WHO WE ARE
Photo credit: Jenna McElroy
Katie Stahl is a practicing artist with over eleven years of experience working with adults with disabilities in an art setting. She earned a BA in psychology from Dartmouth College and an MA in art education from The University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her master's thesis on Creativity Explored, one of the oldest progressive art studios in the country. In her own art practice, Katie paints under the name Houndoggle Art.
Katie Stahl, Co-founder/Executive Director
Lucy Gross, Co-founder/Director of External Relations
Lucy Gross is a practicing social worker with over twelve years of experience working with adults with disabilities. In addition to her work at SAGE, she currently works at AISD’s Go Project, a transitional program for special education students ages 18–22, and The University of Texas in their inclusion program for adults with disabilities. She earned her undergraduate degree at Emerson College and her master's of social work at Texas State University.
Lucy and Katie met as art instructors at The Arc of the Arts, an art-based day habilitation program for adults with disabilities. Together, they founded SAGE Studio in 2016. They have represented SAGE as speakers at SXSW EDU in 2019 and co-curated exhibitions at the Outsider Art Fair in New York City in 2019, 2020, and 2022. They are passionate about integrating artists with disabilities into the contemporary art scene in Austin.
Photo credit: Chelsea Francis
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Portraits by Sam Eiler