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Campus Gate Art Gallery at Young Harris College to Host Multimedia Exhibit by Jeremy Waltman
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Campus Gate Art Gallery will host “Solo,” an exhibit by YHC Assistant Professor of Art Jeremy Waltman. The exhibit opens Thursday, Sept. 27, with an opening reception at 6 p.m. in the Campus Gate Art Gallery. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, Oct. 26. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.
A gesamtkunstwerk means a total synthesis of art—it’s the idea of taking a theme and spreading it over different media that function together. “Solo” features large- and small-scale drawings and video of singular figures in open landscapes. The figures in these works are explorers, coal miners and soldiers. The ground is snow, concrete, ash or sand. These places are real and often wastelands that imply narrative through kinetic moments. The theme itself is that of questioning. If the figures had thought things through, would they have worked out better? Can things be better? What are they working toward?
“This grouping of work represents a culmination of my gallery work from the last 10 years,” Waltman said. “It is largely all new, but the ideas have reached a tipping point where what I make from here on out may be something different.”
Waltman earned his B.F.A. in drawing and painting from Penn State University and his M.F.A. in art from Florida State University. Prior to coming to Young Harris, he taught at Florida State University, Ursinus College and La Salle University.
His work has been shown internationally and includes drawing, painting, sculpture, film concept art, graphic novel and new media. Waltman is the director of the independent feature films Locomotive and The Retreat, which is currently in preproduction. He recently completed a 253-page graphic novel titled “German” that follows the story of a young American named German.
“No matter which medium I’m working in, there’s a thread that can be drawn back to narrative and drawing. If it’s a painting or even sculpture, I’m looking for an interesting story,” said Waltman. “If I’m working on concept art or storyboards for a film, it’s the story that keeps me interested and the drawing is an enjoyable enterprise.”
For more information about the artist, visit jeremywaltman.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 email@example.com.
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 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 200 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.
“Solo” by Jeremy Waltman.
Artist Jeremy Waltman.