Department Chairs

 

 

 
 

MargaretJUSTIN BOYD • SCULPTURE & INTEGRATED MEDIA DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Boyd received his MFA at The California Institute of the Arts and completed his BFA from The University of Texas at San Antonio.  He has since shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Texas, including Artpace, San Antonio; Art Palace, Houston; and the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
MargaretMARGARET CRAIG • PRINTMAKING DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Craig received a BS in Biology, BS in Art and an MA with an emphasis in watercolor painting from the University of Wisconsin. Her MFA in Printmaking is from the University of Texas at San Antonio. A leader in non-toxic printmaking technology, she has demonstrated at national conferences. Craig was selected to represent the U.S. in China as part of the Sanbao International Printmaking project.

 

 

 

 

 

ROBERT HILS • FIBER DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Hils first gained interest in fiber as an undergraduate working toward a BS in Art Education at the University of Edinboro, PA. He studied Historic Preservation at the University of Vermont and received a Master Weaver certificate through the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Hils’ main area of concentration is weft-faced tapestry weaving.

 

 

 

 

 

GREGORY ALAN JOHNSON • FACULTY AND STUDIO MANAGER

Johnson earned his BFA with a concentration in Printmaking at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi and an MFA in Printmaking and Drawing at Texas Tech University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VICTOR PAGONA • PHOTOGRAPHY CHAIR

Pagona 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GARY SCHOTT • METALS CHAIR

Schott received his MFA in Metal/Jewelry Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Schott’s work explores human interaction through both sculptural mechanical forms and interactive wearable jewelry. His work is included in 500 Pendants and Lockets and 500 Metal Vessels, both by Lark Books.

 

 

 

 

 

DENNIS SMITH • CERAMICS CHAIR

Smith received a BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Montana, with postgraduate work at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. He has exhibited his work in both national and international exhibitions. Smith’s work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Arts and Perception, and Clay Times.

 

 

 

 

 

RYAN TAKABA • FACULTY AND STUDIO MANAGER

Takaba holds an MFA in ceramics from Kent State University and a BFA from the University of Hawaii.  Takaba has also taught at Northwest Vista College, Kent State University, Mudflat Studios, and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.  Before coming to SSA, he was the Artist-in-Residence/Studio Manager for the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth Ceramics department. 

 

 

 

 

 

BeckVINCENT VALDEZ • DRAWING & PAINTING CHAIR

Valdez received his BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design. His extensive list of solo exhibitions most recently includes McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; Brown University, Prividence, RI; Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona; and Federal Art Project, Los Angeles, California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BeckBECK WHITEHEAD • PAPER & BOOK ARTS DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Whitehead received a BA from Trinity University and an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Whitehead has taught papermaking workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Pyramid Atlantic, Haystack, and at national conferences. She is also on Hand Papermaking’s Board of Directors.