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Campus Gate Art Gallery at YHC to Host Juried Mobile Phone Photography Exhibition

Monday, January 7, 2013

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310,

Campus Gate Art Gallery at Young Harris College to Host Juried Mobile Phone Photography Exhibition

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Campus Gate Art Gallery will host “Snap it. Send it. Win it.,” a mobile phone photography contest and exhibition that will feature the work of aspiring and professional artists. The exhibit will be on display Tuesday, Jan. 22, through Friday, Feb. 15. The exhibit opening reception has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Campus Gate Art Gallery. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The competition includes five categories: architecture, people, rhythm, “no app” and an open category. Prizes will be awarded for each category along with an overall grand prize. All awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. during the opening reception.

A recent National Geographic article estimates that 150 billion photos will be taken with camera phones by the year 2015—outweighing that of digital cameras. The realm of mobile phone “apps” is constantly growing and changing, and artists are now carrying cameras in their back pocket on a daily basis.

Created by Young Harris College, this exhibit showcases this new realm of photographic art and proves that mobile phones can produce groundbreaking images. By moving these images out of the digital world of social media and onto the gallery wall, the exhibit aims to prove that this medium is a true art form—and is not going away any time soon.

The juror for the show is Maria Kelly, who currently serves as curatorial assistant of photography and exhibitions at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Ga. Kelly joined the High in May 2011 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a bachelor of arts degree in art history. Since her appointment, Kelly has helped coordinate a number of photography installations, including shows featuring the work of Thomas Struth, Richard Misrach, Ralph Gibson, Martin Parr and Kael Alford, among others.

Prior to her current position, Kelly interned with the education department at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, Ga., where she developed educational materials and programming for both school and public programs. Kelly also served on the board of the Georgia Museum of Art Student Association and led tours through the permanent collection and special exhibitions as a docent at the museum.

The exhibition is sponsored by Scott Dean Photography and 803 Labs in Myrtle Beach, S.C. For more information about the exhibition, visit

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

“Snap It. Send It. Win It.” is a mobile phone photography contest and exhibition that will feature the work of aspiring and professional artists.