Board of Directors
Shana Brownell / Marketing & Communications Director
Shana Brownell is an interdisciplinary artist and 2016 graduate from University of Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Studio Art and Art History. Aside from designing and distributing all promotional materials for Ae, she currently works as a freelance graphic artist and florist. She moved to the Twin Cities in 2014 and is excited to be involved in the art and film community through supporting Altered Esthetics. You can find her out dancing on weekends, digging through antique shops, and arranging flowers for fun.
Sophie Buchmueller / Board Secretary
Sophie Buchmueller is a nonprofit professional living in Northeast Minneapolis. She grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and received her bachelor’s degree in American studies from Carleton College in 2016. Since graduating, she’s held various roles in museums in both Omaha and the Twin Cities. She currently works at Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul, a French language and cultural center. Outside of work, Sophie enjoys reading, doing crosswords, and trying new recipes. She’s excited to be a part of Altered Esthetics and support Midwest-based emerging artists.
Donny Gettinger / Education Director
Donny Gettinger is an interdisciplinary artist and curator living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2014 he received an MFA in sculpture from Indiana University after studying printmaking at Western Illinois University. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, with recent shows at Foto la NaBe in Mexico City, Mexico; The James May Gallery in Algoma, WI, Made Here, Minneapolis, MN; Seed Space in Nashville, TN; and SOO Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN. He is also the founding director of The Pop-Up Puppet Truck- a mobile performance space built into the cargo area of a 2003 Ford Ranger, which schedules performances during rush hour traffic in Chicago, IL. He is excited to be joining the team at Ae and looks forward to bringing his diverse background to the development of educational programs.
Ella Kampelman / Exhibitions Director
Ella Kampelman is a visual artist and museum worker living in Minneapolis, MN. She grew up in the Washington DC area and moved to the midwest to attend Carleton College in Northfield, MN where she graduated with a B.A. in Studio Art. Ella has since worked for non-profit arts organizations across the Twin Cities and currently works in Visitor Services for the Walker Art Center. Outside of the Walker, you can find her biking around the city, sifting through thrift stores, or drawing on her porch. Ella makes art that focuses on geology, bodies, and the emotions we can't quite articulate.
Sarah Kass / Board Co-Chair
Sarah Kass is a nonprofit and arts professional living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, she moved to the Twin Cities to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She also holds a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University and currently works in nonprofit administration. Sarah is passionate about accessibility and strives to help people make meaningful connections with art. She is excited to engage local artists through Altered Esthetics.
Sarah Kuenzler / Board Co-Chair
Sarah Kuenzler is an independent Art Historian living in the suburbs of the Twin Cities. By day, she is a Visitor and Member services aficionado; by night, she delves into the depths of the pit of research known at 19th century American visual culture. Her current focus is on printed ephemera, specifically trade cards, and how the imagery of those cards follows the changes of the 19th century. After moving from rural upstate New York to earn her Master's degree in Art History from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, Sarah became more interested in the local arts scene within the Twin Cities. She is specifically interested in the advancement of women and minority artists, and brings her passion for art and drive for artistic inclusion to Altered Esthetics.
Molly Parker Stuart / Film Festival Director Molly Parker Stuart is an interdisciplinary artist best known for her experimental films. Molly works with and within structures, including social, cultural, physical, and digital structures to push the bounds of art making in order to create accessible and meaningful experiences. She was selected as a Featured Artist for the 2017 Altered Esthetics Film Festival and has been recognized for her work in the Trans community.