Wade, honored this year, graduated from the Art Institute in 1971, but did not immediately enter the creative industries. In her own words, she "got a job, got married, raised a family, made a life, but for the next 15 years regretted the fact that I wasn't doing what I loved to do."
In 1987, she started Photo-Graphics. "Because what I learned was timeless, most notably the elements of design as taught by Fred Griffin, I was able to start a business almost 20 years later." Her company began slowly. It now creates custom backgrounds, props, and sets for clients as diverse as CBS affiliates, Starbucks, Price-Costco, Hornel Anderson, Nike, and Boeing.
Wade also donates her talents each year to different charities by painting murals and designing backdrops and stage props for auctions and benefits.
In addition, she has just developed a new product for Commercial Photographers called the TUBE (Transportable Unitized Background Equipment). It holds eight interchangeable backdrops and a support system in one self-contained portable unit. The TUBE promises to provide significant time and cost savings to commercial photographers.
Angela Turk, inducted in 1995, graduated from the Art Institute in 1983. She has 11 years of experience in the Seattle advertising and design community, including positions at Cole & Weber and Livingston & Co. Her accounts have included Safeco, Alaska AIrlines, Puget Sound Bank, and the Four Seasons Olympic.
She has garnered many awards, including a 1990 Athena Award for best newspaper ad in the nation and the Bill Bernbach Memorial Award for young professional achievement in advertisement.
Turk has has donated hours of work to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Terry Fox Run for cancer research.
Since 1990, she has been the principal of Angela Turk Art & Copy, an advertising and design firm, and has produced work for clients such as Blue Cross, The Washington State Lottery, and the Four Seasons Olympic. She was also commissioned to design and produce the wedding invitations for Microsoft's Bill Gates.
The Art Institute of Seattle was founded in 1946 as the Burnley School for Professional Art. The school has grown from approximately 100 students enrolled in a solid commercial arts program to an educational institution with more than 1,900 students from around the world.