Art Access Staff & Contractors

Shandra Benito, Executive Director



Office Phone: 801-328-0703, option 3

Cell Phone: 206-412-2973

Shandra is a social worker, disability rights advocate, trumpet player, and art enthusiast from Seattle, WA. She is a graduate of the University of Washington Masters of Social Work Program and has worked alongside and served many different communities including individuals with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, immigrants, refugees, and native and indigenous people.

Most recently, Shandra worked as the head of fundraising at the Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services, while also serving on the City of Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities, and the Legal Voice Violence Against Women Task Force. She is proud to identify as a person with a disability, as a member of the Deaf community, and is thrilled to be able to bring her experiences working toward equality and equal access, non-profit development and fundraising to Art Access and Salt Lake City. Shandra joined Art Access as executive director in January of 2017.

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Erin Call, Finance Director


Phone: 801-328-0703, option 8

Erin previously worked as the controller at the Salt Lake Art Center and is amply qualified to manage the fiscal aspects of our organization. Erin attended both Brigham Young University and the University of Utah and majored in fine arts with an emphasis in painting.

In addition, she has over 20 years of accounting experience in a variety of industries.

Erin has lived along the Wasatch Front her entire life, currently residing in downtown Salt Lake City with her husband and young daughter. She loves the arts in general and has a particular fondness for the visual arts.

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Elise Butterfield, Programs Director


Phone: 801-328-0703, option 4

A Seattle transplant, Elise majored in International Studies and Dance at the University of Washington, graduating magna cum laude in 2014. She has worked with arts and development organizations across the Americas, with a particular focus on youth with special needs. Elise worked with Amigos de las Américas in various capacities, most recently in Nicaragua as the Associate Project Director of a first-year program on Arts and Youth Leadership for high school volunteers. She also worked as CFO and Program Director for a budding Seattle non-profit, Reach Out, where she supervised the development of arts and science summer programming for in-crisis youth.

Elise herself is a dancer and a yogi and is passionate and curious about the power of physical movement as art and therapy. She investigated embodied and transgenerational knowledge in her undergraduate Honors Thesis at the UW. Elise also collaborated and performed in various concerts and projects in Seattle, including From Here, which explored accessibility as an aesthetic in dance. In her spare time she enjoys photography, gardening, and exploring the Wasatch Front.

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Joy Davidson, Gallery Coordinator

Phone: 801-328-0703, option 5

Joy is joining Art Access as the Gallery Coordinator, making good use of her administrative support skills, insight as a practicing artist and arts educator, and decade- plus experience in the nonprofit sector and human services fields. Joy is thrilled to be beginning a new chapter that also feels like a homecoming--having had experience as a teacher and gallery assistant with VSA New Mexico, and also as a exhibiting artist at the Art Access gallery in Salt Lake City. Joy is excited to support and connect local artists and to discover and share innovative ways art to enrich our diverse community.  Joy earned her BFA from the University of Utah, and her MFA from the University of New Mexico.

Misty Penman, Office and Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 801-328-0703, option 7


Misty is currently studying to become an ASL/English Interpreter, has volunteered with Girl Scouts of Utah as a troop leader, and is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient.

She was born and raised in Northern Utah and can often be found drinking tea while working on a cross stitch or embroidery project, gardening, or gathering her friends around social justice activism or board games. She would eventually like to travel and live in a variety of places in the United States, influencing positive change wherever she lands. She is excited to join the Art Access team as the Office and Volunteer Coordinator and is looking forward to working toward comprehensive accessibility in the arts.

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