SW School 50 Years

SW School 50 Years
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SW School 50 Years

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Fifty years of visual art education, artistic innovation, community evolution, and historic preservation are certainly a cause for celebration! The Southwest School of Art invites the entire community to a campus-wide, weekend-long party showcasing the best of what we offer. Local artist Gary Sweeney has created a special limited edition t-shirt to mark the case – get yours one weekend only, while they last – $20!

NOVEMBER 20, 21 & 22, 2015
The weekend is FREE and open to the public!



FORMED – A Survey of Ceramics by Dennis Smith & Colleagues
Russell Hill Rogers Galleries I & II
Sun, Nov | 22, 1-3 pm

Dennis Smith—former Chairman of the Ceramics Department at the Southwest School of Art—has been a part of the school’s history since he first began teaching here in 1976. FORMED is a pair of exhibitions that celebrates Smith’s long and esteemed career. In addition to a large body of Smith’s works, the Russell Hill Rogers Galleries I & II will play host to work by a number of his professional peers and colleagues.

Christa Blackwood | A Dot Red
(the ballad of irrelevant histories)
Ursuline Hall Gallery| Ursuline Campus
Sun, Nov | 22, 1-3 pm

In her series, a dot red, Christa Blackwood of Austin explores new perspectives on traditional genres and images found in landscape and portrait photography through the use of hand-pulled photogravures. Replacing the central “figure” of the compositions with a red dot, these traditional landscapes combine historical photographic techniques with a contemporary conceptual strategy that shifts the foci and enables the viewer to reconsider the traditional ways in which relationships to art works’ subjects are established.

Exhibitions run Nov. 22, 2015 – Jan. 24, 2016.

RSVP for the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1139587212737950/

We are pleased to announce that after reviewing over 500 entries for our #FOTOSSA15 Instagram contest in September, (9) photographic entries have been selected to be on view at the Southwest School of Art’s Navarro Lobby! Our Photography faculty Victor Pagona and Joe Harjo juried the contest. The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with the exhibition openings that are slated for Sunday, November 22nd from 1-3pm.

The #FOTOSSA15 winners work will be on view in the Lobby Gallery of our Navarro campus until December 20th, 2015.

The winners include:
1st Place Winner: Jorge Villarreal, “Sombreros de Oaxaca”, 2015.
2nd Place Winner: Adolf Acosta, “Adolfo Acosta Jr.”, 2015.
3rd Place Winner: Alexandra Nelipa,”Richard”, 2015.
Aaron Rincon, “Providence”, 2015.
Ana Hernandez Burwell, “She’s A Pistol”, 2015.
David Anthony Garcia, “Frances”, 2015.
Hector Garza, “One Day”, 2015.
Martha Murray, “My Soul Is From Elsewhere”, 2015.
Pete Cerna, “I’m Home”, 2015.

Sun, Nov | 22, 1-5 pm

Studios on both the Ursuline and Navarro campus will be open for touring, with faculty and students providing demonstrations and examples of their work. Be a part of the art – make your own special artwork to commemorate the 50th in our amazing studios!

The first 50 items in each studio will be free giveaways, this includes printed totes, stickers, a black and white enameled element, and more!

Visitors who stop by the studios, take a selfie and post to Instagram using the hashtag #SSAstudios and tag us will receive SSA swag!

Check out our studios: https://www.swschool.org/communityclasses

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