Sam Hilt – Founder, Trip Director, Art Presentations
Sam was born in Munich, Germany, grew up in Newark, N.J., and studied French and Russian Literature at Brandeis University. After completing his M.A. in Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, he put his academic career on hold temporarily and went out into the world to see what that was like.
Over a period of about 15 years, he worked in various capacities including as a sharecropper, a sawyer in a lumber mill, a planter box maker, an English composition instructor, a bookstore/café owner, a San Francisco tour guide, a limousine driver, a computer store salesperson, a dBase III business applications developer, a software quality assurance testing manager, and a project management software implementation consultant—in more or less chronological order.
In the late 80s he decided to pursue a Masters degree in Psychology at Sonoma State University. Sam went on to study the psychology of art with a special focus on the Florentine Renaissance, and received his Doctorate from The Union Institute in 1995.
Sam enjoys languages and speaks Italian and French fluently, Russian quite badly, but Hebrew and Polish fairly decently. Sam is the author of three books, including The Uffizi Gallery
, a guidebook to Florence's greatest museum; Turning Tuscan: A Step-by-Step Guide to Going Native
, a tongue-in-cheek memoir of his family’s adventures in adjusting to life in Italy; and The Renaissance of Imagination
, an innovative study of key Renaissance artworks during Florence’s Golden Age (all available through Amazon).