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 has her master's degree in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management from 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."
Laurie Wilson Laurie is active in the Springs Arts Community. She’s had a long career in digital design and visual communications. Since 2010, she’s worn several hats at the Air Force Academy: graphics designer, animator, visual services brand manager, and public affairs officer. She’s currently the Academy’s interim community relations liaison. Laurie holds an A.A. in Computer Graphics, a B.A. in Communications and an M.A. in Graphics. She’s married to artist Steve Weed and with him, conceived the Ashes to Art project for Mountain Shadows Waldo Canyon Fire recovery, using Steve’s art as a healing medium and to fund the fire memorial. Laurie believes in the healing power of art and nature. She is MomMe to 3 creative free spirits and now lives downtown, where she enjoys walking their fur child BabyDawg past the character of the historic neighborhood architecture.
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.
Jasmine Dillavou is a Boricua mixed-media/assemblage artist based out of Colorado Springs. Dillavou received her B.A from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has shown in numerous exhibitions including the WOC in Solidarity Conference and the A.I.R Gallery in New York City. Her interests lie in documenting the quiet and misunderstood narratives of the diaspora-Latinx community.
JD Sell received his BA from UCCS in 2016. He is a multi-disciplinary artist, including painting, video, sound collage, installation, and performance. Since graduation, JD has kept a studio practice while exhibiting regularly in Colorado. JD co-creates the Non Book Club Book Club while working at Meininger Art Supply and the Fine Art Center's Bemis School of Art.
Jess Preble Born in Greeley, Colorado in 1988, Jess preble has spent time traveling, working, and studying art in San Francisco, Austin TX and Colorado. Preble also has a background in curating and teaching art, culinary arts, and intervention work with high-risk 6-12th graders. She works as a professional oil painter in Colorado Springs, CO, and serves as the Community Liaison for Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Preble believes that making art available and accessible to the community, while developing a deeper sense of connection between artists within the city is crucial to sustaining and improving the appeal of our city as a place to visit or to call home.
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.