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Artist Trust Announces Partnership with Gage Academy of Art

For Immediate Release:


Erika Enomoto (she/her)

Communications Manager

206.467.8734 x17

1.866.21.TRUST (toll free)

April 16, 2018 – Beginning this fall, Artist Trust and Gage Academy of Art will present “Professional Development for Visual Artists,” an intensive business practices program for Gage Atelier and Studio Arts Intensive (SAI) current students and alumni. The partnership developed out of an increasing need for artists to professionalize and build practical business skills alongside honing their artistic practice.

Based on Artist Trust’s business practices programs, “Professional Development for Visual Artists” is a 23-week course designed for Gage Atelier and SAI students and alumni. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the business side of being an artist through seminars, activities, talks, and guest presentations from artists, gallerists, and other professionals in the art world. Topics covered include grantwriting, marketing, pricing artwork, and finance.

“Artist Trust and Gage Academy of Art are pleased to pair our complementary artist support programs to offer Gage students and alumni both the artistic mastery and the business acumen they need to succeed,” said Artist Trust CEO Shannon Halberstadt and Gage Academy of Art Executive Director Stefano Catalani. “Artist Trust and Gage have supported each other’s mission and goals as long-standing members of the arts community, and it’s exciting to finally partner together in support of the individual artist’s success.”

Leading the inaugural course of this intensive program is multidisciplinary artist Dawn Cerny. Based in Seattle, Cerny is an artist and arts educator currently teaching at Seattle University. She received a BFA in printmaking and painting from Cornish College of the Arts and an MFA in sculpture from the Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College. Her works on paper, sculptures, and collaborative projects have been exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as nationally and internationally, and written about in Art Forum, Art Week, Art On Paper, The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, and The Seattle Times.

“Professional Development for Artists” runs during Gage’s fall and winter quarters and meets weekly starting September 18 through March 16, 2019 at Gage Georgetown at Equinox Studios, Studio B. Registration opens May 14, 2018, and space is limited to 15 students. For more information and registration, visit

About Gage Academy of Art
For over 25 years Gage Academy of Art, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has been serving the community with inspired programs and events for artists of all ages and abilities. Unapologetically independent and fiercely committed to excellence, Gage Academy believes that artists are made, not born, and offers instruction in the principles of drawing, painting and sculpting delivered by brilliant teaching artists. The school has two campuses in Capitol Hill and Georgetown and offers flexible class schedules with a variety of programs ranging from classes, lectures and workshops to full-time study.

About Artist Trust
Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Since its founding in 1986, Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in individual artists through grant programs, and provides a comprehensive suite of professional development training and resources to help artists achieve their career goals. Learn more at