Art Students League of Denver

The Art Students League of Denver offers high-quality arts education to artists of all ages and levels. We strive to provide accessible programming throughout the Denver metro area and beyond, so that everyone in our community has access to creative expression through art.

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Joann Asakawa-Huntz, Director of Programming & Community Engagement
Start Date: 2018

As the Director of Programming and Community Engagement for the Art Students League of Denver, Joann oversees all classes, workshops and community programs. Born and raised in Colorado Springs, she received her BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado and MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Her passion for the arts and education have given her the opportunity to work as an educator at notable museums, such as the Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum. She has helped develop and implement numerous live and installed programs that encourage discovery of vast art museum collections. With a particular focus on arts access, she also created and taught the art curriculum for Possibilities, a program for adults with varying developmental disabilities through Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado.

Sarah James, Development Manager
Start Date: 2019

Most recently, Sarah had been working as the Manager of Individual Giving and Events at Warren Village. Prior to that, she worked for the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center and Poudre School District as the Sexual Assault Resource Team Peers Coordinator in Fort Collins and in Development for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America in Phoenix, AZ. During her graduate studies, she taught public speaking to undergraduate students. She has a BA and an MA in Communication Studies and enjoys writing.

Aubrey Ryan, Customer Service & Database Manager
Start Date: 2016

Aubrey was born and raised in Indiana and started college at Indiana Purdue University in Fort Wayne. After a few years of college, she moved to Denver, CO to serve in AmeriCorps NCCC for 2 years which ignited her career path in the non-profit sector. Following AmeriCorps, Aubrey married her husband Bradley, and also earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from the University of Colorado Denver. In 2004 she started with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, serving as Supervisor of Admissions for six years during such blockbuster exhibits as Body Worlds 2 and Titanic: the Artifact Exhibit. From 2010 to 2014, she gained additional non-profit experience working at The Wildlife Experience Museum and The Kempe Foundation. In 2014, she returned to The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and served two more years as their Fundraising Database Administrator before joining the ASLD team in 2016. During her career, she has led AmeriCorps volunteers and customer service teams, developed and fostered guest and donor relationships, assisted with events, raised funds, managed marketing and acquisition campaigns, and grown a passion for serving and giving back to her community. She and her family appreciate the wealth of arts and cultural organizations that Denver has to offer.

Rachel Basye, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2012

Rachel Basye is Executive Director at the Art Students League of Denver, an artistic community where people of all abilities are guided by professional artists to reach their highest potential. In addition, she is a mayoral appointee to the Denver Commission for Cultural Affairs and sits on the Boards of Directors for the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts and the newly formed Westwood Creative District, D3Arts. In 2015, she was selected as a Bonfils-Stanton Livingston Fellow, in recognition of her nonprofit leadership abilities. As a practicing artist, she is a member of The Mix, an artists' collaborative in Denver's Santa Fe Arts District. Ms. Basye received her BA in International Affairs and German and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado.

Philip Levine, Founder
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Jennifer Ziemer, Business Administration Director
Start Date: 1997

Ms. Ziemer fiscally manages all of the League's government, municipal, private, and corporate grants including the local Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) grant. After graduation from Parsons School of Design, she joined ASLD as Office Administrator and has expanded her original areas of responsibility from assisting in administration to managing all of the League's financials and human resources.


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