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Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at NWFSC Announce 2009-2010 Season

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


8/26/2009 - The galleries at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville announce their 2009-2010 season of exhibitions. All exhibitions are free of charge and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm and 90 minutes prior to most performances in the main stage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. For more information, contact the gallery office at (850) 729-6044.

Vitriforms: Contemporary Glass Art will be on display in the McIlroy Gallery September 13 to October 18, 2009 alongside Selections from the Permanent Collection in the Holzhauer Gallery. Vitriforms features the work of four Tallahassee-area artists working in various glass media: Terrie Corbett, Lesley Nolan, Cheryl Sattler and Bob Rubanowice. Exhibited works include examples of kiln-formed and traditional stained glass in dynamic abstract and figural designs. Vessels, wall panels, and free-standing pieces will show a range of cutting-edge glass art techniques. Works of local favorites Emil Holzhauer and Marie Snow Greene will be exhibited alongside pieces from the college's permanent art collection chosen to compliment the glass art exhibit. A Preview Reception held in the galleries September 11 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. will kick off the gallery season and open the Vitriforms exhibition.

Two solo exhibitions, Dylan Collins: Diagrammatic Disarray and Wendy Wischer: In Search of Magic, will run concurrently in the McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries November 1 to December 6, 2009. Collins addresses how humans preserve history, the relationships between beauty and the science and the juxtaposition of systems of order (like taxonomy) with the messiness of everyday life in his art. His large colorful sculptures, hybrid forms that combine features of human, animal and machine, are light, intricate compositions in traditionally heavy materials like cast metal and plastic. Wischer creates mixed-media sculptures covered in thousands of tiny mirrored tiles onto which light is strategically directed to create reflections on walls, floor and ceiling. She explores the boundaries between nature, technology, science, mythology and personal identity and seeks to expose the sacred in everyday life by transforming gallery space with her light sculptures. A Preview Reception for these exhibitions will be held on October 30 from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries will be the debut venue for the 2010 Florida Visual Arts Fellowship Exhibition on January 17 to February 21, 2010. The Florida Art Museum Directors Association and Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs have partnered to present this traveling exhibition featuring the artwork of the recipients of the state's 2008 Individual Artist Fellowships awards. The Individual Artist Fellowship Program recognizes Florida's individual artists with monetary fellowship awards for their outstanding work and superb talent. Artists included in this exhibition work in a wide variety of media and were reviewed in a highly competitive process by a panel of their peers. They were chosen for their remarkable talent and extensive career achievements, and NWFSC audiences will be the first in the state to see this important exhibition.

The Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition and Northwest Florida State College Arts Center Faculty Exhibition will be on display March 7 to April 18, 2010. The annual Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition showcases NWFSC's talented student artists in the McIlroy Gallery. Winners are chosen from among this competitive field by an art-professional juror, and prizes are awarded for top works in two- and three-dimensional categories. The Faculty Exhibition provides an opportunity for NWFSC professors and staff to exhibit their artworks in the Holzhauer Gallery. Artists will be honored with a Preview Reception on March 5 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The awards ceremony will commence at 5:30 p.m. in the galleries.

The Arts and Design Society of Ft. Walton Beach, Inc., presents the 18th Annual Southeast Regional Juried Fine Arts Exhibition in the McIlroy Gallery May 2  June 3, 2010. This competitive regional show perennially attracts top talent from throughout the southeastern United States. In addition to Best of Show, the juror chooses first, second and third place winners and several honorable mentions. The Holzhauer Gallery will feature 2009 Best in Show (Golden Brush Award) winner Ed Chandler of Fort Walton Beach. Chandler creates extraordinary images in color photography as he juxtaposes extreme close-up shots with vibrant compositions. An artists' reception and awards ceremony which is open to the public will be held on May 2 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The culminating shows of the 2009-2010 Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries season will be Flight Path in the McIlroy Gallery and the works of Owen Mundy in the Holzhauer Gallery on June 20 to July 25, 2010. Flight Path is a themed invitational exhibition in which artists will present interpretations, both literal and abstract, of flight. Owen Mundy will exhibit several installations including his Military Family Tree, an expanding, interactive project that simultaneously memorializes family members who have served in the US Armed Forces and queries relationships between military service and class, between peace and violence and between art and community.