Debbie Wartko-Conner
Professor of Visual Arts
Communication Design & Arts Management

Classes taught
2310 Darkroom Photography
2330 Intro to Digital Photography
2330 Online Intro to Digital Photography
3310 Advanced Digital Photography
4340 Advanced Processing Techniques
4341 Photographic Design and Concepts


  • BFA
    Southwest Texas State University
  • Post graduate (2 years) / All Level Teaching Certificate
    Southwest Texas State University
  • MFA Concentration Photography
    The Academy of Art University

Professional Organizations

  • ATPI Association of Texas Photography Instructors
  • TPS Texas Photographic Society
  • NAEA National Art Education Association
  • TAE Texas Art Education Association
  • AIGA American Institution of Graphic Arts
  • AAC&U Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • CAA College Art Association

Deborah is a fine arts photographer who was born in Buffalo, NY, but has lived happily in Texas for the last 25 years. She was a teacher of art and photography at the high school level for 17 years prior to coming to Schreiner University. She also successfully owned “Free Spirit Images” photography company for many years.  Showings of her fine art work have been featured in metro areas such as Dallas, San Antonio, Austin,  San Marcos, Houston, Kerrville, and the Ingram/Hunt area.

Deborah also helps lead a student trip to Florence, Italy, where she teaches photography.  Her fine art work was featured at SRISA (Santa Reparata International School of Art), Florence, Italy, in 2015.

She is an avid animal lover, a certified group exercise instructor specializing in Spinning and Pilates, and the co-owner of Danny Conner’s Reptile Adventures.