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.

SUMMER 2020

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.

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.

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 was a Fulbright Scholar to Finland and has been awarded grants by Artpace and by the Brooklyn Arts Council and has traveled and sketched extensively in Europe, Mexico, and Japan.

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. 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.

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.

RIC DENTINGER, watercolorist, is a contemporary realist who paints traditional subjects. He learned to draw and paint at an early age and is primarily self-taught. Dentinger’s career began as a professional illustrator and art director. He has exhibited in many states throughout the U.S. Dentinger has been the recipient of many national awards and featured on the cover of Watercolor Artist Magazine.

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.

CASEY GALLOWAY, FIBERS DEPARTMENT PROGRAM COORDINATOR 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.

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.

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.

RAMON MUÑOZ began teaching with the SSA’s Mobile Arts Program in 2011; he is currently the Young Artist Program Coordinator overseeing multiple projects on campus and with community partners. Muñoz earned his BFA from University of Texas at San Antonio.

VICTOR PAGONA, PHOTOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT 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.

SARAH T. ROBERTS, FACULTY & METALS STUDIO MANAGER 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.

ALEJANDRA SALINAS 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 will continue her studio practice at SSA as the metals artist-in- residence during the 2019-2020 year.

REGINA SANDERS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS, holds Associate Degrees in Fine Arts and Illustration/Fashion from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She is a former fine arts instructor at a magnet school in Houston and coordinates the Southwest School of Art’s SMD program.

CHRIS SAUTER, DRAWING & PAINTING DEPARTMENT CHAIR earned an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his BA from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has exhibited in galleries and institutions across the United States, Mexico and Europe. Sauter was an artist-in-residence at Artpace, San Antonio and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin Germany. He has been commissioned by both the Dallas Museum of Art and the McNay Art Museum to realize large scale projects. He is also the Director of Foundations for the BFA Degree Program.

SARAH 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.

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.

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.

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