To contact us by phone, dial (425) 822-7161 followed by the extension to reach the appropriate staff member. View our office hours.

Education Director

Seth! Leary
(425) 822-7161 x105
sleary@kirklandartscenter.org

I have been a Kirkland resident for roughly 20 years, following 30 years of living in the Midwest. I’m a graduate of the University of Illinois where I studied art education and sculpture. I’ve spent most of the last three decades working in the fields of art, education, and exhibit design. My artistic media are primarily digital animation, photography, and graphic design. When I’m particularly ambitious, I cut loose in painting and illustration. I find that art goes well with a medium rare steak and glass of red wine. My wife and I have three grown kids who have a more refined sense of humor than I. I like business cards with rounded corners and the color purple.

Development Director

Jennifer Gill
(425) 822-7161 x103
jgill@kirklandartscenter.org

Jennifer Gill loves working at Kirkland Arts Center as the Development Director, where she has served since 2012. Her love for art and painting began at a young age and she has enjoyed oil painting and other 2D art classes at KAC. In 2007, Jennifer received her Masters from Princeton Seminary in theology, communication, and literary criticism. Prior to her work at Kirkland Arts Center, Jennifer spent 8 years in Healthcare, serving both University of Washington and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. She loves the creative process and the personal transformation this inspires and enjoys coming to work each day surrounded by beautiful and thought-provoking art. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with her husband Andy and daughters Lucy and Hazel.

Executive Director

Pamela Kirk Rembold
(425) 822-7161 x110
prembold@
kirklandartscenter.org

Pam Rembold has been serving as the Executive Director of the Kirkland Arts Center since 2013 and when not meeting with artists, instructors, donors, community members, and staff, you can find her in the Turret Room. Pam previously held the position of Executive Director at Northwest Art Alliance, producer of Best of the Northwest, and also served on their Board of Directors.  She had the opportunity to serve on the Advisory Board of the Bellevue Arts Museum to assist the turn-around prior to its reopening in 2005.  Pam was also one of the founding members and Chair of the Sammamish Arts Commission and served on the Visual Arts Committee for the City of Redmond.

After spending the better part of two decades with AT&T and Lucent Technologies in their large enterprise technology sales division, Pam traded powerpoint presentations for kilns, wheels, and canvases and never looked back!

Education Project Manager

Liz VanBemmel
(425) 822-7161 x101
lvanbemmel@
kirklandartscenter.org

Liz started at Kirkland Arts Center first as student in 2012, then as a volunteer. In 2013, she joined the Education Department staff where she is now the Education Project Manager. Before KAC, Liz earned her Bachelor’s degree in K-12 Art Education and Women’s Studies at South Dakota State University and she was the Assistant to the Curator of Collections at the South Dakota Art Museum. Liz enjoys watercolor painting, woodblock printing, teaching her dog new tricks, and working on her fixer-upper house with her husband.
Kate Burnley, Kirkland Arts Center Events and Marketing Specialist

Marketing & Events Specialist

Kate Burnley
(425) 822-7161 x106
kburnley@kirklandartscenter.org

Kate Burnley is an East Coast native who worked in arts nonprofits in New York and Baltimore before moving to Seattle in 2013. She has a degree in photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art and enjoys all forms of art, hiking, and watching bad movies. She is excited to start and be part of a great team.

Gallery Manager

Colleen Lenahan
(425) 822-7161 x102
clenahan@
kirklandartscenter.org

Colleen Lenahan graduated with honors from Harvard College in 2010 with a degree in Hispanic Studies and a secondary field in Archaeology. For her honors thesis, she compared the feminist imagery in the artwork of painters Frida Kahlo and Remedios Varo. She moved to Seattle in 2011 to attend the University of Washington’s Museology Graduate Program, from which she graduated in 2013 with her Master’s degree. While in graduate school, she completed curatorial internships at EMP Museum and Highline Historical Society. For her thesis project, she curated the first ever visual art exhibit at the Renton History Museum using the City of Renton’s public art collection. From 2013 to 2015, she worked at the Renton History Museum as the Public Engagement Coordinator, managing the volunteer program and the Museum’s public programs. She is ecstatic to be managing the exhibitions at KAC and working again with her primary love: the visual arts.

Registrar

Jenn Gavlin
(425) 822-7161 x108
jgavlin@
kirklandartscenter.org

After teaching Beginning Throwing at KAC for three years, Jenn joins us on staff as our Registrar. She loves that it gets her out of her studio and interacting with fellow art lovers. She looks forward to signing you up for a class or two or showing off KAC in volunteer orientation.

Senior Ceramics Technician

Pat Colyar
pcolyar@
kirklandartscenter.org

Pat Colyar is the Senior Ceramics Technician at the Kirkland Arts Center and she has taught ceramics since 1988. She enjoys helping people learn about the joys of clay work while discovering their own abilities. She specializes in making functional ceramic ware and two-dimensional wall pieces and sells her work through various local galleries.
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Finance Manager

Jan Burdue
(425) 822-7161 x109
jburdue@
kirklandartscenter.org