Faculty & Adjunct Faculty
Faculty for Spring 2014
LORENA ANGULO is a Mexican artist who works in metal, including metal clay, and mixed media. Her passion for her culture and its traditions plays a big role in her designs. Her work has been included in Metal Clay Beads, Exceptional Work in Metal Clay 2008 and 2009, Fusion Magazine (Journal of the International PMC guild) and featured at the Metal Clay Guru site.
KAREN BAKER received a BFA from Wayne State University and an MFA from Southern Methodist University with an emphasis in printmaking, drawing and painting. She is currently Registrar of Loans and Exhibitions at the San Antonio Museum of Art.
SYLVIA BENITEZ is a nationally known installation artist whose work has begun to explore landscape painting within the context of a site-specific agenda. She is the recipient of two Pollock-Krasner awards, an AICA award, and two National Endowment for the Arts Visiting Artist Awards. Benitez has led over 60 community-based mural workshops along the eastern seaboard.
MICHELLE BELTO holds a BA in Education with certifications in Art and Theater, and an MA in Fine Arts and Consciousness from John F. Kennedy University. 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 hand-made paper and wax.
SABRA BOOTH holds a BFA from the University of Houston and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is a nationally and internationally exhibiting artist with recent shows in New York and Germany. Booth also was a Fulbright Scholar to Finland and has been awarded grants by Artpace and by the Brooklyn Arts Council.
JUSTIN BOYD - SCULPTURE & INTEGRATED MEDIA DEPARTMENT CHAIR graduated from the University of Texas in San Antonio with a BFA in Ceramics and finished his MFA in Integrated Media at The California Institute of the Arts. Since returning to Texas in 2006, 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.
BRAD BRAUNE received his BA in Architecture from Texas Tech University. He taught watercolor from 1975-77 as part of the original faculty of the Southwest School of Art. He also teaches watercolor at other local arts institutions and shows locally and nationally.
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.
MIGUEL CORTINAS received a BFA from Texas A&M University–Kingsville and an MFA from The University of Texas at San Antonio. He is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of the Incarnate Word where he teaches drawing, painting, and printmaking. Miguel’s work is in numerous collections throughout the U.S., including The University of Texas at San Antonio and the AT&T Collection of 20th Century American Art.
MARGARET CRAIG - PRINTMAKING DEPARTMENT CHAIR received a BS in Biology, BS in Art and an MA with an emphasis in watercolor painting from the University of Wisconsin. Her MFA in Printmaking is from the University of Texas at San Antonio. A leader in non-toxic printmaking technology, she has demonstrated at national conferences. Craig was selected to represent the U.S. in China as part of the Sanbao International Printmaking project.
SHANNON CRIDER graduated from Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Studio Art; she also studied at the Marchutz School of Art in France. Her work was part of the 2013 Texas Biennial at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. Crider currently works at the McNay Art Museum.
JENNIFER DATCHUK graduated from the University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth with an MFA in Artisanry. While in school she studied abroad at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, West Africa and at the Sanbao Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China.
RIC DENTINGER, watercolorist, is a contemporary realist who paints traditional subjects. He learned to draw and paint at an early age and was 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.
TODD FICHTER earned his BFA in photography from Southwest Missouri State University. Fichter is a full-time graphic designer. He and his wife Kellie are the primary creative force behind Fishead Design Studio & Microgallery.
MIKE FISHER received his BA degree at the University of South Carolina and is currently pursuing his MA in Communication Arts at the University of the Incarnate Word. He has had cartoons and illustrations published in Starlog, Scary Monsters Magazine and Animation Magazine among others. Fisher creates award-winning independent short films which utilize both 2-D and 3-D animation, as well as video and motion-comic technique.
CASEY GALLOWAY 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 a BFA in printmaking from the University of Florida and an MFA in printmaking from the University of South Dakota. 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.
MEGAN HARRISON earned her BFA from Metropolitan State University of Denver and her MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She grew up on the Front Range of Colorado where the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains meet. The experience of growing up in a place where the massive and the expansive lay in dramatic contrast to one another has shaped her aesthetics and art making process. Megan has received a number of awards and exhibition opportunities, most notably exhibiting work in the San Antonio Draws Exhibition at the McNay Museum of Art.
NINA “SAM” HIBLER holds a BS from Stephen F. Austin State University. She was introduced to flame working when creating glass laboratories tools. Her background in science adds a wealth of knowledge to the nuances of glass art. Hibler is owner of Dream Fire Glass and specializes in the creation of one-of-a kind beads.
ROBERT HILS - FIBER DEPARTMENT CHAIR first gained interest in fiber as an undergraduate working toward a BS in Art Education from the University of Edinboro, PA. He studied Historic Preservation at the University of Vermont and received a Master Weaver certificate through the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Hils’ main area of concentration is weft-faced tapestry weaving.
MIRA HNATYSHYN received a BS at the University of Maryland and an MFA at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has exhibited her work locally and nationally. Hnatyshyn’s work appears in New American Paintings, No. 96 West Issue and her work is included in the Saatchi collection in London and other private collections.
DALE JENSSEN has been a full-time studio artist for over 20 years. As a metal worker she is self-taught and has been making sconces, lamps, chandeliers and illuminated sculptures since 1996.
GREGORY ALAN JOHNSON - FACULTY & STUDIO MANAGER studied art at San Jacinto Junior College before earning a degree in business at Southwest Texas State University. He earned his BFA with a concentration in Printmaking at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi and an MFA in Printmaking and Drawing at Texas Tech University.
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 (release spring 2012) and Vibrant Color (with Jane Dunnewold).
DIANA KERSEY received a BFA from Texas Tech University and an MFA in Ceramics from Washington State 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.
Jieun Beth Kim received her BFA in 2009 from the Savannah College of Art and Design and her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. She was born in College Station, but has travelled and lived in different cities throughout the United States, Canada, France and South Korea. Kim now works and creates in Austin, Texas.
GREG KINNEY, a successful advertising and fine art photographer for over thirty years, recently retired from his commercial business and now devotes his creative energies to ceramic sculpture, often incorporating digital imagery onto his pieces.
ELÉONORE LEE is a printmaker and book artist. She began her studies in the UK prior to attending the Art Institute of Chicago on exchange, where she first discovered her love for books and print. After training at the Tamarind Institute, she went to the University of Iowa to pursue an MFA and a Book Arts Certificate.
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.
DALE NEESE graduated in 1973 from Middle Tennessee State University majoring in Ceramics and has maintained a studio in San Antonio since 1980. Known for his quality-crafted stoneware, he has served as President of the San Antonio Potters’ Guild and as board member of several other local art organizations.
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.
TOBIN NIETO has over eight years experience and training in blacksmithing and has been teaching one-on-one bladesmithing privately.
SARAH PAGONA received her BA from Trinity University with an emphasis in Photography. She is currently a working artist and an art teacher at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio.
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 - FACULTY & METALS STUDIO MANAGER received her BFA in Jewelry Design and Metals from Pittsburg State University and earned her MFA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She allows a variety of materials such as metal, resin, paper-clay, wood, rubber and paints to inform her creative process.
CAT QUINTANILLA has a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also owned and operated a graphic design business. After studying stone carving in the Austin area, Kansas and New Mexico, she began teaching stone carving at the Austin Sculpture Academy. Quintanilla is a member of Women and Their Work and the Texas Society of Sculpture.
SARAH ROBERTS 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 currently lives in San Antonio, is resident artist and 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 has instructed and coordinated community-based art programs including, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Organization, and San Anto Cultural Arts Organization. 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.
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 San Antonio Museum of Art and University of Texas at San Antonio.
REGINA SANDERS - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS, holds Associate Degrees in Fine Arts and Illustration/Fashion from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She is a former fine arts instructor at a magnet school in Houston and coordinates the SSA Teen and SMD programs.
CHRIS SAUTER earned his BA from the University of the Incarnate Word and an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was a 1999 Artpace Artist-in-Resident, and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Sauter received the SSA 2011 Award for Teaching.
GARY SCHOTT - METALS DEPARTMENT CHAIR received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and his MFA in Metal/Jewelry Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Schott’s work explores human interaction through both sculptural mechanical forms and interactive wearable jewelry. His work is included in Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin.
SETH SCHWAIGER is an artist, curator and critic based in Texas and the United Kingdom. He received his BFA from the University of Wyoming and a MFA from the Glasgow School of Art where he went on to teach courses in drawing and sculpture for the Continuing Education Department. Schwaiger’s work is in collections nationally and internationally.
DENNIS SMITH - CERAMICS DEPARTMENT CHAIR received a BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Montana, with postgraduate work at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. He has exhibited his work in both national and international exhibitions. Smith's work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Arts and Perception, and Clay Times.
GAIL STOUFFER holds a BFA from C.W. Post/Long Island University. She serves as the National Education Director for Kilnfrog.com, teaching workshops in kiln formed glass and design. Gail has been a visiting instructor at The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Phoenix Center for the Arts, The Pittsburgh Glass Center, and The Las Vegas Glasscraft Expo. Gail specializes in custom architectural glass installations, and one-of-a-kind screen printed sculptural glass pieces. Gail is the founding President of the San Antonio Art Glass Guild and will complete her Masters of Art Education this year from Texas Tech University.
MELANIE LONG STRYBOS received a BS from Texas Christian University. She freelances as a decorative painter, surface designer and mosaicist, and worked on the restoration of the Empire Theater. Strybos is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists.
RYAN TAKABA - FACULTY & CERAMIC STUDIO MANAGER holds a BFA from University of Hawaii and an MFA in ceramics from Kent State University. He previously was the Artist-in-Residence/Studio Manager for the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth. Takaba has also taught at Mudflat Studios and Kent State University.
KATE TERRELL received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA from University of Texas at San Antonio. 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.
ROBERT TIEMANN received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 1960 and taught in the Harvard Summer Program for five years in the 1980s. For six of the 35 years he taught at Trinity University in San Antonio, he was Chair of the Art Department. Tiemann’s paintings are in the collections of American and European museums.
VINCENT VALDEZ - DRAWING & PAINTING DEPARTMENT CHAIR received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited his work at The Parsons School of Design in Paris, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum, The Seattle Museum of Art and the Mexican Museum in Chicago and has had solo exhibitions at the Southwest School of Art, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art and the Museo Alameda.
KEVIN VAN WINKLE received a BA in Art from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater and both an MA and MFA in ceramics from the University of Iowa. He has taught ceramics at Odessa College, Midland College and the Shreveport Center for Art and Craft. Kevin has exhibited his work in raku and salt firing in numerous national exhibitions.
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.
BECK WHITEHEAD - PAPER & BOOK ARTS DEPARTMENT CHAIR received a BA from Trinity University and an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Whitehead has taught papermaking workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Pyramid Atlantic, Haystack, and at national conferences.