Faculty & Adjuncts 

Our full-time and adjunct faculty are carefully selected based upon their knowledge of media to be taught, their ability as an instructor and their experience as a professional artist.  Most have earned a BFA degree, with the majority also holding an MA or MFA degree. Faculty members are rated by their students each term, relative to their effectiveness as an instructor.

We also routinely bring in a number of visiting national and international artists to teach in our program.


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.

DAVID ALMAGUER is a full-time studio artist. He studied Art at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Our Lady of the Lake University. He has exhibited his work in and around San Antonio.

ROBERT BALFOUR is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and the University of Georgia. He has been a woodworker for 14 years and is the owner and operator of Revival Woodcraft, a custom furniture and cabinetry business. He specializes in hand tool woodworking and antique reproduction. He is currently developing a makerspace with interest in the intersection of craft and community development.

ANDRE BALLY received a BS in Landscape Architecture/Design from Texas A&M University with further Art studies at Sam Houston State University. He has been working with clay for over 45 years and, having a specific interest in surface textures, has been utilizing sandblasting in his work in ceramics and glass for the past 30 years. Bally’s work can be found on exhibit in private collections in Canada, Europe, North Africa, and the United States.

MICHELLE BELTO is a multi-faceted artist and teacher, whose work as an artist, educator and author spans more than thirty years, three continents and thirteen publications. She holds degrees and certifications in Fine Art, Theater and Expressive Arts. Belto is a CORE teacher for R&F Paints and current teaching schedule includes instruction in her signature work with paper and wax and her life’s work developing an insightful process for deciphering meaning and purpose from the art we create. Belto’s work is in private, corporate and museum collections.

STACY BERLFEIN holds an MFA in Drawing from University of Texas at San Antonio and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently teaches at San Antonio College and has exhibited her work at Blue Star Contemporary and Southwest School of Art.

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.

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.

JOHN BOGOVICH began his endeavor into ceramics in 1998 at The University of Hawaii, Honolulu and it has turned into a love affair. He has volunteered and taught both adults and children at a few small studios in Portland OR, San Antonio TX, and at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN. Alongside ceramics, Bogovich paints murals, creates furniture, and has worked as a carpenter; he currently is a construction manager for a national homebuilder.

SABRA BOOTH holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from the University of Houston. Booth was a Fulbright Scholar to Finland and has been awarded numerous grants. She has traveled and sketched extensively in Europe, Mexico, and Japan. Her studio practice offers interpretative observations of nature, often relevant to ecological concerns, in a variety of mediums. Booth has done free-lance illustrations for educational publications and special projects with the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture and the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

JERRY CABRERA has an MFA in painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a BFA in Painting from Texas State University. He has received grants from the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture, The Texas Cultural Collaborative and was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist Grant in 2011. Cabrera’s work is included in the Neiman-Marcus Collections in eight cities and seven states and the AT&T Center Collection, San Antonio, TX.

NANCY CAVENDER-GARCIA earned her BFA and MFA degrees in photography at the University of New Mexico. She has extensive experience in non-silver processes, hand coloring photographs and pinhole photography. Cavender received the SSA 2005 Award for Teaching.

ELIZABETH-ANN DAVILA has a BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and an associate degree in Sequential Arts. She is an animator and sequential artist as well as an illustration artist, painter, costume craftswoman, and linguist.

JEFF DECUIR received a BFA from The University of Texas in San Antonio. An award winning music producer, he is a member of the electronic art /music duo Hyperbubble, who have toured, exhibited, and released albums in the U.S. and in Europe. DeCuir has also participated in Texas art events such as Austin's SXSW, and San Antonio's Luminaria; and has spent seven years as an instructor at The International Academy of Design and Technology, where he taught classes in graphic design, video production, and communications.

KALDRIC DOW is a leading African American artist working in portraiture paying acute attention to skin tone and lighting. Employing knowledge of intersection between art history, representation of current culture, and dynamics of color theory, he produces contemporary and relevant work which can be found in a myriad of public and private art collections throughout the United States. He currently lives and works in San Antonio.

ED ESCOBEDO holds a BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a concentration in ceramics and sculpture. His studio practice includes working with ceramics, found objects and mixed media which he incorporates into sculptural and utilitarian vessels addressing themes of humor and absurdity. He has exhibited work in numerous group shows locally and nationally, including the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA.

ALLYSHA FARMER received her BFA with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is the academic studio technician at Northwest Vista Community College and teaches at Southwest School of Art. She has participated in several public art projects around Texas and shown in numerous group shows.

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.

ANTHONY FRANCIS is a photographic artist whose work considers portraiture, love, and lesser politics. His inquiry is a yearning for gathering while critiquing the way his own intents fall short in the practice of a flawed apparatus. He received his MFA from the Academy of Art University and has exhibited nationally and abroad with shows that include the McNay Museum and such talks and presentations as Black Portraitures in South Africa.

KARL FREY is currently an Associate Professor of Art & Art History at Northeast Lakeview College in the Fine and Performing Arts Division. He holds his BFA in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Frey has over twenty years of experience teaching students of various ages, exhibiting his art, and publishing his own prints, comics, and children’s books. He has collaborated with educators, clients, designers, and filmmakers throughout America, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.

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.

ANA BELLE GARCIA is a working artist widely known for her humorous, detailed ink drawings. She has been designing and illustrating works for Texas based organizations and nationally touring bands and musicians since 2013. She has also been an educator at SSA since 2018 in both SSA’s Saturday Morning Discovery program and the Mobile Arts Program.

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

MARIA GOULD holds a MFA in Ceramics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO and a BFA in Ceramics from Alfred University, Alfred, NY. She has been passionately making art, encompassing a variety of media, as a studio artist, Program Director for the Arts and an art educator for over 35 years with side gigs sewing canvas work for boats and raising a pair of phenomenal twins. She is presently an art teacher with East Central ISD.

JAN HARRELL has been involved in the enamel medium for over forty years. She received her BFA in Jewelry and Enamel from Texas Tech University, and an MFA in sculpture from the University of Houston. For the last 25 years, she has been the enameling instructor at the Glassell School of Art. Jan exhibits jewelry scale and small object work nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards.

GREGORY ALAN JOHNSON 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.

AMY JONES received a BS in Art from the University of Oregon. She is known for her fiber art creations and is an art teacher for Harlandale ISD.

JO ETTA JUPE has been a papermaker for over 30 years and continues to explore new techniques with the medium. She has taught workshops on making paper from botanical plants as well as workshops in wet collage and basic papermaking. Jupe has shown her work throughout Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Washington, DC. She holds a degree in computer science from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

HOLLIE LYKO grew up northwest of Philadelphia in the small suburb of Hatfield, Pennsylvania. She earned her MFA in Studio Arts from Syracuse University and her BFA in Ceramics from the University of Hartford. She lives and works in San Antonio.

JEANNETTE MACDOUGALL is a studio artist in mixed media and encaustic painting. She has worked as an art educator for over 30 years. Currently she is the curator and gallery owner of studio | COMFORT TEXAS in Comfort, TX. MacDougall is a former Resident Director at Moulin a Nef, an arts residency program in Auvillar, France and lives in the Texas Hill Country.

GREGORIO MANNINO has worked as an artist and designer from a young age. Through travel he gained familiarity with a wide range of cultures, aesthetics, and styles. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and has worked throughout the country and regionally in a variety of media and fields.

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. She has exhibited in Mexico, Italy, and throughout the United States.

LISA NIGRO holds an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Texas, Austin and a BFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts. Her work crosses multi-mediums, from painting and sculpture to large-scale installation, and she has a long history of working with youth throughout San Antonio.

THERESA NEWSOME holds a Masters in Photography and Art History from Texas Woman’s University. Her current work explores themes of racial identity, history, gender and the construction of contemporary black culture. Her work has been exhibited in multiple venues throughout the country.

ROMEO PEREZ attends San Antonio College with plans to transfer to the Architecture Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has worked with the Southwest School of Art since 2012 in the K.I.D.S Architecture in Schools Program. He has mentored 3rd and 5th graders along-side professional engineers, architects, artists, and educators in San Antonio public schools.

LAURA QUIÑONES received a BFA in Metals and Graphic Design from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has also studied with master metalsmiths in San Miguel de Allende, Oaxaca, Taxco, Mexico City, and in San Antonio. Quiñones grew up in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and has been an independent studio jewelry designer since 1992.

SARAH T. 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 is co-director of Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery.

REGINA SANDERS, SSA’s Young Artist Programs Art Education Specialist holds Associate Degrees in Fine Arts and Illustration/Fashion from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

KERI MIKI–LANI SCHROEDER is a book artist and edition bookbinder. She holds an MFA in book art & creative writing from Mills College and is the proprietor of Coyote Bones Press. She has worked at Flying Fish Press (Berkeley, CA) and BookLab II (San Marcos, TX) as a book artist and edition binder. Schroeder’s work can be found in special collections libraries and is the 2019–2020 Salzberg Artist-in-Residence for the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University. She hosts a book arts podcast called Books in the Wild.

SARA SHORE is a certified art teacher EC-12 with a Masters in Curriculum with an emphasis in technology. She has worked for Northside ISD since 1993 and has been a ceramic artist for the last 10 years.

MARTA FRANCINE SOLÍS is a fiber artist who received her BFA with a concentration in Communications from Universidad Veritas in San José, Costa Rica. Currently she is exploring organic fiber movement and soft sculpture techniques through embroidery, macramé, frame loom weaving, and rug tufting.

KATE TERRELL received her MFA from the 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.

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.

ASHLEY VILLARREAL has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from University Anahuac Xalapa. She has worked in internationally in social media and marketing for more than 7 years utilizing a hybrid between design, content creation, and marketing. Villarreal has handled social media for different art related accounts such as stores, schools, and artist accounts including as Marketing and Social Media Manager for the Southwest School of Art. She is currently the Social Media Manager for William Patterson University in New Jersey.

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.

JEFF WHEELER holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA, and a BFA in Design Communications from Texas Tech University. His work has been shown nationally and internationally including shows in Rome, Italy; Istanbul, Turkey; and Madrid, Spain. His past residencies include the infamous Kienholz Schoolhouse in Hope, Idaho, and a year on the Adriatic Sea near Split, Croatia.

LYN WOODS received a certificate in ceramics from 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.

ANAHITA YOUNESI born in Isfahan, Iran, gravitated towards the arts beginning in childhood and was inspired by her artistic atmosphere filled with monuments and handicrafts. Having received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Painting, she is now completing a MFA at UTSA. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and she has been an art educator for more than a decade. Her passion and focus are dedicated to inspiring children through art lessons.

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