New exhibitions at Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College will present the 2014 Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition and NWFSC Faculty Exhibition from April 4 to May 2.
Each year the finest student works are juried by an art professional for the Arnie Hart show. This year’s field of applicants promises a competitive selection process and an exciting exhibition in the McIlroy Gallery of student work in drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, digital art, sculpture, and ceramics. In addition to the Arnie Hart Exhibition, the annual Faculty Exhibition, showcasing the work of NWFSC faculty in the arts, will be in the Holzhauer Gallery.
An Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony to celebrate the student artists will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 4. The Arnie Hart Juried Student and NWFSC Faculty Exhibitions will remain on display through May 2 during regular gallery hours, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 90 minutes prior to most Mattie Kelly Arts Center performances. The opening reception and exhibitions are both free of charge and open to the public.
This year’s judge is Teresa Bramlette Reeves, a Georgia-based visual artist and curator who holds an MFA in visual arts and a PhD in art history. She has been represented by galleries in both international and New York- and Atlanta-based galleries, and currently is director of Curatorial Affairs at the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University. Reeves’ arts background and extensive work with college students makes her an exciting choice to judge this year’s student art.
Jean Hart, wife of the late Okaloosa-Walton Community 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 OWJC and OWCC from 1966 until his untimely death in 1999. His wife Jean and several friends established the Arnie Hart Art Scholarship Endowment in his memory to honor his longtime devotion to his students.
“The students and their artwork were always so important to Arnie,” said Jean when the endowment was established. “He wanted his students to find the same fascination, the same challenge, the same enjoyment. That’s why sponsoring the student show in his name is important.”
Mrs. Hart’s generous gift allows seven cash prizes to be awarded to student artists continuing their education or embarking on their careers.