Board of Directors

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Megan Bertram / Board Secretary

Megan Bertram is a recent graduate of University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she received a BFA in Art History and a minor in Drawing. She currently works as a casual in Visitor Experience at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and is excited to join Ae's team to become more involved in the Twin Cities's art community. As an artist, Meg is passionate about art as a vehicle for healing for marginalized groups. In her spare time, she can be found reading Margaret Atwood books, napping with her dogs, or wandering around the woods looking for fungus to photograph.

 
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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, film hopping from theater to theater, digging through antique shops, or arranging flowers for fun. 

You may direct all press related questions to her brownelsha@gmail.com

 

Jennifer Chilstrom / Exhibitions Co-Director

Jennifer Chilstrom actively and collaboratively organizes art events and curates exhibitions. She teaches visual and fiber art to youth and adults in the community. Her textile and surface design have been featured in downtown Minneapolis, in various magazines, on the runway, and won a Twin Cities “Best of” in City Pages Magazine. 

Jen explores natural and metaphysical realms, expressing the human form, medicinal plants, ocean life, and geometry in her artwork. Her work often prescribes an element of healing. Her painting, fiber art, and textile design often intersect in the gathering process where natural pigments, dyes, and objects found in nature are discovered and implemented.  Beehives, feathers, animal bones, lava, and beetles are examples of what has been incorporated into her mixed media visual work. 

 

 

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. 

 
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Ella Kampelman / Exhibitions Co-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.

 
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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.

 
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Chelsea Arden Parker / Film Festival Director

Chelsea Arden Parker is a video and new media artist living in Minneapolis.  She is currently working as a freelance video editor and has previously taught media literacy in youth afterschool programs and studio instruction at local cable access stations. She is also currently the curator and co-organizer of Feminist Video Quarterly, a community and quarterly screening for non-binary and female-identified artists. 

Chelsea’s artistic practice includes photography, animation, puppetry, non-narrative video production and video installation. The majority of her work revolves around creating tangible explanations from self-reflection, including sculptures actualizing depressive states and video installations of dream-world characters. Her work has been shown in galleries locally and internationally.

 
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Teaghan Persons / Board Treasurer

Teaghan Persons is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where she received a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and Studio Arts with an emphasis on painting. Teaghan enjoys painting on metal, wood and canvas. When she’s not painting she enjoys rock climbing, thrifting, reading or out dancing with friends. She joined Altered Esthetics to become more involved with the Twin Cities artist community.