About SAGE Studio
SAGE (Supporting Artistic Growth and Entrepreneurship) Studio is a studio and gallery space in east Austin that provides artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities the materials, space, and support to produce, exhibit, and sell their artwork. SAGE Studio serves artists with disabilities through two programs: our Studio Program and our Exhibition Program. Through our Studio Program, artists create work in our studio space_a refurbished trailer in east Austin's Canopy arts community_with the guidance of practicing artist facilitators. The goal for participating artists is to explore new mediums, strengthen their artistic voice, and build a cohesive portfolio of work for exhibition.
Through our Exhibition Program, we put on bimonthly art exhibitions in our gallery to showcase the work of our studio artists, alongside the work of gallery artists who create their work outside our studio. Though we started as a space for exclusively Texas-based artists, we now represent gallery artists from across the country. We also operate an online store with a wide selection of original artwork, fine art prints, and merchandise. The goal of the Exhibition Program is to provide opportunities for our artists to earn a wage and to seriously pursue a career in the arts, and to carve out a place in the contemporary art conversation and wider artistic marketplace for these talented voices. As such, our artists are paid a commission, commensurate to commissions paid by traditional art galleries, on all artwork and merchandise sold in the gallery and online store.
It is SAGE Studio's mission to amplify the voices of artists with disabilities, enabling them to become meaningful contributors to the social, economic, and creative life of the community. SAGE Studio has been featured in Austin Monthly and ForbesWomen, recognized by the Austin Chronicle as Austin's "Best Outsider Art Advocate," and facilitated artist collaborations with the Biden presidential campaign, Vans, and Whataburger.
Photo credit: David Brendan Hall