was founded in 2016. In the beginning, SAGE operated in small spaces: first at co-founder Lucy Gross’ kitchen table, then in a small, refurbished shipping container in the Govalle neighborhood of Austin, and then in a refurbished trailer within Canopy, a community of 45 artist studios and 6 art galleries in east Austin. Then, in the fall of 2021, we had the exciting opportunity to move to a 1600-square-foot space in the main building of Canopy, surrounded by some of Austin’s best regarded art galleries. Making the move to this much larger space meant that we could work with more artists simultaneously following a set studio schedule and maintain a separate gallery space for the first time, enabling us to have more art shows, represent more artists, and bring new eyes to our artists' work—to truly be able to give our artists the workspace and exhibition space their practices deserve. Also in 2021, SAGE officially transitioned to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
In the five years since we opened our doors, we have represented the work of more than 50 artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mounted 18 exhibitions, and represented artists at the Outsider Art Fair in New York City three times. We have facilitated collaborations between our artists and nationally recognized partners, including Vans shoes, Whataburger, and the Biden presidential campaign. We have been featured in Austin Monthly, Arts + Culture Texas, and ForbesWomen, been recognized as Austin's "Best Outsider Art Advocate” by the Austin Chronicle, and voted one of the best galleries in Austin by Chronicle readers.