Pikes Peak Arts Council



The Pikes Peak Arts Council is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 to honor, connect, and enrich local artists, working to ensure that artists are thriving in, and essential to, the Pikes Peak region.

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Kate Perdoni Executive Director
Kate is a television producer with Rocky Mountain PBS' weekly arts and cultural show Arts District, a mother, freelance writer and journalist, and musician with the rock band Spirettes. Kate has served on the City of Colorado Springs' Public Art Commission since August 2015. She was named a Colorado Springs Business Journal Rising Star of 2017, and received the EY Next Wave Leadership Award from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts in 2018. 


Lisa Cross | President
Lisa was raised in Black Forest, Colorado and has spent most of her life in the Pikes Peak region. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She is currently working toward her master's degree in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. In addition to the Pikes Peak Arts Council, she serves on the Public Art Commission for the city of Colorado Springs and as the regional representative for the Colorado Art Education Association. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and working on artwork in her home studio.


Kate Hudgens | Treasurer
Kate is a mixed media artist by night, an Accounts Payable Specialist by day, and a mother around the clock. She has been creating art for as long as she can remember, working with paper, fabric, clay, wire, feathers, fur, sticks, stones, and bones. 
"Inspiring beauty surrounds us every day; the fierce mountain wind in the pines, the laugh of a child, the kindness of a word, and the light of a smile," says Kate. "To create something beautiful in this world is my purpose in life."


Audrey Gray | Secretary
Audrey is a Colorado native, and has lived near Pikes Peak since 2007. She is an active member of the arts community and regularly exhibits her artwork throughout the region. In addition to serving the Pikes Peak Art Council, Audrey is Treasurer of the Manitou Springs Arts Council. 


Ralph Giordano | Vice President
Ralph is a graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production and has been involved in the Pikes Peak film community for over thirty years. He is the Executive Director of the Peak Film Forum, a nonprofit networking group for local writers, producers, directors, and actors, and serves on the advisory committee of the Independent Film Society of Colorado. 


Kevin Siemers | Volunteer Coordinator
Kevin is a licensed K-12 art educator, and has been  teaching elementary art for Colorado Springs School District 11 for thirteen years. He's a visual artist working in mixed media and painting. Email kevin.matthew.siemers(at)gmail.com to learn about volunteer opportunities with PPAC.


Deena Bennett has been a member of the Bridge Gallery Co-op for ten years, working in ceramic, photography, paper making, and mixed media. A retired teacher, she taught art in District 38 for over two decades. Deena curates for the Commons Gallery, and enjoys supporting new artists in the community by providing a venue to show their work.






Meredith Ann is a mixed-media visual artist and a member of the Quaill Collective. 


Josh Butler
Josh has been a creative event organizer since 2004, when he began running a music venue showcasing bands from the Southeastern U.S. He later lived in Kosovo for 7 years, working with local artists and arts organizations from across Europe. There, he focused on developing art camps and organizing tours for various artists to tour around Kosovo, shows for performing artists at the Kosovo National Theater, public events on walking streets, and events at cafes designed to build community around the arts. He is thrilled to be on the PPAC Board and to have the opportunity to work with the arts community in the Pikes Peak Region.


Sarah Groh Correa is a lyric soprano and studio business professional. Sarah has taught privately and sung extensively throughout the U.S. as a member and soprano soloist for the St. Joseph Community Chorus, Kansas City Choral, Colorado Springs Chorale, and Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble. She has toured with choirs to Japan, India, England and Italy. She has designed a system for Private Voice and Group Voice Classes that informs the singer’s life by relieving stress, opening doors to self-discovery, teaching them how to sing, and walking them through the lifestyle of a musician.


Brian Tryon | Artist Documentation
Brian is a self-taught photographer and visual artist, and an arts instructor and counselor at Community Prep Charter School. Active in the Colorado Springs arts community, his other passions include fly fishing and spending time in the mountains. Brian is excited to be on the board and to be working with the greater arts community!


Eve Tilley | Director Emeritus
Eve is an artist and native of Colorado Springs. She directed the Pikes Peak Arts Council for 15 years, and holds a B.A. and M.A.T. in Humanities from Colorado College. Eve presided over the Star Bar Players for seven years, directing, acting and producing, and writing. Eve is a calligraphist, and  makes pop-up greeting cards and award-winning three-dimensional assemblage art. She is married to engineer Sol Chavez and enjoys cats, gardening, travel, cooking, and giving parties.

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