Fine Arts Department Faculty
Additional Performing Arts Faculty & Staff
Ms. Katie Wolf
KATIE WOLF has been developing and implementing curriculum to teach the creative process for over 35 years in San Francisco. Subject areas include architecture, sculpture, painting and set design. Her teaching has inspired thousands of students to recognize, express and share their gift of creativity, and in so doing, their creative process and resultant pieces give praise to the Creator. Katie’s personal creative work ranges from environmental designs for the vast and modern St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco to intimate sacred spaces, Byzantine icons and an Art and Nature Retreat Site in northern California. An ancient and personal symbol system imbues her large scale paintings, welded steel sculptures, stained glass pieces, painted fabric wall scrolls and wearable art with an energy that presents itself as a bridge allowing the Sacred to be sensed in our daily living. www.katiewolfdesign.com
Ms. Meredith Cecchin Galvin
Meredith Cecchin Galvin, Fine Arts Department Chair, graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in 1997 and moved on to Santa Clara University where she received her B.A. in Theatre Arts & English. Ms. Galvin received her Secondary Teaching Credential in English and her M.A. in Teaching in 2003 from the University of San Francisco. Ms. Galvin returned to teach Dance at S.I. in 2001 and has also taught Drama. Ms. Galvin directs the annual Dance Concerts and has served as choreographer and director for the Spring Musical, Fall Play, and Student Arts Showcase.
Ms. Galvin is a member of the National Dance Educators Association.
Fine Arts Courses:
- Dance IA, Dance IB
- Dance Workshop
Dr. Gillian Clements received her undergraduate and master's degrees in violin performance from Boston University and Rice University, respectively, and her Doctorate in Music Education ('08) from Boston University. Dr. Clements recently returned from Kenya, where she lived and worked from August 2006-January 2008, in order to complete research for her dissertation and start a String Program for 80 students at the Mount Kenya Academy (www.mountkenyaacademy.com). In addition to the Mount Kenya Academy String Program, Dr. C co-founded String Fling (Rice University & Dana Hall School - Wellesley, MA) with fellow graduate students at Rice University. Dr. C has taught at Boston University, the Boston University Tanglewood Music Center, New England Conservatory's Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and the Rice University Preparatory Program. She has performed as violinist with the Houston Grand Opera and Ballet Orchestras, North Carolina Symphony, New England String Ensemble, the Nairobi Orchestra (Kenya), Key West Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Monterey Symphony, Berkeley Opera, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento Philhamonic, Santa Rosa Symphony, and even a rock band (Vampire Weekend). In 2008-09 you'll find Dr. C on stage with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.
Fine Arts Courses:
- Music Appreciation A, Music Appreciation B
- Orchestra A, Orchestra B
Ted Curry, after graduating from St. Ignatius College Preparatory, attended San Francisco State University where he was an acting major with a Musical Theatre emphasis. Following college, he traveled the world, performing professionally in Europe, Asia, South America, North America, and Africa. Ted has acted, sung and danced professionally in film, television and on stage. He operated his own critically acclaimed theatrical production company, T.K.C. Productions, and was the Managing Director of Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Contra Costa's premiere musical theatre Company. In addition to teaching dance and acting at S.I., Ted has also taught speech, been in charge of the liturgy choir and directed the freshman, sophomore and junior retreat programs. He became the Student Activities Director in 2004 and beginning 2006, Ted will be the Director of Performing Arts at S.I. For over twenty years, Ted has directed, Children's Theatre, High School Theatre, Community Theatre, Regional Theatre and Professional Theatre. His directing has been nominated and won Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, Solano County Artie Awards, and Contra Costa Shellie Awards. Ted has also been nominated and won for his acting and continues to act in various productions throughout the Bay Area. He recently received a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and Leadership at the University of San Francisco and is currently studying for his Masters in Organizational development, also at USF.
Fine Arts Courses:
- Dance IA, Dance IB
- Drama IA, Drama IB, Drama IC
Carlos Gazulla received his B.F.A. from the Central University of Barcelona and his teaching credential from the Polytechnical University of Catalonia in Barcelona (Spain) in 1990. Between 1987 and 1993 he completed a five year program at the Institute of Photographic Studies of Catalonia (IEFC) in Barcelona, Spain. In 1997 he obtained his M.F.A. from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and he was one of the recipients of a grant awarded by the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Spain to complete graduate studies abroad. Carlos has taught at Betlem School and the Institute of Photographic Studies of Catalonia in Barcelona. He has also taught at City College of San Francisco and Skyline College.
He has been teaching in the Language and Fine Arts departments at Saint Ignatius since 1997. He has served as an AP reader in different cities across the United States. He has attended many different workshops and seminars for both photography and Spanish at UC Berkeley, Stanford, University of San Francisco, IDEP and International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York.
His experience as a photographer includes working for the centenarian newspaper Heraldo de Aragón in his hometown Saragossa, Spain and as a corporate photographer for Norstar Corporation. Working at Bowles Sorokko's Gallery in San Francisco he produced high quality reproductions of some of the most important artists including originals of Picasso, Chagall, Miró, etc.
He has won five photography national university competitions in Spain including three First Place Awards in Murcia, Seville and Barcelona. His work has been published in several newspapers, magazines, books and catalogues including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner magazine, Heraldo de Aragón, El País, Avui Diumenge, Photo Metro, Foto Revista, Avui, San Mateo Times, El Semanal, Update, Inside SI and many others.
As an undergraduate and graduate student, he had three solo exhibitions in Saragossa, Barcelona and San Francisco. He has also participated in many group exhibitions in both private and public spaces. In 1994, he was selected to participate at the International Biennial “Primavera Fotográfica” organized by the Government of Catalonia. Some of the sponsors for these exhibitions include Foci, Agfa, Ilford, Norstar, the Government of Aragón and the General Consulate of Spain in San Francisco.
While at Saint Ignatius, he has organized and chaperoned trips to France, Spain and Costa Rica. He has also been coordinating an exchange program with Sant Ignasi in Barcelona for eighteen years in which more than 200 students have taken part of this international experience.
His student’s work has been on display in the Bay Area and other cities in the United States. Some large photography pieces have been selected to different shows at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and some of his students’ images have won National competitions. He teaches both traditional and digital photography.
Fine Arts Courses:
- Photography 1A, Photography 1B
Katie Wolf received her M.F.A. From the San Francisco Art Institute and her B.A. from Santa Clara University in 1972. She designed and implemented the visual arts curriculum at St. Ignatius in 1977 and has been teaching Art and Architecture 1A , Art and Architecture 1B, Studio Art A, Studio Art B, Studio Art C/Sacred Symbols, 3D Studies/Mixed Media Sculpture A, 3D studies/Mixed Media Sculpture B from that time to the present. As Scenic Artist and moderator of the student paint crew for all of the theatrical productions from 1973 to the present, she collaborates with the director, technical director and costumer in preparation for teaching the student paint crew the painting techniques necessary and an understanding of the communal nature of a theatrical production. In addition to her daily teaching load, Katie was chosen to receive the Spohn Excellence in Teaching Grant, received a Summer Curriculum Grant in 2000 to develop the Sacred Symbols course, has taught several Summer Intensives that challenged students to create large-scale outdoor sculptures that were designed for the S.I. campus, was chosen as artist-in-residence at the "Dump" ( Nor-Cal Waste Treatment Transfer Center) and guided nine high school students in a month long creative pursuit of forming sculptures from recycled materials in the studio on site at the "Dump", was selected as San Francisco high school art teacher of the year, was one of five high school architecture teachers selected nationally to participate in a week's residency at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and has been selected as a conference presenter at the annual National Art Education Association conference in New York, Miami, Minneapolis, Denver and Boston as well as a presenter at the California Arts Education Association. Her students consistently win honors at local and national competitions ranging from the annual Elks Lodge #3 high school art contest to the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition and the San Francisco bay area Eco-Arts High school competition. At St. Ignatius Katie has served as chair of the Faculty Development Board 1997-2000, member of the Board of Regents 1993-1997, member of the Principal Search Committee 1998, member of the Faculty Development Committee for Long Range Planning 1999 and Fine Art Department Chair 1994 to the present. Professional memberships include the National Art Education Association, Jesuit Secondary Education Association, National Catholic Education Association, International Sculpture Center, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, Artship Foundation, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums. In the larger community, Katie has served on the S.F. Archdiocesan Environment, Art and Architecture Committee, the California Province of the Society of Jesus Sponsorship Review Process Committee, board member of the Artship Foundation and continues as a working artist exhibiting and selling her work. Katie has been developing and implementing curriculum to teach the creative process for over 35 years in San Francisco. Subject areas include architecture, sculpture, painting and set design. Her teaching has inspired thousands of students to recognize and express their gift of creativity. Their work consistently receives national and regional honors. Her personal creative work ranges from environmental fabric designs for the vast and modern St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco to intimate sacred spaces, Byzantine icons and an Art and Nature Retreat site located in a pristine wilderness area of northern California. An ancient and personal symbol system imbues her large scale paintings, welded steel sculptures, stained glass pieces, painted fabric wall scrolls and wearable art with an energy that presents itself as a bridge allowing the Sacred to be sensed in our daily living.
Fine Arts Courses:
- Art and Architecture 1A, Art and Architecture 1B
- Studio Art A, Studio Art B
- Studio Art C/Sacred Symbols
- 3D Studies/Mixed Media Sculpture A, 3D Studies/Mixed Media Sculpture B
- Mixed Chorus A
- Chamber Singers A & B