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

Friday, February 14, 2014

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Alice Hirt and Jo Bearse Endowed Art Exhibition to Open at Young Harris College Campus Gate Art Gallery
Features “Biting My Own Teeth" by Annie Heisey

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Campus Gate Art Gallery will host the Alice Hirt and Jo Bearse Endowed Art Exhibition featuring “Biting My Own Teeth” by figurative painter Annie Heisey. The exhibition opens on Thursday, Feb. 27, with an opening reception at 6 p.m. in the gallery and will be on display through Thursday, April 3. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

“Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.” This quote by British philosopher Alan Watts sets the tone for this exhibition by Heisey, who draws on art historical and religious themes to explore the concepts of self-awareness and self-exploration. Self-awareness requires an intense study of one’s own motives and passions, painting a picture that is often jarringly different than anticipated. In a world of social media and constant communication, the personas we create often begin to obscure the way we view ourselves. 

In this body of work, Heisey strives to investigate the motives, passions and self-deceptions that clutter the brain. She guides her subjects as they wander through the labyrinth of emotions, desires and frustrations of life, creating images that explore universal concepts through personal reflection.

Heisey received a bachelor of fine arts in drawing and painting and a bachelor of science in art education from Penn State University, as well as a master of fine arts in painting from Boston University. She was awarded a residency at Soaring Gardens Artist Retreat in Wyalusing, Penn., and served as the junior artist in residence at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Ore.

Her works have been shown in venues across the country, including the Boston Center for the Arts and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Heisey currently resides in Portland, Ore., where she serves as assistant professor of art at Pacific Northwest College of Art and adjunct instructor of art at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Campus Gate Art Gallery is located at 5149 College Street on the YHC campus. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact (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 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit

"Search for Home" by Annie Heisey