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Founder and President

George Smith is an internationally recognized scholar and has long been a leader and innovator in American education. In 2006 Dr. Smith founded the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. IDSVA is the first and only school in the world to offer a PhD in philosophy for visual artists, curators and creative scholars.

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Executive Vice President & CFO

Amy Curtis has been working in the administration of IDSVA since its founding in 2006. Prior to that, she worked as a fashion designer. She ran her own custom design studio for seven years, designing and producing couture wedding dresses.

Contact Amy
(207) 879-8757

Simonetta Moro

Director of School & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Simonetta Moro is a visual artist and theorist, with a focus on painting, drawing and mapping practices. She has broad teaching experience, and her work has been exhibited and published internationally. Dr. Moro was born in Italy, and currently lives in New York City.

Contact Dr. Moro
(347) 966-1096

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Director of Administration & Director of Admissions

Molly Davis recently moved back to her home state of Maine, after six years in New York City. In NYC, she worked for numerous art galleries and non-profit organizations. Molly has her BA in Studio Art from Gettysburg College and a Master's in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute.

Contact Molly
(207) 771-8887

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