Art Center East is managed by a diverse and committed Board of Directors, including artists, small business owners, and educators. Board members are actively involved in all aspects of the organization, including long-term strategic and fiscal planning.

Carrie Caselton Lowe

Board member since 2021


Carrie is a science educator and owner of RedTwig Education, an environmental education contracting business in La Grande. Her primary contract is developing a community science project that engages youth in watershed monitoring with the Grande Ronde Model Watershed and in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Enjoying art in a variety of mediums, Carrie’s passion for ACE is focused on youth STEAM opportunities that weave nature, science, and art. Carrie, with a team of youth educators, began Discover After School, an Arts Center East nature and art after-school program in 2021. 

Nathan "Nate"  Prouty

Board Member since 2018


Nathan Prouty received a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and an MFA from Ohio University. Widely exhibited nationally and abroad, Prouty works in ceramics and mixed media, using glitter, glaze, resin, and anything else that fits the bill. Prouty is represented by The Lucy Lacoste Gallery in Concord, Massachusetts. He lives in Union, Oregon with two overweight cats and a scruffy dog, and currently runs EOU'S 3D and ceramics areas as Associate Professor of Art.

Berenice Chavez

Board member since 2021


Berenice is an Admissions Counselor and Social Media Coordinator at Eastern Oregon University. She graduated from Eastern Oregon University in 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Art and Anthropology. During her time at EOU, Berenice gravitated towards photography and worked for the university as an event photographer. Over the years her work has been featured at Art Center East in a group and solo exhibition. Berenice joined the ACE Board of Directors to support the arts and her community.