Athenauem School of Art faculty CurryAngel Adame has Native Californian Chumash and Mexican heritage. He has an MFA from UCSD and has been an art instructor for 18 years in San Diego, teaching figure sculpture and sculpture at USD, SDSU, and Mesa College.


Athenauem School of Art faculty ButikoferGregory Bada has always felt like an artist born a couple centuries too late. Long an admirer of printmaking and the print masters of the 15th thru 19th centuries, an art instructor recognized his style as one that would translate well to the medium—and he found an artistic home. Discovering a meditative comfort in the process of the medium, he began studying under the instruction of well-known printmaker and mixed-media artist Jim Machacek. His work can been seen at San Diego ArtWalks and the Beverly Hills artShow and at the Sparks and Ashton galleries here in San Diego.;


Athenauem School of Art faculty ButikoferRy Beloin has a BFA in Drawing & Painting from Laguna College of Art & Design, a dually accredited college also endorsed by the Art Renewal Center. Ry’s art career includes writing about art, curating, and a studio practice with emphasis on invented and observed imagery and sculptural forms. Ry has a passion for enabling others to engage personally and meaningfully with visual art, and has written a number of accessible, plain-language explanations about the workings of the art world and the complex cultural value of art.


Athenauem School of Art faculty ButikoferLara Bullock is a writer, contemporary art historian, and curator. She earned her Ph.D. in Contemporary Art History at the University of California, San Diego in 2015. She received her B.A. in Art History with Honours from the University of British Columbia, with an English Minor (2005) and her M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism with scholarships from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). As a critic, she has published for a variety of print and online media. She has composed various catalogue essays for both galleries and museums. As both a curator and scholar, Lara is interested in cultural criticism, DIY aesthetics, and "art" as a malleable and ever-changing term, especially as it is accepted in the world of galleries, museums, and the academy.


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 instructor 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 CurryAnne Covell received her MFA in book arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book, where she studied letterpress printing, bookbinding, and hand papermaking on an Iowa Arts Fellowship. She has taught courses for the University of Georgia Study Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy, and the University of Iowa Center for the Book and has taught workshops throughout the country, including most recently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her artist’s books are housed in over 40 museum and library collections worldwide including the Yale University Arts Library, the National Library of Chile, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She currently resides in San Diego. 


Athenauem School of Art faculty CurryStephen Curry's work has always revolved around nature-nature devoid of the human figure. Early in his career nature took the form of still life. A resident of San Diego since he completed his art education at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1990, Curry has shown his still-life paintings at Quint Gallery, MCASD, and the California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido. In his latest one-man show at the Athenaeum, Next to Nothing, he showed more interest in the negative space surrounding nature than in the natural objects themselves.


Athenauem School of Art faculty Curits

Carol Curtis, originally from the South, studied architecture at Auburn University. She traveled with Hyatt Hotel Corporation, using her experience in management, hospitality, and visual arts to open new Hyatt locations around the country. Carol launched a successful catering company and for the past ten years has built a textile design business. Having studied drawing, pastel, oil, and watercolor, Carol always returns to watercolor! Some of her instructors include Burton Silverman, Charles Reid, Daniel Greene, Robert Johnson, Nelson DeMille, Joshua Fallik, David Leffel, and Donna Howell-Sickles. 


Athenauem School of Art faculty DemerySharon Carol Demery moved to Los Angeles from the San Francisco Bay area where she attended UCLA and Otis Parson's School of Art and Design. Here she developed her modern art with an 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 Carol taught painting at Arizona Western College in Yuma 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 SnellCornelia Feye received her MA in art history and anthropology from the University of Tübingen, Germany. For five years she lived in New York, where she was a museum educator at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art in Staten Island. In 1990 she moved to San Diego, where she taught Eastern and Western art history at colleges and worked as an arts educator at the Mingei, San Diego Museum of Arts, Museum of Man, and the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. From 2007 to 2017 she was the School of the Arts and Arts Education Director at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla. Her novel, Spring of Tears, an art mystery set in France, was published in 2011 and won the San Diego Book Award for the mystery category. Her publications include art historical essays and reviews in English and German. Her second mystery, House of the Fox, is set in the Anza Borrego desert and San Diego. Her third novel, Private Universe, was released in 2017. She is the founder of the independent publishing company Konstellation Press.; Facebook: Konstellationpress


Athenauem School of Art faculty FraleyKim Fraley, a past president of the Society of Illustrators San Diego and Instructor at Palomar College with 30 years of experience, is still excited about drawing. Having taught Rendering, Perspective, Graphic Design, Introduction to Illustration and the Society of Illustrators San Diego Life Drawing classes she brings humor and a keen eye for detail to teaching. She makes drawing strategies understandable by breaking them into small steps that lead to desired results. A medal winner with the Society of Illustrators and clients that have included, NBC, Harcort, Field and Stream and Southern Living magazines, Kim enjoys teaching, learning and the process of creating.



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