Paula Owen

Paula Owen - President

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Paula Owen began her tenure as President of Southwest School of Art in 1996.  Since then, the School’s size, scope, and influence have grown considerably and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program has been added.

Owen has served on national and regional boards and panels, including the Pew Artist Fellowships and the National Endowment for the Arts. She currently serves on the board of Centro San Antonio, on VisitSA's Cultural Task Force, and on the Public Art Committee.  Owen is a published writer and co-authored the book, Objects and Meaning: New Perspectives on Art and Craft, published by Scarecrow Press.  She has also been the curator of many exhibitions and written numerous exhibition catalogs.

Owen is also a practicing artist and holds an MFA in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has shown her work in numerous group and solo shows throughout the nation.

Dr. Edward J. Dupuy, Dean

Edward J. Dupuy - Dean

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Edward J. Dupuy has worked in a variety of positions in higher education, most recently as Dean of Graduate Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design and before that as Provost and Academic Vice President at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT. He is the author of Autobiography in Walker Percy, published by LSU press. He earned a PhD and M.A. in English from LSU in Baton Rouge, and a B.A. from Saint Joseph Seminary College. He has published several articles and reviews on southern writers, religion and literature, and autobiographical approaches to fiction. He is a sometimes poet and golfer. He and his wife, Jan, are the parents of three college-aged children, and they are happy to be living in San Antonio.

Kevin Conlon

Kevin Conlon - Vice President for Finance and Administration

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Kevin Conlon has served as faculty and administrator at private art and design schools for more than 20 years, with leadership posts as Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design from 2004 to 2008, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ringling College of Art and Design from 2008 to 2011, and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for Columbus College of Art and Design from 2011 to 2016

In 2016, Conlon established KEY International Education Consulting to provide support for domestic and international education clients seeking new markets, providing expertise in program design, articulation, assessment, accreditation, and strategic planning. In addition to the clients he’s supported, Conlon has written papers and presentations for the National Art Education Association (NAEA), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Interactions Magazine, the College Art Association (CAA), and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Conlon holds a BFA from University of South Alabama and an MFA from Ohio State University, and maintains his studio practice with sculptural works in concrete, bronze, cast resin, clay, and fiberglass.

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