Campus Gate Art Gallery to Host Student Juried Art Exhibition

Monday, April 2, 2012

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Campus Gate Art Gallery at Young Harris College to Host Student Juried Art Exhibition

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Campus Gate Art Gallery will host a Student Juried Art Exhibition featuring artwork by YHC students. The exhibit opens Thursday, April 12, with an opening reception at 6 p.m. in the Campus Gate Art Gallery. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, April 27. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.
All Young Harris College students are eligible to submit artwork created while enrolled in classes at the College to be juried for awards. Student artists awarded Best of Show, second place and third place will receive cash prizes. All awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. during the opening reception.

The jurors for the show are illustrator Paula Joerling and kinetic artist Tom Haney, who presented an exhibition titled “Foundation to Fruition” at the Campus Gate Art Gallery in 2011.

Known for incorporating fabric, stitched paper and found objects into her artwork, Joerling finds ideas for her mixed media pieces by scouring flea markets, antique stores and garage sales. Her illustrations, stitched paper collages and three-dimensional paper sculptures are often inspired by vintage items such as old department store catalogs, wallpaper sample books, costume jewelry and buttons.

Joerling earned her B.F.A in photography from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Her designs have been featured on products that have appeared in several primetime television shows, movies and in a variety of national magazines. Her original art has sold in galleries and specialty shops worldwide, and her illustrations are licensed by a variety of companies in the gift and home decor industry.

Haney has been making mechanical pieces, or “automata,” since 1994. Most of Haney’s recent pieces have taken approximately 100-175 hours to complete. Along with creating the figures and mechanisms by hand, Haney often seeks out and incorporates found objects that have a natural antique age and distress to them.

Haney earned his B.S. in industrial design from the University of Cincinnati. Before becoming a full-time artist in 2000, his professional work consisted of making props, models and miniatures for television commercials, still photographers and movies. Haney’s artwork has been presented in galleries and juried exhibitions across the United States, including many art festivals in which he personally demonstrates how his artwork operates.

Both natives of Cincinnati, Ohio, Joerling and Haney are married and currently reside in Atlanta.

For more information about Joerling’s work, visit For more information about Haney’s work, 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) 379-5256 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. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—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 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit