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Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries: Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition & Annual Faculty Exhibition March 6 to April 17, 2011

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


2/17/2011 -

The Galleries at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College will present two new exhibitions March 6 to April 17, 2011: the annual Arnie Hart Student Exhibition and NWFSC Faculty Exhibition. Each year the finest student works are juried by an art professional and this year’s field of applicants promises a competitive selection process and an exciting exhibition in the college's McIlroy Gallery. Student works in a variety of two- and three-dimensional media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, computer-generated imagery, and video installation, comprise the exhibition. Art produced by faculty of the Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts Division of NWFSC will be on display in the Holzhauer Gallery.

A preview reception honoring the artists will be held in the Galleries on Friday, March 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. and awards will be presented at 5:15 p.m. Regular 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 pm and 90 minutes prior to most performances in the main stage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The art exhibitions and preview reception/award ceremony are free and open to the public. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is located at 100 College Boulevard on the eastern edge of the college's Niceville campus. For information, contact the gallery office at (850) 729-6044.

The judge for this year's Student Exhibition is Marc Mitchell, artist and curator, from Statesboro, Georgia. Mitchell currently serves as Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art at Georgia Southern University. He holds an MFA in Painting from Boston University, and has exhibited up and down the east coast.

Jean Hart, wife of the late college art instructor Arnie Hart, provides an annual gift to help fund the Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition. Hart, popular and influential for his "cracked pottery" style, taught at the college from 1966 until his untimely death in 1999. His wife Jean and several friends established the Arnie Hart Art Scholarship Endowment in his memory because of his longtime devotion to his students.