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YHC to Host Exhibit Featuring Works by Acclaimed Folk Artist Howard Finster

Friday, September 27, 2013

Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310,

Young Harris College to Host Exhibit Featuring Works by Acclaimed Folk Artist Howard Finster

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Campus Gate Art Gallery will host an exhibit featuring the works of celebrated modern folk artist Howard Finster. The exhibition opens Thursday, Oct. 3, with an opening reception at 6 p.m. in the gallery. A variety of compelling pieces from Finster’s highly personal body of artwork will be on display through Thursday, Oct. 31. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

A Baptist preacher and self-proclaimed “man of visions,” Finster emerged from the rural Appalachian culture of Alabama and Georgia to become one of America’s most important modern folk artists. He became a pop culture fixture of the 1980s when he was commissioned to design album covers for rock bands R.E.M. and Talking Heads.
Finster’s iconic visual art site “Paradise Gardens,” a maze of buildings, sculptures and displays, was the location of what the artist deemed a life-changing vision in which he was instructed to create 5,000 sacred paintings. The outdoor environment, located in Chatooga County, Ga., was featured in Esquire magazine and on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.”

Before his death in 2001, Finster created more than 46,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, and was responsible for introducing millions to outsider art. His eccentric personality, prolific output, and critical and popular acclaim guaranteed him a place as one of the most visionary self-taught artists of the 20th century.

Finster’s art is currently in the permanent displays of major museums, including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Ga., and is prized by art collectors throughout the world.

The artwork is on display at the Campus Gate Art Gallery courtesy of The Denton Collection.

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 1,100 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


"Super Powers" by Howard Finster.