Faculty Co-Chair, Fine Arts; Professor, Art, Art Department Chair
M.F.A. Fine Art, Vermont College of Fine Art, Montpelier, Vermont
B.S. FineArt, C.U.N.Y. Baccalaureate Program, New York City, New York
A.S. Fine Art, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, New York
Year I Started at CHC:2017
Renée Azenaro is an artist, curator, arts educator, and exhibiting artist from Brooklyn, New York. Presently, she is an Associate Professor of Art at Crafton Hills College. Renée received her M.F.A. in Fine Arts at Vermont College, a B.S. in Fine Arts from City University of New York (C.U.N.Y.), and an A.A. in Fine Arts at Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, New York.
Her art practice includes sculpture, installation, mixed-media, painting, printmaking, photography, and sound and performance works, which have been exhibited nationally and abroad.
As an artist educator, in addition to higher education, Renée has developed and taught within urban art programs for senior citizens, foster children, homeless children and their families, urban housing centers, and within inter- generational art programs in under-served communities throughout New York City and California. She has been on the art faculty and served as gallery curator in private colleges at Warren Wilson College, North Carolina, the Sage Colleges, New York and at the University of Redlands, California.
Her experiences within socially active organizations as director of art programs and art instructor in New York City include Henry Street Settlement House, Children’s Aid Society, Catholic Charities Organization. Within the Inland Empire, she has worked with the Boys and Girls Club, and Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County, and teaches in the summer arts program at Idyllwild Arts.
Yuki Toyooka Smith
Assistant Professor of Art
MFA, Fine Art. California State University Los Angeles, CA
BFA, Printmaking. State University of New York New Paltz, NY
AA, Fine Art. Fulton Montgomery Community College, NY
Year I Started at CHC:2020
Yuki Toyooka Smith (Yuki Toy) is an artist and author in Los Angeles. She grew up in Hokkaido, Japan, and she specialize in Anatomy Illustration and Figure Drawing. She has been published in multiple medical illustration books and her artwork has been part of the curriculum at USC and Cal Tech. Yuki received an MFA from California State University Los Angeles, and a BFA from SUNY New Paltz, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post Japan. Known for anatomical illustration in muted, pastel tones, her colored pencils create a subdued and nostalgic feel–evoking a tradition that spans from Nicolas Henri Jacob to Frank Henry Netter. Yuki continues to create her anatomy illustration for a future text book to help her art students, and has art exhibitions annually at Gallery 30 South in Pasadena, CA.