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Studio Art

Meet the Faculty

Rebecca Alex

Rebecca Alex

Title: Professor, Lead Faculty 
Degrees: B.A., Colby College; ME, 6 yrs. study at The Art Students League of NY and The National Academy of Fine Art, NY with Robert Beverly Hale, Ted Seth Jacobs and Ron Scherr.; M.F.A., John F. Kennedy University, CA
Teaching Experience: Since 1995
Career Highlights: Exhibits nationally and internationally. Taught for CSM in London and Florence. The best is being part of students’ growth, manifested in their art work and excitement for art making.
Hobbies: Traveling, reading, theater, going to museums…but mostly, being in my studio and being with my family.
Quote: “When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and he opens ways for a better understanding. Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it, shows there are still more pages possible.”
– Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
Diana Corvelle, Assistant Professor

Diana Corvelle

Title: Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design, M.F.A. New York Academy of Art
Teaching Experience: Since 2011
Career Highlights: Exhibited across the country and internationally, curated group and traveling exhibitions for a number of New York galleries, and served as a contributing writer for Artists on Art, PaintGuide Magazine and the Blue Review.
Hobbies: Visiting museums, traveling, volunteering, reading
Quote: "Don't give up. It's really important to trust your impulses as an artist no matter what anybody else says." - Judy Chicago
Aina Ferrer Clotas, Assistant Professor

Aina Ferrer Clotas

Title: Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.A., M.F.A., Universitat de Barcelona (Spain), Universidade do Porto (Portugal), Barcelona Academy of Art (Spain)
Teaching Experience: Since 2015
Career Highlights: Exhibits internationally. Taught for Barcelona Academy of Art, La Salle University and Florence Academy of Art Sweden.
Hobbies: Filmmaking, literature, reading, traveling
Quote: "All painting is an intellectual activity. As Motherwell said, it is an intellectual decision to paint emotionally. I would add that it is an emotional decision to paint intellectually" - Vincent Desiderio
Sue Matthews, Adjunct Faculty

Susan Matthews

Title: Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.A. Art, University of California Berkeley; M.F.A. Art, San Francisco State University
Teaching Experience: Since 1978
Career Highlights: Teaching art constantly renews my personal vision. Exhibiting pulls my work together. Researching Afro-Cuban folklore in collaboration with a team of Cubans and Americans, traveling and exhibiting with them in Cuba and Alaska has opened my mind to more questions than it has provided answers.
Hobbies: I speak Spanish and I love to travel in Spain, Cuba, and Latin America, and more recently in Africa. I play bongo in a salsa/son band called Nuevo Mundo. Studying music with great drummers in Cuba has given me new approaches to teaching art and new insights into being a student.
Quote: "I have become a questions addict." – Robert Irwin
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Noah Buchanan

Title: Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.A., UC Santa Cruz; M.F.A., New York Academy of Art
Teaching Experience: Since 2002
Career Highlights: Exhibiting in New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco since 2000. First solo show at John Pence Gallery, San Francisco in 2012. 11 foot Altar pieces for the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI. Teaching Figure Drawing at the Art Students' League in New York City in the same room where Robert Beverly Hale once taught.
Hobbies: 25+ years guitar player. 10+ years surfer
Quote: "First we draw what we see ... Then we draw what we know ... Then, we know what we see."
– Robert Beverly Hale
Jim Smyth, Adjunct Faculty

James Smyth

Title: Assistant Professor
Degree: B.A., University of California, Berkeley
Attended: Academy of Fine Art, Florence, Italy; Ecole des Beaux Arts, Geneva, Switzerland; Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, France; New York Academy, N.Y.; Art Students League, N.Y.; National Academy, N.Y.; Repin Academy of Art, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Teaching Experience: Since 1971
Career Highlights: Teaching every aspect of drawing and painting for the past four decades has allowed me to meet people from all over the world.
Hobbies: Studying art history and trying to improve my French.
Quote: “Art is the perfect metaphor for life.” – Anonymous