The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
|The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale|
The universial Art Institute logo
|Chairman||John R. McKernan, Jr.|
|President||Charles J. Nagele|
|Dean||Dr. Peter West, Ed.D.
Kathy Deaner, M.P.A.
|Founder||Mark. K. Wheeler|
|Location||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
|Colors||Red and Black|
|Affiliations||The Art Institutes
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (AiFL) is a private, coeducational applied-arts college located in southeast urban Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Founded in 1968 by the late Mark K. Wheeler, it is the second Art Institute of a current 50 to be established in North America. The campus is composed of 16 art departments, two applied-art schools, The International Culinary School, the Chef's Palette restaurant and one dormitory complex. Nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, the college is licensed to award Bachelor of Science and Associate of Science degrees, and diplomas. Courses are taught by industry professionals.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Student activities
- 4 Awards
- 5 Accreditation and Licensing
- 6 Notable faculty
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale was realized by Mark K. Wheeler and officially opened for admission in September 1968 in eastern Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. It would be the second Art Institute establishment following the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, founded in 1921; initially only offering diplomas in Commercial Art, Interior Design, and Fashion Illustration and remaining unaccredited. This status would span a duration of 18 months until in April 1971 when the college would be granted accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Trade and Technical Schools of the Career College Association. Two years later, in November 1973, the school was purchased from Wheeler by the Education Management Corporation.
In February 1975, two years after its purchase by the EDMC, the school became licensed by the State Board of Independent Postsecondary Vocational, Technical, Trade, and Business Schools. It wouldn't be for another four years in 1979, however, that the State of Florida officially recognized the school and gave it authorization to award Associate of Science degrees. For the next seven years, the college did not see any significant changes, until in May 1986 when the decision was made to relocate the school from Las Olas Boulevard to 1799 SE 17th Street. The following year, the State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities granted the school authorization to award Bachelor degrees and in 1989, the college broadened its facilities at 1650 SE 17 Street; establishing the modern campus it has today.
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale campus offers programs in Design, Media Arts, Culinary and Fashion, has a student-run restaurant the Chef's Palette, and has two, off-campus housing establishments. The main building at 1799 SE 17th St., located at the northeast corner of the Eisenhower Blvd. and SE 17th St. intersection, houses the administrative offices, and contains a number of classrooms. A majority of courses are taught at the southwest corner of 1650 SE 17th Street; commonly referred to as Harbor Walk. The International Culinary School and the Chef's Palette restaurant are situated there as well. A third building, Harbor Place, located at 1600 SE 17th St., houses faculty offices, a classroom, and the school's Nevin C. Meinhardt Memorial Library.
The college has a variety of art groups for students to participate in or become members of in; most of which respectively involve students and their particular field of study.
- American Society of Interior Designers Student Club
- Student Government Association
- Anime club
- Animation club
- Ai Culinarians
- Comic book club
- Fashion club
- Video Producers & Broadcasters Productions
- Democratic Student Assembly (DSA)
- Music Club
- Hip Hop Club
- International Game Developers Association
- U.S. Green Building Council
- Toastmasters International
- Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
- Green Club
- International Club
- Illustration club
- VFX Club
- Industrial Designers Society of America Student Club
- American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)Student Club
- Photography club
- American Society of Interior Designers, Student Chapter (ASID)
- Art Asylum / American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
- Industrial Design Society of America, Student Chapter (IDSA)
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale offers student government participation and voting rights to all enrolled students at the college. Students are given the opportunity to help the faculty plan and organize social activities and events for recreational or educational purposes.
Nevin C. Meinhardt Memorial Library
The library is a vibrant, single location for students to access the resources they need to succeed as a student and to develop as a knowledgeable industry professional. The library contains over 19,000 books, 250 magazine titles, 8900 visual references, and thousands of unique items. The library also subscribes to a core of online resources including digitized journal articles, fashion forecasting resources, stock images, software training tutorials, market research reports, company information, and art information. Access to these resources and the library's online catalog are available to students through their campus portal account and the library's website.
The Chef's Palette Café & Grill, winner of the 2005 American Culinary Federation Achievement of Excellence Award, is the public campus restaurant, operated by the students and faculty of The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. It is located at 1650 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale; the southwest corner of the Eisenhower Blvd. and SE 17th St. intersection. Guests awaiting their meals can watch their dishes be prepared, and ultimately served, by the staff in the kitchens surrounding the dining area.
Call for Hours and Reservations: 954-760-7957 http://www.artinstitutes.edu/fort-lauderdale/about/chefs-palette-restaurant.aspx
Reservations are preferred.
Mark K. Wheeler Gallery
Named after the founder of the college, the Mark K. Wheeler Gallery is an art gallery located inside the 1799 SE 17th St. main campus building on the first floor. Student work is annually displayed in the exhibit for other students, staff, and the general public to see. Art appreciation and critiques are emphasized. Special events such as the annual Faculty Art Show, All School Student Art Show, and exhibits by visiting artists.
Times of operation:
- Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and
- Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Closed, Sundays and holidays.
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale offers housing for students who prefer to live on campus. Supervised 24 hours a day, these facilities are located about five miles from the college and are available for students who prefer a more traditional and residential student life. The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale is a member of the International Association of College and University Housing Officers.
- 2005, The Chef's Palette Café & Grill receives the American Culinary Federation's Achievement of Excellence Award.
- 2004, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale is named College of the Year by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges.
- 2001, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale is awarded the Distinguished Performance Award of Career College of the Year by the National Alliance of Business.
Accreditation and Licensing
"The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale is a senior college accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award diplomas, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degrees." 
- The Bachelor of Science program in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, formerly known as FIDER.
- The Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Culinary Arts is accredited by The American Culinary Federation Foundation (ACF)
- Tas Salini, Video Production – writer and producer of "Gringo Wedding"
- Kerry Szymanski, Fashion Design – Owner of SassyBB
- Jan Merle, Interior Design - RID, ASID, IDEC, NCIDQ, LEED AP
- Janet Gold, multiple award-winning fine artist
- Chef Jack Kane, C.E.C., C.C.E., C.H.E.
- Joe Del Sordo, Digital Filmmaking and Video Production, 2000 Teacher of the Year
- Steven Nestler, Photography - Works have been collected by Ansel Adams and his pieces can be found in the permanent collections of MOMA and The Met
- Gonzalo Vasquez, Culinary Arts, C.C.A., C.E.C.
- Paula DaSilva - Chef at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach and first running-up contestant on Season 5 of Hell's Kitchen (U.S. TV series).
- Julie Ruiz - Director of Off-Air Design for VH1
- David Diaz (illustrator) - Children's book illustrator.
- Tony DiTerlizzi - Fantasy artist known for his work in the Spiderwick Chronicles.
- Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook, owners of 2 Dudes Catering and former hosts on Food Network.
- Sam Fogarino - Drummer of Interpol.
- Carol Guzy - Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist.
- Cecil Hayes - Published Interior Designer whose clients have included Samuel L. Jackson and Timbaland.
- Donald Hansen, Jr. - 1998-2000 Suncoast Emmy Award winner, 2000 PROMAX Award Winner, 2007 Suncoast Emmy Award nominee - Broadcast Engineer and Video Editor.
- Erin Lee - South Florida Radio Station 93 Rock celebrity.
- Raul De Molina - Photography - On air personality for daytime Gossip/Talk show on Univision.
- Jorge Dominguez- Broadcast Creative Director/ Set Designer. 13 Emmy Awards, 19 nominations, BDA/Promax Awards: 8 Bronze, 5 Silver, 4 Gold.
- Edward Porter - Emmy Award winning VFX Artist,Actor, Animator and Illustrator. Best known for his portrayal of "Daniel" on the hit reality show "Parco P.I."
- Jonathan Prentice - Industrial Designer / ADEX Design Award Winner: Reflex Design, Inc. Decolav, Inc., Suite Simplicity, LLC., Twin-Star International
- Jaime Ledesma, Jr - Broadcasting - On air personality for morning radio show, actor and director.
- Lisa Pickens Quinn - Actress, author and set designer.
- David "Contigo" Roman – South Florida Radio Station Mega 94.9 disc jockey.
- Pedro Sostre - Entrepreneur and author of Web Analytics for Dummies.
- Karen Vasquez - Fashion Designer and merchandiser.
- Venus Williams - Fashion Designer and professional tennis player.
- The Art Institutes
- American Culinary Federation
- Education Management Corporation
- Council for Interior Design Accreditation
- History. aifl.edu. Retrieved 08-14-2008
- Think Green: The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. greenisgrowing.com. Retrieved 08-14-2008
- Clubs and Activities. aifl.edu. Retrieved 08-14-2008
- Student Government. aifl.edu. Retrieved 08-14-2008
- The WAiF. aiflradio.com. Retrieved 08-14-2008
- Che'f Palette. aifl.edu. Retrieved 08-14-2008
- Mark K. Wheeler Gallery. aifl.edu. Retrieved 08-14-2008
- Accreditation. aifl.edu. Retrieved 08-14-2008
- Sostre, Pedro; Jennifer LeClaire (2007). Web Analytics for Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Pub. ISBN 978-0-470-09824-0. OCLC 77540819.
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