The New Decade Begins with 2020 Visions from Gage Academy of Art

SEATTLE (PRWEB) January 22, 2020

Gage Academy of Art, one of Seattle’s most beloved art institutions, is starting the new decade with 2020 Visions: Gage Academy of Art at 30, an art exhibition on view at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle from January 9 through April 13, 2020.

Celebrating Gage’s 30th anniversary, 2020 Visions embodies the spirit of the school’s past, present and future through a selection of 70 artworks by 40 of its instructor-artists who, with their passion and dedication to teaching, partake every day in crafting the school’s ethos and vision. Working in a broad range of mediums ranging from oil on canvas and watercolor, to drawing, printmaking and sculpture, the Gage instructors share daily with their students not only techniques painstakingly honed but the eye-opening skill of learning to see.

“At its inception, I could have only dreamed of the success that Gage has accomplished today,” stated co-founder Gary Faigin. “2020 Visions truly exemplifies the ethos of not only Gage, but the community as well. The art showcased in this exhibition is both visually intriguing as well as symbolically poignant. I am honored to have these artists instructing the next generation at Gage.”

Gage is best known for its unique atelier programs, adult classes and workshops, as well as its dedication to providing equal access to art for all youth, exemplified by the Teen Art Studio, a weekly, free, safe space for disadvantaged and at-risk teens to create art and express themselves. Gage’s tireless commitment to improving and including all walks of life in their learning community is one of the cornerstones of their continued success.

“Gage was founded on the inspiring core belief that artists are made, not born,” remarked executive director Stefano Catalani. “That is a profoundly democratic belief! By cultivating our skills of observation and perception we develop critical thinking, awareness of ourselves and above all, of others. Today, more than ever before, these are much needed qualities. As we look ahead at the next 30 years, Gage will continue to serve the community by offering access to art as a profound and transformative journey.”

The artists featured in 2020 Visions represent an ebullient cross-section of the Pacific Northwest art scene and capture, with their individual artistic practices, the vitality and vision of Gage Academy at this juncture in time. The public is invited to experience this momentous exhibition free of charge, every day at the Washington State Convention Center, and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Gage’s vibrant learning community in Seattle.

Featured Artists:

Juliette Aristides, Kai Carpenter, Larine Chung, Tiffany Dae, Margaret Davidson, Riley Doyle, Abigail Drapkin, Justin Duffus, Charles Emerson, Nicholas Enevoldsen, Edie Everette, Gary Faigin, Geoff Flack, Grace Flott, Barbara Fugate, Klara Glosova, Aron Hart, Tom Hoffman, Linda James, Mark Kang-O’Higgins, Marcus Dónal O'h'Úiggín, Patrick LoCicero, Ray Mack, Mike Magrath, Dominique Medici, Scott Méxcal, Barbara Noah, Jim Phalen, Mardie Rees, Christopher Remmers, Jeffrey Simmons, Tenaya Sims, Brian Snoddy, Misa Steinmetz, Elijah Strongheart Evenson, Kimberly Trowbridge, Ryan Weatherly, Suze Woolf, Junko Yamamoto, and Hamid Zavareei

About Gage Academy of Art

Gage Academy of Art (, a 501(c)(3) non-profit in Seattle, is celebrating 30 years as a vibrant extended-learning and contemporary art center, providing community-based artistic development for students of all ages and abilities. Guided by the belief that artists are made, not born, Gage educates, enriches, and transforms the community through the visual arts. Gage offers instruction in the principles of drawing, painting, sculpting and printmaking through classes, workshops, and 7 unique Atelier programs of national renown. The school is home to art lectures, exhibitions and community events.

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Jeffrey Frankel, Traliant Marketing Vice President, Wins ‘Top 100 Marketer’ Award

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (PRWEB) January 22, 2020

Jeffrey Frankel, Vice President of Marketing for Traliant, an innovator in online sexual harassment training, received a ‘Top 100 Marketer Award’ at the 2020 OnCon Conference, January 17, at the Gaylord Palms Resort, in Orlando, Florida.

Voted on by their peers, winners of the OnCon Icon Awards represent many of the senior leaders from the world's top marketing organizations, including Mastercard, PepsiCo, Aetna/CVS and Sharp Electronics.

“This award recognizes Jeff’s ability to inspire a great team and communicate to our customers, partners and HR community in authentic ways about what matters most to them and their organizations,” said Mike Pallatta, Traliant CEO and Co-Founder.

Frankel joined Traliant in January 2018 and is responsible for all aspects of marketing, demand generation, brand awareness, communications and thought leadership. In the last two years, Traliant has experienced 12x growth in revenue and expanded its customer base to more than 2,500 organizations, including Cedars-Sinai, Hilton Worldwide, Alcoa, Rooms To Go, PepsiCo and Logitech.

About Traliant

Traliant was founded by industry veterans from some of the world's most successful compliance training companies to meet the challenge of transforming compliance training from boring to brilliant. Backed by Martinson Ventures, Traliant delivers award-winning, bite-sized training on an eLearning platform that enables fast and easy customization. Courses are available on numerous workplace topics including Diversity Training and Sensitivity Training. For more information, visit:

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Florida Polytechnic University sees exceptional rise in applications

LAKELAND, Fla. (PRWEB) January 22, 2020

Florida Polytechnic University is experiencing a significant increase in the number of students applying to become Phoenixes. At only two-thirds of the way through the 2020 recruitment cycle, the University has received 31 percent more freshman applications compared to this time last year. This includes a 44 percent increase in applicants from out of state.

The new numbers are a stark contrast to the current trends in postsecondary enrollment throughout the nation. Higher education enrollment for fall 2019 declined for the eighth consecutive year by 231,000 students across all types of institutions, according to the latest research from the non-profit organization National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Public four-year colleges saw the largest decrease at 97,426 students.

The academic quality of the applicants to Florida Poly improved as well:

  • Average SAT of admitted freshmen is up 30 points to 1334.
  • Average ACT is up from 29 to 30.5.
  • Average GPA of admitted freshmen increased from 4.2 to 4.35.

“This is great news, especially in light of the national data,” said Dr. Ben Matthew Corpus, associate vice provost for enrollment management. “As students learn about Florida Poly, they see a place where they can connect and engage in a state-of-the-art public university. We’re a small, selective, and an intensely relevant institution where students aren’t just a number.”
Dr. Corpus said the surge in applications is a result of new team outreach efforts put in place to create greater awareness of the University not only in Florida, but throughout the country. These include:

  • new digital and teacher-centered strategies to connect with high schools more efficiently
  • the hiring of a full-time regional recruiter in the Northeast
  • a re-imagined campus visit program that connects cutting-edge tech, social and economic relevance that’s engaging
  • new academic programs and targeted scholarships on sectors of STEM excellence

“We won’t know if these additional applicants will all enroll until the fall, but it is definitely a very positive sign that the team’s hard work is paying off,” Corpus said. Transfer applications are also up 13 percent, as well as their quality. Average transfer GPAs are up from a 3.0 to a 3.4.

Another factor improving Florida Poly’s attractiveness to prospective students is its recently attained ABET accreditation, as well as the addition of new programs of study such as Environmental Engineering, Engineering Physics, Engineering Mathematics and new concentrations in aerospace, digital design, and mathematics of medicine and biology. The University also is building the Applied Research Center, an 85,000-square-foot cutting-edge facility focused on research and innovation and scheduled to open in 2021.

“Florida Poly’s programs put students directly on the path to making an impact on the economy and society, where students know they’ll be highly competitive and employable well into the future,” according to Dr. Terry Parker, executive vice president and provost..

“Students and families recognize that to stay career relevant as creative innovators, a degree from a selective STEM university is really the best choice.”

For more information on applying to Florida Poly, click here.


Florida Polytechnic University is an accredited member of the State University System of Florida, dedicated exclusively to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The University is a powerful economic engine within the state of Florida, blending applied research with industry partnerships to give students an academically rigorous education with real-world relevance. The campus is located in Lakeland, Florida along the I-4 High Tech Corridor. Connect with Florida Poly online at

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