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YHC to Host Lecture and Performance by Emmy Award-Winning Artist Wayne White

Monday, October 3, 2011

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

Young Harris College to Host Lecture and Performance by Emmy Award-Winning Artist Wayne White

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College will host a lecture and performance by Emmy award-winning artist Wayne White on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in Susan B. Harris Chapel followed by a reception in the Campus Gate Art Gallery where White’s exhibit, “Owner and Operator” Art 2001-2011, will be on display through Friday, Oct. 14. The guest lecture, reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

“The Campus Gate Art Gallery strives to present a diverse array of artistic offerings to our students and the community,” Gallery Director and Adjunct Instructor of Art Scott Dean said. “We are pleased to be able to offer not only an excellent exhibition, but also an engaging presentation by this talented and accomplished artist.”

During the last 25 years, White has worked as an artist, director, producer, writer, designer, cartoonist, illustrator and puppeteer. His lecture will cover his career as a visual artist in New York and Los Angeles, including his tenure with the Pee Wee’s Playhouse television show in the 1980s, as well as his award-winning music videos with well-known artists. The lecture will be supplemented by performances on the banjo and harmonica.

White earned his B.F.A. from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The artist and his work have been featured in many prestigious publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Village Voice and Rolling Stone.

White won the MTV Music Video Award for best art direction for “Tonight, Tonight” by the Smashing Pumpkins in 1996. He also won three Emmys for production design for Pee Wee’s Playhouse and was nominated for an additional five Emmys.

In 2009, Wayne's life and career were chronicled in a book edited by Todd Oldham titled Wayne White: Maybe Now I’ll Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve. The book features hundreds of images from Wayne's earliest work as an illustrator all the way to his most recent fine art sculptures.

“Our hope is to introduce an artist whose work and experiences not only transcend the field of fine arts, but also provide an example of an individual who found many practical applications of his degree,” Art Department Chair and Associate Professor of Art Ted Whisenhunt said. “We are grateful to have White come to our campus and inspire our students.”

The event is presented courtesy of Western Project. For more information about the artist, 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
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, 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. Earlier this year, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit