San Antonio, Texas Art School Gets New Name

The Southwest School of Art and Craft has been renamed The Southwest School of Art, and has also added a new fine arts degree program to begin in the fall of 2013. This will make the school the only independent degree-granting art school in the Southwest. The school is built in a historic site where a convent was

established in 1851, when seven Catholic nuns arrived in San Antonio to start San Antonio’s first school for girls. The complex expanded throughout the 1800s under the architectural direction of Francois Giraud. In 1971, the nuns offered it to an art school serving the San Antonio community. The school is now seeking accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. School President Paula Owen has said that adding an arts degree program to its community school components was “essential to the institution’s long-term sustainability.”

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