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General Fine Arts at Florissant Valley
The General Fine Arts program has a long tradition of providing high quality art training and of opening doors to professional careers in the arts. Graduates of this nationally recognized program have gone on to successful careers in studio art, animation, illustration, art therapy, applied art (design) fields, and art education. Among the distinguished alumni of General Fine Arts are New York painter Joan Nelson, painter/printmaker Tom Lieber, painter Jerald Ieans, conceptual artist Ron Laboray (whose work was recently featured in Art in America), and Joshua Mosley, whose recent animation work "Dread" premiered in 2007 at the Venice Biennale 52nd International Art Exhibit.
Drawing and design are the core of this curriculum. Students also receive ample opportunities to gain proficiency in both two and three-dimensional disciplines, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and new media. Students enrolling in this program should possess a strong interest in the visual arts and a desire to produce work using both traditional and experimental techniques. Recent alumni from this program have transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Art Institute, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Kansas City Art Institute, Memphis College of Art, Savanna College of Art and Design, and the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Most of these students were granted substantial scholarships, and all transferred as juniors.