Western Art Academy

The Susan K. Black Foundation supported the Western Art Academy (WAA) and Schreiner University to provide college accredited art education to young artists.


The Western Art Academy in Kerrville, Texas is an intensive eight week, two session program of advanced art instruction designed specifically for talented high school students.  A thirty one year old program, SKB participated from 2010 -2015.

Six to eight SKB artists under the direction of Wanda Mumm provided instruction in both painting and sculpture.  Talented teenage artists preparing for their junior or senior year participate in the summer program on the Schreiner University campus.  The 2015 class was made up of sixty-six students who had participated in the Houston or San Antonio Texas Rodeo Art Competitions. The students received intensive instruction in both two dimension and three dimension art producing a sculpture, a relief, three full paintings, and several studies.
In addition to the art instruction, students visited the Kerrville’s Western Art Museum for a reception with their parents, enjoyed a college experience at Schreiner University, visited art galleries in Fredericksburg, TX,  visited the LBJ ranch, and enjoyed other activities.  Culminating the session was a graduation ceremony and an exhibition of the student art where the public, including the respective Rodeo Art Committees were able to purchase the students’ work.
Many WAA students have gone on to study art in universities and have had notable success in competitions especially the Rodeo Art Competitions.