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The fine arts department offers a wide variety of art classes. Drawing, sculpture, painting, ceramics and photography are offered along with speciality classes like anatomy, life size drawing and painting, illustration, bookmaking and Chinese brush. In sculpture, students can work in wax and then bronze small sculptures. In anatomy, students start at the bone and work their way out through the muscles to the skin. Bookmaking students can use their imagination to make a book from cover to cover, building a book of memories or a story they have wanted to tell using graphics, drawings and photos. Please look over some of the work students have produced.
Fontbonne's fine art department has many excellent and well-known instructors, both full-time and part-time, who exhibit their work nationwide. Faculty Exhibit Fall 2012.
Full-time instructors include:
Mark Douglas is both a photographer and graphic artist. He has shown his work throughout the United States and combines his love of black and white photography with his computer skills, bringing our students his knowledge in the old and new mediums.
Tim Liddy has a unique style that has evolved over the years. As a craftsperson and draftsman, he encourages his students to grow in their own style while being sure they have the basics down. His anatomy class is intense, and students take it more than once.
David Newton our newest faculty member is a classically trained sculptor in he European tradition. His sculptures offer a "refined yet modern interpretation of the human experience".
Catherine Talasek is a well-known ceramic artist who had her students build a salt kiln as a group project and has participated in shows through out the United Sates and Taiwan. Her classes are filled with students who love working in clay, and whether they are art or English majors, they come back for more.
Victor Wang recently wrote his first book, "Three Major Traditional Techniques of Oil Painting," and the techniques he talks about in his book are techniques he has been teaching his students since he started teaching at Fontbonne. His life size drawing and painting class reflect his interest in the figure.
We also have a wonderful group of adjunct faculty who bring in their own talents and knowledge to round out our students class room experience.
Retired 2013 - Hank Knickmeyer earned his Master Smith stamp in the American Bladesmith Society in 1994 and is a nationally known knife maker and blacksmith.
Thesis Shows are an important part of graduating. We have Fall and Spring thesis shows and all of our graduating students participate. To see the most recent thesis show please check out the Spring 2013 image gallery or you can see previous years here.
Some Fontbonne Art Alumni
Denise Schilling, MFA 2009