Skye Skinner
Executive Director

Skye was born and raised in Alaska. She moved to Aspen in 1978 to live with her mother, longtime Aspen Times columnist Su Lum, and is a graduate of Aspen High School. Skye spent 22 years in leadership at Compass (the non-profit that operates the Aspen and Carbondale Community Schools), the last 12 as Executive Director. During that time she led a successful campaign to raise $11 million to rebuild the Woody Creek campus. In 2017, Skye resigned from Compass and established SBS Consulting. Her work with non-profit clients focuses on fundraising, strategic thinking and executive coaching. Skye has deep roots with the Art Base, having worked with founding Director, Deb Jones, when the organization was formed in 1996. Skye is grateful to be involved in this exciting chapter—realizing a Forever Home for the Art Base.

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Katherine Grey Walker
Gallery + Communications Manager

Katherine Grey Walker is a Colorado native born in Fort Collins, raised on the Western Slope. She spent her youth adventuring in her overgrown backyard, cross country and internationally. After graduating from Colorado Rocky Mountain School she moved to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Katherine graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication and Print Media. In 2017 she relocated back to the Valley. An artist in herself, Katherine and her partner Mathew Paul Jinks are both integral parts of the artist and arts administration worlds as co-owners of Jinks & Grey, hand thrown ceramics with a modernist Japanese aesthetic and design business.

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Brit White
Operations Manager

Brit White is a Colorado native born and raised in Denver with a long history in the Roaring Fork Valley. After earning a Masters Degree in Music from the Boston Conservatory where he studied singing and acting he remained in Boston for many years performing in regional theater and working in non-profit development and hospitality.  A few years ago, the rockies called him back home to Colorado to be nearer to family and to reconnect with the outdoor lifestyle. As a new “dabbler” in painting he is interesting in exploring the creative process through visual arts and seeing how a lifetime in performance arts informs that process. He currently lives in Basalt and is thrilled to be a new addition to the Art Base team.

Paul Keefe
Program Director

Paul Keefe is from Denver, Colorado and has spent much of his life in the Centennial State. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas. As an artist working primarily in drawing and sculpture, he has exhibited his work at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and Lane Meyer Projects in Denver. In 2017, he participated in the Artist in Residence program at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Outside of pursuing his own artistic practice, Paul loves to share his passion for art making with others. He is thrilled to be a part of the Art Base team, and to continue supporting artists in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Dana Higbie
Studio Manager

Dana Higbie has spent her life surrounded by art, design and beauty. A native of Michigan, and later Aspen, Dana received her design degree from Colorado Institute of Art an her BFA from California College of Art. For many years, Dana was a principal in the Denver-based Partners in Design, an award-winning graphic design studio. For 15 years after that, Dana lived and traveled with her family in Mexico and Central America, sourcing native artwork and artisan wares for her retail business, La Tiende (The Store), with locations in Mexico and Honduras. Dana currently resides in Basalt with her husband and daughter.

Mathew Jinks
Installations + Facilities Manager

Born on the Suffolk coast of England, Mathew studied visual arts from age 17 focusing on Photography which he first studied at Bournemouth and Poole college of Art and continued his degree at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Mathew moved to the USA to complete his Masters in Studio Arts at The University Of Illinois Chicago 2008. Mathew taught Photography and visual arts at the Art Institute of Chicago and Depaul University until moving to New York to work for Comedy Central in 2015. Whilst in New York  he studied Ceramics at the Greenwich House of Pottery and in 2017 moved to Colorado to become a father and continue his ceramic work. Mathew is Proficient with analog and digital lens based media, software and emerging technologies from negative to screen including but not limited to audio/video capture and editing. Mathew also finds time to build and perform modular synthesizers and offers mix/mastering services for moving image artists.

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Barbara Glass, President
Krista Klees, Vice President
Lauren Cornish, Treasurer
Amiee White Beazley, Secretary


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Tim Brown
Gail Folwell
David Kelly
Summers Moore
Skye Weinglass

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