The Art Gym Team

Tyler Campbell

Director of Operations
Ask me about: “The very first gallery exhibit I installed at a gallery in Kansas City.”

Tyler was appointed Membership Director in January 2017 and became the Director of Operations in March of 2018 . He received a BA in Art History from Colorado State University and brings to Art Gym an extensive background in the arts and arts administration, having worked at the Art Students League of Denver for 17 years as a Membership Coordinator, Gallery Coordinator, Program Coordinator, and finally as Director of Operations. Tyler is excited to be part of helping Art Gym grow. “I believe Art Gym is an important resource that is greatly needed in Denver and I feel lucky to be part of the team that will continue to build upon this resource and help facilitate artists reach their potential.” Anytime you need assistance or have questions, feel free to reach out and give him a call, e-mail, or stop by his desk. He is happy to assist in any way he can!

Liz Covert

Member Services
Ask me about: “Dr. Who and Cycling to Wyoming”

With roots reaching from New York to Texas, Liz moved back to Denver in 2019. Her passion for art started in community college and expanded while earning her BFA in Sculpture and Metalsmithing. Liz went on to earn a Master’s Degree from Southern Methodist University, focusing on ancient Cultural Studies. Her research there included the first metalsmithing techniques and cult traditions.

A varied professional background includes teaching elementary school art, and working as an art object conservator for the Hirshhorn Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, and private collectors. Currently, she is focused on growing her small metals and jewelry business, Covert Metals, which started in 2016.

In her spare time, Liz reads printed books, or is outside hiking, biking, or running. She enjoys traveling and exploring through food.

Christopher Graham

Member Services
Ask me about: “How Jerry Saltz is the Art World’s uncle.”

Christopher Graham is an abstract and plein-air painter. A Virginia native, Christopher received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Purchase College – a State University of New York. His work focuses on process and slapdash imperfections using pedestrian and artist materials alike. Say “Hi!” if you see him at Art Gym!

Jami M. Guler

Member Services

Jami has been a member of Art Gym since February of 2017. Her artistic disciplines are Encaustic and Photography, often both together. Now she has the great fortune to be a part of the Member Service team here at Art Gym. She is especially excited about my project of revamping our Resource Library. In 2017 she volunteered at the Denver Botanic Garden in their Library and from 2005-2011 she volunteered at the Denver Art Museum as a Gift Shop Specialist. At the DAM, she would research different aspects of the gift shop from art books to publishing houses, jewelry designers, architects and glass artists. She would then present the information to all the other museum volunteers so they would have an overview of what was in the DAM gift shop. This is coupled with over 10yrs of high-end customer service and a few years as a showroom manager. She is very stoked to bring all she has learned and her personal passions (or geekin’ out) to the Member Services position at here at the Art Gym.

Ilan Gutin

Artist Mentor and Gallery Coordinator

Ask me about: “My obsession with colored lights, horror movies, and my cat Elliot.”

Ilan is originally from the Washington D.C. area, and received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. He relocated to Denver in January 2020 to work as the Artist Mentor and Gallery Coordinator at Art Gym. He is an interdisciplinary artist, and extensive world traveler, and has used his experiences abroad to help shape his studio practice. Formalism, the ephemerality of nature, light, place, and the wonder of looking are recurring themes in his work.

Before moving to Denver, he worked as an International Admissions Counselor at SAIC, and advised student artists from all over the world. He was also a faculty member in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at SAIC, and taught fabric printing courses. Lastly, Ilan was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Fernwey Gallery in Chicago, which focused on giving emerging artists a professional space to exhibit their work and bring awareness of the arts to the community.

He is excited to be a part of Art Gym and the Denver art community, and looks forward to exploring all the exciting opportunities Colorado has to offer!

Kim Holyk

Cafe Manager

Ask me about: “Heady mom-life and jam bands”

Kim is originally from Ohio and moved to Colorado for the vibrant music scene and culture. When she’s not working at Art Gym Cafe she loves to spend time with her baby girl. She is excited to restart her old passion of stained glass and acrylic painting and is an avid tarot reader. She hopes everyone will see her background in Interior Design reflective in the new creative menu and presentation of the cafe, and will be continuing to make new exciting changes here at Art Gym Cafe while she is our new cafe manager!

Hillary Muramoto

Metalsmith Steward

From a multi-dimensional family of painters, musicians, builders, and pencil artists, I’ve been a student of creativity from birth. Art was always my biggest interest, and I paid a lot of attention to design… of any type.

After an intense emotional experience, I began to play with metal and stones in an attempt to heal and cope with what I was going through. I had never attempted to make jewelry before, and had never imagined it would become my life’s passion.

As a self-taught artist, it has been a challenging journey to be able to create all of the images that float through my head. My insatiable desire to learn more, create more, and focus my spirit, has given me the courage to experiment with the materials I love in any possible way I can in order to turn my emotions and my expression into something tangible and beautiful.

Metalsmithing has been a huge step in my creativity, and sparks my mind, my heart, and inspiration every day. The work that comes through me embodies the transformations of our human experiences and is raw, uninhibited, energetic, fierce, and graceful.

Amanda Pehrson

Metalsmith Steward

Amanda is a Colorado native who studied philosophy and media at the University of Colorado in Boulder while earning her BA in editorial journalism. She took several courses in acrylic painting and wrote for a number of Boulder-based publications as an undergrad before transitioning to public relations and marketing as a brand storyteller and social media manager. In 2013, Amanda was a Silver Pick award recipient for her work on female-focused footwear campaign ‘A Style for Every Reason and Season’ with Meredith National Media in New York City. She broadened her digital marketing experience as an email merchandiser at Denver-based startup Craftsy before its acquisition by NBCUniversal in 2017. Throughout her marketing career, Amanda always longed to tell stories through physical expression — experimenting with melting metals using a cookie sheet and butane torch on her kitchen table, she slowly started building a collection of jewelry creations and launching her own brand, Fancy Boheme before joining Art Gym in 2018. Being a member and metalsmithing steward has allowed her a new set of tools, space, and community that’s furthered her metalsmithing skillset beyond measure. Amanda’s recent work is inspired by the use of sustainable materials and shaping her own stones from raw slabs through lapidary.

Mandi Quinn

Printmaking Steward

Ask me about: “ Seinfeld and The Office, Hayao Miyazaki films, and PLANTS!

Mandi is a Colorado native who currently resides in Denver. In 2017 she received her BFA in Printmaking from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Shortly after, she found Art Gym where she practices relief, silk screen and lithographic printmaking! Much of her work is created through realistic and imaginative styles. She is often inspired by artists such as, Kathe Kollwitz, Shaun Tan and Diego Rivera.

Outside of Art Gym, she assists other artists such as Patricia Branstead and fellow Art Gym member, Leon Loughridge. She is also a part-time Registrar Staff member at the Art Students League of Denver.

In her free time Mandi enjoys the process of learning. She is constantly finding new mediums to explore and is currently dabbling in ceramics and fiber arts. Mandi has an appetite for knowledge and new experiences so that she can create and teach them to others.

Lesley Renner

Digital Lab Steward
Ask me about: “Ask me about my 95-pound Guppy and her white dragon brother, ‘Adventure Time,’ what I’m growing in my garden, and coffee, coffee, coffee and all the best places!”

Lesley is a Colorado native who started her college education in Denver at Metropolitan State University, moved up to CU Boulder, and eventually graduated from UC Denver with a double major in Art History and Communications, with a minor in Fine Art. She then worked for eight years in Tech Support and as a Quality Assurance Engineer for Quark Inc., before returning to school to earn an AS degree in Graphic Art from the Community College of Denver, and also a certificate degree in Animation from Red Rocks Community College. She sees computers as tools that are always asking us to learn more. As an artist and Art Gym’s Digital Lab Steward, she loves to help people push their boundaries and create unexpected and wonderful projects. Or, more simply, update their resume or CV. Like many Denverites, she will once again attempt a garden this year: “I am switching things up a bit and will try to grow a pumpkin in my front yard. Fingers crossed!”

Gregory Santos

Printmaking Director
Ask me about: “Lithography”

Greg moved to Denver on New Year’s Eve, 2015 after a lifetime in New York City, where he kayaked the Hudson River and received two degrees and one certificate in printmaking. Soon after arriving, he joined Art Gym as Director of Printmaking and spent many months designing and equipping the printmaking workspace. Greg describes his art an outlet to explore emotional and physical relationships, as well as the relationships between memories and locations. As a space to create, he says Art Gym offers “the exact combination of affordability and varied print process accessibility” that a printmaker needs. Among his artistic influences he includes Joseph Albers, Jennifer Bartlett, Donald Judd, Frank Stella, Kenneth Noland, Ellsworth Kelly, and Peter Halley.

Brady Smith

Marketing & Communications Director
Ask me about: “Gilmore Girls or Kippenberger.”

Brady is a Colorado native who left the state for schooling and is thrilled to be back in the Denver area. He received a BFA in 2-D studies with an emphasis in Printmaking from BYU – Idaho, and then went on to earn an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art – London. He is still a practicing artist, focusing most of his work on still lifes and portraits in painting and printmaking. His career has taken Brady to a variety of avenues in the creative fields including gallery assistant, wedding invitation designer, art restorer, and most recently working in the marketing world. He is very excited to combine the experiences he has gained to help improve the awareness and outreach of Art Gym to the art community in Denver and beyond.

Vickie Stevinson

Founding Artist
Ask me about: “Red sauce.”

Vickie is a long-time Colorado resident who has made her living as a graphic designer. As a life-long artist, Vickie is passionate about enabling artists to create. In 2011, she was given the opportunity to establish an affordable, community-oriented art making space to support emerging and seasoned artists. After a few years of planning and major renovations to an old Safeway building in Denver’s Mayfair neighborhood, Art Gym opened in 2015.

As a graphic designer, Vickie spent more than 40 years telling the stories of many businesses, non-profits, and colleges/universities. Now, she is making her own art at Art Gym, exploring lithography, artist’s books, figure studies, and most recently metalsmithing/lapidary. Lapidary, she says, opened her world to the great color and wonderful randomness of rocks. Their story is the one she is now telling.

Louis Trujillo

Member Services
Ask me about: “Drag queens and my collection of wigs and stiletto heels!”

Louis Trujillo was born and lives in Denver, Colorado creating works in his private studio and at Art Gym Denver. His artwork is inspired by his dreams, his family, and his identity as a gay male. He received his B.F.A in drawing at Metropolitan State University of Denver where he was awarded the Nagel Art Thesis Grant and the Nagel Directed Studies Scholarship. He is a former member and PR Director of SYNC Gallery located in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. His artwork is part of national private collections.

Robin Whatley

Membership & Program Director
Ask me about: “Hot Box Paradise, and Kim Gordon’s art opening in Chelsea”

Growing up in northern Colorado, the daughter of two working artist parents, Robin was immersed in the visual and theatre arts. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BFA in Painting in 2003 and moved to Denver in 2004.
Robin brings a vast arts and arts administration background, having worked for the Art Students League of Denver for nearly 7 years as a Program Coordinator, Gallery Manager, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator, and Registrar. Prior to the Art Students League, Robin worked as a Designer for a wholesale frame shop, and as an Art Consultant for Parker Blake LLC, an art consulting firm in hospitability and hotel.
She is also a working independent curator. Most notably, Robin guest curated an exhibit at the Curtis Center for the Arts, Open Space: The Finite Frontier in January 2018. The exhibit was featured in the Denver Post and also included a write-up in Art Beat Magazine.
In her spare time, Robin continues to pursue her passion as a working artist from her at-home studio. She also has a side creative music project gigging as a DJ duo with her husband around the Denver metro area.

Caitlin Zeller

Membership Services

Originally from Ohio, Caitlin earned a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University with concentrations in Metalsmithing and Ceramics in 2012. Since then she thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, and lived in both Australia and New Orleans before making her way to Denver in 2018. Since becoming a member of the Art Gym she has enjoyed the chance to start creating with metal once again. Her work is inspired by natural forms and seeks to look at them in a new light. Being able to work amidst a group of artists has been a wonderful way to dive back into it while being surrounded by a supportive artistic community.

She looks forward to working as a part of the member services team and helping to make others feel welcome and inspired here. In her spare time she loves hiking/backpacking, reading, playing soccer, knitting and cooking.