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Original Stars of American Bandstand

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Four Score and Seven Years Ago

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America: The Dream of an Artist's Life featuring Emil Holzhauer

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Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries Exhibitions Oct. 29 - Dec. 1

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


Lou Haney's
Lou Haney's "Hello Jello"

10/19/2011 - The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville present two exhibitions showcasing different takes on the meaning of home during the 2011 holiday season. The exhibitions, on display in the Galleries from October 29 to December 2, will debut with an opening reception on October 29 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. The galleries are open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and 90 minutes prior to most performances at the center. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

In the McIlroy Gallery, the large-scale works of Lou Haney will be on display. This artist explores issues of color, texture, and pop culture through the medium of painting in her exhibition, "lou with a view". Mid-century/vintage cooking and crafting magazines serve as her source material as she reinterprets the domestic scenes using her modern Pop Art aesthetic. Haney exaggerates and transforms traditional household items by enlarging them on canvas with her bold, saturated color palette. Viewers will find themselves visually bombarded by images of home, whether it is defined by food, kitsch, celebration or consumption. She effortlessly blends the past with the present. Haney received her BA from Rhodes College and her MFA from Claremont Graduate University with an emphasis on painting. She has been an Assistant Professor of Art and Foundation Coordinator for the University of Mississippi since 2007. Her work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States.

In the Holzhauer Gallery, viewers will engage with the work of Joelle Dietrick. As a part of her larger project "Sherwin Series", she utilizes shades from the 2007 Sherman Williams Color Forecast to create disjointed and dismembered images of "home." With the psychological impact of the US housing crisis in mind, Dietrick contrasts harmonious color palettes with fragmented forms composed of beams, doors, roofs, and windows. The artist uses authentic floor plans from foreclosed homes for inspiration in her series of paintings, prints, and animations, many of which are digitally "remixed" using code. Unique to Dietrick's exhibit, the artist will actually create a portion of the artwork in her on site at the Holzhauer Gallery prior to the exhibition opening. The site-specific installation will evolve throughout the duration of the exhibition, echoing our individual and collective impact on the economy. Dietrick received her BFA in Painting at Penn State and her MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego. In 2010 she received the DAAD grant, which gave her the opportunity to live and work in Berlin. Her work has been exhibited worldwide is cities such as Prague, Belfast, and Mexico City. She currently resides in Tallahassee, FL.

The Front Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries will feature works by American master and perennial local favorite, Emil Holzhauer, from the college's Permanent Collection. This marks the inaugural cycle of the Adopt-a-Painting program, showcasing for the public works of art in need of cleaning or restoration.

Mattie Kelly Arts Center Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays