The Southwest School of Art is a nationally-recognized leader in arts education, offering studio programs for more than 4000 adults, children and teens annually. Classes and workshops are taught by outstanding local, regional and national artists in state-of-the-art facilities; the school will offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree starting in the fall of 2013.
The school also organizes contemporary art exhibitions, lectures and concerts, as well as houses a history-based Visitors Center Museum , a Gallery Shop and a lunch café. During a typical year, more than 225,000 people attend events, view exhibits, take classes or visit the historic site.
Located on two adjacent campuses, the school’s Ursuline Campus is the former home of the Ursuline Academy & Convent, originally founded in 1851 as the first school for girls in San Antonio. On this campus are the school’s extensive ceramics and weaving studios, its Young Artist Program area, the tranquil gardens, arching pecan trees and historic buildings that make the school San Antonio ’s “downtown oasis.”
The Navarro Campus is the site of the school’s contemporary exhibition galleries and its high-tech classrooms and studios for photography, metals, printmaking, digital imaging, paper and book arts, as well as drawing and painting.
Reflecting our long-standing role as a core San Antonio arts institution, our Mobile Arts Program disperses artist-teachers to more than 60 schools and social service agencies during the year, giving local children hands-on learning in fine art and traditional craft media; attendance in this program exceeds 40,000 annually.
Our institutional mission is to teach, preserve, and advance the visual arts. We expand the creative potential of our community and connect cultures of the world through participatory learning experience. An additional part of our mission is to preserve the former Ursuline Convent and Academy as a place of historic significance.