XULA Art Department

Mission / Letter from Department Head

Creative thinking and persistence is the backbone to any successful career.

  • Waking up every day with enthusiasm for the career path you have chosen is one of life’s greatest gifts.

  • The path begins with a commitment to develop the skills necessary to succeed.

  • This is a historic period for New Orleans. It is an opportunity to witness how the strong cultural roots of a city can provide both the reasons and resources for its survival.

There are many institutions that teach art making skills. What makes Xavier University’s Art Department different?

The ultimate purpose of Xavier University is to provide our students an education that encourages a commitment to create a more just and humane society. Xavier prepares its students to assume roles of leadership and service in society. Public art muralist, arts center director, museum education coordinator are just a few art careers that make a positive impact on society. To this end, we have developed a community arts management program. Providing students with the opportunity to build a strong foundation as an artist and community leader. Xavier’s liberal arts program addresses a wide range of skill sets that will give graduates a variety of career options. The development of new technologies in the arts and sciences are creating new career paths for graduates to explore and design.

The Arts as an industry has a role in the design and marketing of every man made object made in the world. Most of our purchasing decisions are made based on visual appeal. Every generation performs a role in defining our ever-changing visual future. African American culture has made a significant impact on the Arts Industry. It is our mission to equip these new trendsetters with the histories, philosophies, moral arguments, and world perspectives that will inform their innovations.

This invitation includes a challenge to cultivate your talents and develop new one. Join us in building your strong foundation for a creative career.


The Department of Art


1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, LA 70125

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The Art Village

John T. Scott Sculpture Garden

3520 Pine Street, New Orleans, LA 70125

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