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Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at NWFSC Announce New Exhibitions Flight Path and Owen Mundy's The Americans June 20 to July 25, 2010

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5/28/2010 - This summer, the McIlroy Gallery at Northwest Florida State College will host Flight Path, an exhibition that explores human flight, both real and fantastic, in art. The exhibit, featured in one of two art galleries at the college's Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus, features nine artists from throughout the Southeast with works in a variety of media and styles.

Flight Path is a nod to the 75th anniversary of Eglin Air Force Base and will showcase aircraft sculptures from the tiny to the colossal -- the smallest having dimensions of only a few inches and the largest a wingspan of 30 feet - as well as paintings and digital art that evoke the sky and beyond, and prints and photographs that address flight and flying machines. The exhibit explores people's relationship to sky, space and the heavens, and celebrates the longtime partnership between the Okaloosa-Walton region and the machines that allow humans to fly.

The centerpiece of the Flight Path exhibition, both conceptually and literally, is a sculpture created by Michael Brennan of Tallahassee. "This artwork, a 23 foot nose-to-tip scale model of a WACO7 bi-plane from the early 1920's, has a 30 foot wingspan and will fill our gallery floor," noted NWF State College Galleries Director KC Williams. "Also, the artist has offered to donate the replica to the college and we are working out details for more permanent display," said Williams.

Although not made of airworthy materials, the model - titled Model Airplane - was created according to original WACO specifications and will visually balance the show - "a perfect balance to the soaring ceilings, filtered light, and airy atmosphere of the McIlroy Gallery," noted Williams.

The Flight Path exhibition also features the work of Denise Bookwalter, a printmaker on the faculty at Florida State University, who will exhibit a selection from her Luftschiff series, prints which reference the forms and technologies or early airships. John Mack, a Sarasota-based sculptor, will contribute two of his large-scale, cedar-and-metal constructions to the Flight Path exhibition. Just as Michael Brennan's Model Airplane will dominate the floor of the gallery, Mack's Vessel will - at 12 feet long - dominate the "skies" as it will be suspended from the McIlroy Gallery rafters.

Christopher Cassidy, Assistant Professor of Design at the University of North Carolina, will install Skyquilting, a patchwork image of the skies over the United State, updated in real time, to the exhibition. Other artists featured in this unique exhibit include photographer Ashley E. Craig of Savannah, Georgia and Mariann Kearsley, a Tallahassee painter who is visually impaired, but who still paints what she sees - resulting in bursts of light and unearthly colors that project her internal vision and seem to portray the depths of the heavens.

Flight Path also includes a selection of sculptures by David Lambert of Jackson, Mississippi who uses unconventional materials for his airplane sculptures, works influenced by actual flying machines, model airplanes and children's flying toys. Other works by University of Alabama professor Sarah Marshall, who will suggest the vulnerability of flight in six prints, and University of Florida professor and Director of the Photography Barbara Jo Revelle, who will display one of her photographs, complete this unique exhibit.

Running concurrently with the Flight Path exhibition in the college's adjacent Holzhauer Gallery will be Owen Mundy's The Americans. Mundy, an Assistant Professor of Art at Florida State University, served as a US Navy photographer before beginning his artistic training, and this military service informs much of his installation art. The Americans will feature his Military Family Tree, an expanding project that memorializes family members who have served in the US Armed Forces, and Through a Glass Darkly, a film installation addressing military conflict and the natural landscape, among other works. Mundy has created a new installation for his exhibition at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, an interactive photo booth that furthers his exploration of military portraiture and will allow visitors to create portraits of themselves.

Both exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Galleries are also open from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. prior to the July14 to 17 performances of Grease in the main stage theater of the college's Mattie Kelly Arts Center complex, The Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center is located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College at 100 College Blvd. and is easily accessible from state highways 85 or 285 or from Destin via the Mid-Bay Bridge and Hwy. 20. See the Mattie Kelly Arts Center website at or directions or additional information or contact the Galleries at 729-6044.