About the Artist


Keith Eccles

Keith Eccles was born & raised in Gretna, LA. He received his Associates Degree in Fine Arts from Delgado Community College in 1991. He then attended Memphis College of Art where he received a Bachelor's Degree in 1993. Upon returning home to New Orleans, Keith pursued and obtained his teaching certification. He taught at Belle Chasse High School as part of his student teaching requirements toward certification. He has participated in both ARTCAN contests. In the first contest, held in Algiers at Brechtel Park, he placed first in the Professional Category. At the second contest, held at Joe Brown Memorial Park in New Orleans East, he won the overall award which included a commissioned art piece for Joe Brown Memorial Park. Keith taught at L.W. Higgins High School for 12 years from 1998 until 2010. While at Higgins, he was selected as the 2004 Teacher of the Year,  2006 Teacher of the Year and 2009 Teacher of the Year.   He was also inducted into Delgado Community College's Circle of Excellence.   Keith also taught at Livaudais Middle School in Terrytown, LA. where he implemented a new art program for the middle school students.  Keith is currently teaching at his alma mater - West Jefferson High School.  He was selected as the 2015 Teacher of the Year for West Jefferson High School. He and twelve of his students participated at the National Art Educators Association Convention held at the Morial Convention Center in March 2015 by painting a mural throughout the three days of the convention.  The program was made possible and sponsored by Liquitex and coordinated by Bill Worley, ColArt account rep and also a graduate of West Jefferson High School. In addition, some of Keith’s artwork was displayed in Washington, D.C. as a thank you to Congress for the Road Home money allocated to help the citizens of New Orleans rebuild the City and their lives after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In 2009,  Keith was commissioned to design a Zulu coconut which was presented to President Obama in celebration of both the 100 year anniversary of the Krewe of Zulu and the inauguration of the first African-American President.

A message from Keith

Since I started teaching, I have come to appreciate the impact that teachers have on their students. Teaching has to be one of the most rewarding professions of all. As such, I felt excited and compelled to not only produce and exhibit my own art work at my studio, but also to provide an avenue for teaching various aspects of art to the young and upcoming artists in the New Orleans area. Through our private lessons, as well as our various art camps throughout the year, our students will be exposed to drawing, painting, cartooning, working with clay, pottery-making, and much more. I have had one or two teachers in my lifetime who have made a lasting impression on me to this day. I hope I can touch as many students of mine in that same manner.

Keith Eccles Illustration & Design Studio, LLC

906 Derbigny Street Gretna, LA 70053 504-227-ART5 (2785)

2 Responses to “About the Artist”

  1. Philipp Says:
    April 27th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Dear Keith,
    my name is Philipp Strohm and i´m a student from germany. During a field study with my university, the academy of fine arts nürnberg, i recieved a zulu coconut from two old ladies during an interview in lower ninth ward. It was a very emotional moment for them and so it was for me. Due to this great experience, i started a research about the zulu coconuts and read that you made one for president Obama. I´m still in New Orleans till Tuesday (28th of April) and i would like to ask you if there may be a chance to meet you? It would be a real pleasure and i would be very pleased to hear from you. My Phone number is +49 177 5213120. You could also send me an email to: p-s@gmx.net. Best, Philipp

  2. Chelsea Says:
    February 11th, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Hey Mr.Eccles you do an amazing Job with your art work

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