Athenauem School of Art faculty CurryAngel Adame has Native Californian Chumash and Mexican heritage. He has an MFA from UCSD and has been an art instructor for 18 years in San Diego, teaching figure sculpture and sculpture at USD, SDSU, and Mesa College.


Athenauem School of Art faculty ButikoferGregory Bada has always felt like an artist born a couple centuries too late. Long an admirer of printmaking and the print masters of the 15th thru 19th centuries, an art instructor recognized his style as one that would translate well to the medium—and he found an artistic home. Discovering a meditative comfort in the process of the medium, he began studying under the instruction of well-known printmaker and mixed-media artist Jim Machacek. His work can been seen at San Diego ArtWalks and the Beverly Hills artShow and at the Sparks and Ashton galleries here in San Diego.;


Athenauem School of Art faculty ButikoferRy Beloin has extensive sculptural training and a BFA in Drawing & Painting from Laguna College of Art & Design, a dually accredited college also endorsed by the Art Renewal Center. Ry’s art career includes writing about art, curating, and a studio practice with emphasis on invented and observed imagery and sculptural forms. Ry has a passion for enabling others to engage personally and meaningfully with visual art, and has written a number of accessible, plain-language explanations about the workings of the art world and the complex cultural value of art.


Athenauem School of Art faculty ButikoferLara Bullock is a writer, contemporary art historian, and curator. She earned her Ph.D. in Contemporary Art History at the University of California, San Diego in 2015. She received her B.A. in Art History with Honours from the University of British Columbia, with an English Minor (2005) and her M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism with scholarships from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). As a critic, she has published for a variety of print and online media. She has composed various catalogue essays for both galleries and museums. As both a curator and scholar, Lara is interested in cultural criticism, DIY aesthetics, and "art" as a malleable and ever-changing term, especially as it is accepted in the world of galleries, museums, and the academy.


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 instructor 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 ButikoferAraceli Carrera is a local visual and performing artist. She has designed sets for the stage, designed costumes and masks for dance and theatre, exhibited and performed locally and internationally, and has been teaching art and dance for the last 10 years, most recently at High Tech High in San Diego. Araceli is bilingual in Spanish and English and received her BA in Dance Education from Arizona State University in 2001. She also manages her own multimedia dance company Impuse Danza Youth Company.


Athenauem School of Art faculty CurryAnne Covell holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she studied bookbinding, letterpress printing, and hand papermaking. She has taught for numerous institutions including the Penland School of Crafts, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, BookArtsLA and the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy, among others. Her work is housed in over 40 collections worldwide, including the Yale University Arts Library, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Library of Chile. Currently, she resides in San Diego where she prints limited edition artist books under the imprint Sin Nombre Press. 


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