04ARTS, a non-profit organization founded by visionary
educator and artist Penelope Speier, brought the
VTS to San Antonio in response to an absence of
innovative arts education programming in the inner
city schools. The program incorporates the participation
of community visual art institutions and a public
school district. After recruiting the San Antonio
Museum of ART (SAMA), the McNay Art Museum, the
San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD),
and the assistance of a private funder, the project
of the San Antonio VTS began in 1998.
Penelope Speier Bio
Penelope Speier graduated from the University of
Texas in Austin in 1966 with a B.S.F.A. in Art
History. Throughout the years, Speier has applied
her interest in the arts by developing a rich
history of community involvement both as an artist,
and as an advocate for the arts in education.
Speier is an instrumental figure in the creation
and administration of art education programs in
her home, San Antonio, Texas.
Her work as a contemporary gallery owner gave her
the opportunity to design and implement art education
programs for her client base. As a partner in
Carrington Gallagher Fine Arts, she built a broad
network, in the United States and in Mexico, of
clients, dealers, artists, art educators and museum
Her position allowed her the opportunity to work
one-on-one with many leading contemporary artists.
One of the programs she developed brought renowned
artists to participate in school art programs
produced in conjunction with the San Antonio Independent
School District, Blue Star Art Space, and the
San Antonio Museum of Art. Her experiences in
program design have included the creation of childrenís
visual aid booklets and program materials, such
as audio visual presentations, developed through
collaborations with professional artists and architects.
Speierís professional gallery experience, as well
as her earlier job as Solar Energy Program Coordinator
at Trinity University, have given her experience
in managing budgets and event cordination.
Speierís extensive travel allows her a diverse
history of art viewing and museum experiences.
She has worked closely with volunteers as a former
chair of many board committees. The boards Speier
has served on include the Junior League of San
Antonio, The Southwest Foundation Forum, the Southwest
School of Art and Craft and the ArtPace Board
of Visitors. Speier is President of the 04ARTS
Foundation, a foundation sponsoring the development
and implementation of programs in art education.
Currently, Speier devotes her time to the development
and management of the 04ARTS Foundation.
Joey Fauerso Bio
Joey Fauerso, an artist and educator, received
her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
in 2001. Since moving to San Antonio she has founded
an alternative gallery and has worked with 04ARTS
as a VTS training assistant and as an art instructor
for schools in the SAISD.
As an artist, Joey has shown her work in several
prominent exhibition spaces including the Dallas
Museum of Art, The McNay Art Museum, and Blue
Star Art Space.