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Campus Gate Art Gallery at YHC to Host Sculptural Art Installation by Jamey Grimes

Thursday, October 20, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Campus Gate Art Gallery at Young Harris College to Host Sculptural Art Installation by Jamey Grimes

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Campus Gate Art Gallery will host “Roil,” a sculptural art installation by artist Jamey Grimes. The exhibit opens Monday, Oct. 31, with an opening reception at 6 p.m. in the Campus Gate Art Gallery. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, Dec. 9. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Grimes’ desire to make objects is fueled by vivid encounters with nature and playful experimentation with synthetic materials. Imagination plays a powerful role in the artist’s unique observations of the natural world as well as his response to various materials. The term roil refers to a turbulent swirling of water—such as multiple surfaces colliding in a whirlpool of light and shadow. The artist intends this environment to be both stirring and serene, and “Roil” contemplates his relationship to natural forces, both real and imagined.

A  native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Grimes earned his B.F.A. in painting from Birmingham-Southern College and his M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Alabama, where he was awarded the National Alumni Association Graduate Fellowship in 2005 and currently teaches drawing and design courses. Grimes also teaches drawing courses through Auburn University’s Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, a program dedicated to bringing educational opportunities to prisoners in Alabama.

Grimes’ artwork has been shown extensively across the United States, including exhibitions at the Dunedin Fine Art Center in Tampa, Fla., Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, Del., Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Mich., and The Rymer Gallery in Nashville, Tenn.

For more information about Grimes’ work, visit www.jameygrimes.com.

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 campusgate@yhc.edu.

About Young Harris College
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, 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. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 800 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Science—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, and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

Artist Jamey Grimes.

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