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Chuck Pyle

Director, School of Illustration

Mr. Pyle was trained as an illustrator at the Academy, and comes from an impressive freelance career. He is an internationally sought-after artist, working with clients from New York to Tokyo. His past clients have included Microsoft, Pacific Bell, Safeway, Avis, Ask Jeeves, Sun Microsystems, Reader’s Digest, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Atlantic Monthly, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, Penguin, Bantam, Book of the Month Club, Houghton Mifflin, Seattle Opera, Nisshin Foods, and the Chicago Museum of Science and Technology.

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Lourdes Livingston

Undergraduate Online Director, School of Illustration

From 1977 until 1993, Ms. Livingston worked as an Editorial Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her assignments at the Chronicle included all aspects of visual newspaper reporting, from developing daily political commentaries to backroom action at the Cannes Film Festival and street fashions in Milan. As Creative Director at Women.com, she defined the look and feel of the entire network, working with art staffs in New York and San Francisco.

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Lisa Berrett

Assistant Director, School of Illustration

Lisa earned her BFA in Illustration at Academy of Art University in 1986 and has worked in the field of freelance illustration for the past 19 years. She has illustrated for products ranging from children's books and magazines, games, CD-ROM packaging, advertising, food label art, product design, and educational material for kids. Lisa returned to the Academy in 2001 to instruct future illustrators on the principles of clothed figure drawing.

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William Maughan

Graduate Director, School of Illustration

A professional illustrator and fine artist, Mr. Maughan has provided numerous illustrations for such companies as DreamWorks, CBS, Universal Studios, Chevrolet, Doubleday, Oxford University Press, to name but a few. His work has been represented by major galleries and publishers, domestically and internationally. Mr. Maughan’s book, The Artist’s Complete Guide to Drawing the Head, was published in 2004.

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Jeannie Brunnick

Graduate Online Director, School of Illustration

Jeannie is an adept illustrator who has gained national recognition for her work with clients such as: Universal/MCA, MGM Studios, 20th Century Fox Studios, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. Studios, Disney Imagineering, and Mattel Toys.  Jeannie was a featured illustrator in Outstanding American Illustrators and has been awarded by the Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles.

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Gordon Silveria

Director of Arts Technology

Gordon Silveria is a San Francisco native. He earned his BFA in Illustration from Academy of Art University in 1991. He began teaching for the Academy 12 years ago, and created the Academy's first digital art classes for illustrators. He went on to become the Illustration Department Director, a position he held for 7 years. During his tenure, the Illustration department became "The number two illustration department in the United States," according to the New York Society of Illustrators' top ten list.

He currently is on the faculty of the Academy's Illustration department and is the Director of Alumni and Industry Outreach. He illustrated the bestselling children's book The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns, and has just finished his own book, The Upside Down Book, which should be out soon. He has two dogs, Digby and Rooney.

Thomas Ellsworth

Full-Time Faculty, Illustration

Tom Ellsworth received his BFA in Illustration from Academy of Art University. He is an experienced illustrator with numerous years of experience specializing in digital illustration and more specifically, vector art. Current and previous clients have included Biocodex Inc., Hewlett-Packard, Safeway, Performance Computing Magazine, Commish Kit, Space Dog Books, Rebel Bar, Blue Restaurant, Velvet Cantina Restaurant, Tessitura Network, and Truck Bar. Published books include Snark, Inc. and The Amazing Snox Box.

Dr. Barbara Bradley

In Memorium 1927-2008

Following her education at the University of California at Berkeley and at Art Center College of Design, DR. Barbara Bradley (then known as Barbara Briggs) spent the first years of her professional life in illustration at Charles E. Cooper Studios in New York. After returning to the San Francisco Bay Area, she freelanced, winning many national awards in illustration. She began teaching at Academy of Art University, in 1958, becoming Director of Illustration, a position she held for 25 years until her semi-retirement. For her work at the Academy, the College Career Association named her Outstanding Vocational Educator in 1992. She taught drawing workshops in London, at Pixar, and at Disney Animation Studios in Burbank and Orlando. Mrs. Bradley continued, post retirement, as a consultant at Academy of Art University, where she also taught her favorite subjects – drawing expressive people, characters, and children. Her work is in several private collections, corporate offices, the Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration, and the Permanent Collection of the US Air Force. She is deeply missed, but her spirit lives on through the many faculty she trained and the alums she inspired.