JUSTIN 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.
MARGARET 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.
JENNIFER DATCHUK • CERAMICS FACULTY
Jennifer Ling Datchuk holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. In 2010, she was awarded a grant from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and travel grant from Artpace to research the birthplace of porcelain in Jingdezhen, China. Currently residing in San Antonio, Texas, she maintains a studio, teaching practice and small design line of ceramic objects for the home.
CASEY GALLOWAY • INTERIM FIBERS PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Casey Galloway earned her BFA in Fiber at the University of North Texas. She has taught weaving and fiber related classes in and around San Antonio and has shown her dimensional weaving and mixed media installations in several exhibitions across Texas, including the Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, Texas, Southwest School of Art, Gallery Nord, and Instituto Cultural de Mexico in conjunction with Luminaria.
JOE HARJO • PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO MANAGER
Joe Harjo received an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma. Recent exhibitions include shows at the Ben Bailey Gallery, Texas A&M University in Kingsville; Martinez Fine Arts Center, Laredo; and the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio.
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.
BLAKE KENNEDY • CERAMICS STUDIO TECHNICIAN
Blake Kennedy graduated from Appalachian State University with a BFA in ceramics and sculpture in 2010. After graduation he set up his studio in Boone, NC, and in the spring of 2014 worked as the Studio Manager in the clay area at Appalachian State University. Regional exhibitions include the Catherine Smith Gallery, Boone, NC; Handmade in America, Asheville, NC; and The Greenhill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC. Visit Blake's website HERE.
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.
JILLIAN PALONE • METALS CHAIR
Palone holds an MFA with Metalsmithing emphasis from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a BFA in Jewelry Design and Metals from Pittsburg State University. Recent exhibitions include shows at the Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, Texas; Equinox Gallery, San Antonio; and Bellevue Arts Musuem, Seattle, Washington. Visit Jill's website HERE.
SARAH ROBERTS • STUDIO MANAGER & PROFESSOR OF METALS
Sarah Roberts received her MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Texas Tech University with a secondary emphasis in digital photography. Her works have been selected for many national exhibitions including extremities: Exploring the Margins of the Human Body in Houston; Self-Searching: the Art of Self-Portraiture in Middlebury, Vermont; and Materials: Hard & Soft jurored by Marilyn de Silva. Her artwork was selected for publication and exhibition in the 5th Biennial Ashes to Art and she has transformed several spaces with site-specific installations. Professor and Studio Manager of Metals.
CHRIS SAUTER • DIRECTOR OF FOUNDATION STUDIES
Chris Sauter 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 SSA 2011 Award for Teaching..
RYAN TAKABA • CERAMICS CHAIR
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.
VINCENT VALDEZ • DRAWING & PAINTING FACULTY
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.
BECK 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.