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STLCC-Florissant Valley Students Showcase Work During Portfolio Day

October 16, 2014

Portfolio Day  
Art from Portfolio Day 2013

Florissant Valley’s Arts & Humanities department will host Portfolio Day on Monday, Oct. 27.

The art extravaganza will take place 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Humanities Building on campus, 3400 Pershall Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Approximately 30 students will have stations set up throughout the building showcasing their artwork. Some of the works include photography, graphic design, mixed media, drawing, printmaking and painting. 

A tradition at STLCC-Florissant Valley, Portfolio Day is a great opportunity for second-year art students to learn about transfer opportunities and to get feedback on their current work. Art institutions and universities from across the country send representatives who review students’ work for transfer and scholarships.

Florissant Valley's program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design.

"Portfolio Day allows the campus community to see first hand, the strong and exciting visual work being created by our students," said Janice Nesser-Chu, chair of the Arts & Humanities department at Florissant Valley.

This year, there will be 17 representatives from prestigious art and design schools, including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Maryland Institute College of Art and San Francisco Art Institute. 

The representatives will review students' portfolios and give presentations on their institutions. Presentations by the representatives will take place throughout the day in Room 112 in the Humanities building.

“Last year, 80 percent of our students were accepted for admission on the spot, and several were offered scholarships,” said Nesser-Chu. 

Nesser-Chu said that Portfolio Day is a culmination of two or more years of rigorous art practice for the students. In order to participate, students must have their portfolios reviewed and approved by two faculty members, and then spend months working on their final presentations.

“For most of our students, it is the first time they have shown, and received feedback, on their work outside of a classroom setting," Nesser-Chu said. "It is an affirming and life changing event for them, and a celebration of their accomplishments and commitment."