Mark Kang-O'Higgins/Marcas O'Huiginn has led the KOH atelier since 2004. He has taught this contemporary approach to fine art at several schools and academies including the Leith School of Art Edinburgh, Scotland. The Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy in New York, Everett Community College WA, and Digipen Institute of Technology, Redmond WA. Kang-O'Higgins is a working artist who displays his work in a number of different gallery and museum venues. Recent gallery & museum venues include, Davidson Gallery, Linda Hodge Gallery, Pro-graphica, 4Culture, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Mary Hill Art Museum, Bainbridge Island Art Museum, Bellvue Arts Museum, San Juan Island Art Museum amongst others. Kang-O'Higgins has earned a BA & MA in Sociology & Politics from Ollscoil na Gaillimhe - University of Galway, Ireland, a BFA & earned his MFA at the New York Academy of Art.
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.