Art Faculty

Art Faculty

The art faculty are committed to helping you with your creative adventure. We have many years of experience as fine art professionals. Expression is a key value and feature of the department. Our faculty reside in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. We are artists with compassion, vision, and hope for the shared goals and future of our communities.


Professor Gabriel Navar
Gabriel Navar self portrait

Credentials: AA in Social Sciences from College of Alameda (1990); BA in Art from Cal State East Bay at Hayward (1992); MFA from San Jose State University (1997) Classes previously taught: Beginning and Intermediate Drawing; Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Painting; 2-Dimensional Design; Color Theory; Digital Art; Mexican Art History; and Art Appreciation. Classes Currently Teaching: Art Appreciation/Art History Introduction        Website:



Professor Susan Leffingwell

Susan Leffingwell has taught drawing, painting and art history at the college. Currently Professor Leffingwell teaches Introduction to Art History and Modern Art History.




Professor Maria Guzman
Maria Guzman
Credentials: M.A. in Art History (Ohio University), B.F.A. in Painting/Drawing (Washburn University), and a B.A. in Art History (Washburn University)
Classes previously taught: ART 1 – 3, ART 122, ART 50
Classes currently teaching – ART 1 (Summer terms), which includes an optional Study Abroad trip to Berlin, Germany
Relevant Websites: Interested in learning more about the Study Abroad trip? Check out the Worldstrides page for information and register here.


Professor Drew Burgess
Drew Burgess 2021
Credentials: BFA San Jose State University and MFA Hunter College of the City University of New York. Courses: Drawing, Painting, Design and Art History.
Professor Burgess is the full-time instructor for the department.

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