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School of Art History Faculty

Gabriela Sotomayor

Director, School of Art History

Gabriela is completing her PhD at the University of Oxford, UK, with a dissertation on the materials and techniques of Ptolemaic jewelry and engraved gems. While attaining her BA in Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St Louis as a Gates Millennium Scholar, she studied in Florence, Italy, and Athens, Greece for a year. Subsequently, she earned her MA in Greek and Roman Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Gabriela has worked in art museums and galleries in the US, UK and Chile, in addition publishing on Greek and Roman art. Gabriela continues to conduct research and publish on the subjects of ancient jewelry, luxuries and trade in the ancient world, engraved gems and the technical side of jewelry and gem production. In addition to her duties as the Director of the School of Art History, Gabriela teaches art history courses and designs jewelry.

Eileen Everett

Academic Vice President, Liberal Arts

Eileen M. Everett has been with Academy of Art University since 1999 and has directed the Liberal Arts Department since 2003. Eileen earned her BA in Art History at Indiana University’s Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts and her MA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in the History of Art and Architecture where her Master’s Thesis on 18th Century French Painting was received with Honors. In addition to her duties as Academic Vice President, Eileen teaches Art History courses online and onsite and travels with the Academy's Art History Study Abroad program when her schedule permits.

Kevin Forman

Study Abroad Coordinator, Liberal Arts

Kevin Brent Forman began teaching at Academy of Art University in 2000. Since coming to the Academy, Kevin has been a Support Instructor in a variety of graduate & undergraduate Art History classes, and in 2006, became a lead instructor in the undergraduate Art History classroom. He has team-taught Study Abroad seminars throughout Europe, and loves traveling to experience Art History firsthand. In addition to teaching Art History, Kevin has also taught English for Art & Design purposes for non-native speakers of English. With a strong background in pedagogy, Kevin regularly presents his best-practices to audiences within the University and external at academic conferences.

Craig Griffeath

Full-Time Faculty, Liberal Arts

Craig Griffeath holds a Bachelor's degree in Physics with a minor in Music Composition and Theory from Haverford College and a Master's in Humanities/Art History from Dominican University of California. He also has a certificate in Western Art Education from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, where he has been a member of the Docent Council since 1992. Craig has been performing and teaching music professionally for more than twenty-five years, and has over seventy-five album credits as a player, engineer, and producer. Craig has been an instructor at Academy of Art University since 1995, and to date has taught thirteen different subjects in the Academy's Liberal Arts Department.

Candace Huey

Full-Time Faculty, Liberal Arts

Candace earned her MA in Art History at Courtauld Institute of Art (London, UK), graduating with Honors. Her thesis explores the issues surrounding the visual and material culture of 17th century Netherlandish Art. She earned her BA from UC Berkeley in the History of Art with a minor in Anthropology. Candace has worked for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco as well as a major Bay Area art gallery and has interned at Courtauld Institute Gallery and Butterfields Auction House. Candace is a member of the Historians of Netherlandish Art and has presented her research at their conference in Amsterdam.

Kimberly Reid-Schafer

Full-Time Faculty, Liberal Arts

Kimberly Reid-Schafer has been with Academy of Art University since 1996 teaching a wide range of art history courses. Ms. Schafer holds two graduate degrees from Oxford Brookes University (formerly Oxford Polytechnic), and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in art history (fine art, painting) and a minor in anthropology. Her graduate thesis focused on the twentieth century British artist Stanley Spencer and was concerned with the subject of primitivism.

Professionally Ms. Schafer has worked at Butterfield & Butterfield in the Restoration department, worked at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, and Courtland Institute, as well as the Museum of London Archaeological Service. She has traveled extensively through Europe as well as China and Tibet.

David C. Riffert

Full-Time Faculty, Liberal Arts

David has 20 years of teaching experience. His articles have been featured in print and publications. Colleges that David has taught at include The Pennsylvania State University, Principia College, and Academy of Art University. David received his BA in History and Art History from Principia College in 1986, and earned his MA in Art History from The Pennsylvania State University in 1992. David also coordinates the Liberal Arts Study Abroad graduate curriculum and has traveled to Europe numerous times with Academy students.

Stephen Williams

Full-Time Faculty, Liberal Arts

Stephen Williams earned a BA and an MA in history at San Francisco State University. His graduate work included not only the study of civilization from antiquity through the Renaissance, but also the art of the early Renaissance. His research projects included the representation of St. Francis of Assisi in literature and art, the graphic art and text of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili of Colonna and its representation of Renaissance pagan ideals, as well as the evolution of early Christian iconography. Other topics of interest and research include the French Revolution and World War I. He is also enthusiastic about Italy and has studied Italian and history at the Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci in Rome. Mr. Williams has been teaching courses on art history and western civilization at the Academy since 2001.

Cheryl Barton

Part-Time Instructor

Cheryl Barton has been an instructor at Academy of Art University since 2001, teaching art history and aesthetics and tutoring students with accommodations. She studied fine art at the Aegean School of Fine Art in Greece and the University of Salamanca in Spain, and holds degrees in art history from UCI and in museum studies through the classics department at SFSU. Working in a curator's and educator's role, she has been a part of the staff at several prestigious art and archaeological museums including the Norton Simon Museum, the Laguna Beach Museum, and the Southwest Museum, and has taught docents educational methodology at SFMOMA and the Oakland Museum of California. Published works include a range of art historical and process-oriented articles for national art magazines.

Anna Glaze

Part-Time Instructor

Anna Glaze earned her BA in History of Art at The Ohio State University and her MA in Art History at University of California, Davis, where she specialized in the art and culture of late dynastic China. Her research includes scholar painting from the Ming/Qing transitional period, women's embroidery of imperial China, and the decorative arts of the late Qing dynasty. She assisted in organizing the exhibition, Visualizing Revolution: Propaganda Posters from the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1989, held at the UC Davis Nelson Gallery in conjunction with the Shanghai Propaganda Art Centre. She is a member of the Association for Asian Studies where she has presented her research. Anna has worked as a specialist of Chinese works of art in appraisal and authentication at Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers, San Francisco. She has taught at Academy of Art University since 2012. Since then, she has authored AHS 600 Art History Theory and Methodologies course for incoming art history graduate students as well as AHS 634 Dada and Surrealism for continuing graduate students.

Caroline Hood

Part-Time Instructor

Caroline has been an Instructor for Academy of Art University since 1996. She holds a Master's degree in Art History from Southern Methodist University, with an emphasis in the cultural exchange between Byzantium and the West in the Gothic Era. In addition, Caroline holds a Master's degree in Humanities from the University of Dallas and a Bachelor's degree in Art History from San Francisco State University. Caroline also has experience in museum curatorial research and rare book collections for the Meadows Museum and the Bridwell Theological Library in Dallas, Texas. She assisted in all curatorial aspects of the exhibit Faith in Conflict: the Counter-Reformation in Spain while working at the Meadows Museum in Dallas. In addition, Caroline has studied art and literature at the University of London, has done art historical research in Italy and France, and has traveled extensively studying important monuments and works of art in countries such as Amsterdam, Spain, Greece and Russia. Caroline's areas of research and interest include the artistic and cultural exchange between Byzantium, Islam, and the West during the Middle Ages, the development of the art of Late Antiquity, Gothic painting, and the art of the French Revolution and nineteenth-century France.

Maria Matthies

Part-Time Instructor

Maria earned her MA in Art History from Academy of Art University in 2015. Her graduate thesis focused on the Northern Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach and his role in the Protestant Reformation. Maria spent two years in Germany studying German and Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. She earned two BAs from the University of California, Santa Cruz, one in History of Art and Visual Culture and one in Pre and Early Modern Literature. She also works in the education department at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Jonah Rosenberg

Part-Time Instructor

Jonah Rosenberg was educated at Brown University (A.B., Classics - Greek and Latin) and the University of Oxford (St. John's College; D.Phil., Classical Archaeology). He was a researcher on the ERC project "The Social and Cultural Construction of the Emotions: the Greek Paradigm". His research and publications focus on the emotions in art, the relationship between art and medicine, and masks. He has been teaching at Academy of Art University since 2016 and has taught a number of courses including Italian Renaissance Art and Egyptian Art.

Ellen Sondang

Part-Time Instructor

Ellen earned her MA in Art History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a second MA in the Humanities with a concentration on the History of Photography from the University of Chicago, and received her BA in Art History from the University of Arizona with a minor in Classics. Her research interests include nineteenth- and early-twentieth century visual culture, junctures between elite and popular media, museological organization and display, and critical theory. Professionally, Ellen has curated at the Art Institute of Chicago and worked at the Center for Creative Photography (Tucson, AZ).

Erica Valponi

Part-Time Instructor

Erica Valponi earned her MA in Art History from Birkbeck University of London. Her thesis explores the iconography of the Virgin Immaculate in 15th century Italian altarpieces. While attaining her BA in Art History and Studio Art from Seattle Pacific University, Erica was able to experience Art History firsthand when she studied in Florence, Italy at Santa Reparata International School of Art. She is also enthusiastic about museum education and has been a Museum Educator for the special exhibitions at the De Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. In addition to teaching Art History, Erica teaches English for Art Purposes. As an Instructor at Academy of Art University, Erica loves the opportunity to bring together both her passion in language learning as well as art.