Faculty & Adjunct Faculty

Faculty for Summer 2015

ALAMO BASEMENT is run by local artist, John Medina. He runs a print shop and design firm nestled deep in the heart of San Antonio, TX currently focusing on limited edition, hand carved, woodblock prints and t-shirts.

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 Dallas Museum of Art; Blanton Museum of Art, San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. His work was recently included in the SSA exhibition Confections and Fictions.  

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.

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.

FELIPE BARAJAS earned his BA at the Instituto America in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was for many years a kindergarten teacher at the Circle School and has taught puppetry and art at the Instituto de México.

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 hand-made paper and wax.

STACY BERLFEIN has a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and a MFA in Drawing from University of Texas at San Antonio. She currently teaches at Northwest Vista College.

KIM BISHOP has a 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.

LAUREL BODINUS is a sculptor and costume designer who has worked for the San Antonio Children’s Museum, Guadalupe Theatre and Magik Children’s Theatre. She has taught in Summer Art Studios since 1998.

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.

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. 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.

JOSEPH BUSHMAN is a fine arts graduate of duCret School of the Arts and studied painting at the Art Students League, NYC. He has exhibited in juried shows nationally and his work can be found in private collections. Landscapes, seascapes and animal portraits are the focus of his work. In addition to his oil paintings he has professionally worked in all aspects of interior design.

ROBERT CELIS received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has received numerous academic and artistic awards. He has both a BFA and BS from Virginia Commonwealth University in both Craft/Material Studies and Psychology.

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.

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. 

JESSICA BARNETT 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.

ESTEBAN DELGADO holds a BFA degree from Texas A & M University at Kingsville and an MFA degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio. He has exhibited in Mexico and Austria and is a recent Idea Fund recipient.

SUSAN FAKTOR has been working in and teaching stained glass for many years and has introduced the art form to kids and families at SSA’s Saturday Morning Discovery for more than ten years.

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 like Alpha Worm and Invisible Master, among others, have won several awards at film festivals across the country. 

SARAH FOX earned her BA from Southwestern University in Georgetown and is currently working towards her MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She works in a variety of materials including drawing, painting and collage.

HELENA FRENDE is completing a BFA in Communication Design with an emphasis in Illustration at TX St. 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 and is currently is working toward her MFA from the University of Texas San Antonio. 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.

JENNY GIUFFRIDA received a BFA from the University of the Incarnate Word. Giuffrida has been an artist-teacher in the SSA’s Mobile Arts Program since 2005.

ANDREA GUTTMAN, graduate of the School of Visual Arts, BFA, has taught art to pre-school through senior citizens in alternative settings in the NYC area. She has designed and implemented many hands on programs teaching: painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and bookmaking. Her own work consists of mixed media drawings and intimate constructions utilizing found materials.

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.

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 Southwest Texas State University.

AMY JONES received a BS in Art from the University of Oregon. She has exhibited locally and has taught for many years in SSA’s Mobile Arts Program.

BLAKE KENNEDY is a ceramic artist who makes wheel thrown and altered functional forms.  He received a BFA from Appalachian State University with concentrations in Ceramics and Sculpture.  He is currently the Ceramic Studio Technician at Southwest School of Art.

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 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.

JUSTIN KORVER Justin Korver is an art student living and working in San Antonio, Texas. Originally from a small town in the northwest corner of Iowa, Justin moved to Holland, Michigan to complete his undergraduate work at Hope College. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree at University of Texas at San Antonio and has received the Presidential Assistance Fellowship.

JULIE LEDET received her MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a BFA from Nicholls State University. She is the Communications and Marketing Assistant at the McNay Art Musuem. Ledet’s work has been been exhibited nationally and internationally.

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. 

THE LULLWOOD GROUP is an artist collective that seeks to encourage audience participation, foster exploration and promote art discovery in many forms. The Lullwood group consists of Chris Castillo, Emily Delgado, Esteban Delgado, Joseph Duarte, Joe Harjo, Julie Ledet, Clay McClure, Andrew Leo Stansbury and Connie Swann. 

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.

MARGUERITE MCCARTHY is a painter, printmaker and graphic designer. She holds an MFA in painting from George Washington University and a BS in Art Education from Louisiana State University. 

LENORA MCQUEEN is a craftsperson, art educator, and doll and puppet maker. McQueen teaches in SSA’s Mobile Arts Program and in the KIDS: Architecture in the Schools program.

LACEY 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. Mill’s current work is centered on the abstraction of the female form through the use of photography, sculpture and installation. She has exhibited in Mexico, Italy, and throughout the United States.

VICTORIA MONTALTO received a BA from the University of the Incarnate Word. Former Director of Visual Art for Say Sí, Montalto has worked as an artist-in-residence in Harlandale ISD and with SSA’s Mobile Arts Program.

RAY MORALES is a native of Mexico and received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a practicing registered architect and has been enthusiastically learning at the Southwest School of Art for the last 12 years. He is a member of the San Antonio Potters Guild and past PR Committee Chair. Morales is known for his thrown and then manipulated porcelain forms and their intricately decorated slipped surfaces.   He exhibits and sells his ceramic work locally. 

RAY MUNOZ earned a BFA with an emphasis in painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His work focuses on the idea of memory and shared experience, while incorporating various techniques and materials. Munoz teaches with the SSA’s Mobile Arts Program.

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 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.

SUSAN OAKS is a recognized artist in basketry, as well as a long-time artist-teacher in SSA’s Young Artist Programs. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She has an all level certification in Art Education. Oaks’ work has been shown nationally.

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.

JILLIAN PALONE, FACULTY & INTERIM 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. 

MOLLY PAULICK holds a BA in Painting from Azusa Pacific University in California. She currently works as a graphic designer and continues her art making practice in painting and sculpture; her true joy is teaching art through interactive, mixed media experiences.

CHRISTOPHER RABB has been passionate about art since his early childhood, beginning with cartoons and comic books, which has greatly influenced his work throughout high school, college and graduate school. He holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Texas in Denton and an MA in Arts in 2008 along with an MFA in Arts in 2010, both from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.

ALEXIS RIDEAU received her BFA in Art from Carnegie Mellon University where she specialized in sculpture and installation. She is now the Youth Program Director at Whimsy Art Studio.

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 was a former Metals Department Artist-in-Resident and co-director of Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery.

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 recent solo exhibition of paintings in New York City in early 2014.

MIKI RODRIGUEZ was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. She received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Houston. Rodriguez has taught art for over 30 years at all levels including elementary, middle school, high school, and higher education, and is presently a full time artist working in mixed media with an emphasis on fiber.

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. 

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. Since moving to San Antonio in 2009, Kimberly has taught at Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, and the Southwest School of Art. She is currently working with NEISD and teaches both beginning and Advanced Placement Sculpture students at Claudia Taylor Johnson High School.

MELANIE RUSH-DAVIS earned a BFA and an MFA in photography from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  She also teaches in SSA’s Mobile Art Program, and received the SSA 2009 Award for Teaching.

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, SSA’s Young Artist Programs Assistant Director holds Associate Degrees in Fine Arts and Illustration/Fashion from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

CHRIS SAUTER 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 2011 SSA Award for Teaching.

CAITIE SELLERS received her BFA in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Her work ranges from one-of-a-kind small sculpture to limited production wearable jewelry and can be found in stores, galleries, and museums across the country. Sellers was a recent Artist-in-Residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

SARA SHORE is a certified art teacher EC-12 with masters in Curriculum with an emphasis in technology. She has worked for Northside ISD since 1993 and is currently teaching art Vale Middle School She been working as a ceramic artist for the last 10 years and is the webmaster for the San Antonio Potters Guild.

DENNIS SMITH, CERAMICS DEPARTMENT CHAIR received an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Montana and a BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute 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.

BILL STEVENS received a BS degree in Animal Science and a MAg from Texas A & M University. “The Cowboy Cartoonist,” Stevens is also a professional bull rider and calf roper.

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.

DAN SUTTIN studied architecture at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, and received a BA in Fine Arts/Social Science from City College of New York. He holds a teaching certification in both math and art from Boston State College. Now retired Suttin tutors in the math lab at San Antonio College and runs the OCTA-TETRA Museum.

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.

JAMES TISDALE received his MFA in ceramics from the University of Georgia and his BFA from the University of Mississippi.  He is currently the Ceramic Program Coordinator for the Art School at The Contemporary Austin. Tisdale has given workshops at Idyllwild Art Center, Red Lodge Clay Center, Arrowmont School of Art and Craft, and Santa Fe Clay and has held residencies at the Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China; International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary; and The Philadelphia Clay Studio, Philadelphia. His work is included in the Southwest School of Art’s Selfies: 50 at 50 exhibition.

JESSICA TOLBERT received her MFA in Metal from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she recently finished a visiting instructor position, and her BFA in Metal/Jewelry from Texas State University.  She is a maker and educator and will be the Metals Department 2014–2015 Artist-in-Resident.

NOEL VARGAS has taught throughout the community with SSA’s Mobile Arts Program, and is a long-time instructor in stained glass for Saturday Morning Discovery.

ABRAHAM VASQUEZ was an early participant in the SSA Teen Intensive Studio (Bee Nation) before earning his Associates Degree in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.   He is currently enrolled in the SSA BFA degree program.

SAM VELASQUEZ holds a BFA from 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.

KEVIN VAN WINKLE received both an MA and MFA in Ceramics from the University of Iowa and a BA in Art from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. 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.

SARAH WESTRUP is a fiber artist from the Texas-Mexico borderlands whose passion for fibers and natural materials as lead her to the process of naturally dyeing cloth and alternative surfaces. She explores the use of materials such as natural dyes, nets, and 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 in hopes to inspire natural color in people’s artistic practices. Too learn more about the artist visit www.saritawestrup.squarespace.com  

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.

JENNA WRIGHT received her MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Sculpture Ceramics. She has both a BFA and BS from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in Ceramics and Art Education K-12. She is also currently a Mobile Arts Teacher with the Southwest School of Art.