YHC’s Campus Gate Art Gallery to Host Exhibit by Innovative Sculptor Karen Ives

Friday, October 26, 2012

Author: Heather Poole
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu


Young Harris College’s Campus Gate Art Gallery to Host Exhibit by Innovative Sculptor Karen Ives

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Campus Gate Art Gallery will host “In the Midst of Chaos,” an exhibit by innovative sculptor Karen Ives. The exhibition opens Thursday, Nov. 8, with an opening reception at 6 p.m. in the Campus Gate Art Gallery. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, Dec. 7. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Karen Ives creates small or large abstract forms that remind us of pre-historic creatures or parts of nature as seen through a microscope. Her sculptures are organic in form and obsessive in surface texture. She uses mostly found wood and explores social situations, routine, pattern and color, creating an awkward tension between something of beauty and that of homeliness.

“I enjoy using my hands to create and build. My sculpture shows an interesting love of color and pattern in combination with wood and fabric,” said Ives. “Silk screening, woodblock printing, layering of paint and experimenting with upholstery, embroidery and appliqué are all obsessions I explore.”

Ives earned her B.F.A. in sculpture and printmaking from the University of North Carolina at Asheville before receiving her M.A. in sculpture and M.F.A. in sculpture and woodworking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ives has been based in Asheville, N.C., since 2000 and currently teaches two-dimensional and three-dimensional design and wood sculpture at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She also serves as an instructor of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture at Maple Meadows Art Camp for Children in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Ives’ artwork has been shown extensively across the United States and received numerous awards, including the 2007-2008 Regional Artist Project Grant presented by the Asheville Area Arts Council, Avery County Arts Council, Madison County Arts Council and North Carolina Arts Council.

For more information about the artist, visit karenives.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
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 www.yhc.edu.

Artist Karen Ives.