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Blanche and Norman C. Francis Collection

The Blanche & Norman C. Francis Collection is the manifestation of their vision of Xavier as a place where people can work, live and learn in an art-rich environment. The Collection includes artists from all walks of life. Works in the collection are selected based on the artistic value of the piece and the spirit in which it inspires the Xavier community to think and expand its creative reach.

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The story of the collection

The Blanche and Norman C. Francis Collection was established in December 2002 by Mac Arthur grant-winning artist John T. Scott and Timothy B. Francis. The initial collection includes 275 works of art. The purpose of the Collection is to honor Dr. & Mrs. Norman C. Francis' lifelong commitment to Xavier and to the arts. The Collection is the manifestation of their vision of Xavier as an art-rich environment to work, to live and, more importantly, to learn. The Collection includes artist from all walks of life. Works in the collection are selected based on the artistic value of the piece and the spirit in which it inspires the Xavier community to think and expand its creative reach.

The Collection is divided into two categories: student works and works by professional artists. The studentsí works represent the best works of art completed by students in the Xavier art department dating back to 1957. The studentsí works are a tribute to the extraordinary instruction and mentoring by the Xavier art department.

Professional artists such as Richmond Barthe, Elizabeth Catlett, John T. Scott, Sam Gilliam, Raymond Saunders, Jacob Lawrence, Fred Brown and Ron Bechet are represented in the Collection.

The Collection is home to the fine works of art by the Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia. The Brandywine collection includes the works of artists such as Betye Saar, Al Loving and Howard Dina Pindell. Through the generosity of Allen Edmonds, the Board of Directors of Brandywine, and the good will of John T. Scott, Xavier will be the host of 100 works by some of the nationís top artists.