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

  • Zachary Carlson, M.A.

    Fine Arts Teacher | Ceramics

    PUBlicity Club Moderator | Stark Gallery Moderator | WAX Club Moderator

  • Alison Dunn, M.A., M.F.A.

    Fine Arts Teacher | Art | Art Department Chair

    Art History Club Moderator | Curriculum Council Member | National Art Honor Society Moderator | Studio Art Club Moderator

    ARH 101/102 for Rio Salado | ART 111 for Rio Salado

  • Nissa Kubly, M.F.A.

    Fine Arts Teacher | Sculpture & Jewelry | Assistant Coach Cross Country & Field Distance

    Stark Gallery Moderator

    ART 151 for Rio Salado

  • Catherine Robbins, B.A., ’86

    Fine Arts Teacher | Art

    Studio Art Club Moderator | XERO Club (Environmental Club) Moderator | WAX Club Moderator

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