Northwest Florida State College and the Mattie Kelly Arts Center present the 26th Emerald Coast National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition in the McIlroy Gallery.
This juried exhibition perennially attracts top artistic talent from across the United States and showcases works in a variety of media. This year presented a particularly competitive field, with more than 300 works submitted for adjudication. Only 61 paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and digital works were chosen for exhibition. An Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held in the Galleries from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, May 19. More than $3,000 in prizes will be awarded to the top works of art in the exhibition.
This year’s juror and judge of prizes was Dennis Harper, MFA, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. Formerly curator of exhibitions at the Georgia Museum of Art, Harper served as Georgia’s curatorial advisor for the National Museum of Women in the Arts From the States exhibition in 2003 and was a founding board member and past vice president of the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art. Additionally, Harper is a visual artist specializing in egg tempera painting. His works have been exhibited across the United States and Europe and published in American Artist, Art Papers, New American Paintings, and the New York Times, among other publications. Harper’s art can be found in private collections throughout the United States and in Japan.
On view concurrently in the Holzhauer Gallery will be works by Marjorie M. Huwa of Prosperity, South Carolina, whose oil painting on canvas, Patriot Orchid, won Best in Show in the 25th Southeast Regional (2017). Huwa is a United States Navy veteran who currently works as an adjunct art instructor at Newberry College (Newberry, South Carolina) and as a private art instructor. She has trained at the Swain School of Design, now part of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and earned a BFA in Studio Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her paintings have been featured in numerous juried art exhibitions throughout the Southeast.
Both exhibitions will open with a reception in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. An Awards Ceremony for the 26th Emerald Coast National will begin at 6:30. Both are free and open to the public.
The galleries are open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to most Mattie Kelly Arts Center Mainstage and Sprint Theater performances.