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Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries announce national call for art

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College has announced that the 31st Annual Emerald Coast National Juried Exhibition Call for Art is now open. “What began as a […]

MKAC (Photo by: Luke Trexler)

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College has announced that the 31st Annual Emerald Coast National Juried Exhibition Call for Art is now open.

“What began as a regional show has evolved into far-reaching exciting programming of a range of art by emerging to established artists reflecting what creatives are doing today,” wrote the MKAC in a press release. “A show that people travel to see and a program that locals look forward to all year!”

The MKAC typically receives a few hundred applications from working artists who work in contemporary, experimental, and classical mediums, styles, and techniques. This year’s ECN will be guest juried by the award-winning scholar, curator, and Professor Dr. Maria Elena Buszek of the College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado.

The exhibition is an open call without a theme. All mediums and styles are welcome. Best in Show wins $1,000 and a solo exhibition in 2024 during ECN 32. 

  • Artists will exhibit in the expansive 1500-square-foot McIlroy Gallery, with an opening reception at 6:00 p.m. on August 31, 2023.

MKAC galleries is a teaching adjunct to Northwest Florida State College students and communities. It occupies over 7,000 square feet and holds a collection of over 4,500 artworks and artifacts, valued at $6 million. The galleries are always free and open to the public.

Apply Here or email artgalleries@nwfsc.edu for an application.

  • Application Deadline: July 1, 2023
  • Application Fee: $30

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