SSA Emergency Notifications

The campus is open to staff, faculty, and registered students, as well as visitors. 

March 10, 2022

Effective March 14, 2022, SSA strongly encourages the use of facemasks inside all campus buildings, but no longer requires the use of facemasks indoors. Access to the Urschel Administrative Building remains closed to the general public. The Santikos Building and the McNutt Welcome Center will remain locked but will be open to visitors. Visitors should contact SSA Public Safety to gain entry at 210-240-0114. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate per CDC guidelines. Please use the Contact Us form to submit any questions.

January 5, 2022

SSA will continue to adhere to universal indoor masking and require all students, visitors, staff, and faculty, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face mask indoors. The campus remains closed to the general public. Access to the campus remains limited to registered students, faculty, and on-site staff. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate per CDC guidelines. SSA will begin classes for the college program on Mon. Jan. 10. SSA will temporarily move BFA class sections to remote delivery beginning January 10 through January 14. Face-to-face instruction will resume on January 18. Please use the Contact Us form to submit any questions.

August 12, 2021

SSA shall adhere to universal indoor masking. SSA shall follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for universal indoor masking and require all students, visitors, staff, and faculty, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face mask indoors. Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks in all indoor group gatherings or should meet virtually.

SSA Guidelines for Reopening Campus

July 30, 2021

As COVID rates increase, Southwest School of Art, is not yet ready to reopen campus fully. Therefore, the SSA campus will transition to Phase 3A of the Reopening Plan beginning Monday, August 9, 2021. The use of facemasks for vaccinated individuals on campus is optional. Facemasks are required to be worn by unvaccinated individuals. Administrators will continue to monitor the virus rates and will move to a final reopening phase, 3B, when conditions allow.

SSA Guidelines for Reopening Campus

May 18, 2021

Southwest School of Art continues the requirement of facemasks in all on-campus common areas. Per recent CDC guidelines, vaccinated individuals meeting with other vaccinated people outside, in private offices, or closed rooms may elect to remove their facemasks, as their comfort level allows. This determination should be made by the individuals meeting, at their discretion. Southwest School of Art will continue to monitor the COVID conditions in our area and any revisions to the School’s Reopening Guidelines or current phase will be announced before the Fall semester.

SSA Guidelines for Reopening Campus

COVID-19 Self Reporting Form

Students, faculty, and staff should complete the COVID-19 Self Reporting Form if they have:

  • symptoms: fever of 100.4 F or higher, cough and/or shortness of breath
  • been confirmed to have COVID-19 or in the process of obtaining testing and/or awaiting results
  • been in close contact with an individual that is confirmed positive for COVID-19

April 8, 2021

Southwest School of Art will transition to Phase 2 of Campus Reopening beginning Mon. April 19. The campus remains closed to the general public. Access to the campus remains limited to registered students, faculty, and on-site staff. Walk-up visitors are not allowed. Individuals with business needs should contact the person you would like to meet with to set-up an appointment before arriving on campus. Masks are required on campus. Please refer to the Guidelines for Reopening Campus for further details.

March 3, 2021: SSA Statement on Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order 

Southwest School of Art’s administrators are reviewing our campus COVID safety guidelines in light of the recent executive order issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on March 2, 2021 regarding the reopening of Texas and removal of the mask mandate.
As stated in the order:

4. Nothing in this executive order precludes businesses or other establishments from requiring employees or customers to follow additional hygiene measures, including the wearing of a face covering.
6. Public schools may operate as provided by, and under the minimum standard health protocols found in, guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency. Private schools and institutions of higher education are encouraged to establish similar standards.

Please note that there are no immediate changes to our COVID safety policies at Southwest School of Art. Daily screening, mask wearing, and physical distancing continues and is required in all campus facilities, until further notice.

September 22, 2020

Southwest School of Art remains in Phase 1 of campus reopening as described in our Guidelines to Reopening Campus. The campus is open to faculty, registered students, and essential staff only. We continue to monitor the advice of officials and health professionals with regard to reopening the campus.

August 12, 2020

Southwest School of Art will begin classes for the college program on Mon. Aug. 17. Studio classes will be held on campus and general education classes will be conducted online to limit the number of people on campus and ensure successful social distancing. In the interest of the health and safety of our community, our campus is open to essential staff, faculty, and registered students only. Our galleries and the Copper Kitchen Café remain closed at this time.

July 31, 2020

Southwest School of Art has established a COVID-19 Reopening Task Force to monitor conditions, respond to concerns and communicate SSA decisions. Southwest School of Art is committed to providing a safe working and learning environment for all employees and students in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Southwest School of Arts Guidelines for Reopening Campus have been created to protect employees and students while continuing the SSA mission to teach and advance the visual arts for the benefit of students seeking higher education and for others seeking education and enrichment.

The health and safety of our employees and students direct the ongoing review and adaptation of these guidelines for reopening the campus. Southwest School of Art reserves the right to increase or decrease these requirements at any time based on medical necessity or other factors.
Southwest School of Art will continue to follow local and state orders and the recommendations of health advisors to protect our community. Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continue to evolve and these guidelines and plans will be updated and adapted as more information becomes available.

July 15, 2020

For the safety of our community, Fiesta Arts Fair 2020 is canceled but we look forward to seeing you next year! Mark your calendars now for Fiesta Arts Fair 2021, Sat. April 17 and Sun. April 18, 2021, when we will bring you the art, food, & fun you are missing, until then Stay Home, Stay Safe!

June 25, 2020

Fall Update: We continue to monitor state, local and health guidelines with regard to the reopening of businesses and schools. To that end, Southwest School of Art’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Fall 2020 semester will begin one week earlier than previously scheduled. Fall 2020 will now begin Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. This schedule change will allow the program to finish the fall semester by the Thanksgiving break, so students will not have to return to campus after Thanksgiving until the spring semester. The academic calendar will be updated online in the next week to reflect this change. At this time, the plan remains to start fall classes on campus, though some online/hybrid classes may still be offered. No plans have been made at this time to adjust the dates of the spring 2021 BFA semester. More details will be released as it becomes available.

June 19, 2020

Though the campus currently remains closed, Southwest School of Art supports the Bexar County ordinance regarding the use of face masks at all area businesses. To this end, beginning June 22, 2020 any employee of SSA working on campus or any person meeting on campus for any reason is required to wear a face mask and undergo a health screening while on Southwest School of Art property. This guideline will be in place until further notice.

June 3, 2020

Summer Art Studios Registration
Thu. June 4: Registration for Friends of SSA
Mon. June 8: Open Registration
The Summer Art Studios program will offer a selection of online classes in July for students ages 5-18. Class descriptions are posted on the website and include classes in drawing, painting sculpture, printmaking and much more. Space is limited. For more info:

Nature of Art Summer Camp for Kids 
Registration opens June 9
Southwest School of Art and the San Antonio River Foundation are excited to offer the third year of Nature of Art Summer Camp 2020. This program will be held virtually during the month of July but will still have all of the fun and exciting learning of our in person camps. Campers will get to work one on one with artists, community presenters and each other. Let's bring the great outdoors, indoors with this virtual camp. Interested students will need to have access to a digital device by which to attend the camp. This program is free and has limited space. Students may only be registered for ONE week of programming. For more info refer to the Summer Art Studios Catalog.

Adult Community Programs Summer Registration
Wed. June 10: Registration for Friends of SSA
Fri. June 12: Open Registration
A limited selection of Summer Adult Community Classes will be offered online beginning June 29. Registration for Friends of SSA will begin on June 10 and open registration will begin on June 12. Class descriptions are listed online. Visit:

May 20, 2020

Thank you for your continued patience as we work to resume programming at Southwest School of Art through the COVID-19 health crisis.

Young Artist Program Update
To ensure the safety of our students and instructors, our Summer Arts Studios program will be offered through a digital platform during the month of July only. All on-campus youth programs have been cancelled through the summer (no youth courses will be offered in June or August). Information regarding open registration for the July program will be announced by early June after classes have been finalized. For more info, visit:

Adult Community Program Update
The Adult Community Program will provide only online class options this summer. We are excited to build out some new and interesting online classes to share with you soon. Look for an announcement of online classes by the end of May, and we hope to see you again in the fall.

At this time, we are planning for fall on-campus programming and are working on safety protocols to ensure a safe learning environment for all in our community. We will continue to monitor the advice of health professionals and local leaders and are working on contingency plans for situations that may arise.

May 7, 2020

The Southwest School of Art campus including all offices, studios, galleries, and the Copper Kitchen Cafe remain closed at this time. We are monitoring COVID-19 situation and advice for resuming operations from health professionals and city leaders. Please check back for more details. Updates will be provided as they become available.

April 8, 2020

At Southwest School of Art, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is of utmost importance. We recognize the challenges that the COVID-19 crisis poses for our existing programs. To address concerns, we would like to provide the following updates:

Summer Art Studios:
Rest assured, we are hard at work to find new ways to deliver our program safely through remote platforms to assure continued protection for all while still delivering to our students the quality art instruction that so many have come to love and expect. To allow the time needed to consider our options, registration will be temporarily paused until we have our classes for Summer Art Studio updated. It is important to note that classes offered this summer may be different than originally published in the catalog. Those who have already registered will receive communication about their options as soon as more information becomes available.

Adult Community Classes:
It is our hope that we will be able to resume some classes during our summer term, however we remain cautious and plan to follow mandates and advisories of our state, county, and city officials. At this time, our summer registration will remain closed until we know if it is advisable to move forward in a way that assures continued protection for our students while maintaining the quality of our classes. It is important to note that should classes resume this summer; the offered courses may be different than those originally published in the catalog. Please continue to check our website for updates.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation.

April 2, 2020

Southwest School of Art continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. In accordance with the mandated Shelter in Place order, the campus, all studios, galleries, offices, and the Copper Kitchen Cafe remain closed.
Registration for summer adult community classes has been postponed to the following:
Friends of SSA Priority Summer 2020
On-line | Tues, Apr 14 @ 9:00AM
Mail-in/Phone | Thurs, Apr 16
Walk-in registrations not accepted
Open Registration Summer 2020: Tues, Apr 21 @ 9:00 AM
Registration is ongoing throughout the term.

Monitor this page for updates. Please stay safe and maintain social distance.
We hope to see you again soon.

March 19, 2020

Southwest School of Art is committed to the health and safety of our students. To ensure we follow recommended practices for social distancing to minimize potential COVID-19 exposure, the remainder of the Spring BFA semester will be completed remotely. Plans for remote delivery vary by faculty member, mostly due to the nature of the coursework to be completed. Students will receive those plans in revised syllabi sent by their faculty on Friday, March 20. Please continue to monitor your email.

March 13, 2020

Southwest School of Art is following the area school districts and is suspending onsite programming for the Teen Studio Intensive and Middle School Intensive programs. Affected families will be contacted by your coordinator via email and phone to discuss options.

A message concerning COVID-19: March 12, 2020

In response to the growing concern surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Southwest School of Art has assembled an Emergency Response Team to monitor the situation and take action for the health and safety of our community and the greater San Antonio community.

Public health and medical professionals have advocated for rapid efforts to mitigate the transmission and 'flatten the curve' of the virus to allow health agencies to gain time to respond to the crisis.

While we are not aware of any cases of the virus in our community, as a preventative measure at this time, the decision has been made to extend the Spring Break of our college BFA program one week until March 23 to allow administrators time to assess the situation and plan the remainder of the coursework required for the continuation of the semester.

The Saturday Morning Discovery program is cancelled for the remainder of the term. Adult community classes will be cancelled for the remainder of the term beginning Monday, March 16. All events, including recruitment events, exhibition openings, receptions and visiting artists talks are cancelled through the end of the Spring semester. Studios will be closed starting Monday, March 16. The Copper Kitchen Café will be temporarily closed beginning Monday. March 16.

Please note that we anticipate these circumstances to be temporary and are making every effort to mitigate the situation and return to normal operations as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Coronavirus Update – Feb. 28, 2020

Southwest School of Art is monitoring the growing concern surrounding the Coronavirus through proven and trustworthy sources, including the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health officials believe the risk to our school community is low, but we will continue to actively monitor the situation. The health and safety of our SSA community remains our greatest interest.

Everyone is encouraged to follow the recommendations of health officials to protect against the spread of this respiratory illness in much the same way they take measures to prevent the flu.
The World Health Organization suggests the following tips to care for your health and to protect others: 

  • Stay at home if you are unwell.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Maintain social distance (at least 3 feet) from individuals who are coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of tissues immediately.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
  • Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider.

These simple tips can help decrease the spread of many illnesses and should be practiced regularly. Rest assured that Southwest School of Art will continue to follow safety protocols and will be communicating with our local health officials to continue to protect our community. While we do not anticipate school closures at this time, we will have a plan in place to efficiently communicate with our community should that unlikely need arise.

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Southwest School of Art (SSA) works closely with City of San Antonio's Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service to keep our community informed as events occur.

Should there be a need to share updates due to inclement weather or other emergencies with our community this page will be updated and notifications will also be issued through SSA Social Media.

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