Studio Arts Department

Experience Studio Arts at Xavier


Mission and Philosophy

Studio Arts at Xavier College Preparatory offers a dynamic variety of classes in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture and jewelry making. Our faculty of practicing artists value creative expression as a means to enrich cognitive, emotional, and moral development. Our courses are designed to cultivate critical thinking and creative range.


Xavier's own Stark Gallery complements classroom opportunities for students by showcasing rotating exhibitions of regional and national artists, accompanied by visiting artist lectures and workshops. Xavier Studio Arts further encourages excellence by offering AP and dual enrollment courses, and maintains an active chapter of the National Art Honor Society.


Studio Arts Faculty

  • Julianne Averbuck, B.F.A., ‘07

    Photography Teacher

    Fine Art Photography | Introduction to Photography | Advanced Photography | Independent Study | Photography and Fine Art | Photo Club Moderator

  • Zachary Carlson, B.A.

    Art Teacher

    Ceramics | Studio Art – Stark Gallery | PUB Club Moderator | WAX Club Moderator

  • Alison Dunn, M.A., M.F.A.

    Studio Arts Department Chair | Art Teacher

    Department Chair – Studio Arts | Intermediate Drawing/Painting | Advanced Drawing/Painting | Oil Painting I & II | AP Art History | AP Studio | Honors Independent Study | Art History Club | Arizona Arts Proficiency Seal Coordinator | National Art Honor Society | Studio Art Club

  • Nissa Kubly, M.F.A.

    Studio Arts Teacher | Stark Gallery Director | Assistant Coach Cross Country

    Sculpture I | Sculpture II/III (Jewelry & Metalwork)

  • Catherine Robbins, B.A., ’86

    Art Teacher

    Introduction to Art | Beginning Drawing and Painting | Introduction to Drawing /Painting | XERO Club (Environmental Club) Moderator  | Studio Art Club | WAX Club Moderator

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