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 2018

LORENA ANGULO is a Mexican artist who works in metal, including metal clay and mixed media. Her passion for her culture and its traditions plays a big role in her designs. Her work has been included in Metal Clay Beads, Exceptional Work in Metal Clay 2008 and 2009, Fusion Magazine (Journal of the International PMC Guild), and featured on the Metal Clay Guru site.

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.

BENNER BARCLAY acquired his first pottery studio in San Antonio in 1985 following a four-year apprenticeship with Dennis Smith. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in English and History, but was seduced into clay with his first throwing class. He has taught wheel throwing in San Antonio, TX; Rockville, MD; and Mandeville, LA where he also maintained his studios. With 30 years of experience as a professional potter, he returns to San Antonio and the Southwest School of Art.

MICHELLE BELTO is a full-time studio artist and international instructor. Her signature work is encaustic and oil on custom handmade paper canvases. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and most recently in Sydney, Australia. Belto has authored a book on the subject, Wax and Paper Workshop and two videos demonstrating encaustic painting process.

SYLVIA BENITEZ is a nationally known installation artist whose work has begun to explore landscape painting within the context of a site-specific agenda. She is the recipient of two Pollock-Krasner awards, an AICA award, and two National Endowment for the Arts Visiting Artist Awards. Benitez has led over 60 community-based mural workshops along the eastern seaboard.

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.

BRENNAN BOWMAN earned her BFA from the University of Texas in Austin. She does freelance logo design, graphic design, and photography which she ties into her ecommerce business. Focusing primarily on papermaking, bookbinding, and screen printing she utilizes her commercial machines and implements their capability into her own fine art in unconventional ways creating new unique processes and materials.

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.

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.

BRAD BRAUNE received his BA in Architecture from Texas Tech University. He taught watercolor from 1975-1977 as part of the original faculty of the Southwest School of Art. He also teaches watercolor at other local arts institutions and shows locally and nationally.

HARLAN W. BUTT is an artist with over 40 years of experience working in metal and enamel. He was a Regents Professor of Art at the University of North Texas teaching from 1976 until retirement in 2017. A past President of the Enamelist Society, past President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and a Fellow of the American Crafts Council, Butt has served as Artist-in-Residence at Denali National Park, the Grand Canyon, and Acadia National Park. His work has been exhibited internationally and is represented in the permanent collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Art & Design, the Mint Museum of Art & Craft, the National Ornamental Metal Museum, the Cloisonné Enamelware Fureai Museum in, Japan and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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.

CECILIA CASTRO-HANCOCK, a native of Mexico, graduated from the University of Our Lady of the Lake 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 SSAC 2005 Award for Teaching.

LIZA COLLINS, born in London, trained as a painter at Northeast London Polytechnic, and later in tapestry at the Royal College of Art. Her tapestries are in many public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Contemporary Art Society of London.

KATRINA COOK had a long career in counseling until an altered book class at the Southwest School of Art and Craft in the 90s changed her life. Katrina now repurposes found objects and antique odds and ends into unique journals, which have a rustic, whimsical feel to them. These unique objects include history, discarded moments of our everyday lives and other unexpected items. Katrina’s Studio is part of the On/Off Fred Studio Tour and she is often invited to show her books at the Olmos Art Stroll

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.

JEAN DAHLGREN creates art by layering dye and paint on fine cloth that allows light and shadow to add the “end” to each story. Her story cloths have been exhibited in galleries throughout Texas. The love of these processes has lead Dahlgren to teach both curious beginners and advanced fiber artists.

JENNIFER LING DATCHUK • CERAMIC FACULTY holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. Trained traditionally in ceramics, her current multidisciplinary work addresses conflict, as experienced through issues of identity, race, and gender. Datchuk has been awarded grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and Artpace for travel and for research at the birthplace of porcelain in Jingdezhen, China. She exhibits work nationally and maintains Dim and Sum, a small design line of functional objects for the home.

ELIZABETH-ANN DAVILA is an animator and sequential artist with over six years of visual illustration experience. She has a BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and an Associate’s Degree in Sequential arts. Currently, she also works 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, Jeff is a member of the electronic art /music duo Hyperbubble, who have toured, exhibited, and released albums in the U.S. and in Europe. Jeff 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.

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.

ILZE DILĀNE is a paper artist and educator from Latvia. She holds BFA in painting from Art Academy of Latvia and manages a paper studio at the Pārdaugava Music and Art School in Rīga. From 2008 to 2010, Dilāne studied papermaking, book arts, printmaking, and letterpress at Southwest School of Art. In addition, she has studied under such paper specialists like Sandro Tiberi (Italy), Erling Gusstafson, Monica Langwe (Sweden), Tallinn Paper (Estonia), and Colorado, with Helen Hiebert and Susan Mackin Dolan. She is IAPMA member at-large.

SASHA DUERR is an artist and designer who works with plant-based recipes, natural dyes and place-based palettes. She is a professor at the California College of the Arts with a joint appointment in textiles and fine arts where she designs curriculum and teaches courses in the intersection of natural color, slow food, slow fashion and social practice. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums across the United States and abroad. In 2007, Sasha founded Permacouture Institute to encourage the exploration of regenerative design practices for fashion and textiles. Her extensive work with plant-based palettes has been featured in the New York Times, American Craft Magazine, Selvedge, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes and NATURAL COLOR.

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.

MIKE FISHER received his Master of Communication Arts degree from the University of the Incarnate Word and his BA degree at the University of South Carolina. Goofa Man Productions is Fisher’s one-man cartooning, illustration, and animation studio, and he has been a cartoonist for the former Starlog magazine, as well as Animation Magazine, Modeler's Resource, and other publications. His independent animation shorts have won several awards at film festivals.

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.

VERENA GAUDY is a contemporary ceramic artist, and a recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of Texas at San Antonio were she currently teaches basic ceramics and Intermediate ceramics. Gaudy was born in Graz, Austria; after high school graduation, she spent ten years living, working and studying in England and Sweden where she achieved her BFA at the University of Wales, Institute Cardiff. Back in Austria, she set up a ceramic studio and participated in various group shows and ceramic competitions throughout Europe. San Antonio is her new home since August 2015.

NICOLE GEARY earned an MFA in Printmaking from the University of South Dakota and a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Florida. She has exhibited in juried shows nationally including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Spudnik Press Cooperative, and Washington Printmaker’s Gallery. Her prints are included in several collections, both national and international.

TATIANA GINSBERG makes drawings, prints, installations, most of which use her own handmade paper. She studied at the University of Iowa Center for the Book before spending two years in Japan researching naturally dyed papers under a Fulbright grant. Studying at one of the oldest dye studios in Kyoto, she learned the art of dyeing paper in brilliant colors for temple festivals, sutra copying, and other uses. As a Studio Collaborator at Dieu Donné paper mill in New York City she works with artists to make new work in handmade paper.

ETHAN GONZALEZ graduated from The Southwest School of Art with a BFA in Studio Art with a focus in Ceramics. His research-based approach to ceramics combines technical knowledge with concepts from material culture studies, to explore process and materiality. He has exhibited locally in group shows at Cinnabar and Rubio Gallery South. In 2018, he was granted the Edith McAllister Award to develop a body of work with F&M Projects.

JOE HARJO • FACULTY & PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO MANAGER 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.

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

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

MIRA HNATYSHYN received an MFA at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a BS at the University of Maryland. She has exhibited her work locally and nationally. Hnatyshyn’s work appears in New American Paintings, No. 96 West Issue and her work is included in the Saatchi collection in London and other private collections.

GREGORY ALAN JOHNSON • FACULTY & STUDIO MANAGER 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.

BLAKE KENNEDY • FACULTY & CERAMIC STUDIO TECHNICIAN graduated from Appalachian State University with a BFA in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics and Sculpture. After graduation, he maintained his studio practice in the Boone, NC area including being a member at the Collective Studio and Gallery. Kennedy has been the Ceramic Studio Technician since 2015.

ELÉONORE LEE • INTERIM PAPERMAKING & BOOK ARTS PROGRAM COORDINATOR holds an MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa. Starting out as a painter in the UK, she became a printmaker while an exchange student at the Art Institute of Chicago, primarily because she was told not to. Understanding that technical knowledge is an artist's best tool led her to train at the Tamarind Institute in NM and study Book Arts at the UICB. As well as making her own work, her multi-disciplinary practice includes collaborating with authors as well as other visual artists.

AUDREY LEGALLEY holds a BFA from The Southwest School of Art where she focused her studies in ceramics. LeGalley uses porcelain to explore concept and design making sculptural works that deal with themes of the domestic and familial structures. LeGalley also maintains a porcelain design line of functional objects for the home. She has exhibited her work in and around San Antonio.

JEANNETTE MACDOUGALL is a studio artist and arts consultant. She has worked as an art educator for over 20 years for the San Antonio Art Institute, San Antonio Children’s Museum, and Southwest School of Art. MacDougall is a former Resident Director at Moulin a Nef, an arts residency program in Auvillar, France.

CINDY MCBRIDE has a Masters in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma with graduate studies from Cal State Fullerton in painting and drawing. She has lectured and demonstrated pastels to small and large art organizations across the country. McBride has won numerous professional awards, including First Place in Figure/Portraits in Austin Pastel Society’s 2018 annual membership show and a Contributor Award at the San Antonio Art League’s 2018 annual juried show. She is the current president of Texas Pastel Society.

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.

RAY MORALES received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from The University of Texas at Austin and is known for his thrown, manipulated, and intricately decorated porcelain forms that are both sculptural and functional.

JOHN NELSON received a BS degree in Industrial Arts Education from Brigham Young University and has taught in the Bureau of Indian Affairs education system. He is an active member of the San Antonio Potters Guild, having served several terms on the board of directors. His art, ceramics, and paper casting have been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

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

SAMANTHA OSTOS is a local freelance art educator who works with students of all ages in a wide variety of mediums. Ostos has taught for the Southwest School of Art’s Mobile Arts Program and Summer Art Studios, The McNay, Communities in Schools of San Antonio, and the San Antonio Children’s Shelter, to name a few.

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.

DEANNA PASTEL received her BFA in Jewelry/Metals at Kent State University. She worked for Heather B. Moore Inc. fine-tuning her skills in soldering gold, setting stones and hand stamping for two years prior to moving to Austin as a teacher and Studio Manager at Creative Side Jewelry Academy. Pastel continues to teach at multiple establishments around Austin and still continues her craft at her home studio.

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.

HILARY ROCHOW earned a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Auburn University which gave her a strong foundation in the principles, practice, and tools of design. She uses this knowledge in display, exhibit, and graphic design. In addition to a full time design job, Rochow maintains a steady flow of freelance graphic, branding, and illustration work. Her strong understanding of visual communication informs all her work, whether digital or traditional.

MIKI RODRIGUEZ was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. She received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Houston. Rodriguez has taught art for over 30 years at all levels including elementary, middle school, high school, and higher education, and is presently a full-time artist working in mixed media with an emphasis on fiber.

KIMBERLY RUMFELT received her MFA in Studio Art from East Carolina University where she was an Instructor of Record, Studio Technician, and a Teaching Assistant of Design. She received her BFA from Texas Tech University. She is currently working with NEISD and teaches both beginning and Advanced Placement sculpture students at Claudia Taylor Johnson High School.

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 • 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 was a 1999 Artpace Artist-in-Resident, and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Sauter received the Southwest School of Art 2011 Award for Teaching.

MICHAEL SIMONS is a writer and letterpress printer. He earned an MFA in fiction from Cornell University and was a 2017-18 Resident of the National Humanities Center. He is a member of the Amalgamated Printers’ Association and the American Printing History Association.

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.

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 recently participated in residencies at the European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands and The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China-the birthplace of porcelain.

KATE TERRELL received her MFA from 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.

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