Faculty In Review

Art Department

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Patricia J Ancona

Art Department

B.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute; M.A., San Francisco State University

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Anna M. Asebedo

Chair, Art Department

A.A., American River Community College; B.A., University of California, Davis; M.F.A., University of Colorado, Boulder

Ms. Asebedo has been teaching full-time at CCSF since 1999.

Teaching printmaking courses provides Ms. Asebedo an avenue to share with students not only related techniques and processes, but also the fulfilling challenge of developing ideas, communicating with others and problem solving.

Ms. Asebedo is serving her fourth term as the elected Chairperson of the Art Department.
She serves as a member of the Faculty Position Allocation and Program Review Committees as well participating in the development of the Maker Certificate and collaborative relations with SFMOMA .

Activities include drawing, printmaking, climbing, walkies, and learning from my son.

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Leah Bowring

Art Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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J Claire Brees

Art Department

BA, San Francisco State University
MFA, California College of the Arts

Prof. Brees has been teaching part time at CCSF since 2006, and full time since 2011.

I am currently the exhibitions coordinator for 33 Gough St, as well as the display cases in Conlan Hall. Please contact me if you are interested in showing your (2d) work!

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Janet Louise Carpenter

Art Department

B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas

Prof. Carpenter has been teaching at CCSF since 1995.

Prof. Carpenter's educational philosophy and goals are to share with students the rich cultural heritages of Asia, to foster global understanding and tolerance, a lifelong interest in learning, and the critical thinking skills and cultural awareness required of all citizens in the 21st century.

Prof. Carpenter has served on the City College Art Gallery Committee. She also recently served a term as the Diego Rivera Mural Docent Coordinator, where she developed a semester-long curriculum for docents.

Prof. Carpenter's published work includes: "A Yangzhou Poetic Gathering and Modern Chinese Painting: Zheng Shan (1810 –after 1899)," in When Art Met History (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, forthcoming); New Songs on Ancient Tunes: 19th-20th Century Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy from the Richard Fabian Collection, exh. cat. (Honolulu: Honolulu Academy of Arts, 2007); “A Landscape Painting and Its Sources,” in Traditions and Transformations (Lawrence, KS: Spencer Museum of Art, 2005); "Traveling among Streams and Mountains and Chin Period Landscape Painting," Ph.D. diss., University of Kansas, 1994; "American Social Realist Thomas Hart Benton," in Shijie meishu (World Art) 1990/4: 25-29 (Chinese).

Prof. Carpenter enjoys travel with friends and family as well as attending cultural events and performances in the Bay Area, especially museum art exhibitions, the San Francisco Opera, and the San Francisco Symphony. She serves on the board of Maine Coon Adoptions, an East Bay cat rescue group.

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Thomas L Decker

Art Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Amy A Diaz-Infante

Art Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Jessica Eastburn

Art Department

Master of Fine Arts, Pictorial Art, San Jose State University
Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies, Portland State University

Prof. Eastburn has been teaching at CCSF since 2013

My objectives as a teacher are: to provide students with a solid foundation in art fundamentals, to assist students along their own creative paths, and to open a dialogue with students to assess where each individual is coming from and where they hope to arrive at in their education. I meet these objectives by providing students with ample technical and historical information through lectures and demonstrations. However, I believe that the best way for a student to increase their skills and knowledge in art is through practice. Studio work in and out of class is the most important element in developing a student’s abilities and range as an artist. This is evidenced in the student’s portfolio at the end of the semester. Continuous growth throughout our time together, in technical ability and comprehension of visual concepts, is the true measure of the effectiveness of my approach.

I view the studio as a laboratory in which students can experiment and take risks in a supportive and nurturing environment. I aim to create an open dialogue with my students so that we can share our unique views and perspectives. I do not approach the classroom as a hierarchical environment; instead, I want to be an ally for my students and their development as artists and people. I welcome personal inquiry from my students so that they can take a proactive role in their education.

I want students to achieve in my class in order that they may have a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, visual art in general and their specific discipline in particular. I feel that this is important because without a solid foundation in art techniques, competency in art cannot exist. Regardless of how a student’s creative vision may manifest itself later in their art career, mastering the basic concepts and techniques and inspiring an appreciation for the importance of these elements of art, is the key to producing worthwhile art and artists.

I acknowledge and respect that each student enters my class with a different level of education and experience in art and my role is to encourage and support their learning. I try to incorporate student choice and open-ended inquiry into my lessons to encourage students to develop their personal voice.

I provide my students with clear grading criteria using rubrics for each assignment, so that students are informed about the evaluative criteria I will use. I assess student performance through critiques, portfolio reviews, quizzes, tests, and written assignments. My evaluation of student work is based on stated learning outcomes for the course.

I also feel it is crucial to create a supportive classroom community for the diverse student population, which is why I promote respect and collaboration in my classroom. I want all students to feel welcome and valued at school so that they can meet their educational goals. I actively work to make campus a welcoming place for students, faculty and staff through my words and actions.

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Nancy Elliott

Art Department

B.A., University of California at Berkeley
M.A. with Highest Distinction, University of Georgia

Professor Elliott has been teaching at CCSF since 2001.

Professor Elliott's philosophy - "Art's job is to give us objects that argue forcefully that there is a difference between feeling alive and feeling dead." Curtis White, The Middle Mind

She recently concluded a two-year visiting artist stint at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She has also taught at various Bay Area institutions including UC Berkeley-Extension, Mission College, Los Medaños College, and Hartnell College. Professor Elliott was an Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco County Correctional Facilities and taught art fundamentals to seniors residing at Alameda Hospital. Currently, she teaches at San Francisco City College and coordinates its gallery. She has extensive experience in non-profit programming, gallery management, and art administration. Most recently, she was the Exhibitions Director at Richmond Art Center and responsible for curating over twenty exhibitions per year. She has exhibited nationally and abroad—Spain, Italy, California, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Alaska, Maryland, New York, Colorado, Ohio, Missouri, New Jersey, etc. Honors include C-00 Film Grants, Individual Artist Project Grants (City of Oakland), Alameda County Purchase Awards, Studies Abroad Fellowship, and residencies at The White Colony in Costa Rica, Can Serrat in Spain, Ragdale (Chicago), Hambidge Center (Atlanta), Osage Arts Community (Missouri) and De Young Museum (San Francisco).

Recently, she completed a public arts project sponsored by the Market Street Art in Transit Program Kiosk Poster Series administered by the San Francisco Arts Commission. And last Spring, she gave away over 1000 hand-made butterflies to visitors of recreation centers located in Fruitvale. The project, entitled Pura Vida, was funded by the City of Oakland. The City also supported Squawk!: Art Inspired by Oakland Renegade Poets, mixed media paintings exhibited at several Oakland Public Libraries. The City of Emeryville selected her to participate in its Art Along the Avenue program. Her site-specific installation was in an unoccupied storefront on San Pablo Avenue until September 2006. She has been chosen by the Alameda County Arts Commission to be included in its rotating art collection. Her work will be shown in various county buildings, beginning with the newly constructed Juvenile Justice Center located in San Leandro. The work illustrates a wide variety of Alameda County poets, including text from Juvenile Hall youth. Lastly, she and Norman Moore have been commissioned to design and create site-specific work to be installed in Castro Valley Library's new Teen Room. The work will include etched acrylic sheets and neon.

Professor Elliott also finds time for Running, motorbikes, vegan cooking, gardening, Bollywood dancing with the occasional hip-hop or salsa, reading, traveling, and birding. She primarily draws, paints, and creates installations that tell stories. She rarely works on traditional surfaces. She has also dipped her toes in photography, stop-action moviemaking, printmaking, Super 8mm filmmaking, ceramics, bookmaking, mosaics, collage, EL wire, and neon.

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Alan H. Firestone

Art Department

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz - M.A., M.F.A., University of California, Berkeley

Professor. Firestone has been teaching at CCSF since 1996
Professor Firestone taught at the University of California Santa Cruz for 12 years and prior to that at Cabrillo College for 2 years.

Professor Firestone states “ I truly enjoy working with the broad diversity of students that comprise
C.C.S.F.. I see my role as an educator is to nurture, stimulate and offer tools to the C.C.S.F. students for their professional/personal growth and their future careers.”

Professor Firestone has a very active professional career. He has been exhibiting his art nationally for over 40 years. He has had numerous exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Professor Firestone’s art is in many prestigious private and public art collections. He has been awarded numerous important public and private art commissions. Over the course of his career he has been awarded many prestigious grants and awards for his achievements in the visual arts.
Professor Firestone was the founder and owner of the extremely successful design company “United Elements”. “United Elements” specialized in product design and furniture/lighting design.

Currently Professor Firestone is both an active professional artist and a devoted teacher at C.C.S.F..

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Ashley L Gardini

Art Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Elaine B Ginsberg

Art Department

M.A., M.F.A., San Jose State University

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian

Art Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Ian P Kimmerly

Art Department

BFA, University of Michigan
MFA, University of Arizona

Ian Kimmerly is a San Francisco based artist who received an MFA from the University of Arizona and studied at the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. He has been an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center and the Santa Fe Art Institute and received a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. His work is represented by The Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco where The San Francisco Chronicle, 7x7 Magazine, SF Weekly and others, reviewed his solo exhibitions As We Wander, We Are Closer (2016) and Continuous Wave (2013). He has been an Adjunct Instructor of Art at City College of San Francisco since 2013.

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Lee Michael Lavy

Art Department

BA San Diego State University 2012
MFA UC Berkeley 2015

Prof. Lavy has been teaching sculpture at CCSF since 2018


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Elizabeth A. Leger

Art Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Andrew G Leone

Art Department

M.F.A San Jose State University, BA San Francisco State University

Prof. Leone has been teaching at CCSF since 2005

Before teaching full-time at CCSF I taught at many schools including San Jose State Univ., San Francisco State University, The Academy of Art College, The College of San Mateo, and Skyline College.
Without a doubt, my favorite college to teach and work at is CCSF. I love the Art Department, admire my fellow instructors, and am amazed at the talent and dedication of the students. This is an awesome school.

Founding Director of the Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA 1996-2001

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Carol A Levy

Art Department

MFA Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois
BFA Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

Prof. Levy has been teaching at CCSF since 2001

Web site of art work: WWW.carolalevy.com

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Janet L Lohr

Art Department

B.S., Portland State University, Oregon; M.Ed., University of Oregon, Eugene; M.A., San Francisco State University

Janet Lohr has been teaching at CCSF since 1975.

Both as an artist and as a teacher helping students to develop their expressive powers, Janet has had a long career in clay. She encourages a playful approach, while at the same time grounding her students in good technique that will enable them to realize their ideas as successful projects. No matter what a student's level, there is always more to learn, and Janet enjoys guiding all students to improve and strengthen their work.

Her ceramic studies began at Portland State University in 1967, continued at University of Oregon and San Francisco State, and are still going on in the present day, as she is always trying something new, and often takes workshops with well known ceramic artists. In 1985 she studied ceramics in Japan with Masakazu Yamada. She has done extensive research into many folk traditions, particularly those of Ancient America.

Janet takes pride in the impressive accomplishments of many of her past students who have gone on to make careers in ceramics. She is also very proud of the quality of work that she can bring out in beginners.

A garden designer on non-teaching days, Janet also enjoys singing and occasionally performs at coffee houses in San Francisco.

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Cathy C Lu

Art Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Felipa Irene Lugo

Art Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Virginia S Miller-Bowen

Art Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Nicole K Oest

Art Department

B.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., University of Zurich, Switzerland
Ph.D. dissertation, University of Zurich, "Photography and Modern Public Housing in Los Angeles" (forthcoming publication)

Nicole Oest joined CCSF's visual arts faculty in 2018.

Nicole Oest teaches art history courses with an emphasis on analytical approaches and critical thinking.

Member: College Art Association

Research: photographic and architectural history of housing, Esther Lewittes Mipaas archive
Activities: collecting and researching photographs and books, going to the cinema, translating

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Diane Olivier

Art Department

B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design; M.A., San Jose State University; M.F.A., University of California, Berkeley

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Sarah Suzanne Pugh

Art Department

B.F.A., The University of Georgia; M.F.A., Kansas State University

Suzanne has been teaching at CCSF since 2005.

Photo credit: Mercedes Jelinek.

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Oliverio Quezada

Art Department

B.F.A., Long Beach State
M.A., San Jose University
M.F.A., San Jose State University

Professor Quesada has been teaching at CCSF since 1988.

He believes in giving his students a thorough education in the ceramic arts. He encourages his students to find their own unique voice and to explore the joy of creative expression.

Professor Quesada is an advisor for the FMAC Ceramics Guild.

He enjoys backpacking, hiking, golf, museums, and travel.

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Inna Razumova

Art Department

B.F.A., University of California at Los Angeles
M.F.A., CADRE Laboratory for New Media Art at San Jose State University

Professor Razumova has been teaching at CCSF since Fall 2007.

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Ming Ren

Art Department

B.F.A., National Art Institute of China; M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Stephanie K Robison

Art Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Richard Rodrigues

Art Department

B.F.A., California College of Arts and Crafts; M.F.A., Mills College

Mr. Rodrigues has been teaching at CCSF since 1972. He has been an art educator for over 33 years and began teaching at the age of 18.

His goal for the contemporary artist is the development of skills based on a re-visiting of traditional painting techniques -while at the same time developing a contemporary aesthetic that allows the student experimentation in the combination of those acquired skills to one's contemporary ideas and times. In this way the artist/student is encouraged in the development of his or her personal ideas.

Mr. Rodrigues has been teaching Painting, Design, Figure Drawing, Intermediate Drawing Printmaking and Museum Drawing at CCSF. The Museum Drawing class he created is the only class in the state of California that offers 6 transferable credits in Museum drawing and Post Modern applications of appropriation in drawing.

Mr. Rodrigues has been involved in the CCSF Diego Rivera committee and the Art Club. He also is coordinator of the San Francisco Art Institute College Scholarship.

In addition, he has worked as a Free lance Illustrator for McGraw Hill Books and illustrated 5 books, also serving as the Art Director for these projects.

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Kay A Russell

Art Department

B.F.A., Kent State University, Kent, Ohio; M.F.A., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio,

Ms. Russell has been a member of the CCSF faculty for the past 15 years.

Her goal is to teach the technical, historical and aesthetic components of watercolor painting while encouraging the personal expression of each individual.

She is Fine Arts Coordinator of the City Arts Gallery and serves on the Campus Exhibition Committee and Art Department Advisory Committees.

Ms. Russell has exhibited in many national and local art exhibitions.

In her leisure time, Ms. Rusell enjoys painting.

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Anthony Daniel Ryan

Art Department

BFA SUNY Purchase
MFA San Francisco State University

Prof. Ryan has been teaching at CCSF since 2016

Anthony Ryan is a visual artist and teacher with a background in traditional printmaking. A native of Troy NY and long time resident of San Francisco CA, Anthony received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the State University of New York at Purchase and his Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University. His prints and paintings have been exhibited nationally including at the MH deYoung Memorial Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and at the Neuberger Museum of Art. His works are included in the collections of the Tweed Museum of Art and the Library of Congress. Anthony received a Murphy Graduate Fellowship in the Fine Arts from the San Francisco Foundation and was a Graduate Fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2008/9. Anthony has taught at California State Summer School for the Arts, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley California and San Francisco State University, University of California Berkeley Extension and Union College in Schenectady New York. He currently teaches drawing and printmaking at City College of San Francisco and Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill California.

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Donald A Santos

Art Department

B.A., California State University, Chico; M.A., M.F.A., San Jose State University

Mr. Santos has been teaching at CCSF for the past 18 years.

He is dedicated to his students gaining knowledge about ceramics, the Arts and anything else that comes up. Mr. Santos after all these years is stll wild about ceramics and teaching.

Mr. Santos' extracurricular activities include hiking, canoeing, camping, dog walking, bird watching and travel.

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Diana G Scott

Art Department

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., San Francisco State University

Ms. Scott has been teaching at CCSF since 1990.

She has been a Diego Rivera Docent Training Coordinator and involved in the CCSF Honors program.

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Jennifer M Stager

Art Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Mine Yasar Ternar

Art Department

B.A., Bennington College, Vermont; M.A., Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey; M.F.A., University of California, Berkeley. Also attended Universita' per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy, for Italian language.

Ms. Ternar has been teaching at CCSF since 1996.

"I am a practicing mixed media artist, with an academic and professional background in both traditional and contemporary art practices. Prior to becoming a full-time instructor at City College of San Francisco, I taught part-time at a number of colleges in the Bay Area, including California College of the Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, Cabrillo College and City College of San Francisco. As a much younger artist, I also taught at Piedmont Adult and Continuing Education and was a teaching assistant throughout my graduate studies at U.C. Berkeley, during which time, I initiated, through Democratic Education at CAL program, a class on contemporary art history, which I team-taught with two other fellow students at U.C. Berkeley. I have undertaken responsibilities at several non-profit art organizations in the Bay Area, including, The Berkeley Art Museum, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at U.C. Berkeley, Pro Arts (Oakland), Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts (Walnut Creek), and New Langton Arts (San Francisco).

The times I have to work in the solitude of my studio are precious, yet have increasingly become a rare luxury. Fortunately, I also enjoy tremendously working in the community as an artist and have embarked on a number of community art projects, some inspired by the work I do as an instructor at a public college. Students at City College come from very diverse backgrounds, thus bring different perspectives to viewing, making and talking about art, which I look forward to every semester.

Sometimes, students worry, when they see the portfolio of works, which are produced in my classes and wonder if they have the skills to accomplish the same. To all those students, I confidently say: 'They were just like you when they started out in my classes! Their abilities were no lesser or greater. Join the class and witness for yourselves how much talent each of you have and what an art education can do!'

In my classes, we start with very simple projects that everyone can do with or without any prior experience, and with or without art materials! Those first couple of projects are often accompanied by giggles, but your journey in art has already started! We gradually build on the skills and experience we gain in each step to accomplish more complex projects. By the end of a semester, students are often surprised at how much they have learned and are proud of the portfolio they have developed within a semester's time. When I show those end-of-the-semester results to the incoming students at the start of a semester, they are often met with awe and the disbelief that those are the works of beginning level students. Alongside helping the development of manipulative skills in art practice, my style of teaching greatly emphasizes the concepts behind the works and the ideas that guide the artists, the art historical context of the examples we view. In lectures, we see many examples and discuss art from inter-disciplinary and multicultural angles. Students learn to develop their own designs in response to the creative problems/projects introduced in the lectures. One-on-one help is always given, as needed, during our studio/lab hour, and a group critique follows the completion of each project, where students develop the ability to compare and contrast design solutions and acquire the confidence to articulate their observations utilizing the appropriate art terminology. All my classes are accompanied by teaching websites with web galleries and downloadable project descriptions and lecture summaries. The viewing of films/videos on art and field trips to museums or galleries are scheduled as relevant. As I like to emphasize the art historical context of the creative problems given, I often hear from my students that my classes introduce them to contemporary art history and they develop a greater appreciation of the artworks they see in museums and galleries.

City College always has attracted students with an amazing range of skills and experience, from the true beginner with no prior experience to those, who have already been employed in the field but return to refresh and retrain, or students who are on their way to transfer to the best colleges and programs in the nation. Over the years, I have learned to cherish this spectrum as our strength, teach the basics very well, while guiding the group to aspire to great heights. My practical goals as an instructor are to help the students to discover their strengths, become confident in their skills and be prepared for their next step for more advanced course work. My ultimate goal however is to help them find their own unique, strong voices as individuals, with an awareness of where they stand and the wisdom to appreciate the breadth of what has been accomplished before them."

Miné Ternar is currenty active on the college's Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) Committee and is the coordinator of the SLOs for the design and color areas in the art program. She served as the director of the City Art Gallery for many years and on the Works of Art Subcommittee of the Acacemic Senate. She was a faculty advisor to the Diego Rivera Website Committee. She has been active on faculty advisory and hiring committees and spear-headed a collaborative student web-design project through a Title III grant at CCSF. Her Saturday class for Art 125A: Basic Design, is the second partially online art class that has been offered by the Art Department.

Ms. Ternar is currently developing a website with artist interviews, where students can access the voices/experiences of accomplished artists who have richly contributed to their communities. She was a recipient of Vermont Studio Center's Artist Grant for 2011 and 2007 and KALA Institute's Artist Residency Fellowship, where she has had numerous artist residencies since. A poster she designed to inspire smokers to stop was a winner in Alameda County's "Health Through Art: Signs of Recovery" public art competition, and was displayed in large format on the sides of buses and public spaces throughout the East Bay. She is the author of letters read in 'Conversations Across the Bosphorus," a video project that she collaborated on, which depicts the lives of women from Istanbul, Turkey. She was among the presenters of "Conversations Across the Bosphorus" at its premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Pacific Film Archive at The Berkeley Art Museum, U.C. Berkeley and at the World Affairs Council of Northern California. Her recent solo exhibition was at Artisan Gallery in Istanbul, Turkey.

Hobbies or Extracurricular Activities: Reading, swimming, dancing, yoga, meditation, traveling and preparing gourmet meals in the company of good friends on the rare occasion that we have time these days. Used to be an avid movie-goer, and try to keep up still when time allows. Always eager to give a hand in peace/friendship building missions in the world.

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Anita K Toney

Art Department

B.F.A., Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 1970; M.A., San Francisco State University, 1977.

Anita Toney has been teaching printmaking at City College since 1980, mostly at the Fort Mason Campus.

"The most dominant feature of my prints is the rich diversity of color that has been achieved through the use of the multiple plate color etching process. The inspiration for my images comes from an appreciation of my surroundings inside and out, near and far. My etchings emphasize natural and man-made patterns focusing on a certain mood or moment."
"I have been teaching for over 30 years, but I still find the whole process exciting- sharing the techniques of printmaking with new students and being involved in the creative process with so many students over the years."
Anita Toney

Recent exhibitions have included a Father/Daughter Retrospective at the College of Marin, CA , Landscape Real and Ideal at the Collectors Gallery, Oakland Museum of California, Marinscapes Exhibit in Larkspur, CA and West Marin Wild Exhibit in Pt. Reyes CA. She has also been featured in exhibitions at the City Arts Gallery of City College of San Francisco, at the Editions Limited Gallery in Indianapolis, IN, as well as at Le Celle Gallery, San Anselmo, CA, Juniper Gallery, Napa, CA, the Rasmussen Art Gallery, Angwin, CA, and Nardin Fine Arts, Cross River, NY.

Anita has been a recipient of the Leo Meissner Prize from the National Academy and the American Arts Award from the Audubon Artists. A member of the National Academy since 1995, she has also been active a set designer for youth theater productions as well as a volunteer art instructor in the public schools. In addition to exhibiting her own artwork, she has also curated several exhibits of paintings by her father, Anthony Toney, who died in 2004. She now maintains and exhibits a collection of his work.


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Sophie Danielle Touzé

Art Department

Master of Fine Arts San Jose State University

Prof. Touze has been teaching at CCSF since 2007

As well as various universities and art schools before then:
California State University of Moneterey Bay
San Francisco Art Institute
College of Arts and Crafts
San Jose Sate University
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

I have worked as trilingual private guide at SFMOMA for over 11 years.
I know the museum's collections intimately.
I am a experience guide / docent and use public speaking and interactive touring techniques to facilitate viewers' engagement

I am fortunate to have lived in 3 countries: France-Mexico and here in the US. Hence, I speak three languages everyday of my life. As a teacher I strive to be inclusive and my rich life experiences as women, an immigrant and working with students with learning disabilities has taught valuable human lessons. As a transplanted San Franciscan, I relish the gender diversity this city has to offer.

To me, artworks from the past are not items that gather dust in museums or static images in books. Art history is intricately related to many topics that affect us today: diversity, war, gender relationships and women's representation and automomy... To me art history is alive!

Learning about art history is not about lengthy lists of dates, being locked up in a dark room and dozing off with a monotonous voice... In my class you will see engaging powerpoint presentations, you will discuss class content with peers as it relates to today and also try your hands at making art once in a while so you can understand better some concepts.

To me learning about art history is about acquiring the necessary tools to "see" art, understand it in its broader context and ultimately "own" it. Indeed, I believe that art is part of our cultural birth right and we should use it in order to understsand who we are, where we have been and where we might go in the future.

Art is beautiful, heart wrenching and a complex reflection of our human endeavors. As one of my returning student once said about my passion for teaching art to a new student: "Careful! It's contagious..." My hope is to share that passion with many.

I am a firm believer that visual analysis is crucial to all students. So I provide systematic training to all my students and teach them how to "see" and analyze pictures. A vast majority of them report that as a result their visual analysis skills have gown exponentially.

See this video: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-art-history/introduction-ap-arthistory/v/how-art-can-help-you-analyze-amy-e-herman

I have been part of various organizations:
- Women's Caucus for the Arts
- College Art Association
- California Lawyers for the Arts

I am an art history teacher and also was a practicing artist (sculptor) creating mixed media interactive semi abstract tactile sculptures, so I have an insider approach to art interpretation as well.

Becasuse I am quite interested in the field of early childhood education, I decided to teach art to young children (3 to 5 years old in particular) a few years ago. For this, I also took early childhood education classes here at CCSF (so I remember what it's like to be a student too!) I have taught to young children at various organizations in San Francisco: "First 5" - "French Lycee La Perouse" ...

Art, multiculturalism and good pedagogy are topics that interest me greatly and I pursue in various forms in my life.

I enjoy many things for my down time:
Sports of predilection were boxing & now I rather swim and practice yoga.

I love traveling in Mexico and France in particular. I relish adventurous long road trips, like one I took 2 years ago with my husband Jorge and 2 kids. We drove plus 2000 miles taking ONLY the back roads in Southern Mexico (Yucatan and Chiapas) for a couple months

More recently I was lucky to go Spain, Ireland and Paris (enjoying Museo Del Prado, Centre George Pompidou and Musee d'Orsay!) Coming back with fresh pics of master pieces details for my lectures ... :-)

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Laura Van Duren

Art Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Deirdre F White

Art Department

MFA University of California at Davis
BFA Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Prof. White has been teaching at CCSF since 2005

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Kimberly Christine Zitzow

Art Department

BFA Virginia Commonwealth University
MFA State University of New York at New Paltz

Prof. Zitzow has been teaching at CCSF since 2017

A guiding principle for me as an instructor in the arts is to assist students in developing a sustainable, dynamic art practice with consideration to the effect of an art practice on community and environment.

Ultimately, my goal is to help students make individualized connections to the outer world through the studio process. I believe that art is a site of knowledge production and is therefore an excellent tool for exploring various backgrounds and identities and how they relate to larger social, ethical and environmental issues through the making of meaning.


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Anna Zusman

Art Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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