Xavier Cortada

Artist in Residence and Professor of Practice

J.D., 1991, University of Miami School of Law
M.P.A., 1991, University of Miami School of Business
B.A., 1986, University of Miami 

Xavier Cortada is Professor of Practice: Artist at the University of Miami. Through his primary appointment in the faculty of the Department of Art and Art History, he serves in the university’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, College of Arts and Sciences, Miami Business School, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS), School of Architecture, School of Communication, and School of Law. Professor Cortada has collaborated extensively with faculty and students at the Law School over many years, with a focus on the intersection of art, policy, and the law.

Xavier Cortada’s science art practice is oriented toward social engagement and environmental concerns. Professor Cortada has worked with groups globally to produce numerous collaborative art projects, including environmental art installations at the North Pole and South Pole, peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa and eco-art projects in Taiwan and Holland. Professor Cortada has created art for the White House, CERN, the World Bank, the Museum of Florida History, the Florida Botanical Gardens, Miami City Hall, the Frost Art Museum, Miami-Dade County Hall, the Miami Science Museum, Port Everglades and the Florida Turnpike.

His work is in the collections of the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), the NSU Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale, the Whatcom Museum, and the Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum.

Professor Cortada’s studio is located at Pinecrest Gardens where he serves as artist-in-residence, implements his participatory art projects and runs the Hibiscus Gallery.  

He also serves on boards of various national, regional and local groups, including: University of Miami Alumni Association, South Arts and the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council, where he serves as Chairman.

The Environmental Law Institute presented him with a 2021 National Wetlands Award for his work engaging Miami-Dade County residents in learning about, conserving, and restoring mangrove forests.

Professor Cortada, who was born in Albany, New York and grew up in Miami, holds degrees from the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Business and School of Law.

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