Kodiak Arts Council Staff

Katie Oliver

Katie Oliver
Executive Director

Katie Oliver joined the Arts Council as Executive Director in 2012. As a young person she participated in many Kodiak theatre productions under the direction of Gerry Wilson. She remains active in local community theatre (Disney's Mary Poppins, 2018; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 2014; Wit, 2010) and is a member of Isle Bells, Kodiak’s five-octave community handbell choir. Prior to joining the Arts Council, Katie served for eight years as the Executive Director of the Kodiak Historical Society and Baranov Museum. Katie is responsible for vision and planning, fundraising and development, implementing the policies of the Board of Directors, and the Performing Arts Series and Community Theatre programs. Contact her at katie@kodiakarts.org. 

Trisha Bartel
Director of Performing ARTs

Kodiak Arts Council welcomes to our growing team, Wasilla born and raised, Trisha Bartel, as our new Director of Performing Arts. Trisha is energetic, has a zesty personality and an infectious laugh. You might recognize her from one of her past performances in Kodiak such as Guinevere from Camelot, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, the spritely Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooge, or from her most recent type-casted debut as grumpy, old Mrs. Brill the housekeeper from Mary Poppins. A Coast Guard wife with three active kids, she enjoys her children's sporting events, live music, singing, dancing, playing guitar, cooking, baking, all things theatre and of course, all the great outdoor activities that Alaska provides.


To discuss your ideas or concerns please feel free to contact Trisha at programs@kodiakarts.org.



Born and raised in Texas, Erica Ross has fallen in love with Kodiak—twice! As a young girl she discovered her passion for art and her creative energy has led her to hold her own art shows in addition to being an active participant in community Art Walks.  Erica holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and taught for five years in Texas and Virginia prior to moving to Kodiak.
The last two years she has been an active part of the Kodiak art community teaching classes on acrylic, watercolor, scientific illustration and fiber arts. Erica was the spring 2019 artist in residence at North Star Elementary where she collaborated with their amazing staff to design and lead the students in the construction of their own animal costume for the musical production of The Lion King. She was also the artist in residence at Kodiak Middle School in the spring of 2019 where she taught the students about recycling and upcyling through scientific illustration. 


As the new Arts Education Coordinator for the Kodiak Arts Council, Erica looks forward to integrating Art into the core subjects across the curriculum thereby reaching all of the children on Kodiak Island.

Contact Erica by emailing education@kodiakarts.org

Nia Pristas

2019 Summer Intern

Nia Pristas is an Alaskan grown, recent Kodiak High School graduate who is joining the Arts Council this summer as an Arts Education Intern. This subject is near and dear to her heart, as she spent most of her middle school and high school career participating in Arts Council theatre productions (The Music Man, 2016; Mary Poppins, 2018; Newsies, 2019). Nia can most often be found singing or listening to loud classical music, and was most recently awarded first place at a state music competition. She will be pursuing a degree in music education from Western Washington University and is excited to be spending her summer with the lovely people at the Arts Council.

Anthony Aragon

2019 Summer Intern

Kodiak raised, Anthony is a Senior attending Kodiak High School. With a passion for all forms of art, Anthony joined the KAC team as an Arts Education Intern to expand his understanding of all aspects of working for a local arts agency. Anthony has pursued visual arts classes at KMS and KHS every year since 7th grade. After high school, he wants to attend art school for design, or the University of Alaska to begin his studies in hopes of becoming a Special Education Teacher. 

Kodiak Arts Council 
PO Box 1792, Kodiak AK 99615

Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium
722 Mill Bay Road Kodiak Alaska 99615


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