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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.