Current Exhibitions

Justin Boyd, Inevitable Reach

Southwest School of Art Faculty Critical Mass

Jan 26, 2017 - Feb 26, 2017
Russell Hill Rogers Galleries I & II | Santikos Building
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Thurs, Jan 26, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

As the first and only independent college of art in the state, the Southwest School of Art boasts a faculty that reflects the school’s approach of making as a form of inquiry and discovery, with equal emphasis on ideas and skills.

This group exhibition highlights the SSA’s full-time faculty and provides for a survey of artistic styles and disciplines, while allowing a glimpse into each faculty member’s current creative direction and practice.

Shown: Justin Boyd, Inevitable Reach, 2016, found object, wood, sound

Don Buelter, Museo Casa di Dante, Florence, Italy  2016[17]

Southwest School of Art Photography Department: Student Exhibition | Florence Through A Plastic Lens

Jan 26, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017
Santikos Lobby Gallery and San Antonio Express News Gallery | Santikos Building
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Thurs, Jan 26, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Shot during a course offered by the Southwest School of Art this past August, the photographs in this exhibition were made in Florence Italy. During the 3 week period of study, students used vintage Diana and Holga cameras to capture not only the images of what was before them, but also to record the history and extensive collection of renaissance art and architecture that are so unique to that city. As photography Chair and supervising faculty from the trip, Victor Pagona, states, “The Diana/Holga was originally marketed as an inexpensive novelty gift item; the Diana/Holga has been used to specifically take soft focus, impressionistic photographs somewhat reminiscent of the Pictorialist Period of artistic photography. The cameras frequently suffer from light leaks, film advance issues, and other problems. However, its low-quality plastic lens has been celebrated for its artistic effects in photographs, normally resulting in a slightly blurred composition that can provide a 'dreamlike' quality to the print.” The results, presented in this exhibition, document a whirlwind effort that resulted in compelling images and changed viewpoints.

Shown: Don Buelter, Museo Casa di Dante, Florence, Italy, 2016[17]



Nov 17, 2016 - Feb 26, 2017
Urschel Gallery | Urschel Administrative Building
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Thurs, Nov 17, 2016 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Incorporating hundreds of old and decommissioned library books and other tomes from his personal collection, New Mexico artist Todd Christensen exhibits a site-specific installation that responds to the historic architecture of the Southwest School of Art’s Urschel Gallery. Using charts and diagrams, family, food, education and Christensen’s passion for collecting, the works that comprise the installation draw from journal entries, childhood stories, and a nostalgia for a past that doesn’t exist, to reflect the artist’s view of the bombardment of visual images that we all face as we go about our daily lives.

Shown: Todd Christensen, Observing the Withdrawn (installation photo)