Faculty Bios

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 administrator K–12 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 DemerySharon Carol Demery moved from the San Francisco Bay area to Los Angeles, where she attended UCLA and Otis Parson’s School of Art and Design. Here she developed her modern art with and 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 taught painting at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona, 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 Ken Goldman

Ken Goldman studied at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students’ League, and New York Studio School. A recipient of numerous awards, Ken has exhibited widely in various group shows and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums in Holland, Paris, Mexico, China, Italy, Greece, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., and San Diego. Ken’s work is included in the permanent collections of the San Diego Museum of Fine Art, North Carolina's Hickory Museum of Fine Art, the San Diego Museum of Natural History, the San Diego Watercolor Society and the Zuo Wen Museum in Qindao China. Ken is the author of nine Walter Foster books on Pastels, Acrylics, Charcoal, and Artistic Anatomy and has been featured in many magazines, including The Art of Watercolour, Southwest Art, International Artist, Watercolor Magic, Splash 12, 13 & 19, and The Artist’s Magazine. Ken is President of the National Watercolor Society. www.goldmanfineart.com


Athenauem School of Art faculty Grawin

Stephanie Goldman is a contemporary fine artist and portrait painter, exhibiting nationally and internationally. Stephanie has been collaborating with artist Ken Goldman for over two decades on public and private art projects for institutions, corporations and residences. Stephanie is a past president of the San Diego Museum of Art’s Artists Guild and has served as a trustee of the San Diego Museum of Art. The Riverside Art Museum exhibited her portrait series of children entitled I Am a Child, which is now in the permanent collection of the Osteopathic Center for Children and Families in San Diego. Stephanie co-authored a reference book for artists wanting to learn how to draw the figure titled The Complete Book of Poses, published by Walter Foster and available through Amazon. Her work has been reproduced by Frontline Publishing Co, Ramprod.com, Eastmeetswestco.com and goldmanfineart.com. Currently, Stephanie is serving on the Board of Directors of the National Watercolor Society.


Athenauem School of Art faculty Stephanie GoldmanStan Goudey, AWS, SDWS, WFWS, started painting in grade school. He received formal training at Grossmont College and studied figure drawing and illustration at the Art Center of Design, Los Angeles. He was commissioned for illustrations for books and magazines, including Psychology Today and Oceans. His constant goal is to try to paint to the standards of the masters—the old ones as well as the new. Personal favorites include Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn, Arnie Westerman, John Salminen, and Ted Rose. Among his favorable critiques are those in the San Diego Union, Julian News, North County Times, and Daily Californian. His art is in collections—and has exhibited in—Italy, England, Mexico, the United States, and Canada.


Athenauem School of Art faculty HaegerAnthony Graham is Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Together with Jill Dawsey, he co-organized Being Here with You/ Estando aquí contigo: 42 Artists from San Diego and Tijuana (2018) with an accompanying catalogue. Graham served as exhibition and publication coordinator for Memories of Underdevelopment (2017), MCASD’s contribution to the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. He has organized several exhibitions drawing from the Museum’s collection, including Dimensions of Black (2016) and Holdings: Selections from MCASD’s Collection (2016). Upcoming exhibitions include a project with artist Nancy Lupo (2019) and a retrospective of work by Alexis Smith.



Athenauem School of Art faculty HaegerMichelle Gregoire was born and raised in San Diego, where she studied at San Diego State University and received a BS in hospitality and tourism management. She has explored numerous areas of artistic interest, including both visual and performing arts, and has been situated on both sides of the artist’s canvas. She began her art modeling career in 2003, after taking a life-drawing class at a local community college. Through the course of her modeling career, she began working with Pamela Whidden, founder of the San Diego Artist Models Guild, who mentored Michelle to carry on her work. Michelle is now head of the San Diego Artist Models Guild.


Athenauem School of Art faculty Gronborg

Irina Gronborg is known for her botanical drawings in color pencil inspired by the exotic plants in the garden that she created with her husband, Erik, at their home in Solana Beach. She has exhibited and taught drawing at colleges, community colleges and the Athenaeum since graduating many years ago from Stanford University in studio art (BA, MA). Several of her books of drawings are available on Amazon.com.


Athenauem School of Art faculty HaegerSuda House is a photographer of national and international reputation living and working in San Diego. She is currently a professor of art and photography at Grossmont College. She has served on the Board of the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies and is a trustee with the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. Presently she co-chairs the Visual Learning— Education Committee for MOPA. Ms. House received her BFA from the University of Southern California in 1973 and her MA from California State University, Fullerton in 1976. She was a 1980 recipient of a NEA Emerging Fellowship, and she has written extensively about photography, including her 1981 Amphoto imprint, Artistic Photographic Processes. During the past 40 years, her photographs have been widely exhibited. In 1993, her earlier work was included in a retrospective of artists and photographers working in Los Angeles during the 1960s to 1980s entitled Proof, which was recently showcased in Aperture magazine’s “Los Angeles.” In 1983, Suda was one of six California photographers selected by former MOPA director Arthur Ollman to use the Polaroid 20x24 camera in the galleries of the Museum. From 2013 to 2018, she collaborated with fellow photographers from Los Angeles in the Museum Project by donating a select group of her Aqueous Myths series to over 60 museum collections throughout the United States; six images from the series were added to MOPA’s collection in 2017. Represented by dnj Gallery in Santa Monica since 2011, Suda’s work was in the gallery’s Then and Now exhibition, which was part of the year long Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA 1945–1980 initiative. Her most recent series, Women Bleed, was shown in a solo show at dnj in October 2018, with proceeds from the exhibition donated to Days for Girls, an international charity helping young girls stay in school. http://sudahouse.com and http://www.dnjgallery.net/artist_shouse.html


Athenauem School of Art faculty HinckleyKevin Inman was born in Honolulu and grew up on military bases around the United States and in Japan. He was educated at the University of Virginia and the University of Valencia, Spain, and has an MFA in painting from Radford University. Formerly an abstract painter, he currently works primarily on plein air cityscape. http://TheMovingCastle.com  


Athenauem School of Art faculty Kelly

Pat Kelly is an accomplished and versatile artist known for her large-scale floral paintings in oils. Proficient in plein air, landscape and still life, she is especially admired as a colorist and for her color theory workshops. A dedicated and experienced painting instructor, her teaching method includes elements of art history, classical painting technique, and color theory. Pat received a BA in visual art from UCSD and currently maintains a studio in Ramona. She teaches painting classes and workshops at the Athenaeum and The Art Center in Ramona and is represented by Santa Ysabel Art Gallery. More information is available at her website: www.patkellystudio.com


Athenauem School of Art faculty HaegerVictoria Kibildis is a freelance calligrapher who has been teaching calligraphy classes to students of all ages for over 10 years. She has attended many workshops, classes, and a year-long course in calligraphy studying various broad-pen lettering styles, gilding, and brush lettering. She is a certified tutor in Sull's American Cursive Handwriting System. Her work has been juried and exhibited at the Naples Art Museum and exhibited at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, the Bowers Museum, and other venues. Favorite quotation (by Professor Hermann Zapf, keynote speaker at "Letterforum" the 15th International Conference of Lettering Artists at St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1995): "All the beautiful letters are in the bottle of ink waiting for you to pull them out." http://www.QuillsandLetters.com


Athenauem School of Art faculty SchumacherSuzanne LaFrance is a San Diego–based artist working in ceramics for over 40 years, specializing in nonfunctional, sculptural ceramics with an emphasis on hand-building and slab construction. Her extensive ceramic studies include advanced techniques in glazing, glaze formulation, and kiln firing. She is currently studying porcelain and china painting with internationally recognized artist Nancy Benedetti. Having studied figurative sculpture for many years with SDSU professor Jess Dominguez, she has extensive experience in foundry work, casting and pouring bronze and aluminum. And, following in the footsteps of her aircraft-building father, she is an accomplished welder. Her works reflect her love of using method and material to create meaningful art.


Athenauem School of Art facultyMorgan Miller III is a fifth-generation San Diegan from Point Loma. He is a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, with a BFA in illustration. Along with Sibyl Rubottom, he organizes, sets up, and runs the Athenaeum’s Print Studio in Logan Heights. His work there includes teaching printmaking, typesetting for letterpress, linoleum block prints, and other forms of printmaking. He maintains the presses and prints various projects for the Athenaeum, as well as continuing his own art practice. Morgan appreciates the process of printmaking because of his background in illustration. With the letterpress you can connect words with pictures and print multiple copies. This makes printmaking the perfect choice for someone with a background in drawing, painting, and graphic design. It is a great way to create a handmade image with type. Creating with letterpress invokes the feeling that each print is a work of art in itself.


Athenauem School of Art faculty Mitchell

Lori Mitchell graduated with honors and a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She wrote and illustrated the award-winning children’s book Different Just Like Me, for which she appeared on Oprah. She has illustrated numerous other books, including Bal Yoga for Kids, which won the San Diego Book Award. Lori’s work has been exhibited at the Cannon Art Gallery in Carlsbad, the California Center for the Arts Museum in Escondido, Art Walk San Diego, The Boehm Gallery in San Marcos, and at the Athenaeum. She is known for her creative, ever-changing lessons and positive, engaging approach. She has taken students on sketching tours in France and the Netherlands and she also teaches at UCSD Extension. 

www.behance.net/LoriMitchell; www.differentjustlikeme.com


Athenauem School of Art faculty HaegerMichelle Montjoy is an Oceanside-based visual artist. She is one of the founders of To Do: a mending project , which travels to various locations to mend clothes and offer guidance in many forms of repair. Her knitted installation work has been shown locally at MCASD, the San Diego Airport, OMA, Art Produce Gallery, the Athenaeum and more. She is the recipient of a Creative Catalyst award and a California Arts Council grant.

http://www.michellemontjoy.com and http://www.todomendingproject.org. Instagram: @michellemontjoyart and @todomendingproject.


Athenauem School of Art faculty NeviusThia Nevius grew up in Studio City, California. She received a BA from California State University, San Jose and an MFA from Colorado State University. She then went on to paint sets for the Santa Fe Opera and teach studio art at Santa Fe Community College, New Mexico. Since moving to San Diego she has taught art for many years including at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, UCSD Extension, The Art Department, ARTS-A Reason to Survive and the Athenaeum. Thia has traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, and South America. Her work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions where she has won Awards of Excellence and Best of Show. Among the publications that have featured her work are: Art and the Creative Process, UCSD press, and Davis Publications, books for art education in The Davis Visuals, volume on Light, Worcester, Massachusetts. She is an active member of the San Diego art community and her work can been seen regularly at Art on 30th and on her website: www.thiaartist.com


Athenauem School of Art faculty Osborn

Dr. Cliff Oliver is an award-winning photographer, past photography instructor for the San Diego Natural History Museum, cutting-edge integrative health care professional and international workshop leader. He created and taught the first 5-day immersion iPhone photography workshop at Hollyhock, Canada’s premier Leadership Learning Center. His images have been on the cover of Wild Bird magazine, on display at Scripps Oceanography Institute, and in multiple first-place finishes in the International Exhibition of Photography Del Mar. The San Diego Natural History Museum’s, Birds of the World centennial exhibition featured several of his images. One of his iPhone images received an honorable mention in the Athenaeum 23rd Annual Juried Exhibition. He has displayed images at Art Speaks: Expressions of Hope and Healing and has produced a series of books, called Zen I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII and VIII that are original images that promote inner peace. In the last five books all of the images were taken on the iPhone. This past summer he created a 100-page e-book, iPhone Photography—Getting Started: Discover How to Setup Your iPhone Quickly and Efficiently, Plus Tips on Apps and Gear.   He teaches individuals and groups the skills of capturing iPhone/mobile photographs and then how to create personalized works of art. www.DrCliffOliver.com 


Athenauem School of Art faculty HaegerErnesto Rivera is a San Diego–based landscape photographer whose work has been featured in local galleries and exhibits and has had his photographs published in many publications, including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Ernesto has managed and created social media for many large organizations that has led to tremendous campaign success, follower growth, and engagement. Ernesto graduated from California State University, Chico, where he majored in journalism and minored in photography. Ernesto’s first photography job was as the editor of his junior high school yearbook. His current day job is at Southwestern College where he focuses on communication and digital media, including photography and social media. http://ernestoriveraphotography.com


Athenauem School of Art faculty Rubottom

Sibyl Rubottom holds an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she was awarded European Honors and studied in Rome for a year. For over 25 years Sibyl made fabric art for the interior design trade. She is former proprietor of Bay Park Press, which was a small fine arts press specializing in limited edition artists’ books and fine intaglio prints. Sibyl is currently manager of the Print Studio at the Athenaeum Art Center. Sibyl’s books are held in numerous collections, including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, John Hay Library at Brown University, Sterling Library at Yale University, Geisel Library (Mandeville Special Collections) at UCSD, the Malcolm A. Love Library at SDSU, and various public and private collections.


Athenauem School of Art faculty HaegerLouise Russell is a photo-based artist who photographs with an 8” x 10” pinhole camera and digital cameras producing silver gelatin and inkjet prints. She was an adjunct instructor of photography at Grossmont College. Her work has been exhibited at Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, Soho Photo Gallery, Size Matters Medium Festival, PhotoPlace, and other galleries. She presented her work at Open Show San Diego and has been featured on Lenscratch.com. She’s a member of Snow Creek Collective and Strong Women. http://www.louiserussellphoto.com


Athenauem School of Art faculty HaegerAnna Stump is an artist and arts educator living in San Diego and Los Angeles. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Occidental College and her MFA at San Diego State University. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to Turkey in 2006–2007 and was recently awarded residencies at Cill Rialaig, Ireland; Centre Pompadour, France; and Guapamacataro, Mexico. Anna teaches studio art courses at Grossmont College. Anna is the founder of the San Diego Feminist Image Group and one-half of the painting team Hill&Stump. She is co-owner of the Moonhuts, a photo and events studio in Los Angeles. She is currently rehabilitating a large property that will support the arts in the high desert near Joshua Tree.


Athenauem School of Art faculty Walsh

Vicki Walsh has been a professional artist for over thirty years, working both as a medical illustrator and fine artist. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout San Diego County and the entire state. Several critical essays have been written about her work in a wide variety of local and regional publications. She earned an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and has taught a number of painting and illustration classes in local colleges since that time. She is often invited to lecture at local museum and art group functions, conducts master classes, and gives private painting lessons, while continuing with her prolific and successful studio practice. Website: www.vickiwalsh.com


Athenauem School of Art faculty Yeoman

Jeff Yeomans’ experience as an illustrator and graphic designer for the Reader in the 1970s eventually led to a career working in television as an award-winning San Diego broadcast designer and art director. In 2003, his wife encouraged him to consider painting full-time, and in 2014 he also began to teach. He enjoys painting many different subjects, and much of his work has explored the fragile beauty of California and the connected urban landscape, that ultimately impacts it. “As a regional painter, I feel a responsibility to document California as it is today. Someone told me, ‘paint what you know,’ so having grown up in Southern California, I paint to document where and how we live.” Yeomans has received numerous awards including Best Urban Landscape at the California Art Club’s 97th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition. His study of the interior of an In & Out Burger restaurant was singled out as an example of fine art reflecting contemporary culture. He has had exhibitions at the San Diego Art Institute and the Oceanside Museum of Art, and been included in numerous exhibitions at the Autry Museum, Irvine Museum, Weisman Museum/Pepperdine, and Fisher Museum/USC. His paintings are included in several books including California Light: A Century of Landscapes, Painting California: Seascapes and Beach Towns, and Land of Sunlight, landscape paintings of the San Diego region. An Artist Member of the California Art Club and a Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Jeff lives in Ocean Beach, San Diego. Website: JeffYeomans.com


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