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NWF State College Hosts 50th Anniversary Exhibits; Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at NWFSC: “From the Vault: 50 Years of Collecting” On Display Sept. 6-Oct. 11, 2013

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9/5/2013 - The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries kick off their 2013-2014 season with an exhibition that honors Northwest Florida State College’s ongoing 50th anniversary celebration. The exhibit, “From the Vault: 50 Years of Collecting,” highlights the core collections that make up the NWF State College Permanent Collection, assembled over the five decades since the college’s founding as Okaloosa-Walton Junior College in 1963.

“From the Vault” will be on display in the both the McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries and in the Art Wing Front Hall from September 6 to October 11. The galleries are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to most Mainstage theater productions. Mattie Kelly Arts Center Gallery exhibitions are free of charge and open to the public. The galleries are located in the Art Wing of the fine and performing arts complex on the Niceville Campus at 100 College Boulevard.

The exhibit will also be on display for the college’s 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 729-6000 for tickets to this special event and the “This is The '60s” national touring show, which follows the Gala in the Mainstage theater at 7:30 p.m.

The art exhibits “From the Vault: 50 Years of Collecting” serve as a visual timeline showcasing the college’s status as a collecting institution. The exhibition begins with the Campus Collection, which features paintings and other two-dimensional pieces that were donated by members of the Okaloosa-Walton community from the earliest days of the college. These pieces were originally displayed in classrooms, public buildings, and the library, and began the tradition of fine art collecting at the institution.

The Emil Holzhauer Collection, first made as a promised gift to then OWJC in 1967, is NWFSC’s largest collection and by far its most famous. The original Holzhauer Collection was made up of over 400 paintings, drawings, and documentary materials, and in the intervening years, private donors have continued to build this important collection through further contributions of the artist’s work. Holzhauer died in 1986 at age 99, and NWFSC continues its mission of preserving the artist’s legacy. Highlights from each of the major periods of Holzhauer’s career will be on display.

The Sublette New Guinea Art Collection was donated to then OWCC in 1994 by Alvah Sublette in honor of his wife Betty and their son, Oliver T. Sublette, both of whom passed away in 1991. The Sublettes collected over 300 objects of ritual significance, many of which are made of natural materials and exemplify the exaggerated primitive styles characteristic of South Pacific island cultures. A selection of three-dimensional objects from the Sublette Collection will be on display in the McIlroy Gallery.

Also in 1994, OWCC received an important gift in the form of the L.R. Davis Early American Flint Glass Goblet Collection and the M.J. Davis Bellflower Pressed Glass Collection. These rarely seen examples of fine domestic craft represent one of the nation’s most extensive collections of pressed flint glasses, which were crafted in pressing machines from about 1825 until the outbreak of the American Civil War. Flint glass objects for this collection are included in the exhibit.

In 1999, Ms. Dotty Blacker donated her suite of 100 woodblock prints depicting scenes from Dante’s Divine Comedy by Salvador Dalí. This rare, complete set displays Dalí’s characteristic Surrealist style and vibrant color palette. The Dalí prints are perennially among the most popular collections with Mattie Kelly Arts Center visitors, and several highlights will be on display in the Holzhauer Gallery.

The Marie Snow Greene collection includes paintings, drawings, and archival materials created and collected by the artist during her lifetime. Greene, a student of Emil Holzhauer, bequeathed her home and collections to OWJC in 2006. Her works on display highlight her extensive travels and long career as an artist. Selections from the Greene Collection include both works by Greene, herself, and by those artists she passionately collected.

The exhibition will conclude in the Front Hall with Permanent Collection pieces accessioned in the 21st century. NWF State College continues to collect through donation and purchase, and the teaching collection that began at then Okaloosa-Walton Junior College in 1963 continues to grow. 21st century works on display reveal the range and depth of the arts today.

For information, contact Galleries Director KC Williams at (850) 729–6044 or williamk@nwfsc.eduor Sylvia Bryan at (850) 729-5203 or


Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida: “OWJC to NWFSC” on Display

115 Westview Avenue, Valparaiso, FL 32580

(850) 678-2615 |

The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida in Valparaiso is hosting an “OWJC to NWFSC” display in partnership with Northwest Florida State College in recognition of the college’s 50th Anniversary.

The college was founded as Okaloosa-Walton Junior College in 1963 and its first campus was located in Valparaiso. The Heritage Museum is now located in one of the former OWJC campus buildings at 115 Westview Avenue, Valparaiso.

The “OWJC to NWFSC” exhibit is on display in the community room at the museum and is open during regular museum hours and during special events. The exhibit includes a variety of OWJC historical items, including letters from Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, a collection of OWJC yearbooks, college publications, photographs and other items, as well as an historical video.

The Heritage Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $5 adults, $4 Seniors/military, $3 children and free for museum members and children under age 4. Contact the Heritage Museum at (850) 678-2615 or