Faculty are carefully selected for their knowledge of their specific media, as well as for their experience as working and exhibiting artists.  Almost all have a fine arts degree, and the great majority have a terminal (MA or MFA) arts degree. They are rated each term by students on their teaching effectiveness.

In addition, each year the SSA brings to San Antonio a number of outstanding artists from around the U.S. or overseas to teach as a ‘visiting artist.’

Summer 2017

MELINDA ADAMS is an Associate Professor in fashion management at the University of the Incarnate Word, with graduate degrees from the University of Wyoming and an undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska. Her surface design and textile art pieces have been included at national and international shows such as AQS, ITAA, and Hoffman Challenge.

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.

JULIA BARBOSA-LANDOIS holds an MFA in New Media and Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is an interdisciplinary artist and educator, and is an Exhibitions Assistant at the Southwest School of Art.

MICHELLE BELTO holds an MA in Fine Arts and Consciousness from John F. Kennedy University and a BA in Education with certifications in Art and Theater. Her work as a performer, educator, and visual artist spans more than 30 years, three continents, and 13 publications. She divides her time between her two passions—teaching encaustics and studio art, with an emphasis on handmade paper and wax.

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.

ORLANDO GRAVES BOLAÑOS graduated with an MFA from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Throughout his 26 years abroad in Spain, art education has played a fundamental part of his career. He presently is completing his PhD in Art Theory with a focus on the contribution of Latino and Chicano artists to the mainstream art movements and is the Art Education Manager at The DoSeum.

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.

SHANNON BROCK holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, is a papermaker and artist, and Art Director of Carriage House Paper. She has taught papermaking throughout the East Coast including Parsons School of Design in NY, Montclair State University, and Pyramid Atlantic. She is a board member for Hand Papermaking Magazine and a past board member for The Friends of Dard Hunter. Her pulp paintings and paper sculptures have been exhibited nationally. 

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. 

LISETTE CHAVEZ was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and holds an MFA from the University of Arizona and an MA from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. Chavez’s artwork has been exhibited in various locations throughout the United States, and internationally in Australia, Germany, Nicaragua, Argentina, Estonia, and Mexico. Her work is held in numerous museum, universities, and private collections.

DINAH COAKLEY is an artist/printmaker based in San Antonio, who received a certificate from the Southwest School of Art in May 2014. Her main focus has been printmaking and she has been an assistant and studio monitor in the SSA’s Printmaking Department for the past 15 years. As a buyer for Herwicks Arts Supply, she has an extensive knowledge of trends and uses the newest art materials. Coakley is active in San Antonio's art community; her work deals with mental health issues and family dynamics.

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. 

CHARLES COOPER was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He has a long tradition of blacksmithing through his mother’s side of the family.  Charles studied blacksmithing at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park learning from the resident masterblacksmith, Kelly Kring  as well as attended the School for Visual Arts in Manhattan to further his skills. 

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.

JENNIFER LING DATCHUK · CERAMICS 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.

JESSICA DECUIR has an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a BFA from Webster University, St. Louis. She has taught art courses at San Antonio College since 2000 and at the Southwest School of Art since 1999. She is a professional artist and musician who has exhibited and performed music nationally and internationally. 

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.

NICOLE DESCHAMPS-BENKE received an MFA from the University of Michigan. She currently is heading the curriculum-driven integration of 3D digital fabrication technologies with traditional studio art and design practice at Texas State University. Deshchamps-Benke maintains her art practice in several studios and maker spaces in southern Texas; her work has been exhibiting nationally and internationally, and can be found in several publications.

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 work on shorts have won several awards at film festivals. 

SARAH FOX is an artist and educator working in San Antonio. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015. She studied painting at the Glasgow School of Art in 2004 and earned her BA from Southwestern University in 2005. She has had solo shows in San Antonio and Houston, and participated in group exhibitions across the U.S., Austria, and Germany. She works in a variety of materials including drawing, painting, and collage.

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.

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.

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 HENEGAN 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.

JO ETTA JUPE has been a papermaker for over 30 years and continues to explore new techniques with the medium. She has taught workshops on making paper from botanical plants as well as workshops in wet collage and basic papermaking. Jupe has shown her work throughout Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Washington, DC. She holds a degree in computer science from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

BLAKE KENNEDY — FACULTY & CERAMICS STUDIO TECHNICIAN graduated from Appalachian State University with a BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture. Prior to moving to San Antonio, he operated his own studio in Boone, NC and was the clay area Studio Manager 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.

DAVID KRAFT holds a Masters in Architecture degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He currently runs the Digital Fabrication lab for UTSA's Architecture department, and owns and operates a custom fabrication shop producing wood and metal projects for contractors architects and developers in San Antonio. David worked with CNC equipment in his own shop and has taught students the basics of digital fabrication using a CNC router for more than five years.

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.

JEANNETTE MACDOUGALL holds a dual MS degree in Art Education (Supervision/Administration) from Bank Street College and a focus in Painting from Parsons School of Art & Design and a BA degree from Trinity University. She is a studio artist and arts consultant and 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.

ANGELA MANN earned her MA from Eastern Illinois University majoring in 3-D Art with a minor in 2-D art, and her BFA from Midwestern State University, where she majored in ceramics and minored in painting. Angela taught for SAISD until retiring in 2015. She has taught ceramics classes to beginning and intermediate students at the Southwest School of Art for close to 10 years.

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. 

ANALISE MINJAREZ is a fibers artist and educator from El Paso, TX.  Minjarez creates fiber sculptures and installations using natural dyes, hog gut, and plastics to highlight the contextual differences between materials. Her objects investigate Mexican-American identity and the metaphysical awareness created by the landscape of the Texas-Mexico borderland. 

SUSIE MONDAY has a Fine Arts degree from Trinity University and works as a consultant, writer, teacher, and fabric and exhibit designer.  She produces and sells textile collage paintings, teaches iPad courses for artists, and is co-author of The Missing Alphabet, a book on creativity.

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.

JILLIAN SORTORE — METALS DEPARTMENT CHAIR earned her MFA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and received her BFA in Jewelry Design and Metals from Pittsburg State University. She allows a variety of materials such as metal, resin, paper-clay, wood, rubber, and paints to inform her creative process. 

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.

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.

SARAH SAUER has a BA from Trinity University. She is a freelance graphic designer and photographer; and operates a multidisciplinary workshop, Guten Co., that offers custom letterpress printing and handmade functional ceramics.  She also approaches the industrial equipment she uses daily as an unconventional method of drawing, creating fine art print work using alternative lock ups in traditionally commercial printing presses.

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.

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.

JUSTIN TEJEDA received his BA along with his BFA in Metals from Texas State University. He has worked for numerous artists in the Central Texas area as well as a gallery installer at the Texas State University Galleries.

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.

JARED THEIS received an MFA from the University of California-Davis in 2012. While at UC Davis he received a Joan Mitchell MFA grant and the Robert Arneson Award. In 2014, he was awarded a Statens Kunstnerstipend from Kulturradet from the Norway Arts Council in Oslo. His art practice spans ceramics, video, animation, and performance. He currently works in San Antonio, Texas.

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.

SARAH WESTRUP is a fiber artist from the Texas-Mexico borderlands whose passion for fibers and natural materials has led her to the process of naturally dyeing cloth and alternative surfaces. She explores the use of natural dyes, nets, and even rocks to create sculptures and installations that examine her homeland. She received her BFA in Fibers at the University of North Texas and has studied under well-known natural dyers such as Catharine Ellis and Sasha Duerr. Sarah teaches natural dye workshops throughout Texas to inspire natural color in people’s artistic practices.