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Studio art professor receives Artist of the Year award

Professor Laurence "Larry" Vienneau named Seminole County Artist of the Year for his dedication to teaching and promoting art in the community.

Seminole State College of Florida studio art Professor Laurence “Larry” Vienneau was recently named Seminole County Artist of the Year by the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Seminole Cultural Arts Council (SCAC). Vienneau received the award during a May 23 ceremony at the county commissioners morning meeting.

Annually, the County Commission and SCAC select an artist (a performer, visual artist, historian or author) who meets the requirements of contributing to the enrichment of Seminole County. Vienneau, who has taught studio art at Seminole State since 2008, was chosen for his dedication to teaching, as well as promoting art in the community.

A highlight in his portfolio is his dedication to helping revive the lost art form of printmaking. Printmaking, which dates from the Renaissance period, is the practice of etching, woodcuts, lithography and silk screening.

“I fell in love with printmaking from the first print,” Vienneau says. “It felt like I was opening a present. It is indirect; it’s a craft and an art. You never know what the process will bring you. One of my favorite experiences as an artist, and a teacher, is watching a student pull their first print and knowing that I have passed my passion on to a new generation.”

In 2015, Vienneau established the Seminole County Society of Printmakers and has spent his spare time renewing the art form with students, local artists, college faculty and the public. His art has been seen in numerous Seminole County and Lake Mary art shows.

 

Seminole State’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts offers programs in art, music and theater as well as a wide variety of concerts, theatre productions, gallery exhibits and other cultural events. For more information about the Center, including calendars of all upcoming cultural events at Seminole State, visit seminolestate.edu/arts.

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