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In the Holzhauer Gallery

‘From the Vault: The Drawings of Emil Holzhauer’

Since 1967, NWF State College has been charged with the tasks of preserving the works and legacy of painter Emil Holzhauer.  What began as a promised gift of 400 works has grown into a nationally recognized permanent collection, and has enriched the college’s arts and educational programming, visual appeal, and institutional reputation.

Currently on display are works of art seldom seen by the public: Holzhauer’s drawings.  Drawings are often overlooked because they lack the color and “finished” quality that viewers expect in art, but these black-and-white drawings give a window into the artist’s process and experimentation, and depict an immediacy that paintings often lack.  Spot Holzhauer fan-favorites like the Macon, GA works in a skeletal form, deconstructed from subsequent paintings.

In the McIlroy Gallery

‘Contemporary Selections from the Permanent Collection’

Under the guidance of Karen Valdés, Gallery Director 1997-2009, the Galleries engaged in program of contemporary art collecting during the first decade of the 21st century.  Through a combination of art purchases and generous donations, Valdés expanded the breadth of the Permanent Collection to include works representing new trends and directions in the art world.  New media, new subject matter, and new looks at traditional ways of seeing combine with early works from the Campus Collection to present a wide range of art forms for students and community.

Artists interested in showcasing their work at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center should view our current Call to Artists →

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Permanent Collection

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries house a world-class, multi-million dollar permanent collection assembled since the founding of NWF State College (then Okaloosa-Walton Junior College) in 1963.  Selections from the Permanent Collection are displayed in the Galleries at least twice per year, during the Summer Highlight and Holiday Spotlight.  More than 1,000 artworks make up this teaching collection, which includes multiple sub-collections.

Learn more about our permanent collection →

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