To contact us by phone, dial (425) 822-7161 followed by the extension to reach the appropriate staff member. View our office hours.

Executive Director

Kelly Dylla
(425) 822-7161 x110

Education Director

Seth! Leary
(425) 822-7161 x105

I have been a Kirkland resident for roughly 20 years, following 30 years of living in the Midwest. I’m a graduate of the University of Illinois where I studied art education and sculpture. I’ve spent most of the last three decades working in the fields of art, education, and exhibit design. My artistic media are primarily digital animation, photography, and graphic design. When I’m particularly ambitious, I cut loose in painting and illustration. I find that art goes well with a medium rare steak and glass of red wine. My wife and I have three grown kids who have a more refined sense of humor than I. I like the color purple.

Development Director

Jennifer Gill
(425) 822-7161 x103

Jennifer Gill loves working at Kirkland Arts Center as the Development Director, where she has served since 2012. Her love for art and painting began at a young age and she has enjoyed oil painting and other 2D art classes at KAC. In 2007, Jennifer received her Masters from Princeton Seminary in theology, communication, and literary criticism. Prior to her work at Kirkland Arts Center, Jennifer spent 8 years in Healthcare, serving both University of Washington and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. She loves the creative process and the personal transformation this inspires and enjoys coming to work each day surrounded by beautiful and thought-provoking art. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with her husband Andy and daughters Lucy and Hazel.

Education Coordinator

Margarita Wilde
(425) 822-7161 x101

Development & Events Coordinator

Amanda Reeves
(425) 822-7161 x106

Amanda graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a B.A. in Global Development after deciding she could teach herself Art History (she’s still working on that…). After working in community outreach and development with other nonprofits, she realized she couldn’t shake her love of art. She is excited to see both passions meet in her role at KAC. She enjoys dabbling in a variety of mediums, most recently linocut prints and large-sized mixed media paintings. Perhaps most of all, she loves the conversation art inspires and thinks of art as a very big, long table with plenty of room. In her spare time, she enjoys crossword puzzles, being outside, and learning to country dance.


Jenn Gavlin
(425) 822-7161 x108

After teaching Beginning Throwing at KAC for three years, Jenn joins us on staff as our Registrar. She loves that it gets her out of her studio and interacting with fellow art lovers. She looks forward to signing you up for a class or two or showing off KAC in volunteer orientation.

Gallery Coordinator

J. Gordon
(425) 822-7161 x102

He has been coordinating exhibitions and art events for over 15 years, and before leaving the Mid-Atlantic in 2014 held the position of Curatorial Associate at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. Gordon currently teaches Drawing courses at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology and is represented by Gallery 110 in Pioneer Square.  He earned his Masters from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, and his Bachelors at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.

Senior Ceramics Technician

Pat Colyar

Pat Colyar is the Senior Ceramics Technician at the Kirkland Arts Center and she has taught ceramics since 1988. She enjoys helping people learn about the joys of clay work while discovering their own abilities. She specializes in making functional ceramic ware and two-dimensional wall pieces and sells her work through various local galleries.