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Florissant Valley Art Gallery

The Florissant Valley Art Galleries are not defined by a single space but by a main gallery and several alternative exhibition spaces located throughout the campus: the Contemporary Gallery, Gallery ADMIN, Annex A & B, the Student Gallery and the new Sculpture walk.

In addition, the campus houses a Permanent Collection with over 300 pieces, many of which are displayed throughout the campus. Pieces in the permanent collection include work created by local, regional and national artists, as well, as emeritus faculty, current faculty and alumni.

The Contemporary Art Gallery is an 850 square-foot traditional space on the lower level of the Instructional Resources building (IR-111) where local, regional and international art is showcased for the enjoyment and interests of students and the local community. Two-and three-dimensional works in a variety of media are presented throughout the academic year, reflecting disciplines taught in the art programs, as well as emerging trends and movements. There are between six and eight exhibitions each year.
Gallery ADMIN provides 100 linear feet of display in an alternative exhibition space located on the 2nd floor of the Administration building. The gallery was established in the fall of 2006. Early exhibitions focused on the work of current and emeritus art faculty on the Florissant Valley campus. In 2008, the mission of the gallery began to shift from focusing only on the work of FV faculty to focusing on work being created in the community. The goal of gallery ADMIN is to recognize and promote the artwork of emerging and established minority artists; and to serve as an incubator for discussion and dialog of current trends and movements in art for the community. Recent exhibitions have included: Dail Chambers, Grace Lin and Linda Bangert.

Annex A & B are mini exhibition spaces located in the Humanities building that focus on work created by the alumni and art faculty. Exhibition change out every 3-4 weeks.

The Student Gallery is mini exhibition space located in the Theater. The gallery serves as an instructional space for students enrolled in Art Department programs.

The Sculpture Walk is the newest addition and includes 6 sculptures/installations by regional artists placed  in various outdoor locations on the campus.

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"The Spirit Within" from the collection of A. Patrick Irue

Contemporary Gallery

Recent national exhibitions have focused on both solo and groups exhibitions. Solo exhibitions have included the works of Beverly Buchanan, Mark Holmes, Joshua Mosley, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Luis Gonzalas Palma, Richard Johnson and Francois Deschamps. Groups exhibitions have included: Material Elements fiber work from the Appalachian Center For Craft, TN, The Traveling Journal Project and the international exhibition Mirror Image: Women and Photography.

Local exhibitions have focused on emerging as well as established artists. Artists featured in recent exhibitions have included John Wickersham, Robert Ketchens, Sarah Giannobile, Mary Beth Shaw and Firecracker Press.

In addition, the gallery has curated group shows and local collections, including The Spirit Within a curated exhibition of African art from the collection of A. Patrick Irue and Texture • Line • Surface • Tone, an invitational printmaking exhibition using combined processes

The annual Student Exhibition and High School Art Exhibition are also presented in the Contemporary Art Gallery, as well as, the bi-yearly Faculty Exhibition and Work in Progress exhibition.

The Student Exhibition spans four to six weeks. Works by advanced studio/second year students in the General Fine Arts, Graphic Communications and Photography programs are eligible to be juried into the exhibition. In addition, foundation/ first year work is on exhibition in the Humanities building. In recent years, the exhibition has been presented in off-campus venues in downtown St. Louis.

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Mega Student Show

The “Works in Progress” exhibition focuses on recent FV alumni who are working on, or who recently completed, their B.F.A. or M.F.A degrees.

The best and the brightest emerging junior and senior high school artists from the St. Louis area and surrounding region are showcased in our “Annual High School Art Exhibition.”  The show, which continues to grow every year, affords high school art programs the opportunity to showcase their best and brightest emerging artists. Awards include Best of Show, 1st through 3rd place, and multiple Honorable Mentions.

For more information on the Florissant Valley Art Galleries contact:
Janice Nesser-Chu, Art & Humanities Department.

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Annual High School Exhibition