From the president…

Dear friends and colleagues,

Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about the Southwest School of Art. It is an extraordinary place!

Since 1996 it has been my privilege to lead the School, a remarkable institution unmatched for the diversity of its programming and audience, for its involvement in the wider community, and for the significance and beauty of its historic buildings and grounds. The BFA program enhances our dedication to facilitating the development of 21st Century skills through art. Our students hone critical thinking and problem solving skills while expanding their ability to think creatively, work collaboratively, and communicate clearly…all within a supportive environment that ensures individualized instruction and mentorship. In the BFA degree program, students have access to outstanding faculty and facilities, with a cost that is far below what most art schools charge. (See a tuition comparison list here). Because we value and teach both traditional and innovative skills and ideas, and have designed a unique and holistic general curriculum, our students are equipped for a multitude of professional pursuits and are prepared to be engaged citizens.

I look forward to seeing you on campus!

Paula Owen


Pause / Flow from Walley Films on Vimeo.

Paula's CV is available HERE.