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.
Robert Gray | President
Robert has lived in the Pikes Peak Region for over 20 years and has become a staple in the art community. Although his portfolio is vast in its diversity, his main focus is helping people work through their past traumas through the creation of tableaux. His passion for helping people has led him to work with various mental health groups throughout Colorado. His leadership style stems from his Engineering experience, as well as from teaching roles.
Sam Ken | Treasurer Committee
Sam is an oil painter and sketch artist that currently resides in Colorado Springs. He specializes in portraits and figurative paintings but is always in search of ways to challenge and express himself. He is relatively new to Colorado Springs, but he loves the art community and is constantly inspired by his surroundings.
Lilly Gray | Board Member at Large
Lilly is an environmentalist, wisdom enthusiast, barista, social activist and creative who has found home to the springs since birth. Multifaceted she values and explores expression between the limits of human condition. Whether use of poetry with pencil, paint, language and voice, fabric, body, or space, Lilly leaks art to light up her world. You’ll find her making lattes at your local cafe, thrifting vintage trinkets and threads, listening to cassettes and live music, playing with worms, engaged in social activism, crafting, or sharing a beer with friends.
Emily B Solomon | Vice President
With a background in anthropology, tech, and hospitality, Emily has multifaceted experiences that help inform her art. After spending several years in DC and then the Tri-State Area, Emily moved to Colorado Springs in 2021 and has been diving into the art community since. Now painting full time, she’s passionate about using her work to start discussions regarding mental health awareness and trauma-informed therapy.
Ari Flatt | Treasurer Committee
Ari has lived in Colorado Springs for most of her life with roots in local theater groups. She has dabbled in everything from sculpting, fencing, acting, voiceover work to standup comedy. Her current role is working as a Communications Specialist for locally owned and operated full service agency called Adpro Results. She is attending the University of Colorado Colorado Springs for her bachelor’s degree in Organizational and Strategic Communications and is passionate about the local community and hopes to expand her involvement.
Sarah Freeman |
Sarah is an active member of the arts community and owner of Skye Candle Company in Manitou Springs. In addition, she is also owner of Dwell Reality and brings over 15 years of business experience to the table.
Jerry Rhodes | Board Member at Large
Jerry is a ceramic artist living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His work has appeared in numerous juried shows and exhibitions. He currently exhibits in galleries throughout the United States and has many pieces in public and private collections internationally. Jerry has an Electrical Engineering degree from Penn State University, is a former Air Force officer, and has held numerous satellite and space systems engineering positions throughout his career. Jerry has finally(!) retired from his day job, and is thankfully able to commit more time to travel and the arts.
Kai Gaynor | Secretary
Kai is a Colorado Springs artist, community advocate and resident of over 10 years. Her career is as a freelance artist and owner of a local art shop called Momo-XO, where she sells variety of art prints, stickers, and etc. Her creative mantra is: "Till death we do art.", which stresses the importance of the creation process as a constant pursuit of self exploration and fulfillment she will.
Jayne Perry | Treasurer Committee
Jayne moved to the Pikes Peak Region during COVID, and she is energized by the Art Scene here. Jayne is a Master Storyteller, Magician, and Philosopher of the Normal, Paranormal, and Imagined. She brings a passion for Art along with experiences in corporate leadership, higher education, and entrepreneurship to PPAC.
Cyndi Parr | Board Member at Large
Cyndi is a lifelong Colorado Springs resident and got her bachelor's in theatre from UCCS. She's a former board member for COPPeR, APSE, and the Chamber Rising Professionals, and she's excited to join the board of the Pikes Peak Arts Council. She's the program director and co-founder for Dragon Theatre Productions, where everyone who auditions gets a role, and has helped create over 500 roles in 14 years for actors of all ages and abilities. She has performed over the last 25 years as an actor, writer, director, puppeteer and magician in over 200 productions throughout Colorado. Last year she performed in two shows in Chicago for the Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival, and has had her film in two puppet slams with the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry. She has been the MC for six Rocky Mountain Puppet Slams, is the treasurer for the Rocky Mountain Puppetry Guild, and over the summer performs her baby dragon puppet in Green Mountain Falls and in Santa Fe. More information at: https://cvparr.wixsite.com/cyndiparrcreations