Stephen Williams earned a BA and an MA in history at San Francisco State University where his graduate work included the study of civilization from antiquity through the Renaissance and the art of the early Italian Renaissance in Venice. 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. In 2017 he presented a paper on the Hellenistic “Old Market Woman” sculpture at the College Arts Association conference in New York City. Other topics of interest and research include the French Revolution and World War I. He 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 and lead students on study abroad trips to Europe including Italy.