Faculty & Adjunct Faculty

Faculty for Summer 2016

MICHELLE BELTO holds an MA in Fine Arts and Consciousness from John F. Kennedy University and a BA in Education with certifications in Art and Theater. Her work as a performer, educator, and visual artist spans more than thirty years, three continents, and thirteen publications. She divides her time between her two passions — teaching encaustics and studio art, with an emphasis on handmade paper and wax. 

KIM BISHOP has an MA in Gifted and Talented Curriculum from Texas State University and a BFA in Commercial Art from Southwest Texas State University. She has been teaching and practicing art for more than 26 years. Bishop’s works are installations of personal thematic issues in a variety of medium and techniques. 

DILLON BOYD is a designer, fabricator, and installer. He graduated from The University of Illinois Carbondale with a degree in Industrial Design. He has worked on many projects, including The San Antonio River Foundation Museum Reach, helped to design several restaurants, as well as enabling many artists realize their work through fabrication and installation. Currently he builds pipe organs and installs custom handmade sound systems.

JUSTIN BOYD  SCULPTURE & INTEGRATED MEDIA DEPARTMENT CHAIR finished his MFA in Integrated Media at The California Institute of the Arts and graduated from the University of Texas in San Antonio with a BFA in Ceramics. Boyd has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, recently including the Visual Art Center, Austin; Art Palace, Houston; UTSA Satellite Space; and Blue Star Contemporary Art Center. In addition, Boyd hosts a radio show each week on KRTU.

LISETTE CHAVEZ was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and holds an MFA from the University of Arizona and an MA from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi.  Chavez’s artwork has been exhibited in various locations throughout the United States, and internationally in Australia, Germany, Nicaragua, Argentina, Estonia, and Mexico.  Her work is held in numerous museum, universities, and private collections. 

LIZA COLLINS, born in London, trained as a painter at Northeast London Polytechnic, and later in tapestry at the Royal College of Art. Her tapestries are in many public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Contemporary Art Society of London.  

CHARLES COOPER was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He has a long tradition of blacksmithing through his mother’s side of the family.  Charles studied blacksmithing Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park learning from the resident master blacksmith, Kelly Kring  as well as attended the School for Visual Arts in Manhattan to further his skills.  

MARGARET CRAIG  PRINTMAKING DEPARTMENT CHAIR received an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also holds a BS in Biology, BS in Art, and an MA with an emphasis in painting from the University of Wisconsin.  A respected leader in less harmful printmaking technology, she has demonstrated at national conferences. Her work is shown nationally and internationally, she is part of numerous collections, and has been part of the Sanbao International Printmaking project.

JENNIFER DATCHUK • FACULTY & CERAMIC STUDIO MANAGER holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. Trained traditionally in ceramics, her current multidisciplinary work addresses conflict, as experienced through issues of identity, race, and gender. Datchuk has been awarded grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and Artpace for travel and for research the birthplace of porcelain in Jingdezhen, China. She exhibits work nationally and maintains Dim and Sum, a small design line of functional objects for the home. 

JESSICA DECUIR has an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a BFA from Webster University, St. Louis.  She has taught art courses at San Antonio College since 2000 and at SSA since 1999.  She is a professional artist and musician who has exhibited and performed music nationally and internationally.  

RIC DENTINGER, watercolorist, is a contemporary realist who paints traditional subjects. He learned to draw and paint at an early age and is primarily self-taught. Dentinger’s career began as a professional illustrator and art director. He has exhibited in many states throughout the US. Dentinger has been the recipient of many national awards and featured on the cover of Watercolor Artist Magazine. 

MIKE FISHER received his Master of Communication Arts degree from the University of the Incarnate Word and his BA degree at the University of South Carolina. Goofa Man Productions is Fisher’s one-man cartooning, illustration and animation studio; and he has been a cartoonist for the former Starlog magazine, as well as Animation Magazine, Modeler's Resource, and other publications.  His independent animation work on shorts have won several awards at film festivals.  

ANTHONY FRANCIS earned his MFA from the Academy of Art University and works in digital and traditional photographic processes. Specializing in portraiture, his work suggests ideas pertaining to universal humanity and the social self. 

CASEY GALLOWAY  INTERIM FIBERS PROGRAM COORDINATOR received a BFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas in Denton. A 2007 Kuhlman Foundation scholarship allowed her to travel and research Scandinavian weaving. She is an installation artist as well as a traditional weaver.

NICOLE GEARY earned an MFA in printmaking from the University of South Dakota and a BFA in printmaking from the University of Florida. She has exhibited in juried shows nationally including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Spudnik Press Cooperative, and Washington Printmaker’s Gallery. Her prints are included in several collections, both national and international.  

JOE HARJO   FACULTY & PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO MANAGER received his MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma. He exhibits regionally and his work is in many private collections. 

DEBORAH HARRISON has been weaving since 1986 and continues to explore new styles and techniques of weaving. She weaves mostly rep rugs but enjoys the occasional diversion of triaxial weaving. Her work has been exhibited nationally and examples of her work have been published in Weavers, the Best of Weaver’s series, and Handwoven. She teaches throughout Texas.

NANCY HENEGAN holds a BFA in Fibers from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls. She previously was the Studio Programs Coordinator at the SSA. Nancy has taught art to adults and children in a variety of settings including SSA’s Mobile Art Program.

GREGORY ALAN JOHNSON  FACULTY & STUDIO MANAGER received his MFA in Printmaking and Drawing at Texas Tech University and his BFA with a concentration in Printmaking at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. He also studied art at San Jacinto Junior College before earning a degree in business at Texas State University.  

BLAKE KENNEDY  FACULTY & CERAMIC STUDIO TECHNICIAN graduated from Appalachian State University with a BFA in ceramics and sculpture.  Prior to moving to San Antonio, he operated his own studio in Boone, NC and was the clay area Studio Manager at Appalachian State University.  Regional exhibitions include the Catherine Smith Gallery, Boone, NC; Handmade in America, Asheville, NC; and The Greenhill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC.

LISA KERPOE is a full-time studio artist and facilitator. She creates paintings on cloth, incorporating water-based media and mixed-media techniques. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. Kerpoe authored two books on surface design techniques, Visual Texture on Fabric and Vibrant Color (with Jane Dunnewold).

DIANA KERSEY received her MFA in Ceramics from Washington State University and her BFA from Texas Tech University.  She currently owns and operates Kersey Architectural Ceramics, which specializes in custom architectural ceramics, reproductions, and unique ceramic ware. Kersey received the SSA 2010 Award for Teaching.

NADIA KHAN has been a silk painter since the 1980s and continues to study new techniques and explore different styles of painting. Her designs are used for fabrics, scarves, and paintings. She teaches at various institutions, including the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

JULIA BARBOSA LANDOIS earned an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her interdisciplinary works have been featured in museums, galleries, and festivals throughout the United States and internationally.  Her awards include artist residencies in New Mexico, Norway, and Germany.  Landois is the SSA’s Teen Program Coordinator.

MALEK LAZRI received his BFA in Metals from Texas State University and is the SSA Metals Department Artist-in-Residence. He is searching tirelessly for the keys to success through art and design.

ÉLÉONORE LEE • INTERIM PAPER & BOOK ARTS DEPARTMENT CHAIR holds an MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa. Starting out as a painter in the UK, she  became a printmaker whilst an exchange student at the Art Institute of Chicago, primarily because she was told not to. Understanding that technical knowledge is an artist's best tool led her to train at the Tamarind Institute in NM and study Book Arts at the UICB. As well as making her own work, her multi-disciplinary practice includes collaborating with authors as well as other visual artists.

JEANNETTE MACDOUGALL is a studio artist and arts consultant.  She has worked as an art educator for over 20 years for the San Antonio Art Institute, San Antonio Children’s Museum, and SSA.  MacDougall is a former Resident Director at Moulin a Nef, an arts residency program in Auvillar, France.

ANGELA MANN earned her MA from Eastern Illinois University with a majoring in 3-D Art with a minor in 2-D art, and her BFA from Midwestern State University, where she majored in ceramics and minored in painting. Angela taught for SAISD, until retiring in 2015.  She has taught ceramics classes to beginning and intermediate students at Southwest School of Art for close to 10 years.

BENJAMIN MCVEY received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas-San Antonio with a focus on painting, 3-dimensional, and text-based work and his BFA in Communication Design from Texas State University. Before attending graduate school, he studied painting and drawing in New York City at the Art Students League and National Academy School. He has exhibited in New York and Texas and has numerous works in private collections.

LACEY B MILLS received her MFA in Printmaking from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia and her BFA in Painting and Drawing from The University of Texas at El Paso. Her work deals with social and gender roles, using printmaking as a basis for her large scale pieces. She has exhibited in Mexico, Italy, and throughout the United States. 

*ANALISE MINJAREZ has a BFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas. Inspired by art education for all ages, she specializes in net-making and macramé workshops. In her artwork, she invokes a sense of calmness and self-awareness, connecting with her audience through Southwest minimalism. Drawing on abstract imagery of the desert, Mexican culture and Medieval Catholicism, she creates objects that honor her subconscious. 

MAGGIE MORAWIETZ graduated from the Technische Hochschule, Reutlingen, Germany and the Meisterschule für Mode, Munich with degrees in Textile Design and Fashion Graphics. The multi-disciplinary German has exhibited her award-winning fiber pieces across the US and internationally before expanding her skills in the metals department of the Southwest School of Art seven years ago. Morawietz is a contributor to Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist Magazine. 

JOHN NELSON received a BS degree in Industrial Arts Education from Brigham Young University and has taught in the Bureau of Indian Affairs education system.  He is an active member of the San Antonio Potters Guild, having served several terms on the board of directors.  His art, ceramics, and paper casting have been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

SAMANTHA OSTOS is a local freelance art educator who works with students of all ages in a wide variety of mediums.   Ostos has taught for SSA’s Mobile Arts Program, Summer Art Studios, The McNay, Communities in Schools of San Antonio and the San Antonio Children’s Shelter. 

VICTOR PAGONA  PHOTOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT CHAIR earned his MFA in Photography and Sculpture at the University of South Carolina and his MA in Art History at the University of Wisconsin. His most recent body of work was created using a combination of digital and silver-based media along with other materials.

JILLIAN PALONE  METALS DEPARTMENT CHAIR earned her MFA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and received her BFA in Jewelry Design and Metals from Pittsburg State University. She allows a variety of materials such as metal, resin, paper-clay, wood, rubber, and paints to inform her creative process.  

*JENNY PELC-CHANDELA holds both a Bachelors and Masters in Architecture from Tulane University. She combines a lifelong love of textiles with her formal background in design, splitting her time between architecture and weaving—teaching students of both. Pelc-Chandela’s textile interests include clothing construction and textile design, specifically related to weaving. Her work has been included in juried regional art shows and has been published in Handwoven Magazine.

KAELA PUENTE is currently an ceramic MFA student at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has been teaching at UTSA as a graduate instructor.  She received her BFA from the University of the Incarnate Word.  Puente has exhibited her work in exhibitions in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and most recently Containment: Lidded Forms in North Carolina.

SARAH T. ROBERTS  FACULTY & METALS STUDIO MANAGER received her MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Texas Tech University with a secondary emphasis in digital photography.  Her work explores the relationship between art and the human form through the creation of sculpture, photography, and video, and has been selected for many national exhibitions. She is co-director of Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery.

ALEX RUBIO is currently the Mosaic Studio Manager for the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. As an arts organizer, he instructed in and coordinated community-based art programs including the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and San Anto Cultural Arts. As a studio artist, Rubio continues to illustrate and describe past and present life in San Antonio, documenting both cultural and personal experiences in his drawings and paintings.  

DANIEL RIOS RODRIGUEZ, born in Killeen and currently lives and works in San Antonio. He received an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale School of Art, and a BFA from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Rodriguez has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally including a solo exhibition of paintings in New York City in early 2014.

KIMBERLY RUMFELT received her MFA in Studio Art from East Carolina University where she was an Instructor of Record, Studio Technician, and a Teaching Assistant of Design; she received her BFA from Texas Tech University.  She is currently working with NEISD and teaches both beginning and Advanced Placement Sculpture students at Claudia Taylor Johnson High School.

RAMIN SAMANDARI has been a fine art photographer for the past 20 years.  He has owned and operated his studio, Magical Realism, since 1998. His work has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions and is in the permanent collection of the San Antonio Museum of Art and University of Texas at San Antonio.

CHRIS SAUTER   INTERIM DRAWING & PAINTING DEPARTMENT CHAIR earned an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his BA from the University of the Incarnate Word.  He was a 1999 Artpace Artist-in-Resident, and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Sauter received the SSA 2011 Award for Teaching.

ANSEN SEALE time-based works of photographic art have been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally and have been collected by corporate, institutional, and private collectors. In 2009, he received the Bernard Lifshutz Award in the Visual Arts from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and his work is in the permanent collection of the San Antonio Museum of Art;The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas, Austin; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Salta, Argentina.

*DIANNE SONNENBERG is an internationally recognized award-winning mosaic artist.  She has a BA in psychology from the University of Michigan but changed paths in 2003 when she began studying mosaic arts. She is now a full-time studio artist and instructor. 

RYAN TAKABA  CERAMICS DEPARTMENT CHAIR holds an MFA in Ceramics from Kent State University and a BFA from University of Hawaii.  Takaba has also taught at Kent State University and University of Massachusetts–Darmouth where he was also an Artist-in-Residence/Studio Manager.

KATE TERRELL received her MFA from University of Texas at San Antonio and her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches a variety of art-related subjects including creative dance and lectures about art for adult education. For Terrell, drawing has been a mainstay while making sculptures and paintings throughout her life as an artist. 

JEREMIAH TEUTSCH holds a BFA from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. He currently works at the McNay Art Museum and is a political illustrator for the Current and Local Community News. He is a founding member of Agora, a community art space. He is a frequent design collaborator with both Attic Rep and The Aesthetic of Waste. He also works as a visual artist, musician, sketch comedy actor, scientist, and inventor when time permits.

*DONALD TUCKER was trained as a commercial illustrator, but left the advertising business to become a full-time studio artist. As a sculptor, he specializes in creating large-scale works in ferrocement employing the faux bois tradition. Tucker is considered a leading authority on the technique and teaches workshops nationwide. 

SAM VELASQUEZ holds a BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio; he attended Palo Alto College where he discovered his love for painting before transferring to UTSA. He has also been invited to participate in numerous group exhibitions including at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum and, most recently, at Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s Educational and Cultural Arts Center.

LARRY WEST owns and operates Dragonfire Hot Glass Studio.  West has a BA in Art Education from Kent State University and has studied at the Pilchuck Glass School.  He is an art teacher for the Northside Independent School District.

*SARAH WESTRUP is a fiber artist from the Texas-Mexico borderlands whose passion for fibers and natural materials has led her to the process of naturally dyeing cloth and alternative surfaces. She explores the use of natural dyes, nets, and even rocks to create sculptures and installations that examine her homeland. She received her BFA in Fibers at the University of North Texas and has studied under well-known natural dyers such as Catharine Ellis and Sasha Duerr. Sarah teaches natural dye workshops throughout Texas to inspire natural color in people’s artistic practices. 

SHALENA WHITE, originally from Northern California, is a metalsmith, sculptor, and educator. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin.  Her large installation, Mountain Laurel Mandala II, was selected by popular vote as the 2014 People’s Choice Award at Austin City Hall and was purchased as part of the city’s permanent collection.

JEREMY ZUNKER has worked with hardware since he could get a hold of a screwdriver. His skills range from embedded systems, computer and electrical engineering, telecommunications, and software development. Zunker dabbles in art, has been an exhibiting artist in Luminaria, and collaborated on art works with local artists. Additionally he dabbles in neuroscience, amateur radio, and science. He does electrical engineering and technology consulting and is Vice-Chair of 10BitWorks Makerspace.