Gunnison Arts Center Staff
Carlie Kenton ~ Executive Director
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Believing the arts nurture and grow creativity, goodness, and beauty in the world, Carlie began her journey with the Arts Center as a volunteer receptionist in 2011. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western State Colorado University, she sporadically explores the worlds of photography, painting and mixed media creation. With a passion for bringing the arts to life in our community, Carlie values the delight and emotion felt when experiencing the arts, either as a creator or as an observer. She hopes to improve other people’s lives, and our world, by sharing the impact of these experiences. Now as Executive Director, Carlie has taken on the essential responsibilities of reporting to the Board of Directors and raising funds for organizational operations.
Alysa VandenHeuvel ~ Program & Gallery Director
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Alysa VandenHeuvel serves as the Program and Gallery Director at the Gunnison Arts Center. Starting out as a Program Assistant in the summer of 2013, she has held such positions as the Performing Arts Manager and the Education Manager. Alysa supervises and motivates the staff while working closely with the Executive Director to fulfill the mission of the Gunnison Arts Center. She manages the music, dance and clay studio programs as well as developing and implementing an innovative exhibition schedule annually for the two historic galleries the GAC houses. As an artist and dancer herself, she brings an exciting and diverse background of performing and visual arts to the table.
Alysa is a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Dance Program and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western State Colorado University (formerly Western State College) emphasizing in Photography and Business Administration. When she is not working, Alysa can be found snowboarding, dancing and backpacking as well as managing her personal photography business. Alysa believes that the Gunnison Arts Center is an avid cultural outlet in our small community and plays a vital role in bringing arts to everyone.
Shaunacee Wilkinson ~ Visual Arts Manager
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Shaunacee Wilkinson joined us the summer of 2016 from our neighboring state of Kansas. As a Kansas native she loves sunsets, sunflowers, and The KC Royals. Shaunacee received her Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in Family Studies and Human Services. She has worked the past several years in child welfare and has previously been a case manager for a nationwide mentoring program. Shaunacee has an eclectic background, a caring heart and a passion for working with diverse individuals. All attributes that make her a great addition to the GAC to serve as our Visual Arts Program Manager.
Shaunacee describes herself as a “creative soul” with no artistic specialty but rather an excitement for the arts and the creative self. She is a novice quilter/seamstress, enjoys home improvement projects, hiking, and cooking for her husband. As our visual arts manager Shaunacee will build our art education programs and see to it that students are offered exciting, informative, and creative classes to allow them to learn and grow. She is eager to see the progression of students and share in their excitement of taking local, creative classes.
Brady Snow ~ Performing Arts Manager
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Brady Snow joined the Gunnison Arts Center in September 2016 as the Performing Arts Manager. Brady
is a Western State alum with a degree in Spanish and has recently relocated back to the valley after living two years in the Pacific Northwest. Brady is the author of the locally set novel, The Set Sun Blood at Dusk, and has collaborated on theater, short film, and music productions Valley wide. His belief that the arts are the mark of a culturally prosperous society, along with a diverse artistic background, makes Brady excited to bring performing arts to the community and valley we call home.