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Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries New Exhibitions - January 16th - February 20th: Beauvais Lyons, Association for Creative Zoology and die Wunderkammer - Selections from the Permanent Collection

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


12/10/2010 -

For the new year, the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville will host two new exhibitions: Beauvias Lyons, Association for Creative Zoology and die Wunderkammer -Selections from the College's Permanent Collection. Though each exhibition is distinct in presentation and message, these complimenting art shows present a well-rounded assortment of fascinating works and objects that whimsically celebrate natural and creative diversity.

The McIlroy Gallery will showcase the featured exhibition, Beauvias Lyons, Association for Creative Zoology. Lyons is the curator of the Hokes Archives at the University of Tennessee and one of the countrys leading originators of intellectual satire and artistic ruses. This kiosk-style display showcases striking prints and two- and three- dimensional works such as zoological prints, fabricated 'artifacts', and other unique works that evoke scientific specimens from the 19th century, including works that visually describe "zoomorphic juncture." In addition to thrilling the eye, this imaginative exhibition gently encourages viewers to consider the creation vs. evolution debate. According to Lyons' exhibit, the "Association for Creative Zoology was founded in 1908 and is devoted to appreciating the beauty of the complex natural world through the theory of zoomorphic juncture."

Running concurrently, die Wunderkammer will transform the Holzhauer Gallery into a cabinet of wonders filled with exciting and varied art and items from the college's Permanent Collection, as well as works on loan from members of the NWFSC community. In Europe at the time of the Renaissance, the elite of society would demonstrate their clout and knowledge by showcasing exotic and intriguing possessions in a small, personal museum -sometimes referred to as Wunderkammer or cabinet of wonders, a compact museum that not only showed off the collectors wealth and good taste but also conveyed his (or his family's) well-rounded range of objects owned. Wunderkammer frequently housed collections of fine art, antiquities, historical objects, books, and scientific specimens alongside oddities of the natural world. This exhibition serves as an opportunity for the public to view many unusual and rarely-seen objects from NWFSC's permanent collection.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries exhibitions are free of charge and open to the public. Gallery hours for the exhibits are Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to most performances in the main stage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Please note that the Galleries will be closed on January 14, 15 and 17 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but open for open normal 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. hours on Sunday, January 16. For more information, contact the Galleries office at (850) 729-6044. The center is located at 100 College Boulevard on the Niceville Campus of NWFSC and is easily accessible from Interstate 10, US Highways 285 and 85, and the Mid-Bay Bridge.

PHOTO ATTACHED: Beauvais Lyons, Coluber jeremi, lithograph