Tarran Sklenar is an American Artist. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of Washington in 2017 with the support of the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Top Scholar in Art Award. Since 2017, Tarran has taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Painting and Drawing Program at the University of Washington. She maintains an active studio practice in the heart of Pioneer Square in Seattle, WA.
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.