Florida School of the Arts presents artist Mozart Dedeaux

As part of the visiting artist series, Florida School of the Arts will present a gallery exhibition for Gulf Coast artist Mozart Dedeaux. The exhibit, titled The Indiscriminate Beauty of Riff Raff, will open with a reception on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery located on St. Johns River State College’s Palatka campus. The exhibit will be on display through November 30. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and during Main Stage performances.  Gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.

With photography as his tool, Dedeaux uses digital manipulation and digital painting techniques to develop his desired imagery, which explores the beauty in unaltered marine debris found along the shoreline. “Each piece is based on discovered objects, but it is also a commentary on flotsam and jetsam and their negative impact on marine organisms and avian species,” said Dedeaux. “In the midst of this detrimental effect on our marine ecosystem, beauty can be found in a sea of plastic, ignorantly discarded manmade objects and natural material that washes ashore,” he said.   

A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, where he majored in painting and sculpture and minored in electronic music and the recording arts, Dedeaux worked in New York City as a session player, composer and recording artist for several years. He later returned to his native Gulf Coast and received his master’s degree in education from William Carey College in Mississippi. 

Dedeaux taught Biology and General Science for a few years, using visual arts as a teaching medium, before becoming an educational coordinator, a position which allowed him to integrate arts into curriculum and develop technology-based applications for the classroom.   He currently serves as the program coordinator for the Birmingham Audubon Society’s coastal programs office in Mobile, Alabama. 

Florida School of the Arts is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards the two-year associate degree in the following areas of study:  acting, dance performance, musical theater, stage management, theater technology, graphic design/new media and studio art. The School serves the entire state of Florida. Admission is based on an audition or portfolio review, an interview with the faculty and admission to SJR State.

Students produce and perform in approximately four visual arts exhibitions and 10 performances each year. For more information about Florida School of the Arts call (386) 312-4300 or visit online at

The drawings of Gulf Coast artist Mozart Dedeaux will be displayed in an exhibit titled The Indiscriminate Beauty of Riff Raff at the Florida School of the Arts Main Gallery located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College.  An opening reception will be held Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.  The exhibit will be on display through November 30. 

“Horn Island Ship Marker,” digital art by Mozart Dedeaux

“Hummer,” by Mozart Dedeaux 

“Cardinalis Fortitude,” by Mozart Dedeaux



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