Call for Art

Call for Proposals: Exhibiting at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries invites artist and curatorial proposals for solo or group exhibitions in the McIlroy or Holzhauer Gallery on a rolling basis, ones that support the educational mission of NWFSC students, educators, and communities.

Mission: MKAC Galleries conducts programs to enhance the educational mission of Northwest Florida State College. Serving as a teaching adjunct to the Department of Art within the college’s Division of Fine, Performing Arts, and Humanities, the galleries organize exhibitions by established national and international artists across styles and media. The MKAC galleries represent a viable cultural asset for the entire campus and its regional community. MKAC Galleries holds a collection of 4500 objects from antiquity to contemporary, housed in a seven thousand square-foot building at Mattie Kelly Art Center, with 2500 square feet of dedicated year-round gallery space. We offer museum education to K-12 students, community tours and workshops, and a vibrant docent and executive internship program.

Director: J. Wren Supak

Please submit proposals in PDF format to [email protected]. We will respond to inquiries; we typically schedule out three to five years in advance.

Please include:

  • Resume
  • Biographical Statement
  • Artist or Project Statement
  • Exhibition Concept
  • Digital portfolio of at least ten images, recent work
  • Links or other supporting materials also welcome

Submit a Proposal


Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition

The Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition is an annual program made possible by Mrs. Jean Hart in memory of Northwest Florida State College’s (NWFSC) founding, beloved Ceramics Professor, Arnie Hart, who taught at NWFSC from 1966 to 1999. Part of the annual Arnie Hart programming includes student workshops on framing, matting, and professional practices. A guest judge will visit with faculty and students and select exhibit artworks by NWFSC students. Students win scholarship opportunities and cash awards, such as 500.00 for the best-in-show artist. 2024’s Guest judge is Pavel Amromin, Director of Gulf Coast College’s Amelia Gallery, and last year’s judge was Dr. Roache, the gallery Director of Foster Tanner Galleries at Florida A&M University. Students also have the occasion to submit their work to NWFSC’s literary and art journal, The Blackwater Review.

Arnie Hart Show 2023 in VIP Destin Magazine – May 2023

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Announcing: 32nd Annual Emerald Coast National! Call for Art!

The Emerald Coast National (ECN) is a juried exhibition held annually at Mattie Kelly Art Center Galleries, Northwest Florida State College. What began as a regional show has evolved into far-reaching, exciting programming of a range of media styles by emerging to established artists reflecting what they are doing in the world today. ECN is a show that people travel to see and a program that locals look forward to all year! We leave the theme open and publicize the call on known artist platforms. We invite all art styles, materials, mediums, etc.—including sound art, kinetic art, sculpture, photography, video, design, craft, and even performance if you can provide documentation for the application. We typically see a couple hundred applications from working artists across the US and some non-US who work in contemporary, experimental, and classical mediums, styles, and techniques. Best in Show wins a cash award of 1000.00 and a solo curated by MKAC, typically exhibited during the next season’s ECN show. This year’s ECN will be guest juried by accomplished professor and artist Sarah Knobel.

32nd Annual Call to Artists