As we begin the 2017-2018 Academic Year we are thrilled to welcome three new Trustees to the Board of San Francisco Art Institute.
Douglas Durkin has been a professional in the field of interior design for over 30 years. Douglas Durkin Design, founded in 2002, is a Bay Area based residential design firm, with a staff of 25, with projects throughout the United States and Europe. The firm’s work has been published widely, including Architectural Digest (listed as a Top 100 firm), Elle Décor and House Beautiful magazines. In addition, the firm has received numerous awards—most recently the Julia Morgan Award from the Northern California Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture, and the SFDC Designer of Distinction Award.
With a passion for the art of interior design and a seasoned knowledge and appreciation for fine antique furnishings, contemporary design, and fine art from all periods, Douglas is known for his romantic approach and skillful eclectic style. He is committed to expressing his client’s individual personalities by engaging with a wide array of artisans, artists, and craftspeople to create spaces that celebrate quality, uniqueness, and the hand made.
Douglas is one of the founders of FOG Design+Art, San Francisco's premier contemporary Art and Design Fair. He continues to serve on FOG's Steering Committee and as the FOG Forum Chair. He also serves as the acting Chair of SFMOMA's Architecture + Design Accessions Committee.
Michael Naify is an MFA graduate of SFAI who was born in San Francisco and comes out of a film and cable businesses background. In addition to English, he speaks Italian and Portuguese. In 1997 he founded Cosac and Naify Editions which, over twenty years, became Brazil’s largest art publisher of over 1,200 titles distinguished for its cutting edge publications and iconic cultural status.
In addition to his educational background in art, Michael has an MBA from University of San Francisco and has devoted a great deal of his varied talents to the restoration of historically significant Florentine Belles-Artes Renaissance properties. These include Medici and Strozzi palazzos and the restoration of more than 140,000 square feet in and around the city of Florence for both noncommercial and commercial purposes. He continues these activities today.
Michael has been a board member on both educational and for-profit institutions. He has served as such for the International School of Florence, the University Art Museum of UC Berkeley, Todd-AO Corporation, and now, SFAI.
Juana Schurman, born and raised in San Francisco, is an attorney and Senior Vice President of Oracle America, Inc. Juana received her BA from Hampshire College and her JD from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Juana enthusiastically attended SFAI during a summer college break and is married to artist Tony Ligamari who received both a BFA and an MFA from SFAI.
Juana is a past president and former board member of the Bay Area Ethics and Compliance Association, a member of the board of directors of the California Employment Law Council and a member of the legal committee of the Employers Group. Juana has been a volunteer at numerous organizations, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, and was an active member of her two childrens' school communities, including acting as an annual fund chair. Serving on the Board of SFAI allows Juana to combine her passions for art, education and San Francisco.