Art Gym Team

The Art Gym Team

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Akira Allen

Member Services
Ask me about: “Magick, Movement & Mythology.”

Akira recently moved back to Denver from his 9-year adventure in Iowa. He went to school for Computer Science and Business but decided that route was not for him. He is a self-taught Web Designer, Graphic Designer, and Illustrator. When he is not at Art Gym, Akira spends his time enjoying the outdoors, reading, studying, or crafting an experience. He views art as a way to express beyond words the unseen experience of the individual. Akira is very excited to be a part of Art Gym seeing the utility of facilitating the opportunity to foster creative growth in the community. If you see him feel free to say hello!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!”

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Gregory Santos

Printmaking Director
Ask me about: “Lithography”

Gregory 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. Gregory 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.