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.

FALL 2021

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 has developed 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 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.

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.

KIM BISHOP has an MA in Gifted and Talented Curriculum from Texas State University, a BFA in Commercial Art from Southwest Texas State University, and is an MFA candidate in Drawing and Painting at University of Texas at San Antonio. 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.

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.

CECILIA CASTRO-HANCOCK a native of Mexico, graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University 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 U.S. and Mexico and has been the recipient of several awards.

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.

SCOTT COOPER holds an MFA in Web Design and New Media and Illustration from Academy of Art University, and a BFA in Media Communications from School of Visual Arts. Both a painter and mult-italented graphic designer, he is currently a Graphic Design Professor at The Art Institute of San Antonio.

MICHAEL CORNEY received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and his BA from Cal State University Fullerton.   Raised in the greater Los Angeles Metropolitan area where he was influenced by the bright colors of nature and the vibrant cultures that surrounded him, Corney currently is a studio artist living and working in San Antonio.  He has taught workshops at Anderson Ranch, Penland School of Crafts, and Santa Fe Clay. In addition to numerous exhibitions, his work can be found in permanent collections at The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Ceramic Research Center at Arizona State University Museum, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, the Racine Museum of Art and the Boise Museum of Art.

JEFF DECUIR received a BFA from The University of Texas at 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.

NORMAN ENGEL has an MFA from Florida Atlantic University in Computer Animation and a BA in Fine Art from Morehead State University.  He has been a medical illustrator and photographer, has done animation work on many national and international video productions, and is currently a Lead Instructor at The Art Institute of San Antonio. Engel is a painter, and his work is in many private collections and galleries worldwide.

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. 

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.

MICHAEL FOERSTER has a BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a concentration in ceramics and has studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.  His ceramic sculptures focus on themes of innocence, the passage of time, cynicism, and absurdity using cartoony forms and vibrant colors scarred by the effects of pit firing.  He has exhibited locally and nationally including creating temporary and permanent public art pieces in San Antonio, and is currently a visual arts instructor at SAY Sí.

SARAH FOX earned her MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her BA from Southwestern University in Georgetown. Raised in Houston, Fox currently lives and works in San Antonio where she is the co-director of the innovative community art space Clamp Light Studios and Gallery, the creator and co-director for the Brick Gallery in the Blue Star Arts Complex, and serves as board chair of Contemporary Art Month. She works in a variety of media from drawing, collage, cyanotypes, and animation.

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.

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.

DEBORAH HARRISON took her first on-loom weaving class here at the Southwest School of Art in 1986 and has since crafted a personal study path with schools and teachers across the country. She has MS is from Texas Tech University and over thirty-five years of experience teaching students of various ages, exhibiting her weaving, and publishing instructions for newer weavers. Her unique rugs demonstrate extensive understanding of warp-faced weaves and color relationships. 

ANA HERNANDEZ holds a BFA in painting, with a minor in art history from the University of Texas in San Antonio. She exhibits her work regionally and has participated in group shows both locally and in Mexico. Ana has been the lead artist in various public art projects, her most recent including two murals at the San Antonio International Airport.

NANCY HENEGHAN holds a BFA in fibers from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls. She previously was the Studio Programs Coordinator at Southwest School of Art. Heneghan has taught art to adults and children in a variety of settings, including SSA’s Mobile Arts Program.

NINA “Sam” HIBLER holds a BS from Stephen F. Austin State University. She was introduced to flame working when creating glass laboratory 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

KATE NEWBY originally from New Zealand, Newby received her Doctorate of Fine Art in 2015 from the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.  Currently living in Floresville she works in a variety of media including installation, textile, ceramics, casting and glass.  She has shown internationally at galleries and museums and has held residencies at The Chinati Foundation and Artpace, and was a recipient of The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant.

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.

TOBIN NIETO has over 17 years’ experience and training in blacksmithing and has been teaching one-on-one bladesmithing privately. Nieto competed in and won Season Two, Episode Eight of the History Channel’s show Forged in Fire.

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 and has an all-level certification in Art Education.

VICTOR PAGONA, CORE PROGRAM 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.

ALEJANDRA SALINAS PÈREZ is a metalsmith and emerging curator, born in the United States and raised in Mexico. Standing between two cultures, she combines her personal history with a contemporary perspective, translating her experiences into metal objects and jewelry. Her work explores boundaries, both physical and conceptual, as she attempts to materialize a sense of resilience and hope. Salinas is a previous SSA metals artist-in-residence.  

JOSHUA PEREZ has a BFA from University of Texas at San Antonio. He documents life as it happens, focusing on culture and ritual and the human experience. Perez is able to explore these elements by looking to the street and everyday life for inspiration. Perez develops his own black and white film and prints in his personal darkroom.

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.

ALEX RUIZ is a bladesmith who began his journey as a blacksmith, making tools and decorative ironwork before branching out into bladesmithing. He is also the Season 5 Episode 13 Champion on History Channel's Forged in Fire and his work has been featured in Blade Magazine, S.A. Magazine, Texas Lifestyle Magazine, Out Here Magazine and others.

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, 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 SCCHROEDER 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

RYAN TAKABA, CERAMICS DEPARTMENT CHAIR holds an MFA in ceramics from Kent State University and a BFA from University of Hawaii. Takaba has taught at Kent State University and University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth.  He exhibits his work throughout the U.S. and has participated in residencies at the European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands and The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen.

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.

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.

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.

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