arts Scholarship (2018) the Gage Academy of Art, a Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists Scholarship Award (2019), and a Joan Burgess Shorey Scholarship, Washington (2021) through the Washington Studio School. Amy has recently had a solo exhibition through Figure/Ground Gallery (2024). She has also recently exhibited at Railspur (2023) and at the Cascadia Art Museum Gala (2022). She is currently teaches painting the Modern Color Atelier, Warrior Art Camp, and the Penn Studio School.  

Instagram: @amyericksn

Artwork by Amy Erickson

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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