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Janice Nesser-Chu


Janice Nesser-Chu
Chair, Art & Humanities Department
Photography Program Coordinator,                Gallery Director,
M.A., with distinction, Studio and Art History, Webster University

Janice Nesser-Chu is an Assistant Professor of art at STLCC-Florissant Valley and serves as the Chair of the Art  & Humanities Department. She also is the Photography Program coordinator and the Director of the Florissant Valley Art Galleries. She is the campus coordinator for World AIDS Day activities and the AIDS Quilt display, Portfolio Day, and Women's History month. She is the sponsor of the student Photo Club.

Nesser-Chu has been the recipient of recent academic awards including the prestigious national “Emerson Award for Excellence in Teaching” in November 2007. She was named Florissant Valley’s 2007 “Outstanding New Faculty Member of the Year” and in spring 2005 she received the “Freedom of Human Spirit'” award for her social and civic engagement on the campus.

Nesser is an artist who is active in the arts community. She currently serves as on the board of the national Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) as the Legacy Campaign Director (2012-14) and was the President of WCA from 2010-12. She also serves on the Board of the local chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art. She has served on the Forums Committee for Art St. Louis and on the Board of the Northern Arts Council. She is a member of the Society for Photographic Education and the College Art Association.

Janice Nesser-Chu's Masters degree in Art is from Webster University. Her B.A., in Journalism with a minor in Political Science, is from St. Mary of the Woods College. She has exhibited both locally, nationally and internationally for the last 15 years. Her work is included in many collections and has been featured and reviewed in various publications, most recently in River Styx magazine, West End Word and the Riverfront Times. Her current series "From the blood of my grandmother" melds quilting and embroidery with dress patterns, altered books, photographs and found objects in an investigation of familial relationships, cultural taboos and their place in the formation of identity.

Janice lives on three acres in unincorporated North County with her husband Ben and their two dogs, Bonnie and Benard.

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