In remembrance of Mary Brown Ostlund, the Ostlund family established an endowment in 2014 to provide assistance to a student of art at Florida State University. The first recipient will be announced on March 31, 2015 at the College Award Celebration.
Mary Brown Ostlund (1920 – 2013) was a well-known artist working in pastels, pen, colored pencils, oil and acrylics and her art was displayed throughout the eastern part of the United States. A member of the American Pastel Society, Mary studied under, and with fellow artists such as Albert Handell and Frank Jennings and actively taught art throughout her adult life in Coral Gables, Longboat Key, and Bradenton, Florida. Mary is known for her landscapes of Florida (South Florida in particular) and her portraits.
Mary was born in Savannah, Georgia. After moving to Atlanta (GA), Melbourne (FL), and West Palm Beach (FL), Mary’s family settled in Homestead, Florida during her senior year of high school – Mary received diplomas from both West Palm Beach and Homestead High Schools.
In 1942, Mary graduated from the Florida State College for Women in 1941 with a degree in art and languages. While at Florida State, she earned varsity letters in basketball and volleyball and was elected President of Landis Hall.
After graduation from Florida State, Mary married Grant Ostlund. After World War II the couple settled in Miami where Grant continued in his father’s profession as a builder and general contractor. Both Mary and Grant were active volunteers at their five children’s schools and in their many after school activities (dance, band, cheerleading, sports, service and leadership clubs, Girl & Boy Scouts) and in the Miami community including the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami Opera, and Episcopal Church.
Mary was an artist, a wonderful parent, a proud Floridian, and, of course, an FSU Seminole.
Thank you to Maxwell R. Miller for his recent gift in honor of his mother Mary Ola Reynolds Miller. Mr. Miller’s thoughtful gift increases the principle of the existing Mary Ola Reynolds Miller Scholarship, which was established in 2006 through a legacy gift by Mrs. Miller.
Mary Ola Reynolds Miller (1915-2011) was born to John Marsh Reynolds and Mary Elizabeth Salls in Crescent City, Florida and graduated from Florida State College for Women in 1937. Between 1939 and 1945 she worked in Miami at Trinity Methodist Church where she served as the Director of Christian Education. While in Miami, she met Ed Miller of Tampa, Florida. Moving soon after to Panama City, they made their home on Bunkers Cove Road where they raised their two children, Ola Jane and Maxwell.
Throughout her life, Mary Ola provided her enthusiastic support to local artists, the Kaleidoscope Theater, the Visual Arts Center and the Audubon Society. After her children were grown, she established the Gallery of Art of Panama City which she ran for four decades. Her contributions as a civic volunteer, small business owner, and advocate for the arts are remembered throughout North Florida.
Mary Ola Reynolds Miller is celebrated as an advocate of her alma mater Florida State University. Her belief in the power of higher education led her to support FSU’s Panama City Campus’ Investing in Tomorrow Campaign and establish an endowed scholarship for graduate students pursuing an MFA in Art at FSU’s main campus.
Brittni C. Wegmann, 2009 Recipient, Class of 2010
Hunter L. Jonakin, 2009 Recipient, Class of 2011
Matthew G. Paltoo, 2010 Recipient, Class of 2011
Kelly T. Gallo, 2012 Recipient, Class of 2013
Heinrich W. Rasch, 2012 Recipient, Class of 2013
Peter O. Kamback, 2012 Recipient, Class of 2014
Haley O. Lauw, 2013 Recipient, MFA Class of 2015