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 Shen

Jean Shen received her M.A. in Education at the Claremont Graduate School and University Center. She combined her calligraphy and Chinese brush training with her love of education and introduced the techniques to the San Diego region many years ago. She taught at UCSD Extension for more than twenty years and exhibited at the UCSD Faculty Club. In addition to enjoying teaching at Athenaeum School of the Arts, she also has private classes at her Dance of the Brush studio in University City. Her students have annual art exhibits in the public library and other galleries while winning top awards at the San Diego County Fair Asian Art Competition. Jean is the author of several books, notably, Dance of the Brush, a Nontraditional Approach to Learning Chinese Brush Painting and His Garden, Story and Paintings by Jean Shen. View her website at


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:


Athenauem School of Art faculty Yeoman

Jeff Yeomans’ experience as an illustrator and graphic designer eventually led to a career working in television as an award-winning San Diego broadcast designer and art director. For the last decade he has painted full-time, exploring the fragile beauty of California and the connected urban landscape that ultimately impacts it. He says, “As a regional painter, I feel a responsibility to document California as it is today. Someone told me, ‘paint what you know.’ Well, I grew up in Southern California and so I paint to document who we are, and 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. He has had exhibitions at the San Diego Art Institute and the Oceanside Museum of Art. Seven of his paintings are included in Land of Sunlight, a book of landscape paintings of the San Diego region. A member of the California Art Club and a Signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, he is represented by Studio 7 Gallery in Laguna Beach, John Baker Frames in San Diego, and Marcia Burtt Gallery, Santa Barbara. Website:


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