Gunnison Arts Center Staff

Carlie Kenton ~ Executive Director
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102 S. Main St.
Gunnison, CO 81230

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 and dance 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 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.

Megan West ~ Visual Arts Manager
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Megan is the Visual Arts Program Manager and cannot be more excited to be working in the arts to help benefit the community! Born and raised in Switzerland, Megan fell in love with the arts at an early age. At 15, she decided to travel to the United States to pursue her photography dreams. She attended St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont; taking photography classes all through High School. After graduating and winning the Photography Award, Megan moved to Colorado to attend the University of Denver. There, she worked hard on a degree in Fine Arts and tackled many photography projects under the guidance of Roddy MacInnes. During her third year at the University, Megan received a grant with which she traveled from coast to coast in Australia and lived in New Zealand for six months to complete a photography project. In 2011, she graduated with distinction and won the Denver West Outstanding Student Award for her work in Fine Arts. After University, Megan moved to Crested Butte and fell in love with the Gunnison Valley. She has lived in the Valley since and has loved every minute of it. When not at the Arts Center, Megan can be found snowboarding, cross-country skiing, running, camping and paddle boarding with her puppy Louie.

Steve Kurtz ~ Performing Arts Manager
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Greetings! My name is Steve Kurtz and I must say that I’m very proud to announce that I am the Performing Arts Manager at the Gunnison Arts Center.
I’m originally an east coast native hailing from a little farming community approximately 40 minutes West of Philadelphia, PA. I moved out to Colorado in 2008 and have never looked back since. I started working in the Outdoor Industry in 2008 and obtained my degree in Outdoor Recreational Leadership from Colorado Mountain College in 2011. Through my experiences in the healing elements of nature, I have gained new insight which has led to the rediscovery of my passion for the arts and for creating music!
I’ve always had a thirst for music since a young age, taking it upon myself to hone my skills of writing both music and lyric with my trusty guitar in hand, I strive to create music which conveys a positive message and challenges others to be the light in the world that they would like to see.
I feel so incredibly blessed to be involved in a community of like-minded individuals who feed my creative spirit and who challenge me to be the best version of myself possible!