Magtillt van Thiel
Magtillt van Thiel was one of the original faculty members and taught portrait oil painting and life drawing at the Academy 1978 - 1979. She was born in the Netherlands and grew up in New Orleans. In 1963 she received a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1964 she was awarded a Cresson European Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The hallmark of van Thiel's work are her portraits. She has had many exhibitions and commissions in New Orleans, Philadelphia and Orlando. She currently resides and paints in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.