Alice Hirt and Jo Bearse Endowed Art Exhibition to Open at YHC Campus Gate Art Gallery

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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Alice Hirt and Jo Bearse Endowed Art Exhibition to Open at Young Harris College Campus Gate Art Gallery
Features “Glory Roads” and “Nature’s Corridors”

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Campus Gate Art Gallery will host the Alice Hirt and Jo Bearse Endowed Art Exhibition featuring “Glory Roads” by Jim Roche and “Nature’s Corridors” by Alexa Kleinbard. The exhibition opens Thursday, April 11, with an opening reception at 6 p.m. in the Campus Gate Art Gallery. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, May 17. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Known for his enthusiasm for outsider art, Roche has been an outsider himself. He is keenly aware of division lines between the privileged and the disenfranchised, the “haves” and the “have-nots.” Although the world is fast becoming a global village, Roche celebrates a Southern heritage: his very specific sense of place is a homing beacon. Through “Glory Roads,” he displays maps of art, documenting many of his motorcycle rides throughout the country. Using mainly pencil on paper, he creates a visual recreation of roads and memories.

Roche taught at Florida State University for more than 40 years and has acquired a multitude of career accolades, including an exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. He utilizes multiple mediums including video, photography and performance art, and has been featured as a visiting artist and guest lecturer at countless colleges and universities.

For more than 30 years, self-taught painter Kleinbard has explored through her work folk medicines, scientific advances, the environment and the unsettling role of humans in the balance of nature. Her provocative and visually strong paintings offer the viewer a chance to ponder the future of the planet.

In “Nature’s Corridors,” a series of meticulously rendered and richly colored low relief, collage constructions, surfaced with paint and pencil, Kleinbard has turned her focus to a visual statement concerning the irreplaceable biological heritage of sensitive habitat and refuge lands. The individually painted pieces of paper, when assembled, pictorially form an idealized ecological breathing system, sometimes embodied into the spirit form of an animal.

Roche and Kleinbard, a husband-and-wife team of talented artists, have amassed one of the most important collections of self-taught, outsider and visionary art in the United States that has been shown on a large scale. The pair currently resides in Tallahassee, Fla., where they both maintain studios.

Campus Gate Art Gallery is located at 5149 College Street on the Young Harris College campus. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information contact the Campus Gate Art Gallery at (706) 379-5114 or

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit