Ron Bechet is the Victor H. Labat Professor of Art in the Department of Art at Xavier University of Louisiana. Mr. Bechet also serves as Department Head for the Department of Art. He is a painter, and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He has been teaching for 20 years at the college level. He holds a BA degree in Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans, and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the Yale School of Art, Yale University. In addition to serving on the Board of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Bechet has served on other boards and commissions, such as Imagining America’s National Advisory Board. He has served as the first director of Xavier Art Department’s Community Arts Partnership Program as well as in many arts and youth programs in the New Orleans area both as an advisor and a practitioner. He was the recipient of the New Orleans Mayor’s Arts award in 2006.