Faculty Bios

Athenauem School of Art faculty JillJill Badonsky is an internationally recognized creativity mentor and creator of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification. She is a multimedia artist, playwright, and author-illustrator of three inspirational books about creativity—The Muse Is In: An Owner’s Manual to Your Creativity, The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard): 10 Guides to Creative Inspiration, and The Awe-manac: A Daily Dose of Wonder—that have freed the creativity of thousands of individuals. She teaches workshops throughout the country and in France, runs biannual creativity retreats in New Mexico, and teaches creativity classes in San Diego. www.kaizenmuse.com  


Athenauem School of Art faculty PierrePierre Bounaud is a San Diego–based ceramic artist, working from his home studio overlooking the scenic Talmadge neighborhood canyons. Born and raised in France, in the Provence region, Pierre studied chemistry before clay took over his life and became his muse. Combining his love of experimentation and architecture, Pierre creates original, colorful, and textural functional wares, as well as sculptural vessels and geometric abstract structures. Pierre is a member of the San Diego Potters’ Guild, exhibiting in the guild’s gallery and during the guild’s semiannual shows. He is also a member of the Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, where he shares gallery space in Studio #40. During the first weekend in December, Pierre participates in the citywide annual San Diego Pottery Tour, when local potters open their private studios to the public. Pierre’s unique artwork has been featured in multiple galleries, both locally and nationwide. To see some of his current work online, go to www.pierrebounaud.com or follow him on Facebook (Pierre Bounaud Ceramics) or Instagram (@pbounaud).


Athenauem School of Art faculty FrolFrol Boundin was born in 1974, Leningrad (St. Petersburg, Russia), where he received his initial artistic training in the traditions of social realism from his grandfather, the painter Victor Boundin, and at the Leningrad School of General Arts. After moving to the United States, he received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. Boundin lived and worked in Chicago for 10 years, focusing on large-scale abstract paintings and prints, collaborative installations, and graphic design projects. In 2013, he earned an MFA from the University of New Mexico. After teaching printmaking for four years at the University of South Carolina, Boundin relocated to southern California, where he opened a private studio, Rosewood Press, specializing in intaglio and monotype printmaking, digital photography, and book arts. Recent exhibitions include Atlanta Print Biennale, Beyond Printmaking, the Boston Printmakers Biennale, and two critically acclaimed solo shows, Last Monuments, at Albuquerque’s Society for Contemporary Art, and Etchings, Monoprints, Series, at Sea Islands Art Center, Beaufort, South Carolina. Most recently his work was featured in the Artists on Art program at the El Paso Museum of Art, the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2018, and Art Fields 2018, and others.


Athenauem School of Art faculty ButikoferRivian Bütikofer earned a BA in painting and printmaking from San Diego State University (SDSU) and an MA in Education from Point Loma Nazarene College. As an artist and longtime educator, Rivian combines her educational experience and extensive background in art, drama, and art therapy with an enthusiastic and encouraging teaching style. She has been an artist-in-residence and a visual arts resource administrator K–12 for the San Diego Unified School District and has taught at the secondary level in several area schools. Rivian taught at her own art school, The Magic of Art, UCSD, MCASD, SDMA, and was a consultant to the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Her work is in collections in Germany, France, Israel, and Canada, and the United States. 



Athenauem School of Art faculty DonnaDonna Cosentino has been passionately engaged in photography since she experienced that first moment of darkroom magic in 1971. The street-shooting genre she practiced in the 1970s led to a job as a photojournalist at a daily newspaper, where she worked for eight years. Following that she taught photography at Palomar College and Grossmont College. Her teaching credits include creative processes, landscape, photojournalism, darkroom, and photographic portfolio. Donna has juried and curated multiple exhibitions and has lectured at the Museum of Photographic Arts, the California Center for the Arts, and camera clubs throughout southern California. She retired as a full-time professor from Palomar in 2018 and began The Photographer’s Eye Collective, a photography gallery, darkroom, and workshop space in Escondido, California. A practicing fine art photographer who has shown her work in the Hyde Gallery, the Boehm Gallery, the San Diego Natural History Museum, Distinctions, and Size Matters, she works primarily in black and white. Examples of her work can be seen at the Photographer’s Eye Collective and at www.thephotographerseyecollective.com/meet-donna; www.thephotographerseyecollective.com/p223940423.


Athenauem School of Art faculty DemerySharon Carol Demery moved from the San Francisco Bay area to Los Angeles, where she attended UCLA and Otis Parson’s School of Art and Design. Here she developed her modern art with and affinity for vibrant color, purity and simplicity, depicting images of abstraction that retain their cohesiveness. She started showing in galleries and museums around the country, and her work is in many private and public collections. An award-winning artist, her work has been reviewed and written about in numerous publications. Sharon taught painting at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona, from 1979 to 1981, after which she moved to San Diego, where she continued her studies at UCSD, San Diego City College, and Platt College. Sharon has studied and developed her art throughout her entire life. Her journey continues.


Athenauem School of Art faculty DemeryKirsten Francis is a mixed media artist living in Encinitas, CA. She received a BFA in Printmaking from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland OR and was a printmaker for many years. Francis creates colorful and intricate collages using a combination of found images and her own drawings. Working with images cut from magazines and books, Francis explores her experience of today’s suburban American culture. Her collage and mixed media art have been exhibited at the Oceanside Museum of Art, Cannon Art Gallery, Mesa College Art Gallery and Bay Park Press. Website: www.kirstenfrancis.com Instagram: @kirstenfrancis_art


Athenauem School of Art faculty Ken Goldman

Christian Garcia-Olivo received his BA in studio arts from San Diego State University (SDSU) in 2015. His work explores acrylic paint as a sculptural medium. He uses craft techniques, such as weaving and collage, as a way to examine and challenge contemporary issues, bringing attention to the hierarchy of art media and the ongoing subordination of craft.


His passion for art has led him to teach a wide variety of ages from 5 to 45 in Santa Barbara and San Diego. chrisg-o.weebly.com; Instagram: @christian.garcia_olivo



Athenauem School of Art faculty Ken Goldman

Ken Goldman studied at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students’ League, and New York Studio School. A recipient of numerous awards, Ken has exhibited widely in various group shows and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums in Holland, Paris, Mexico, China, Italy, Greece, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., and San Diego. Ken’s work is included in the permanent collections of the San Diego Museum of Fine Art, North Carolina's Hickory Museum of Fine Art, the San Diego Museum of Natural History, the San Diego Watercolor Society and the Zuo Wen Museum in Qindao China. Ken is the author of nine Walter Foster books on Pastels, Acrylics, Charcoal, and Artistic Anatomy and has been featured in many magazines, including The Art of Watercolour, Southwest Art, International Artist, Watercolor Magic, Splash 12, 13 & 19, and The Artist’s Magazine. Ken is President of the National Watercolor Society. www.goldmanfineart.com


Athenauem School of Art faculty Grawin

Stephanie Goldman is a contemporary fine artist and portrait painter, exhibiting nationally and internationally. Stephanie has been collaborating with artist Ken Goldman for over two decades on public and private art projects for institutions, corporations and residences. Stephanie is a past president of the San Diego Museum of Art’s Artists Guild and has served as a trustee of the San Diego Museum of Art. The Riverside Art Museum exhibited her portrait series of children entitled I Am a Child, which is now in the permanent collection of the Osteopathic Center for Children and Families in San Diego. Stephanie co-authored a reference book for artists wanting to learn how to draw the figure titled The Complete Book of Poses, published by Walter Foster and available through Amazon. Her work has been reproduced by Frontline Publishing Co, Ramprod.com, Eastmeetswestco.com and goldmanfineart.com. Currently, Stephanie is serving on the Board of Directors of the National Watercolor Society.


Athenauem School of Art faculty StanStan Goudey, AWS, SDWS, WFWS, started painting in grade school. He received formal training at Grossmont College and studied figure drawing and illustration at the Art Center of Design, Los Angeles. He was commissioned for illustrations for books and magazines, including Psychology Today and Oceans. His constant goal is to try to paint to the standards of the masters—the old ones as well as the new. Personal favorites include Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn, Arnie Westerman, John Salminen, and Ted Rose. Among his favorable critiques are those in the San Diego Union, Julian News, North County Times, and Daily Californian. His art is in collections—and has exhibited in—Italy, England, Mexico, the United States, and Canada.


Athenauem School of Art faculty DemeryFrance-Marie Haeger has an extensive and successful career teaching art and art appreciation in undergraduate and graduate programs in the Switzerland and the United States, including Palomar College, MiraCosta College, the Osher program at Cal State San Marcos. She helped design the Art and the Creative Process Certificate Program at UCSD Extension, where she acts as an advisor and faculty member. She has taught at the Athenaeum School of the Arts for more than 20 years.


A registered art therapist (ATR), Haeger helped create two Expressive Arts Therapy programs in San Diego and designed and launched an art therapy program in Lausanne, her native city, where she acted as director, coordinator, supervisor, and core faculty over a period of 28 years. This full-fledged program established a new profession in French-speaking Switzerland.


An exhibiting artist, she loves portraiture especially, because it gives her the chance to offer to her subject the rare experience to be truly seen as she seeks to capture their essential nature. Her portraits have touched many people.


Athenauem School of Art faculty DemerySuda House is a photographer of national and international reputation living and working in San Diego. She has taught photographic processes since 1977, first in the Los Angeles area. Since 1980 she has been a professor of art and photography at Grossmont College, where she has also served as Art Department chair and coordinated the Digital Media Arts Lab. Presently she is a trustee with the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), where she chairs the Visual Learning–Education Committee.


House received her BFA from USC in 1973 and MA from Cal State Fullerton in 1976. She was a recipient of an NEA Emerging Photographer’s Fellowship and has written extensively about photography, including her book Artistic Photographic Processes (Amphoto, 1981). Her work is represented in collections at institutions including the MCASD, LACMA, Creative Center of Photography, Tucson, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. In addition to her academic background, early on House worked in the photographic industry.


During the past 45 years of image making, House’s interest has been in portraying the plight and strength of women.

Athenauem School of Art faculty Kelly

Pat Kelly is an accomplished and versatile artist known for her large-scale floral paintings in oils. Proficient in plein air, landscape and still life, she is especially admired as a colorist and for her color theory workshops. A dedicated and experienced painting instructor, her teaching method includes elements of art history, classical painting technique, and color theory. Pat received a BA in visual art from UCSD and currently maintains a studio in Ramona. She teaches painting classes and workshops at the Athenaeum and The Art Center in Ramona and is represented by Santa Ysabel Art Gallery. More information is available at her website: www.patkellystudio.com


Athenauem School of Art faculty JeanJean Krumbein embraces all aspects of drawing. An artist, teacher and model; she is a Guest Artist/Figure drawing instructor for the Canyon Crest Academy EVA Conservatory program and Founder of the Encinitas Library Figure Drawing Group. A New York transplant, Jean studied at the Huntington Fine Art League, Friends World College, and The Art Students League. She teaches for art retreats and workshops in Southern California, specializing in life drawing, portrait, and still life drawing classes for adults and teens. Her work has been shown in many group and solo shows in San Diego and New York. She has a knowledge and enthusiasm for drawing that she brings to her classes, with expertise in a variety of mediums.


Athenauem School of Art faculty SchumacherSuzanne LaFrance is a San Diego–based artist working in ceramics for over 40 years, specializing in nonfunctional, sculptural ceramics with an emphasis on hand-building and slab construction. Her extensive ceramic studies include advanced techniques in glazing, glaze formulation, and kiln firing. She is currently studying porcelain and china painting with internationally recognized artist Nancy Benedetti. Having studied figurative sculpture for many years with SDSU professor Jess Dominguez, she has extensive experience in foundry work, casting and pouring bronze and aluminum. And, following in the footsteps of her aircraft-building father, she is an accomplished welder. Her works reflect her love of using method and material to create meaningful art.


Athenauem School of Art faculty MorganMorgan Miller III is a fifth-generation San Diegan from Point Loma. He is a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, with a BFA in illustration. Along with Sibyl Rubottom, he organizes, sets up, and runs the Athenaeum’s Print Studio in Logan Heights. His work there includes teaching printmaking, typesetting for letterpress, linoleum block prints, and other forms of printmaking. He maintains the presses and prints various projects for the Athenaeum, as well as continuing his own art practice. Morgan appreciates the process of printmaking because of his background in illustration. With the letterpress you can connect words with pictures and print multiple copies. This makes printmaking the perfect choice for someone with a background in drawing, painting, and graphic design. It is a great way to create a handmade image with type. Creating with letterpress invokes the feeling that each print is a work of art in itself.


Athenauem School of Art faculty Mitchell

April Mitchell has been drawing and painting since she was able to hold a crayon. She went to Canyon Crest Academy, an art-focused high school where she was accepted into the exclusive Conservatory art program. April then went on to graduate with her associates degree in graphic design from San Diego City College, where she was selected best artist in the Illustration category of the 2013 AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Student Portfolio Review. April is currently getting her bachelor's degree in illustration at Cal State University, Long Beach. She has been doing freelance graphic design and illustration work since 2013. April is a third generation art teacher, and she has been doing private art tutoring since 2010. She currently teaches at the Athenaeum in La Jolla, and has also taught at Pachis Art Studio in Liberty Station, and Bravo School of Art. www.behance.net/AprilCMitchell


Athenauem School of Art faculty Mitchell

Lori Mitchell graduated with honors and a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She wrote and illustrated the award-winning children’s book Different Just Like Me, for which she appeared on Oprah. She has illustrated numerous other books, including Bal Yoga for Kids, which won the San Diego Book Award. Lori’s work has been exhibited at the Cannon Art Gallery in Carlsbad, the California Center for the Arts Museum in Escondido, Art Walk San Diego, The Boehm Gallery in San Marcos, and at the Athenaeum. She is known for her creative, ever-changing lessons and positive, engaging approach. She has taken students on sketching tours in France and the Netherlands and she also teaches at UCSD Extension. 

www.behance.net/LoriMitchell; www.differentjustlikeme.com


Athenauem School of Art faculty MontjoyMichelle Montjoy is an Oceanside-based visual artist. She is one of the founders of To Do: A Mending Project, which travels to various locations to mend clothes and offer guidance in many forms of repair. Her knitted installation work has been shown locally at MCASD, the San Diego Airport, OMA, Art Produce Gallery, the Athenaeum, and more. She is the recipient of a Creative Catalyst award and a California Arts Council grant. http://www.michellemontjoy.com and http://www.todomendingproject.org. Instagram: @michellemontjoyart and @todomendingproject.


Athenauem School of Art faculty NeviusThia Nevius grew up in Studio City, California. She received a BA from California State University, San Jose and an MFA from Colorado State University. She then went on to paint sets for the Santa Fe Opera and teach studio art at Santa Fe Community College, New Mexico. Since moving to San Diego she has taught art for many years including at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, UCSD Extension, The Art Department, ARTS-A Reason to Survive and the Athenaeum. Thia has traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, and South America. Her work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions where she has won Awards of Excellence and Best of Show. Among the publications that have featured her work are: Art and the Creative Process, UCSD press, and Davis Publications, books for art education in The Davis Visuals, volume on Light, Worcester, Massachusetts. She is an active member of the San Diego art community and her work can been seen regularly at Art on 30th and on her website: www.thiaartist.com


Athenauem School of Art faculty Cliff

Dr. Cliff Oliver is an award-winning photographer, past photography instructor for the San Diego Natural History Museum, cutting-edge integrative health care professional and international workshop leader. He created and taught the first 5-day immersion iPhone photography workshop at Hollyhock, Canada’s premier Leadership Learning Center. His images have been on the cover of Wild Bird magazine, on display at Scripps Oceanography Institute, and in multiple first-place finishes in the International Exhibition of Photography Del Mar. The San Diego Natural History Museum’s, Birds of the World centennial exhibition featured several of his images. One of his iPhone images received an honorable mention in the Athenaeum 23rd Annual Juried Exhibition. He has displayed images at Art Speaks: Expressions of Hope and Healing and has produced a series of books, called Zen I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII and VIII that are original images that promote inner peace. In the last five books all of the images were taken on the iPhone. This past summer he created a 100-page e-book, iPhone Photography—Getting Started: Discover How to Setup Your iPhone Quickly and Efficiently, Plus Tips on Apps and Gear.   He teaches individuals and groups the skills of capturing iPhone/mobile photographs and then how to create personalized works of art. www.DrCliffOliver.comwww.instagram.com/centerforbalancecliff


Athenauem School of Art faculty Ernesto

Ernesto Rivera is a San Diego–based landscape photographer whose work has been featured in local galleries and exhibitions and has had his photographs published in many publications, including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Ernesto graduated from California State University, Chico, where he majored in journalism and minored in photography. Ernesto’s first photography job was as the editor of his junior high school yearbook. His current day job is at Southwestern College, where he focuses on digital communications, including photography and social media. www.instagram.com/ernestorivera


Athenauem School of Art faculty Rubottom

Sibyl Rubottom holds an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she was awarded European Honors and studied in Rome for a year. For over 25 years Sibyl made fabric art for the interior design trade. She is former proprietor of Bay Park Press, which was a small fine arts press specializing in limited edition artists’ books and fine intaglio prints. Sibyl is currently manager of the Print Studio at the Athenaeum Art Center. Sibyl’s books are held in numerous collections, including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, John Hay Library at Brown University, Sterling Library at Yale University, Geisel Library (Mandeville Special Collections) at UCSD, the Malcolm A. Love Library at SDSU, and various public and private collections.


Athenauem School of Art faculty KatieKatie Ruiz is a Chicana artist who resides in San Diego. She was raised in Los Angeles and Northern Arizona. Ruiz has a strong connection with nature and often uses natural objects like rocks, shells, leaves, and sticks in her weavings and sculptures. Ruiz is figure painter, sculptor, and weaver. Best known for her blanket series, Ruiz portrays couples standing or lying under colorful Mexican blankets. Geometric patterns and bright colors are reiterated throughout her work. Her travels to over 22 countries have influenced her work, especially the patterns that are primarily derived from Latin American textiles. Ruiz has a BFA from Northern Arizona University and an MFA from the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture in NYC. Ruiz is adjunct faculty for the San Diego Community College District and is a reoccurring, visiting teacher for the New York Studio School. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Mac Conner Scholarship and the Hohenberg Travel Scholarship. www.KatieRuizArt.com​


Athenauem School of Art faculty TophamLauren Siry is an artist, curator, and director of 1805 Gallery in San Diego. Siry received a BFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She holds a master’s degree in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. As a practicing studio artist, Siry has completed studio fine art programs at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Studio Arts College International in Florence, with a strong focus on drawing and painting the figure.


Siry draws inspiration from sociological, philosophical, and scientific concepts that examine self-reflection and communication. 1805gallery.com/artists#/laurensiryart


Athenauem School of Art faculty TophamSteven Topham fell in love with stop-motion animation while making a short film with some fantastic components that couldn’t easily be made with live action. Immediately realizing the unlimited potential available within animation and the additional tricks that stop-motion affords the medium, he set about creating animation and didn’t look back. Steven works as a freelance artist in San Diego and runs the after school, nonprofit program Animate A Way, which teaches social awareness issues and how to convey them to others through animation and storytelling. He also leads animation camps all over San Diego County. Steven studied film at UCSB.​


Athenauem School of Art faculty Walsh

Vicki Walsh has been a professional artist for over thirty years, working both as a medical illustrator and fine artist. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout San Diego County and the entire state. Several critical essays have been written about her work in a wide variety of local and regional publications. She earned an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and has taught a number of painting and illustration classes in local colleges since that time. She is often invited to lecture at local museum and art group functions, conducts master classes, and gives private painting lessons, while continuing with her prolific and successful studio practice. Website: www.vickiwalsh.com


Athenauem School of Art faculty Yeoman

Jeff Yeomans’ experience as an illustrator and graphic designer for the Reader in the 1970s eventually led to a career working in television as an award-winning San Diego broadcast designer and art director. In 2003, his wife encouraged him to consider painting full-time, and in 2014 he also began to teach. He enjoys painting many different subjects, and much of his work has explored the fragile beauty of California and the connected urban landscape, that ultimately impacts it. “As a regional painter, I feel a responsibility to document California as it is today. Someone told me, ‘paint what you know,’ so having grown up in Southern California, I paint to document where and how we live.” Yeomans has received numerous awards including Best Urban Landscape at the California Art Club’s 97th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition. His study of the interior of an In & Out Burger restaurant was singled out as an example of fine art reflecting contemporary culture. He has had exhibitions at the San Diego Art Institute and the Oceanside Museum of Art, and been included in numerous exhibitions at the Autry Museum, Irvine Museum, Weisman Museum/Pepperdine, and Fisher Museum/USC. His paintings are included in several books including California Light: A Century of Landscapes, Painting California: Seascapes and Beach Towns, and Land of Sunlight, landscape paintings of the San Diego region. An Artist Member of the California Art Club and a Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Jeff lives in Ocean Beach, San Diego. Website: JeffYeomans.com


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