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Campus Gate Art Gallery at Young Harris College to Host Exhibit by Duncan Baird

Monday, August 12, 2013
Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5237,

Campus Gate Art Gallery at Young Harris College to Host Exhibit by Duncan Baird

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Campus Gate Art Gallery will host “From Where I Stand,” an exhibit by YHC Adjunct Instructor of Art Duncan Baird. The exhibit opens Thursday, Aug. 22, with an artist reception at 6 p.m. and will be on display through Thursday, Sept. 26. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Baird is drawn to the ancient and what lies outside contemporary Western culture, feeling a stirring of the deeply familiar and a coalescence of human spirit. He strives to link present self to a larger self in the forms he creates, making art become a search for connectedness. The forms he chooses are stripped bare of time, with no adornment of narrative. His art is born of the coincidence of a primordial, voiceless depth projected into a noisy current of now—the ancient bridled by an urgent, hopeful present.

“From Where I Stand” is inspired by ancient forms of the mound builders that once inhabited the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys that seem common to man throughout time and among cultures around the globe. Baird’s search for meaningful form begins and ends with an awareness of the unique landscape of the Mississippi Delta.

The works in the exhibition were completed over a five-year period during Baird’s tenure teaching painting, drawing and sculpture at Delta State University (DSU) in Cleveland, Miss., where he recently retired from his position as associate professor of art.

A native of the Mississippi Delta region, Baird studied art at DSU, Memphis College of Art, Cape Cod School of Art and the University of Wyoming. He will teach drawing courses at YHC this fall.

Campus Gate Art Gallery is located at 5149 College Street on the YHC campus. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, contact the gallery at (706) 379-5256 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 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit


Campus Gate Art Gallery at Young Harris College will host “From Where I Stand,” an exhibit by artist Duncan Baird, Aug. 22-Sept. 26.



"Age of Bronze" by Duncan Baird.