Jacoby Arts Center asked you last Fall to finish this statement: "Art is . . . ." You responded, and we are exploring those answers through our programming this year. Each month we use a different response as the theme for exhibits, classes, workshops, etc. Now, we need artists to submit their work to continue the conversation.
Exhibitions are open to artists who are 18 years or older. Work must be original, current, and not previously shown at JAC.
Meet the Juror
Women Speak 1920-2020
Janice Nesser-Chu is an educator, administrator, artist, curator and social activist.
Nesser-Chu currently serves as the as the Dean of Liberal Arts, St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley (2015-present). She has over 18 years of experience in Higher Education, and has held positons of leadership throughout her career. Nesser-Chu served as the Chair of the Arts & Humanities Department (2012-17), the Photography Program Coordinator (2002-2015), the Gallery Director (2003-2012) and Professor of Art.
As the Dean, Nesser-Chu performs duties necessary to provide a quality learning environment aimed at student success through direction and oversight of the Liberal Arts Division and serving and leading on Campus and District committees, work groups and initiatives. She provides support to the Provost in providing a premiere student experience and promoting accountability, excellence, innovation, continuous support and diversity and inclusion. Nesser-Chu also provides direct support for the faculty staff, and students, and is an advocate for their needs.
Nesser-Chu has received numerous awards for her teaching, her art and her activism including: the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, David L. Underwood Lecture Award, the Adria for Trailblazing Women, Emerson Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Faculty of the Year Award and Freedom of Human Spirit Award. In 2014, she received the President’s Award for Art and Activism at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.
Nesser-Chu serves/served on local and national boards including: the Women’s Caucus for Art and ArtTable. She was the President of national Women’s Caucus for Art (2010-2014); and continues to serves on the Board the Legacy Campaign Director/ Honors Awards Chair and the Treasurer. She has spearheaded several conferences including Art & Social Justice, St Louis, MO; Drawing Ferguson Together: A Vision of Peace, Ferguson, MO and LIVE SPACE: Women-Art-Activism, New York, NY. Nesser-Chu served on the advisory board for Cross-Cultural Engagement in the Arts: Building a Diverse and Dynamic Community Conference, Webster University, Webster, MO.
Nesser-Chu received her B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from St. Mary of the Woods College, IN and her M.A. with Distinction in Art History/Studio from Webster University, MO. She also holds a Certificate in Academic Leadership from the Leadership Academy, WI. Nesser-Chu recently completed the Chancellor’s Leadership Academy, St. Louis Community College, MO.
Nesser-Chu has exhibited both locally, nationally and internationally for the last 30 years. Her most recent exhibitions include: On the Margin: Gender and Politics Identified, Sarah Doyle Gallery, Brown University, Providence RI and Water: A Universal Right, Robert Morris Gallery Chicago Illinois. Her work is included in many collections and has been featured and reviewed in various publications. Her curatorial work includes Activist Voice: the work of Nanette Carter and Howardena Pindell and Home, Space, Place, Memory- the work of Beverly Buchanan.
Nesser-Chu lives on 3 acres in Unincorporated North St. Louis County, MO with her husband, Ben and their two dogs, BellaLuna and Shotzie.