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YHC to Present First-Ever Senior Thesis Exhibition

Monday, March 25, 2013

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5237,

Young Harris College to Present First-Ever Senior Thesis Exhibition
Features artwork by Blairsville’s Kyle Huneycutt

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College will host the first-ever Senior Thesis Exhibition, “The Ties That Bind,” that will represent a culmination of artwork created by senior art and English major Kyle Huneycutt, of Blairsville, Ga. The exhibit opens Monday, April 1, and will be on display through Friday, April 5. A special reception with the artist will be held on Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in the Campus Gate Art Gallery (CGAG). The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

“While the pieces I will be presenting are not a single installation, I like to think that each new project I create stems from the previous one,” explained Huneycutt. “Even though they are separate projects, it is possible to see how one project grows out of another when they are viewed together. The pieces also show how I have grown as an artist.”

Huneycutt is a graduate of Mountain Area Christian Academy and the son of Scott and Evelyn Huneycutt of Blairsville, Ga. During his time at YHC, he served as a gallery assistant at the CGAG, planned and implemented a new mobile phone photography exhibition and won third place in the Student Juried Art Exhibition for three consecutive years. Huneycutt also helped manage the production of an edition of the College’s Corn Creek Review literary magazine.

He is a member of the Georgia Xi chapter of the national honor society Alpha Chi and past recipient of the Dick Aunspaugh Award for Visual Art and the Outstanding Junior in English Award. He hopes to marry his passion for art and literature by working at a publishing house.

“The ideas behind my art define who I am. It is a reflection of what is important to me, and it reminds me of how the last four years have helped me determine what I can expect from myself,” said Huneycutt. “I have really grown into myself at YHC, and I cannot wait to start challenging myself in a new environment when I graduate. I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to share the work I have invested so much of my time into with others.”

Huneycutt will be the first recipient of a baccalaureate degree in art from YHC this May, and his Senior Thesis Exhibition is the first of its kind at YHC. All future graduating art majors will be required to host a similar show during their final semester, which will likely take the form of a group showcase in the CGAG as the number of art majors continues to grow at the College.

“Kyle has an outstanding work ethic and is passionate about his artwork,” said Dean of the Division of Fine Arts, Chair of the Art Department and Associate Professor of Art Ted Whisenhunt. “He is not afraid to experiment, and he is a great problem solver. I especially enjoy the symbolism and content of his artwork. He has been a leader in our department and set the bar high for rising senior art majors.” 

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 1,000 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

Young Harris College student Kyle Huneycutt of Blairsville, Ga., received Third Place in the 2013 Student Juried Art Exhibition for his piece “The Kick.”   

Young Harris College student Kyle Huneycutt of Blairsville, Ga., received instruction from Dean of the Division of Fine Arts, Chair of the Art Department and Associate Professor of Art Ted Whisenhunt.