Jean Joseph Renoux' s Art & Architectural Tours




Program of Public Lectures

January 23, 2019: Les Ballets Russes Part 1 - The Longboat Key Education Center - 1:00 to 2:30 PM

January 30, 2019: Les Ballets Russes Part 2 - The Longboat Key Education Center - 1:00 to 2:30 PM


​Jean Joseph Renoux has organized and conducted over 145 tours to explore the art and architecture of countries worldwide for over thirty eight years. His first tour company was called I Ski the French Way with TWA. (TWA was the airline that used to fly his clients to Geneva, and from there, they were driven to ski resorts in the French Alps).

Those tours did encompass far more than the skiing and the usual tourist attractions. Travelers learned about the history, art, music, food and culture of areas visited, just as they do today while participating in one of his numerous trips planned every year.


So far, he has taken small groups to Austria, France, Italy, England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Croatia, Spain, Finland, Denmark, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Switzerland, Germany, Mali, Morocco and Tunisia where he discovered all the fascinating out-of-the way places that are off the beaten tourist path. He has also developed relationships with the best local travel guides in order to offer you the optimal experience touring the destination of your choice.

Jean has taught continuing education classes to more than 10,000 architects and designers since 1996. His courses are approved by AIA/CES (American Institute of Architects/Continuing Education Systems) ASID (American Society of Interior Designers/IDCEC), and all the state boards of architecture and interior designers, nationwide.

Besides his tours and seminars, Jean frequently lectures on European History, European Jewish History, the Arab Civilization and the Ottoman Empire,  Art, Architecture, and French Literature.

He has spoken at the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington D.C.; the High Museum in Atlanta; the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as at many universities including:  Kent State, Florida State, University of South Florida, Ringling School of Art and Design, San Diego University, Savannah College of Art & Design, Florida International University, the University of North Carolina - Asheville where he taught several courses on art and history and La Universidad Autónoma de Yucátan, in Merida, Mexico.

Jean also taught French for one semester to graduates and one semester to under-graduates at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

Jean is a member of AIA/CES, ASID and of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH).

He also works as a consultant to interior designers and architects helping to integrate innovative "green" designs into their building plans.

Personal History Jean was born in France, but spent most of his childhood in Tunisia where his physician father was the director of the Pasteur Institute.  The family returned to France a few years after Tunisia gained its independence from France.  There, as a young man, he had the unique opportunity to work as personal assistant to Louis Malle, the famed movie director of Au Revoir les Enfants, My Dinner with Andre, Pretty Baby and many other award-winning films.

After his move to the U.S., Jean worked as production designer on films shot in Florida and Mexico; and also produced and directed "The Human Voice" by Jean Cocteau at La Mama New York City, one the World’s most important avant-garde theater. He also produced, translated, directed and acted in "Turn on the Lights I am Suffocating" at the 13th ST Theater in NYC, a comedy show with sketches originally produced at The Cafe de la Gare in Paris written by Romain Bouteille, Coluche, Sotha, with Jean's additional material..    

He was an interior designer for over 45 years.

Prior to moving to Sarasota, Florida, 38 years ago, Jean had also lived in Paris, London, Geneva, Washington D.C. and New York City.


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