Faculty & Adjunct Faculty

Faculty for Spring 2016


MELINDA ADAMS is an Associate Professor in fashion management at the University of the Incarnate Word, with graduate degrees from the University of Wyoming and an undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska. Her surface design and textile art pieces have been included at national and international shows such as AQS, ITAA, and Hoffman Challenge.

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 on the Metal Clay Guru site.

JESSE AMADO holds a MFA and a BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio; he also holds a BA degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. A native of San Antonio, he currently resides in both San Antonio and New York. Amado’s  work is included in various public and private collections throughout Texas, the United States and abroad including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.  

KAREN BAKER received an MFA from Southern Methodist University with an emphasis in printmaking, drawing and painting and a BFA from Wayne State University. She is currently Registrar of Loans and Exhibitions at the San Antonio Museum of Art. 

ANDRE BALLY received a BS in Landscape Architecture/Design from Texas A&M University with further studies at Sam Houston State University.  He has been working with clay for over 35 years and, having a specific interest in surface textures, has been utilizing sandblasting in his work in ceramics and glass for the past 20 years.  Bally’s work can be found on exhibit in private collections in Canada, Europe, North Africa, and the United States. 

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 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. 

ORLANDO GRAVES BOLAÑOS graduated with a Fine Arts MFA from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Throughout his 26 years abroad in Spain, art education has played a fundamental part of his career. He presently is completing his PhD in Art Theory with focus on the contribution of Latino and Chicano artists to the mainstream art movements and is the Art Education Manager at The DoSeum.

SABRA BOOTH holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from the University of Houston. 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. 

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.

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.

KAT COLE received her MFA from East Carolina University and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and was a Visiting Professor in Metals/Jewelry at Western Michigan University.  Cole is currently a full-time studio artist in Dallas, TX and is the co-founder of Jewelry Edition. She has been a presenter at Yuma Symposium and Craft Boston, teaches workshops nationally and has exhibited internationally.  Cole’s work is in private and public collections including The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and Houston Museum of Fine Art.  

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 an MFA from The University of Texas at San Antonio and a BFA from Texas A&M University–Kingsville.  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 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 watercolor painting from the University of Wisconsin.  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.

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 but works multidisciplinary, her 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 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. 

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 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.  

HELENE FRENDE is completing a BFA in Communication Design with an emphasis in Illustration at Texas State. University. She is a published illustrator and has previously taught Anime illustration classes at Summer Art Studios at the Southwest School of Art and a summer program of beginner's art classes at the Semmes Public Library.

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.  

CECILIA CASTRO-HANCOCK, native of Mexico, graduated from the University of Our Lady of the Lake of San Antonio with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. She earned a certificate in Ceramics at the Southwest School of Art and has been a ceramic artist for over 25 years. Her work has been in multiple collective and individual exhibits in the USA and Mexico and has been the recipient of several awards.  

KAREN HARDY is a graduate of the book arts & printmaking MFA Program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her practice is centered on an experimental approach to materials, and is influenced by her background in the natural sciences. She uses innovative hand papermaking techniques and a variety of non-traditional materials in her artist books, sculpture, and installation. Widely exhibited across the country and abroad, her artist books have received numerous awards and are held in national and international collections. 

JOE HARJO, 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 is in many private collections. 

LINDSAY HENDRICKS is an Austin, TX based jeweler and educator. She received her BFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from the University of North Texas and has also studied metalsmithing abroad in Italy though the University of Georgia. She is the founder of a Jewelry Outreach Program for teens in public schools and the Young Metalsmiths Program Director for Creative Side Jewelry Academy. Her work has been featured in multiple jewelry galleries and other juried exhibitions in the United States. 

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.

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. 

MIRA HNATYSHYN received an MFA at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a BS at the University of Maryland. 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.

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 as 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.

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.

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.

EMILY MARTIN earned a MFA degree in painting from the University of Iowa and in 1998 became a faculty member at the University’s Center for the Book. She started the Naughty Dog Press in 1996 to produce her own limited edition artist’s books.  Martin’s books are included in public and private collections throughout the United States and internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art,  the Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, , the Library of Congress, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and others. She has received grants and residencies from the College Book Arts Association, the Center for Book Arts in New York City, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina among others. 

DEBORAH MERSKY has developed and refined the technique of clay printing. In addition to her studio pursuits, she has worked in the field of Public Art and has completed many projects in Seattle, Austin, and across the country including BRACT, a set of glass, metal, and paving projects for The University Health Systems Hospital in San Antonio. Much of her architecturally related work is based in printed imagery. Mersky has been a visiting artist at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, the Seattle Public Schools, and Altos De Chavon in the Dominican Republic.  

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. 

SUSIE MONDAY has a Fine Arts degree from Trinity University and works as a consultant, writer, teacher, and fabric and exhibit designer.  She produces and sells textile collage paintings, teaches iPad courses for artists, and is co-author of The Missing Alphabet, a book on creativity.

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.

LISA NIGRO holds an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Texas at Austin and a BFA in Painting from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Nigro is an interdisciplinary, multi-media artist working in painting, sculpture, and interactive installation art. She is Adjunct Professor at Houston Community College and teaches in SSA’s Mobile Arts Program.

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, 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.  

MATT REBHOLZ received his MFA from the University of Texas, Austin in 2008 and his BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000.  His comics, prints, and works on paper have been shown nationally and internationally, and he is the creator of the psychedelic/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic/western/mytho-cosmic graphic novel The Astronomer.  He lives in Austin, TX and is a Lecturer of Studio Art at Texas State University.

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 Cneter 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, TX, 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.

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 SMD program.

CHRIS SAUTER, DIRECTOR OF FOUNDATION STUDIES 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.

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, 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.

JESSICA TOLBERT received her MFA in Metal from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her BFA in Metal/Jewelry from Texas State University.  She is a maker and educator and was the Metals Department 2014-2015 Artist-in-Resident and currently teaches at University of Texas as El Paso.

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.

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.

JEFFREY WHEELER holds a MFA in Drawing & Painting from Central Washington University and a BFA in Design Communications from Texas Tech University. He is currently in residence at the Charles Adams Studio Projects in Lubbock, TX.  Known for his surreal and often humorous take on life on the South Plains, which manifests itself in hundreds of drawings, paintings, collages and ceramics; Wheeler’s work has been featured in exhibitions all around the world.  

SHALENA WHITE, originally from Northern California, is a metalsmith, sculptor, and educator. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. One of her large installations, 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

BECK WHITEHEAD, PAPER & BOOK ARTS DEPARTMENT CHAIR received an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a BA from Trinity University.  Whitehead has taught papermaking workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Pyramid Atlantic, Haystack, and at national conferences.  

LYN WOODS received a certificate in ceramics from the Southwest School of Art in 2007.  She also has studied ceramics at Anderson Ranch.  Woods has previously taught ceramic classes for The Firehouse in Del Rio, Texas. 

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.