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YHC Presents Senior Thesis Exhibition

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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

Young Harris College Presents Senior Thesis Exhibition
Features artwork by Blairsville’s Camden Goddard and Blue Ridges's Jacob Rhodes

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College recently hosted the annual Senior Thesis Exhibition representing a culmination of artwork created by Camden Goddard, of Blairsville, Ga., and Jacob Rhodes, of Blue Ridge, Ga. The student artists discussed their work during a special reception held in the Campus Gate Art Gallery (CGAG) on Jan. 16. 

“My inspiration for the pieces in this collection came from my childhood roots and faith in God,” said Goddard. “My religious views play an important role in my life. I believe the best way of sharing these views with others is by using my God-given talents to do what I know and love—create art.”

Goddard is a graduate of Union County High School and the son of James and Lisa Goddard of Blairsville, Ga. During his time at YHC, he was a member of Alpha Omega fraternity and the SPAT Club. He was also an active participant in the “Underground” Bible study and Baptist Collegiate Ministries. 

He won second place in the Student Juried Art Exhibition for two consecutive years and was named to the College’s Dean’s List on several occasions. Goddard hopes to earn a master of fine arts in studio and eventually teach at the undergraduate or graduate level.

“I constantly change my methods of exploring and experimenting with new ideas and materials,” said Goddard. “My work evolves from drawing and painting to new realms of sculpture and mixed media works.”

Rhodes’ body of work was heavily inspired by graffiti he encountered in the region, which led to the creation of vibrant and striking pieces. Additionally, many street artists like Shepard Fairey and Swoon and comic book artists like Jim Lee have influenced his artwork. 

"My work has definitely transformed during the last few years,” said Rhodes. “When I first started in YHC’s art program, I was sort of stuck in one medium. Over time, I really learned to branch out and mix different mediums to create entirely new effects."

Rhodes is a graduate of Fannin County Comprehensive High School and the son of David and Tina Rhodes of Blue Ridge, Ga. He was awarded Best of Show in the 2011 Student Juried Art Exhibition and an honorable mention in the 2013 exhibition. He plans on furthering his education by focusing on drawing in graduate school.

“I have seen both Camden and Jacob grow as artists during their time at the College,” said Adjunct Instructor of Art and CGAG Director Scott Dean. “This exhibition shows the quality and depth of their work. I look forward to witnessing their next steps as YHC alumni.”

The next Senior Thesis Exhibition will open in the CGAG on Thursday, April 10, with a special reception at 6 p.m., and will be on display through Saturday, May 10.

The CGAG is located at 5149 College St. on the YHC campus. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, contact (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


Recent Young Harris College art graduates Camden Goddard, of Blairsville, Ga., and Jacob Rhodes, of Blue Ridge, Ga., presented their Senior Thesis Exhibition this month in the Campus Gate Art Gallery.