Mattie Kelly Arts Center New Exhibitions - November 1 to December 6, Dylan Collins: Diagrammatic Disarray and Wendy Wischer: In Search of Magic

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

 


10/23/2009 - The galleries at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College will present two exhibitions November 1 to December 6 - Dylan Collins: Diagrammatic Disarray and Wendy Wischer: In Search of Magic. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

The two solo exhibitions will be on display in the Holzhauer and McIlroy Galleries, respectively, and will feature pieces by two artists whose works seek to make meaningful relationships between disparate aspects of human life such as art and science. Dylan Collins' colorful sculptures and two-dimensional artworks are hybrid forms that include elements of human, animal, and machine. He counts among his influences medical models, trophy mounts and taxonomic specimens and creates art that brings attention to questions of beauty versus the grotesque, how humans preserve history, and rationality juxtaposed with the messiness of everyday life. Wendy Wischer will be exhibiting her award-winning mixed-media sculptures covered in thousands of tiny mirrored tiles which transform exhibition spaces through the play of light reflected by the tiles onto gallery walls, floors and ceiling. Her aesthetic is rooted in conceptual art, and she works across media to explore the boundaries of nature, technology, science, mythology, personal identity and universal connections in her installations.

Wendy Wischer holds an MFA from Florida State University and lives in Miami. She has exhibited throughout the US and abroad, including large-scale commissions for public and private buildings around the US, and her work is in several public collections, among them the Miami Art Museum. She has received numerous awards and honors, among them a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in 2006. Dylan Collins currently is Visiting Assistant Professor and Sculpture Program Coordinator in the Division of Art and Design at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He holds an MFA from Kent State University in Ohio and has exhibited extensively, most recently at galleries in San Antonio, Cleveland and Summit, New Jersey, and at MOCA Cleveland and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

A Preview Reception will be held in the galleries Friday, October 30, 6-7:15 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

Gallery hours for the exhibit 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 information, contact the gallery office at (850) 729-6044.