M.A (Painting + Drawing), California State University at Long Beach
B.F.A, California State University at Long Beach
Dean of the Florida School of the Arts, Alain Hentschel, has been in art education for nearly forty years, and more if one considers the number of years as a student. A graduate of California State University at Long Beach with a master’s degree in drawing and painting, he left the states to explore the world ending up in Paris, France where he spent the next twenty-two years of his life. While in Paris, Hentschel pursued the life of an exhibiting artist, a stint at the Cité Internationale des Arts (an artist residency in the heart of Paris), and began his career in art education teaching at the Parsons, Paris campus, and study abroad component of the New York City-based Parsons School of Design. The last seven years at Parsons, Paris was as director of the school.
Returning to the US, there were stops in New York City and Chicago before accepting the position of dean at FloArts. Working for Parsons School of Design and then the College of DuPage was informative and new compared to running a not-for-profit organization in France. When, one day, he received a call from the St. Johns River State College about the possibility of moving to Florida to run FloArts it took practically no time to chip the ice off his telephone receiver to respond that yes indeed he was interested in their offer.
It has been ten years since Hentschel’s arrival at Florida School of the Arts and there have been some exciting developments since the beginning. At the time of this writing, the Visual Arts program is on the cusp of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation. It has taken some time to get to the end of the process but the desire to do so has led to many improvements in facilities and better work environments for instructors and students alike. The renovation of a three-D lab, a new computer lab and a brand new addition to current facilities housing a beautiful painting studio are but a few of the accomplishments realized during his tenure.
Dean Hentschel says, “I am proud of our school. It is small and intimate, with faculty and staff who care for its students. It is a place where student success is more than a catch-phrase. It is our mission…our purpose.”