The Southwest School of Art is a nationally-recognized leader in arts education, currently offering studio programs for more than 4,000 adults, children and teens annually on its campus.
The school also organizes contemporary art exhibitions, and houses a small history museum, and a lunch café. During a typical year, more than 225,000 people attend events, view exhibitions, enroll in classes or visit the historic site.
Located on two adjacent campuses, the school’s Ursuline Campus is the former home of the Ursuline Convent & Academy, originally founded in 1851 as the first school for girls in San Antonio. On this campus are the school’s extensive ceramics and fibers studios, its Young Artist Programs area, the tranquil gardens, arching trees and historic buildings that make the school San Antonio’s favorite “downtown oasis.”
The Navarro Campus is the site of the school’s contemporary exhibition galleries and its high-tech classrooms and studios for photography, metals, printmaking, digital imaging, paper and book arts, as well as drawing and painting and 3-D media.
Our institutional mission is to teach, preserve, and advance the visual arts. We expand the creative potential of our community and connect cultures of the world through participatory learning experience. An additional part of our mission is to preserve the former Ursuline Convent and Academy as a place of historic significance.