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.


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 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.

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.

JON 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, Bogavich paints murals, creates furniture, and has worked as a carpenter for nine years; he currently is a trainer and movement coach at Gold's gym in San Antonio.

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.

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.

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, a BS in art, and an MA with an emphasis in painting from the University of Wisconsin. A respected leader in less harmful printmaking technology, she has demonstrated at national conferences. Her work is shown nationally and internationally. She is part of numerous collections and has been part of the Sanbao International Printmaking project.

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.

JESSICA DECUIR is an artist, musician and award-winning educator with an MFA from the University of Texas, San Antonio, and a BFA from Webster University, St. Louis. She has exhibited her art professionally for over twenty-five years and has been teaching art since 1997. Exhibition and performance highlights include: Luminaria, Art Car Museum (Houston), Austin Museum of Digital Art, The Box (Glasgow UK), and Lieu-Commun (Toulouse, France). Jessica's art/music collaborations with husband Jeff DeCuir are featured in the forthcoming documentary, “Cowgirls and Synthesizers”.

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. 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 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.

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.

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.

JOE HARJO | PHOTOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT CHAIR received his MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma. He exhibits regionally and his work is in many private collections.

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.

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.

EMILY NICOLAIDES is a weaver and teacher from Richmond, Virginia. In her studio practice, she focuses on nontraditional warping techniques to weave circular, arch, and oval shaped tapestry weavings. She teaches circular weaving techniques online in her 12-month program, the Year of Circles.

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.

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.

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.

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

JILLIAN SORTORE | METALS DEPARTMENT CHAIR holds an MFA with metalsmithing emphasis from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a BFA in jewelry design and metals from Pittsburg State University. A variety of materials inform her work, which ranges from lightweight and bright earrings to wearable sculptural adornment. Her work can be found in publications such as 500 Rings, The Art of Jewelry; Plastic and Resin, and Art Jewelry magazine.

GAIL STOUFFER has a Master of Art Education from Texas Tech University and a BFA degree from Long Island University. She is PMC Guild Level 2 Certified and teaches jewelry design and metalsmithing technique at studios and art centers internationally. Stouffer has been a visiting instructor at Arrowmont School of Art & Craft, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Sawgrass School of Art, The Metal Clay Artists Symposium, JOGS Tucson, The Jewelry Craft and Design Expo, The Pittsburgh Glass Center, Phoenix Center for the Arts, plus BeadFest Philadelphia, and Santa Fe.

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.

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.

DONGYI WU was born and raised in China. She earned her MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology and completed her undergraduate study with a major of jewelry art design at Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology.

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