About SSA

Southwest School of Art is a nationally-recognized leader in arts education and the only independent college of art in Texas. In addition to our BFA degree program, we offer studio programs that serve more than 4,000 adults, children and teens each year. 

We also host contemporary art exhibitions and produce educational programming for the benefit of the greater San Antonio community, all of which, is provided free and is open to the public.  The campus is also home to a small history museum, and a lunch café. During a typical year, more than 225,000 people attend events, view exhibitions, enroll in classes and visit the historic site.

Our historic site is the former home of the Ursuline Convent & Academy, which was originally founded in 1851 as the first school for girls in San Antonio. This area includes extensive ceramics and fibers studios, an extensive Young Artist Programs area, and tranquil gardens and historic buildings that make it a favorite “downtown oasis.”

Located across the street is the John L. Santikos Building, which houses our contemporary exhibition galleries and 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.

The mission of the 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.

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Southwest School of Art is grateful for the continued support of the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture.

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