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Brian Hurlbut

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

As Executive Director, Brian manages the day-to-day operations of the Arts Council as well as securing the artists for all of our events. He’s been a leader in the Big Sky arts and nonprofit community since 2001 when he first joined the ACBS. Originally from western New York, Brian has a BA in International Studies from the University of Buffalo (SUNY) and attended the University of Montana Graduate School of Journalism. In addition to leading the ACBS, Brian is also an accomplished writer, musician and snowboarder, and father to two adventurous kids. He’s proudly lived in Montana for 30 years.

Katie Alvin

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Nearly 30 years ago, Katie moved to Big Sky where she’s lived ever since, sinking deep roots and falling in love with the people and organizations that make Big Sky exceptional. She’s worked in government, academia, and the private sector, but after 20+ years of nonprofit work, helping organizations get things done has become her passion and specialty. With a BS in Soils and a MA in Education, she’s found that mastering a useful skill set and developing meaningful relationships has been her career path roadmap. Katie loves recreating outside, traveling, enjoying music, building things, snapping photos, and being amazed daily at the beauty of the world around her, often with family, friends, and their four-leggeds.

Megan Buecking

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH DIRECTOR

Megan brings the background of a visual artist, educator, and advocate for creativity to the Arts Council. Hailing from the icy rivers and hills of northern New York, Megan earned a B.S. in K-12 Art Education from SUNY Potsdam and Saint Lawrence University. She then chased the dream of powder and big mountains to Montana where she graduated from Montana State University with an M.Ed. After ten years of teaching students ranging from Montessori preschoolers, to Middle and High School artists, to MSU undergrads, Megan brings the creative arts beyond the classroom to the community through her role with the Arts Council. When she isn’t making art you can find her skiing, trail running, or fishing with her husband, dog, and son, Arne.

Julie Edwards

STUDIO MANAGER AND LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Julie manages our BASE Studio and Classroom and teaches the majority of classes offered in this new, transformational space. She has been passionately advocating for creativity within the realm of the public education system for close to 30 years, and is excited to bring her love of teaching to the Arts Council. The mountains, culture, art of México, especially the town of San Miguel de Allende, captivated her very early on in her career as an Educator. This inspired her to complete her M. Ed. in Spanish Dual Language (Curriculum and Instruction). Though a native of Illinois, Julie’s preference is mountain living, adventure, and taking in nature at every possible moment. She has resided in the mountains of Colorado, Utah and Montana and currently lives in Big Sky. Julie has two grown boys, Max and Joe, who also live in Big Sky. She loves having them close by. When Julie is not creating, teaching, or working, you’ll find her walking or skiing the river’s edge with her dogs, Charlie and Lu , 365 days a year.

Jane Liivoja

EVENTS COORDINATOR

As the Event Coordinator for the Arts Council, Jane assures the prolific schedule of shows, festivals, auctions, etc. are executed at their highest potential. Inspired by her B.S. in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, she has steered her path along the creation of memorable experiences within her community. Big Sky has presented her with the opportunity to expand on her professional goals while also providing the magical playground of the mountains to expand her personal goals! Outside of the Arts Council, you can find Jane mountain biking, hiking to a lake, snowboarding with friends, or challenging you to a game of Yahtzee.

Katherine Berceau

Studio Assistant

Katherine assists in the BASE studio as well as teaches ceramics and wood burning classes and workshops. Originally from Wisconsin, Katherine became passionate about art, mostly focusing on drawing and ceramics, in high school.  Katherine attended UW-Stout in Studio Arts with a concentration in ceramics until moving to Big Sky. Katherine continues to work on her artwork and pushes to grow as an artist in the Big Sky community. She also enjoys a number of outdoor activities including, cross country and downhill skiing, hiking, camping and stand-up paddleboarding.