Len Davis' 'A Thousand Words' Series
Len Davis'
'A Thousand Words' Series
'A Thousand Words' Series
'A Thousand Words' Series
Purgatory 27: Salvador Dali: Surreal Visions of Eternity
Salvador Dali
Surreal Visions of Eternity
Salvador Dali
Surreal Visions of Eternity
Surreal Visions of Eternity
Salvador Dali
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Current Exhibitions

In the Holzhauer Gallery

‘A Thousand Words’ Series by Len Davis

Len Davis’ A Thousand Words series explores the complicated interplay between the figurative and the literal. The series consists of 100 8”x5” collages combining drawings of faces, text, and newsprint pages. With this series, Davis is illustrating the differences in understanding we derive from reading facial expressions and reading text. In each collage is a face, which we interpret to understand how the person is feeling, while the text or images clearly explain the person’s feelings. The text and the facial expressions work together to build a mental image in viewers, ultimately proving the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words.

In the McIlroy Gallery

‘Salvador Dali: Surreal Visions of Eternity’

Part of MKAC Galleries permanent collection, these pieces are prime examples of why Dalí has become one of the world’s most recognizable Surrealist artists. The 100 pieces displayed here were made by Dalí to illustrate each of the 100 scenes in Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy through Dalí’s recognizable style of dreamlike images, distortion, and use of the absurd. The Salvador Dalí Collection at NWF State College was generously donated by Dotty Blacker.

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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.

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