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The Art Program at the University of the Incarnate Word offers a major in Art culminating in a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Fine Arts. The B.A. offers a general- ized study of art and art history, while the B.F.A. allows the student to specialize in a discipline. The art major balances studies in the liberal arts and sciences through study of studio art and art history. The program provides a hands-on competence in a variety of disciplines within art and a thorough knowledge of the theory, history, and criticism of art, all taught within the context of global diversity. Focal areas in studio art include drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics and sculpture. Courses in art history provide opportunities for critical thinking by offering basic surveys in art history as well as special topics.

The program also offers a minor in Art, a minor in Art History and a minor in Photography. Through the minor in Art History the student is given a program of study which includes the traditional courses, Ancient through Medieval and Renaissance to Modern. Courses in the history of photography and in the contemporary art of Europe, Latin America, and the United States are also offered. The minor in Photography offers study in darkroom and digital photography, which emphasizes technical instruction as well as an investigation of historical and theoretical thinking.

Miguel Cortinas, Associate Professor (M.F.A., University of Texas at San Antonio; Printmaking, Drawing, Painting, and Senior Capstone). He has exhibited his work in Germany, Mexico, and across the U.S.

Kathy Vargas, Associate Professor and Chair, (M.F.A., University of Texas at San Antonio: Photography, Design I, Documentary Photography, History of Photography, and Museology). She has exhibited her work in Latin America, Russia, and across the United States.

James Borders, Assistant Professor of Art (M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology and School of American Craft in New York: Design II, Sculpture, and Ceramics). His work is included in numerous collections throughout the United States, including Louisiana State University of Design in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; City of Rochester, New York; and Bossier City, Louisiana. Borders has been invited to exhibit his work in both solo and group exhibitions nationally.

Roland Sul, M.A., Secretary

Career Opportunities

There are many career options open to students majoring in art. Among them are teaching, on a primary or secondary school level as well as on a college/university level. Artists also teach through alternative community arts programs and museum educational programs. They work as conservators to restore vintage work for future generations. Artists work in the non-profit sector as curators and arts administrators, either with an organization or with the local, regional or national government. Jobs are available through city art programs, which need coordinators for after-school programs and coordinators and staff members for public art programs. These positions rise to the highest level, with artists working at the National Endowment for the Arts. Artists can also work as grants writers for museums and non-profit organizations. Artists serve as staff members for local, state, regional, and national arts funders and foundations, including San Antonio's Office of Cultural Affairs, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Meadows Foundation, the Warhol Foundation, and many others. Visual artists are gallery owners or work for art galleries as directors and preparators; they often become art agents or work as buyers for corporate collections. Artists can work for art magazines as critics/arts writers and editors. An artist who chooses to pursue a full- time studio career can make a livelihood through public art commissions. Majors in art also work as professional photographers and commercial artists. In San Antonio, the Director of Blue Star Art Space, the Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Antonio, the curator of the UTSA art collection and several successful commer- cial photographers are all working/exhibition artists.


The Semmes Art Gallery works with professional artists from various parts of the coun- try to bring premier exhibits to our students. Through the Art Program's Museology and Internship courses art majors have interned at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio's Public Art Program, Centro Cultural Aztlan, the Witte Museum, and Art Pace.


The B.A. in art requires Drawing I and II, Design I and II, Art History Ancient through Medieval, Art History Renaissance to Modern, Painting I, Junior Studio, Senior Capstone, an additional 3 hours of upper level art history, and an additional 12 hours of upper level art courses, 6 hours of which may be in art history. The total number of hours required for the major in art is 42.

The B.F.A. in art requires 87 hours: Drawing I and ll, Design I and II, Color Theory, Photo I, Ceramics I, Sculpture I, Printmaking I, Painting I, Junior Studio, Senior Capstone, 21 additional hours in a single discipline, 12 additional hours of art electives, and 18 hours of art history.

The minor in art requires 18 hours, including Drawing I, Design I or II, and 12 additional hours in either 2-D or 3-D courses. The minor in art history requires 15 hours: Art History Ancient through Medieval, Art History Renaissance to Modern, and 9 additional hours of upper level art history. The minor in photography requires 18 hours: Design I, Photography I, History of Photography, Digital Photography, either Photography II: Documentary Photography or Photography II: Directorial Photography, and 3 additional hours of upper level photography.


Small, partial scholarships are available to art majors on the basis of a portfolio review each spring. Prospective students should submit a portfolio of 12 pieces of original work for consideration. Please contact the Chair of the Art Program before March 1 for more information.


Kathy Vargas, Chair
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, CPO 425
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: (210) 829-3853
Fax: (210) 829-3880

Miguel Cortinas
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, CPO 336
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: (210) 829-3861
Fax: (210) 829-3880

James Borders
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, CPO 407
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: (210) 829-3817
Fax: (210) 829-3880

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