Pikes Peak Arts Council
Staff and Board of Directors
2016 - 2017
Kate Perdoni Executive Director
Kate Perdoni is the Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Arts Council, a television producer with Rocky Mountain PBS, a mother, freelance journalist, and a recording artist on Bar/None Records. She helped develop a public-use recording studio at Library 21c's Center for Public Media, and publishes Mamá Liberada, a zine celebrating creatives and their families with contributions from the region and beyond. Kate has served as Vice Chair the City of Colorado Springs' Public Art Commission since August 2015.
Kasi Dwyer President
Kasi Dwyer is proud to call herself a native of Colorado Springs and is committed to advocating for artists in her hometown. She graduated from Colorado College with a BA in Theater, Arts Business and Administration and has held positions with Leadership Pikes Peak and Special Kids Special Families. In her free time, Kasi enjoys hiking 14-ers with her husband Nate, playing with her puppies Lemon and Bross, and spending time with friends at one of many local breweries.
Audrey Gray Vice President
Audrey Gray 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.
Kate Hudgens Treasurer
Kate Hudgens is a mixed media artist by night, an Accounts Payable Specialist by day and a mother 'round the clock. She has been creating art for as long as she can remember and will continue to create for as long as her hands will serve her. She works with paper, fabric, clay, wire, feathers, fur, sticks, stones, and sometimes bones. Kate says, "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. To create something beautiful in this world is my purpose in life."
Sarah Groh Correa
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.
Kevin-Matthew Siemers Volunteer Coordinator
Kevin Siemers is a licensed K-12 art educator. He's been teaching elementary art for Colorado Springs School District 11 for nearly thirteen years, and is also a regional artist. Kevin's work is primarily mixed media drawing and painting. Interested in volunteering? Email kevin.matthew.siemers(at)gmail.com.
Deena Bennett has been a member of the Bridge Gallery Co-op for ten years, working in ceramic, photography, paper making, and mixed media. She currently curates for the Commons Gallery, and taught art in District 38 for over two decades. Deena enjoys supporting new artists in the community by providing a venue to show their work, and strengthens social contacts with artists in Pikes Peak region through the resurgence of Art Bar, a monthly arts gathering.
Meredith Ann Smarr is a mixed-media visual artist and the Executive Director of Rooted Studio in Old Colorado City.
Lisa Cross 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.
Ralph Giordano 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.
Eve Tilley Director Emeritus
Eve Tilley, a native of Colorado Springs, has always been an artist. Though her formal education is strictly academic (B.A. and M.A.T. in Humanities from Colorado College), she presided over the Star Bar Players for seven years, directing, acting and producing, and for 15 years over the Pikes Peak Arts Council, thereby also dabbling in writing. Other skills include calligraphy, 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.