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Southwest School of Art teaches and advances the visual arts for the benefit of students seeking higher education and for others seeking education and enrichment. 



Bachelor of Fine Arts

Southwest School of Art is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is a nationally recognized leader in visual arts education, offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, as well as studio art programs for adults, children, and teens. Graduates from Southwest School of Art’s BFA degree program acquire the business, critical thinking, and studio skills necessary for careers as working artists and engaged citizens.


"I am pursuing a BFA because I want to learn what it takes to be a professional working artist by professional working artists. I've already earned a BS from a larger institution where I felt like just a number. At SSA I can explore my creative passions while being seen and heard. I spent so many years giving my time to things I had to do rather than what I wanted to do. Pursuing my BFA is me taking a chance on myself and my talents. Something you're passionate about should always have the opportunity to be explored."

First Year SSA Student Nia Jaramillo



Jillian Sortore

Chair of Metals

SSA Chair and Professor of Metals Jillian Sortore received her Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2010 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jewelry Design and Metals from Pittsburg State University in 2006. A variety of materials inform her work, which ranges from cheerfully lightweight and bright earrings to wearable sculptural adornment. Jillian’s work is featured at Equinox Gallery in San Antonio and is included in the current exhibition Amend, an invitational online exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.


Upcoming Event Highlights    

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
SSA Offices and Studios Closed
Mon. Jan 18, 2021

College Information Zoom Session
Sat. Feb 6, 2021


Virtual Portfolio Prep Day
For SSA College Application
Sat. Feb. 13, 2021



2020 Senior Thesis Exhibition

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Featuring a wide array of classes to meet the needs of beginning through advanced artists. 





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