Contact Us

Contact Us 2020-03-27T14:13:44-07:00

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
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Kelly is a teaching artist and musician, and business-minded arts leader with expertise in audience and community engagement. From 2012 – 2015, Dylla was the vice president of education and community engagement for the Seattle Symphony. Prior to this post, she led the Pacific Symphony’s audience engagement program. Kelly was also teaching artist for major arts institutions including the Lincoln Center Institute and New York Philharmonic. A graduate of The Juilliard School with a master of music in viola performance, she also holds a bachelor of music from Rice University and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Education Director

Ashlie Beach
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As the Education Coordinator for the Kirkland Arts Center, Ashlie connects students with instructors, facilitates intraoffice communication and events, and generally keeps the office running smoothly using positive psychology and neurolinguistic programming.  She joins us after having spent the last twenty years in non-profits serving youth and education, including extensive volunteer work at Perinatal Support Washington, and on the boards of her children’s co-operative and public schools.  She graduated from Boston University with degrees in Art History and Philosophy, and studied towards a PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Virginia, where she was a teaching instructor and researcher.  She enjoys cooking (but not baking), spin class, yoga, creative writing, and abstract painting.

Development Director

Amanda Budke
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Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global Development from Seattle Pacific University and has worked with nonprofits for nearly a decade. When she’s not at KAC, you’ll find her active in the arts community, sailing, or experimenting in the kitchen.

Education Manager and Gallery Coordinator

Geneva Baldauf
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Geneva moved to the Seattle area shortly after graduating Sarah Lawrence College in 2015 with a BA in Liberal Arts. Being an artist and looking to further her career in the visual arts, she volunteered to be a Gallery Assistant at the Kirkland Arts Center while working at the Seattle Art Museum. Dedicated to bringing accessible and engaging artwork to her community, Geneva has found a home as Exhibitions and Education Coordinator over a year later.

Gallery Curator & Exhibition Designer

J. Gordon
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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.

Development Assistant & Board Liaison

Aaron Conitz
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Dedicated to enriching human experience through the arts, Aaron brings over a decade of experience as a professional violist and music educator to the non-profit development sector. In addition to his work with KAC, Aaron frequently appears with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. Aaron received a Doctor of Musical Arts from Rice University where he served as a music theory instructor. Aaron is also a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where he obtained both a master and bachelor of music.

Schools & Community Partnerships Manager

Trish Brownlee

Trish Brownlee is an educated, licensed art teacher, with experience teaching Pre-K through College in a variety of art mediums. She is licensed to teach K-12 Art in Washington and North Carolina. Beyond the fine arts, Trish also has extensive training and specializing in arts integration and social-emotional artistic learning. She currently serves as a teaching artist and the School & Community Partnership Manager for Kirkland Arts Center. She is also an adjunct art professor at the undergraduate level in Graphic Arts through the University of North Carolina – Fayetteville State. Trish has 6 years of experience teaching in K-12 schools. Trish earned her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art, and her Bachelors of Arts in Visual Arts + Art Education License from Fayetteville State University.

As a professional artist, Trish works in mixed media, papermaking, printmaking, and photography. She is a published photographer and exhibiting fine artist. Her creative practice embraces transformation and storytelling, exploring traditional media integrated with technology. Trish is an advocate and teaching artist, leading youth and adult art programs in her community.

Communications Manager

Lauren Lyddon

Lauren Lyddon comes to KAC with a background in business, marketing, and communications. She earned her MBA from University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, loves the creative and is thrilled to be working in the arts supporting a mission she truly believes in. Formerly of Colorado and Arizona, she loves exploring the Pacific Northwest, traveling, and spending time with her husband and friends making the most of all the Seattle area has to offer

Marketing Coordinator

Xin Xin
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Xin joined Kirkland Arts Center as an intern from Teens In Public Service. Throughout the years, she continues her involvement with KAC as summer camp volunteer, art model, and student. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in communication and sales. Xin spent the past 3 years full time traveling around the world, and is continuing to publish her travel blog – Where’s Xinderella.

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.

Assistant Ceramics Technician

Robert Wetherington

Robert received his BFA in Ceramics and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2007 and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2009.
Wetherington has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Korea. His work is included in numerous public and private collections. He has received several awards and is a Fulbright Scholar.
He has taught at the Flint Institute of Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and now teaches at Bellevue College, and Kirkland Arts Center. He lives and works in Redmond, WA where he has his studio.