Board of Directors
Shana Brownell / Press & Communications Director / 2016-2019
Shana Brownell is an interdisciplinary artist having recently graduated from her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in sculpture from the University of Minnesota in Spring 2016. She is currently working to finish her second degree in Art History with special interest in Film. Shana is the Art History Student Association’s current treasurer, and spends a lot of time working in the Regis Center of Art’s wood and metal shop assisting students with projects and shop equipment. She moved to the Twin Cities in 2014 and is excited to get more involved in the art 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 when the season permits.
Donny Gettinger / Education Director / 2016-2019
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 Co-Director [Group] / 2016-2019
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 / Exhibitions Co-Director [Group] / 2016-2019
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 development. Sarah is passionate about accessibility and strives to help people make meaningful connections with art. She is excited to engage local communities through exhibitions at Altered Esthetics.
Sarah Kuenzler / Co-Chair / 2016-2019
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.
Mary Lodu / Co-Chair / 2015-2018
As a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in Art History, Mary Lodu joined the Altered Esthetics team to become more involved in the vibrant Twin Cities art community. She has been involved with the Minneapolis Institute of Art as a Curatorial Intern for the Art of Africa and the Americas and currently works at the Walker Art Center as a Gallery Assistant and is an Archive and Editorial Assistant for The Third Rail.
Nora Myers / Development Director / 2017-2020
Nora Myers is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and arts administrator living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She holds an MFA in Painting from the University of Alberta, Edmonton and a BFA in Painting and Art History from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her current practice explores themes related to memory retention, private public spaces, and the command of silence.
As an arts administrator, Nora has over a decade’s worth of experience in event organizing, arts education, and public radio producing/hosting/fundraising across Southern Minnesota and Northern Alberta. With community and relationship building at the center of her professional practice, she believes that healthy communities thrive when all voices are part of the conversation.
Ari Newman / Film Festival Co-Director / 2017-2020
Ari Newman has curated the Ae Film Festival for the past two years. She works as a videographer/photographer for Patrick's Cabaret and as a Barista at Peace Coffee. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing with Pilot V7 pens, going to the Trylon to get nutritional yeast on her popcorn, and overthinking every decision she makes.
Chelsea Arden Parker / Film Festival Co-Director / 2017-2020
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.
Jes Reyes / Film Festival Director / 2014-2017
Jes Reyes is an interdisciplinary artist living in St. Paul, Minnesota. She came to Ae as a curatorial intern in 2013, where she helped launch Ae Without Walls. She now co-leads Ae's exhibitions schedule and serves as the founder and Festival Director for the Ae Film Festival.
In 2005, Jes moved to the Twin Cities from Southern California, a year after graduating from California State University, Long Beach with a double major in Women's Studies and Film and Electronic Arts. Jes holds a Master of Liberal Studies degree from the University of Minnesota, with a minor in Museum Studies.
Jes manages Spectrum ArtWorks, a nonprofit visual arts program in the heart of Minneapolis that provides studio space to artists living with mental illness. You can find her at home gardening, writing and editing in her office/studio, or hanging out with her husband and fur children. Read more by following her at www.jesreyes.com.